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.
SQL Data Services is at the core, nothing more than a (Microsoft SQL)
database-as-a-service offering from Microsoft, part of the Azure Services
Platform. First thing you’ll find about SQL Data Services is that “is
just SQL” (at least that’s how Microsoft is advertising it). And it is.
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)
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)
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)
Azure Cloud on Ulitzer
PDC 2009 is an exciting event the Windows Azure community. Microsoft will
begin the Windows Azure platform transition from a CTP to business. For your
planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that
you should be aware of.
At PDC 2009, on November 17th, 2009, a number of new features in Windows
Azure will be made available for the first time. The CTP will remain open
through December 31st, allowing you to experiment with the full feature
platform and to give any final feedback. Beginning January 2010, new
customers will have ... (more)