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)
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 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)
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)
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)