Microsoft released a preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API to
help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This
is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice
to manage their services. You can find the documentation (along with the
rest of the Windows Azure documentation) here.
This is a REST-based API which uses X509 client certificates for
authentication. Users can upload any valid X509 certificate in .cer format to
the Windows Azure developer portal and then use it as a client certificate
when making API requests.
The following operations are currently supported:
Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying
configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the
deployment. Listing and viewing properties for hosted services, storage
accounts and affinity groups
Amazon Cloud Journal
Today Amazon released its answer to SQL Azure, the hosted cloud database
offered by Microsoft. The newest service form Amazon, the Amazon Relational
Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short, now in beta, makes it easier for
you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You get
direct database access without worrying about infrastructure provisioning,
software maintenance, or common database management tasks.
Using the RDS APIs or the command-line tools, you can access the full
capabilities of a complete, self-contained MySQL 5.1 datab... (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)
Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server
is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of
the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is
built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delivers relational
database capabilities in the cloud. The next CTP of now SQL Azure will be in
August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. Over the next
days there will be more details about SQL Azure, including posting the first
round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN. Also ... (more)
It was inevitable, and I just missed the release by a few months, however,
Microsoft is working hard on releasing the “Private Cloud”, your own
on-premises cloud computing software.
With the Microsoft cloud strategy, organizations can now move towards cloud
computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their
datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing
applications and services will be able to move to the private cloud without
the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity.
The Microsoft Private Cl... (more)