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  • Keeping your options open in a cloud solution

    In on-premises solutions we have the full range of options open for a given computing solution – but we don’t always take advantage of them, for multiple reasons. Data goes in a Relational Database Management System, files go on a share, and e-mail goes to the Exchange server. Over time, vendors (including ourselves) add in ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on September 25, 2012
  • BlobShare: Corporate Filesharing with Security and Control

    We’ve all done it. We have a file we need to transfer to someone  - but it’s big. Really big. “Big”, in this case, is defined as “bigger than my corporate e-mail will let me send.” So of course we scout around, and find a free file share location. We plop it in, and send a link to the other person. Problem solved! No, problem created. You ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 8, 2012
  • Windows Azure Use Case: Supplementing Infrastructure

    I’ve explained before that Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service - at its simplest, that means that you write software and Azure runs it for you. But what if you are a shop that normally buys “off the shelf” software, and the only software you write is an internal utility here and there - can you still use Windows Azure? Absolutely. Windows ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on November 1, 2011
  • Big Data and the Cloud - More Hype or a Real Workload?

    Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” - and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage - is my laptop “Big Data”? There are actually a few definitions for this term, most ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 18, 2011
  • Creating a Distributed Computing System Using a Windows Azure Queue

    The Windows Azure Queue component, like all Windows Azure components (Roles, Storage, App Fabric, SQL Azure) can be used by itself or with other Windows Azure components. That’s why I refer to Windows Azure as “Distributed Computing” rather than “cloud”. Having a distributed off premise queue has a lot of use-cases. An interesting use-case is ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 11, 2011
  • Rip and Replace or Extend and Embrace?

    As most of you know, I don’t like the term “cloud” very much. It isn’t defined, which means it can be anything. I prefer “distributed computing”, which is more technically accurate and describes what you’re doing in more concrete terms. So when you think about Windows and SQL Azure, you don’t have ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on September 13, 2011
  • Demand Capacity Real World Example on Windows Azure

    I recently had a fascinating conversation with CoreConnex, a company that has a Financial Analysis dashboard called Corelytics. Corelytics is an Azure based SaaS product with about 1,000 customers supported in 11 countries. Last week Corelytics was announced as the Intuit Application Showcase Grand Prize winner. Intuit has a huge customer base for ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on August 30, 2011
  • The Conundrum of Cloud Computing Evidence

    “Who is using Windows Azure? How are they doing it?” I get asked this all the time as I speak to our clients when we mention Windows or SQL Azure as a possible solutions to an architectural problem the company has. I completely understand the question. I’ve worked far longer outside of Microsoft than here, and one of my roles as a Systems ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 26, 2011
  • SQL Azure Use Case: Department Application Data Store

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: Most organizations use a single set of enterprise applications ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 22, 2011
  • Windows Azure Use Case: Fast Acquisitions

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: Many organizations absorb, take over or merge with other ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 15, 2011
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