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Windows Azure, a Platform as a Service offer, is Microsoft's cloud computing platform. It was announced at PDC 2008 where Microsoft announced some interesting improvements and additional features to its Windows Azure Platform. Microsoft is serious about its strategy on Windows Azure, as was demonstrated in the PDC keynote, which dedicated over one hour to Azure. But what exactly is Microsoft's cloud computing strategy? This article describes the new features that will be available soon on Windows Azure. Windows Azure VM Role A very interesting announcement was the VM Role for Windows Azure. This allows users to access their roles (both the Work- and WebRole) via a Remote Desktop. The Remote Desktop access makes maintenance of a role easier. A nice benefit is to enable developers to ease their "way into the cloud" by just moving existing virtual machines to the (Windo... (more)

Windows Azure Series - Roles Offered by Windows Azure

Part 1 of the Windows Azure Series provided an introduction to Windows Azure, and Part 2 provided a look inside the Windows Azure datacenters. Part 3 will discuss the Windows Azure Roles and the Development Environment. The last one is especially important; we will focus on it for the next couple of articles and look at the API as well. This article will focus on the "Compute" part of Windows Azure. The Roles Explained Windows Azure currently (April 2011) has three different roles. In case I didn't mention it before, Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service offering. Therefore, ... (more)

Self-Service IT with Cloud Computing | Part 1

Self-service is a traditional element for humans. A typical and successful example of self-service is vendor machines that dispenses drinks. Coca-Cola (among others) operates a large number of self-service machines all over the world, in public places such as universities, museums, and sport arenas. People are used to dealing with the machines as they are simple to use and easy to find. In today's world, there is a huge variety of self-service machines that are not limited to soft drinks. There are self-service machines for snacks, chewing gum and you can even buy pizzas from sel... (more)

NoSQL – The Trend for Databases in the Cloud?

SQL seems to be somewhat old fashioned when it comes to scalable databases in the cloud. Non-relational databases (also called NoSQL) seem to take over in most data storage fields. But why do those databases seem to be more popular than the "classic" relational databases? Is it due to the fact that professors at universities "tortured" us with relational databases and therefore reduced our interest - the interest of the "new" generation for relational databases? Or are there some hard facts that tell us why relational databases are somewhat out of date? I was at a user group mee... (more)

Understanding Windows Azure

To understand Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform, it's necessary to understand how the Microsoft Datacenters work. This article provides an overview of how Microsoft Designs their datacenters and why the Generation 4 Datacenters are so revolutionary. The Building of Datacenters Microsoft has been building data centers for a long time. One of the best-known services Microsoft offers is Windows Update, which delivers updates as part of their content delivery network all over the world. But this is not the only product Microsoft's Datacenters are famous for. Other import... (more)