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 database instance in a
matter of minutes. You can scale the processing power and storage space as
needed with a single API call and you can initiate fully consistent database
snapshots at any time.
Much of what you already know about building applications with MySQL will
still apply. Your code a... (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)
The SQL Azure October CTP 2 was released. This CTP represents the complete
feature set that will be available in the SQL Azure at PDC.
The October CTP has been deployed to one of Microsoft’s go-live production
clusters. This production cluster is significantly larger and more powerful
than the machine cluster that is supporting the August CTP but is a
completely separate machine cluster serviced by a dedicated developer portal
(https://sql.azure.com). Accounts for all existing users of the current CTP
(August CTP) have been automatically provisioned for access to the new
Today, at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) here Los
Angeles, Microsoft announced not only the release of version 4.0 of the.NET
Micro Framework, but also that they are open sourcing the product and making
it available under the Apache 2.0 license, which is already being used by
the community within the embedded space.
The .NET Micro Framework, a development and execution environment for
resource-constrained devices, was initially developed inside the Microsoft
Startup Business Accelerator, but recently moved to the Developer Division
so ... (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)