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. Everything
running on the internet is now “cloud something”. I really appreciate
Microsoft’s job of starting the real cloud race (let’s be honest,
wasn’t a race until Microsoft came into play, it was more like a slow
march), but I still believe they should take the lead and clear the sky of ... (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)
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
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)
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)