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 jumping on the
bandwagon doesn’t make things any better. Before Windows Azure release, it
was simple to explain “the cloud” to any CEO - we had Amazon with storage
and computing power, we had Google with their app engine and some other
smaller “cloud computing” offerings. Everything else wa... (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 Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop is tested and deployed on Yahoo!’s
clusters, which are the largest Hadoop clusters in the world. The Yahoo!
Distribution of Hadoop is a source distribution that is based entirely on
code found in the Apache Hadoop project.
Hadoop is a free Java software framework that supports data intensive
distributed applications. It enables applications to work with thousands of
nodes and petabytes of data. Hadoop was inspired by Google’s MapReduce and
Google File System (GFS) papers.
A wide variety of companies and organizations use Hadoop for both research ... (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 Session at Cloud Expo
Window Azure platform AppFabric has now been deployed to more data centers
around the world.
Previously, when you provisioned a service namespace, you were asked to
select a region from a list that contained only United States
Now, when you provision a service namespace, you have three more regions from
which to choose - United States (North/Central), Europe (North) and Asia
(Southeast). If your firewall configuration restricts outbound traffic, you
will need to perform the addition step of opening your outbound TCP port
range 9350-9... (more)