Windows Azure Queues: Improved Leases, Progress Tracking, and Scheduling of Future Work

As part of the “2011-08-18” version, we have introduced several commonly requested features to the Windows Azure Queue service. The benefits of these new features are: Allow applications to store larger messages Allow applications to schedule work to be processed at a later time Allow efficient processing for long running tasks, by adding: Leasing: Processing…

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Nagle’s Algorithm is Not Friendly towards Small Requests

We had recommended in a forum post about how turning off Nagling can greatly improve throughput for Table Inserts and Updates. We have also been seeing a lot of improvement when application deals with small sized messages (http message size < 1460 bytes). So what is Nagling?  Nagling is a TCP optimization on the sender…

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Windows Azure Storage Explorers

We get a few queries every now and then on the availability of utilities for Windows Azure Storage and decided to put together a list of the storage explorers we know of. The tools are all Windows Azure Storage explorers that can be used to enumerate and/or transfer data to and from blobs, tables or…

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Windows Azure Storage Resources

The following are some key resources to understand and use Windows Azure Storage. The online MSDN documentation and Forums: Windows Azure Storage Client Library (Blobs, Drives, Tables, Queues) Windows Azure Storage REST Protocols (Blobs, Tables and Queues) Windows Azure Forums There are 4 recent talks: Building Applications with Windows Azure Storage at MIX 2010 –…

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