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  • Windows Azure – Write, Run or Use Software

    Windows Azure is a platform that has you covered, whether you need to write software, run software that is already written, or Install and use “canned” software whether you or someone else wrote it. Like any platform, it’s a set of tools you can use where it makes sense to solve a problem. You can click on the graphic below for ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 13, 2012
  • Big Data - A Microsoft Tools Approach

    (As with all of these types of posts, check the date of the latest update I’ve made here. Anything older than 6 months is probably out of date, given the speed with which we release new features into Windows and SQL Azure) I don’t normally like to discuss things in terms of tools. I find that whenever you start with a given tool (or ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 20, 2012
  • Windows Azure Storage (WAS) Internals - Achieving Consistency

    Windows Azure Storage has three primary components - a Queue, a Binary Large Object (BLOB) store (two types of these), and Table Storage. Storage of data on-premises is fairly well understood - but there components of it that you may not consider. When you move to a distributed architecture, certain factors should be taken into account, such as ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 13, 2011
  • How Microsoft helps you NOT break your Windows Azure Application: Storage Services Versioning

    One of the advantages of using Windows Azure to run your code is that you don’t have to constantly manage upgrades on your platform. While that’s a big advantage indeed, it immediately brings up the question - how do the upgrades happen? Microsoft upgrades the Azure platform in periodic increments, and the components that are affected are ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 6, 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
  • Windows Azure Storage - Creating a Hierarchy View

    When you declare and use storage in Windows Azure - specifically in a BLOB object - it’s just a grouping of storage. There are two types of BLOBs - Page and Block. To use storage, you need a storage account, which hold Containers, and then you put a BLOB object in the Container. You address that using the API, which in turn uses a REST call ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 19, 2011
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