Alin Irimie's Azure Blog
After more than two “azure” months, with lots of new stuff to learn, a
whole new alphabet soup to digest and a dozen or so Microsoft evangelists
trying to navigate us through the plethora of “cloud services” that seem
to pop up every day from Microsoft’s software-making machine, I believe
something is not right with with the way the information is presented to the
public or with the overall Microsoft strategy. Let me explain.
First of all, everybody is using nowadays “cloud” to describe anything
that runs on the web. Cloud is the new buzzword, and Microsoft jumping on the
bandwagon doesn’t make things any better. Before Windows Azure release, it
was simple to explain “the cloud” to any CEO - we had Amazon with storage
and computing power, we had Google with their app engine and some other
smaller “cloud computing” offerings. Everything else wa... (more)
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), announced that it has formed
a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for
cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to
develop a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management.
No specific standards currently exist for enabling interoperability between
private clouds within enterprises and hosted or public cloud providers.
DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on addressing these issues
by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats ... (more)
One thing in the Microsoft cloud I find really interesting is SQL Data
Services and Huron/Data Hub - SQL cloud sync service, one of the “cloud”
offerings I believe has lots of potential and will really make sharing of
data in the cloud so much easier.
I had the pleasure to sit down and talk about this subject with Liam
Cavanagh, Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, with the SDS/Huron team, and get
some insights about the current state and the future of this remarkable new
technology. In this article I’ll talk about SQL Data Services, and I’ll
follow up with one about Data Hub/Huron... (more)
The Windows Azure Platform training kit was updated with new SQL Azure
content in the August release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.
Many of the existing labs and presentations were also updated, in line with
recent developments of the platform.
The kit now includes:
Hands On Labs Building Windows Azure Services Windows Azure Native Code
Windows Azure and PHP Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage Using
Windows Azure Tables Building ASP.NET MVC Applications with Windows Azure -
New Building ASP.NET Web Form Applications with Windows Azure - New Migrating
Amazon Web Services announced today a limited public beta of Virtual Private
Cloud (Amazon VPC), a service that makes it possible for customers to create
their own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances to connect to their
existing network over a secured VPN connection. With this, Amazon is taking a
major step in making its cloud computing services even more
enterprise-friendly than they already were.
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels published a detailed blog post regarding this
service, in which he acknowledges that enterprises tend to find it
challenging to transition applicat... (more)