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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 The... (more)

Amazon’s Answer to SQL Azure - Amazon Relational Database Service

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)

Microsoft Should Release Windows Azure This Year

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)

SQL Data Services Rebranded to ‘SQL Azure’

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)

Microsoft To Release On-Premises Cloud Computing in 2010

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)