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 July CTP of the Windows Azure SDK and Tools was just released. Download
What’s new in the Windows Azure SDK?
The Windows Azure SDK supports developing and deploying services containing
multiple web and worker roles. A service must include at least one role, of
either type, and may include zero or more web roles, and zero or more worker
roles. The new PowershellRole sample hosts the Powershell runtime within a
Windows Azure role. It demonstrates a simple remote console web role as well
as a worker role whose implementation is a Powershell script. The host also
The Windows Azure CDN enhances end user performance and reliability by
placing copies of data, at various points in a network, so that they are
distributed closer to the user. The Windows Azure CDN today delivers many
Microsoft products – such as Windows Update, Zune videos, and Bing Maps -
which customers know and use every day. By adding the CDN to Windows Azure
capabilities, this large-scale network is available to all Windows Azure
To date, this service has been available at no charge. Today, the pricing was
announced for the Windows Azure CDN for all billing peri... (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)
Some time ago I wrote an article about Windows Azure. The reaction to the
article was mixed - some agree with the “cloud” confusion and the lack of
release dates, others (mostly Microsoft guys) asking for more time so the
technologies will evolve; and last but not least people trying to explain how
I don’t really understand Windows Azure and related technologies (to those,
actually that was one of the points of the article - too much confusion).
So I find myself after six months since the release of Windows Azure looking
at the same things as before. First, the “cloud” confusion. ... (more)