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.
SQL Data Services is at the core, nothing more than a (Microsoft SQL)
database-as-a-service offering from Microsoft, part of the Azure Services
Platform. First thing you’ll find about SQL Data Services is that “is
just SQL” (at least that’s how Microsoft is advertising it). And it is.
The book by Sriram Krishnan “Programming Windows Azure” is now available
on Amazon. Sriram Krishnan is a Program Manager on the Windows Azure team at
Microsoft. At Windows Azure, he ran the feature teams which built the service
management APIs, geo-capabilities and several back-end infrastructure
pieces. He is a prolific speaker and has delivered talks at several
conferences including PDC and MIX.
The book’s first half focuses on how to write and host application code on
Windows Azure, while the second half explains all of the options you have for
storing and accessing data on t... (more)
Microsoft announced at TechEd India — a show running simultaneously with
TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, a new software development kit for people
interested in building apps in PHP for Windows Azure cloud.
The PHP SDK for Windows Azure, a.k.a. PHPAzure, is an open source project,
available for download from Microsoft CodePlex. The SDK provides consistent
programming model for Windows Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables, Queues).
Program Manager, Peter Galli, said Microsoft also is announcing “the launch
of a series of projects that offer samples and a toolkit that enable PHP
developers to ... (more)
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... (more)
Microsoft is set to deliver Windows Azure to the public by the end of this
year, with an imminent announcement at Microsoft’s Professional
Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles on November 17, 2009.
When Steve Ballmer mentioned this February that Windows Azure “will reach
fruition with the PDC this year” I didn’t really believed it, considering
where the product was and how much we knew about the progress Microsoft was
making on delivering Windows Azure and related services. Even TechEd this
year was surprisingly quiet about Windows Azure, but this is just the silence