Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 6: How Azure Services Extends Your App Security

Several Windows Azure services help you extend your application security into the cloud. Three services can help you in providing identity mapping between various providers, connections between an on premises data center, and abilities for applications (where ever they reside) to send messages to each other: With Windows Azure Active Directory you create single sign…


How to Choose Between Windows Azure Queues, Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

One of the key patterns in building scalable applications is queues. Let’s say you have a Website or Web Service (in your Web Role) that responds quickly to a user request, but there’s another process that takes longer. It might be a long data base inquiry or video encoding or extensive calculation would be in…


Server Side JavaScript Programming Comes to Windows Azure with Node.js

A holiday update Windows Azure SDK for Node.js can help get you started with server-side JavaScript on Windows Azure. Node.js offers a server side JavaScript programming model ideal for building highly scalable and performant network applications whether on premise or in the cloud. One of its flagship qualities is that it leads you down a…


Updated Developer Training Kit Integrates SharePoint, Azure, SQL Azure

The developer training kit that show you how to combine the power of both SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure has been updated. SharePoint 2010 provides many ways to integrate with Windows Azure. From simple SQL Azure data-centric applications to complex workflow that leverages custom Azure services, there is great potential to integrate these two growing…


Second Service Pack Ties High Performance Computing to Azure

The second ‘service pack’ (SP2) for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 focuses on providing customers with a great experience when expanding their on-premises clusters to Windows Azure, and we’ve also included some features for on-premises clusters. You can download the service pack at HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 download. Key new features: HPC…


Fujitsu Launches Global Cloud Platform Service On Windows Azure Appliance

The first official production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance by Fujitsu running in Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan coming in August. The Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. partnership allows Fujitsu to work alongside Microsoft providing services to enable, deliver and manage solutions built on Windows Azure. With Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform service, FGCP/A5, customers…


Roadmap – Service Bus Enhancement, New Application Manager, Dev Tools Coming to Windows Azure AppFabric

Windows Azure AppFabric has released enhancements to Service Bus as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP May release, and an upcoming release of the AppFabric Developer Tools and Application Manager as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP June release. Announcements were made on the team blog and at Tech·Ed. May AppFabric CTP May…


W3C Moves HTML 5 Standard to ‘Last Call’

Earlier this week the W3C announced that it had extended the charter of the HTML Working Group, including clear milestones for HTML5. HTML 5 is the next version of the platform-neutral HyperText Markup Language standard used worldwide for rendering Web pages, and the cornerstone of W3C’s Open Web Platform for application development. Peter Galli reports…


Expose Data as OData Through Web Services

WCF Data Services Toolkit has recently been released to make it easier to expose arbitrary data sources as OData services. Whether you want to wrap OData around an existing API (SOAP/REST/etc.), mash-up SQL Azure and Windows Azure Table storage, re-structure the shape of a legacy database, or expose any other data store you can come…