Hadoop in Azure!

Didn’t think you could run Hadoop in Azure? Think again… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mariok/archive/2011/05/11/hadoop-in-azure.aspx

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AppFabric Caching now live!!!

I just got an email from David Makogon, claiming that his Azure portal had refreshed itself, and AppFabric Caching was now available as an option. I was so excited, I had to check it out for myself. So I go to my portal, and, lo and behold, there it is! FINALLY! <more trumpets blaring than…

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Troubleshooting Windows Azure Connect to On-Premises SQL Server

  I’ve heard a few instances of people having difficulty using WA Connect to reach their on-premises SQL Server from a web or worker role, so I thought I’d provide a few tips: 1.    Configure your role for access via Remote Desktop, remote into a role instance    2.    Confirm that you can ping from web…

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Azure Capacity Planning

  Here is an awesome post by Hanu Kommalapati about capacity planning, and it contains some information you might not know about the capacity of each VM (hint: bandwidth per VM): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hanuk/archive/2011/02/01/windows-azure-capacity-assessment.aspx Hanu and I work together to help ISV’s in Microsoft Central Region adopt the Windows Azure Platform, and his blog is a great…

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Co-Administrator doesn’t see SQL Azure in portal

  A customer called me recently with an interesting question. he had set up a co-administrator (newly available functionality) for his Azure subscription. However, the co-administrator couldn’t see any SQL Azure instances through the portal. he could see the hosted services and storage fine, but not SQL Azure. So, I did some homework and asked…

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