Windows Azure shown to have the best IaaS performance value

I just stumbled upon an industry report by Cloud Spectator (www.cloudspectator.com). They ran a test on the top IaaS providers, looking for who had the best performance for the buck. As far as I know Windows Azure and Microsoft had nothing to do with this report. The abstract of the report: With a lack of…

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Helping an ISV look at their cloud options

I met with a medium sized ISV the other week. They make a software application for service companies. Some of their customers are one guy and a van, and others are giant companies. Their software helps manage the service appointments from the customer’s central office. They also have a mobile app that runs on an…


How to get a sticky load balancer in Windows Azure

Windows Azure has a load balancer that you can use for free. It is used mostly to load balance port 80 (aka web traffic) across a group of identically configured web servers, although it can be used to load balance any TCP/UDP port. It is not a sticky load balancer. Most load balancers in the…


Code Project’s Azure Cloud Challenge

We have started a new Azure Cloud Challenge, in partnership with Code Project. It is already on going, but you can catch up with plenty of time to go. There are essentially five challenges that you will work through. Over time you will build a web application hosted on Azure that uses Azure data services,…


Updated policies for the Windows Azure Guest Operating System Images

I just received this email from the Windows Azure team about some updates to the Windows Azure Guest Operating System. As a side note, I have tried for years to get the team to call this WAGOS, but they won’t bite. I have pasted the complete email below, but here is a quick summary. 1….


Scaffolding Tool for Windows Azure Mobile Services

One of my biggest mantras is: “Write only the code that only you can write” What I mean is, if the code you are writing could be written by any competent developer (because it is infrastructure and not germane to the IP or ‘special sauce’ of what you are doing) then you should find a…


Attend a pilot event for a new tour series

We like to play with our format for events from time to time, and this time we are looking at a series of half day events that cover a specific scenario, instead of technical features. Our goal is to cover the in’s and out’s of that scenario. With a half day format we can make…


Windows Azure SDK 2.0 Released!

Go get it now! So what’s new? Web Sites – VS Tooling for diagnostics, management, and simplified publishing Cloud Services Diagnostics – VS Tooling for configuring and viewing diagnostics data on a live service without redeployment Cloud Services – Support for newly available high memory VM sizes Storage – Storage client 2.0 in new projects…


“Driving Your Career” app in the Windows Store

I started my time at Microsoft by giving a farewell talk at my old company. I wanted a way to pass on the tribal knowledge we had built. That talk became the ‘Soft Skillz’ talk, which I have now given over 150 times. Sometimes it is a one hour talk, and sometimes a much longer…

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