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Alin Irimie

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Microsoft just announced the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) to deliver Windows Azure Blob content. Windows Azure CDN offers developers a global solution for delivering high-bandwidth content. Windows Azure CDN has 18 locations globally (United States, Europe, Asia, Austra...
PDC 2009 is an exciting event the Windows Azure community. Concurrent with the conference 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. ...
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 th...
As PcMagazine put it, “uQuery is to the App Store what Google is to the Web”. After allowing people to create an account and mark the applications they like or they own, today, even more good news: uQuery,  just released a WordPress plugin allowing you to easily display an ...
The SQL Azure October CTP 2 was released. This CTP represents the complete feature set that will be available in the SQL Azure at PDC. The October CTP has been deployed to one of Microsoft’s go-live production clusters. This production cluster is significantly larger and more powerf...
At commercial launch, Windows Azure will feature an improved logging system. The new system will give users greater flexibility over what information is logged and how it is collected. The initial Community Technology Preview provided a logging API that allowed developers to write cust...
Amazon is adding a new feature which significantly improves the flexibility of EC2’s Elastic Block Store  (EBS) snapshot facility. You now have the ability to share your snapshots with other EC2 customers using a new set of fine-grained access controls. You can keep the snapshot ...
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 ...
Really, you can’t make these things up! Update: check out local station report on the incident for up-to-date details … Related posts:Mashup Security - Web Sandbox Web Sandbox is a project from Microsoft Live Labs, a...Microsoft Reveals Windows Azure Prices Today at World...
Check out Charles Torre talking with George Moore (21 year MS veteran) about the what is behind the billing of Azure. Watch the interview on Channel 9 here. 21 year Microsoft veteran and Software Architect George Moore is involved in defining and implementing an effective strategy for...
Until this week, using the Windows Azure CTP meant signing up and then waiting a couple of days for an invitation code to arrive by email. No more. You can now register for access and receive an invitation code right there on the spot. No email, no waiting, no excuses. Go register now...
With over 70 thousand new applications for the iPhone & iPod Touch on the iTunes AppStore, it is no doubt that Apple hit the mark there. With the tremendous success of this new emerging developers platform it is becoming really hard for end users to find the application that they w...
CTP2 of ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 release is now available for download here. ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2 is the second tech preview release of the next version of ADO.NET Data Services.  This release (v1.5) will target the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 & Silverlight 3 platforms and ...
The AWS Management Console now has complete support for Amazon CloudWatch. You can enable CloudWatch for any or all of your EC2 instances using the console and data will be available in a moment or two. You can select one or more running EC2 instances to see the CloudWatch data in grap...
Project Riviera is a comprehensive code sample to demonstrate how to develop multi-tenant highly-scalable line-of-business application on Windows Azure Platform. This sample is developed by Global Partner Architecture Team in Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft in co...
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 th...
Amazon announced a significant price cut in its EC2 service offerings. The one-time fee for all Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances will now be 30% cheaper than previously offered. The reserved instances program essentially allows users to make a one-time payment for instances, ‘reserving’ t...
The Windows Azure Platform training kit was updated with new SQL Azure content in the August release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. Many of the existing labs and presentations were also updated, in line with recent developments of the platform. The kit now includes: Hand...
One of the most useful things I found recently is the !exploitable (pronounced “bang exploitable”), a Windows debugging extension (Windbg) that provides automated crash analysis and security risk assessment. The tool first creates hashes to determine the uniqueness of a cra...
The July CTP of the Windows Azure SDK and Tools was just released. Download them here. 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...
Today at World Wide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft announced Windows Azure prices and made available the service level agreements (SLA) surrounding Azure services.  They also announced the release date for Windows Azure. Windows Azure will be offered for purchase through ...
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 model...
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 delive...
According to the .NET Services Team blog, they’re going to release the June 2009 QFE on 6/18/2009 (Thursday). Users will have NO access to .NET Services Portal and .NET Services during the scheduled maintenance down time from 6/18/2009 noon to 6/18/2009 5pm. There are a few thin...
There are three new “How Do I” videos on Windows Azure, you can watch and learn from. How Do I: Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables. To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page. In this screencast, you’ll learn how Win...
I wrote previously about the potential of SQL Data Services, the sql-in-the-cloud offering from Microsoft. Today, Shankar Pal, the Principal Program Manager for SQL Data Services (SDS) team mentioned in the SQL Data Services blog that Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) is built in...
In the previous article about SQL Data Services (SDS) I mentioned one of the most exciting technologies coming out from Microsoft this year: Data Hub, “an aggregation of enterprise, partner, desktop and device data within SQL Data Services”. It is a service, hosted in the A...
Steve Guggenheimer’s anniversary keynote address at leading OEM conference highlights partner opportunities with upcoming Microsoft innovations: “Today during a keynote address at Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft’s OEM Division Corporate Vice President Steve Guggenheimer reveal...
New for the May 2009 CTP: Support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Update for Visual Studio 2008 Improved integration with the Development Fabric and Storage services to improve the reliability of debug and run of Cloud Services from Visual Studio Enhanced robustness and stability Relea...
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.
Some good news here, or bad, depends how you look at it. COM is not supported in Windows Azure. Azure VM’s don’t have COM runtime installed. Currently the only native code supported in Windows Azure is standard C++ library and standard Win32 API. There’s no MFC, COM o...
Microsoft is set to deliver Windows Azure to the public by the end of this year, with an imminent announcement at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles on November 17, 2009. 
Amazon just released the BETA of a really useful service if you’re dealing with huge amounts of data.  AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. AWS transfers your data directly onto and off of sto...
Microsoft released a new Windows Azure Management tool. The Windows Azure Management Tool was created to manage your storage accounts in Windows Azure. Developed as a managed MMC, the tool allows you to create and manage both blobs and queues. Easily create and manage containers, blobs...
If you haven’t heard yet, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for MSDN subscribers to download. It will be more generally available on Wednesday. You can find a great whitepaper which describes what is new for web developers in ASP 4 which is included. One thing you’ll notice is...
On Monday, May 18th, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (Professional, Suite and Team Foundation Server) will be available to MSDN Subscribers through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and to the general public on Wednesday, May 20th through Microsoft Downloads. Related posts:Windows Azure Tools for...
It is easier and easier easier for programmers to build sophisticated, scalable, and robust web applications using AWS, and now it became even easier. Amazon just released a new set of features to complement its EC2 offerings: load balancing, auto scaling, and cloud monitoring are now...
Amazon recently announced the release of Amazon Simple Pay Subscriptions. You can use this product to charge your customers on a recurring basis after a single authorization from the customer. If you offer digital content subscriptions, collect membership dues on a periodic basis, or p...
Getting ready for the trip tomorrow to Los Angeles, lots of things to prepare. Meanwhile, check out this cool mascot azurejournal has! Unfortunately it doesn’t have a name! I think I’ll name it at TechEd, if you think of a cool name, shoot me an email. I’ll be mostly ...
Right on time for TechEd, Microsoft released a new set of .NET Services white papers, relevant to the March 2009 release of .NET Services (CTP).  What’s in the docs? An Introduction to Microsoft .NET Services for Developers. This overview paper introduces Microsoft .NET Services,...