Episode 4 - Storage

by Sujit D'Mello November 7, 2013

We talk about some of the Storage options available in Windows Azure, specifically Blobs and Tables. We will cover Queues at a later episode when talking about the Service Bus.

  • Blob Containers
  • Programming
  • Page/Block blobs
  • Upload tools
  • Local and Geo Replication
  • Redundancy
  • Security
  • Tables - basic structure
  • How to create your own table structures
  • LINQ syntax for querying tables.
  • REST API for storage access
  • Current challenges using storage and some workarounds.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode4.mp3

 

 

Updates

 

  • Storage: Import/Export Hard Disk Drives to your Storage Accounts - securely ship hard disk drives to move data.
  • VMs: New VM Gallery UI, ACL support for VIPs via portal;
  • Web Sites: WebSocket and Remote Debugging Support
  • Notification Hubs: Segmented customer push notification support with tag expressions
  • TFS & GIT: Continuous Delivery Support for Web Sites + Cloud Services
  • Developer Analytics and Monitoring: New Relic support for Web Sites + Mobile Services in partnership with New Relic with Windows Azure Management Portal making it really easy to configure.
  • Service Bus: Support for partitioned queues and topics.
  • Billing: New Billing Alert Service that sends emails notifications when your bill hits a threshold you define
  • New Windows Azure Cache Service http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/cache/

 

Links

 

Windows Azure PowerShell CmdLets

 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj152841.aspx 

 

Announcing the preview of a new Windows Azure service: Windows Azure Scheduler

 

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/scheduler/ 

 

http://alexandrebrisebois.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/create-database-diagrams-of-your-windows-azure-sql-databases/

 

 

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Episode 3 - Azure Websites

by Sujit D'Mello November 1, 2013

Basics of Azure Websites

Why they are important

Types of websites

What's going on under the covers

How to deploy

 

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode3.mp3

 

TIP: Backup and restore your Azure Tables: Use the Azure Storage Explorer tool and select the Upload/Download facility. You can download the tables in various formats on your computer and later upload them back if required. 

 

Windows Azure HDInsight is now generally available. This is the Microsoft Hadoop distribution made for Azure. You can spin up nodes only when required for running compute-intense jobs.

Nice MSDN article on Azure Websites for further reading : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/jj883953.aspx

Real-world Azure architecture videos from the User group in Belgium: http://azug.be (click the Videos tab)

 

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Episode 2 - The Paas model

by Sujit D'Mello October 25, 2013

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Episode 1 - Introduction to Windows Azure

by Sujit D'Mello October 15, 2013

Pilot episode where Cale Teeter & Sujit D'Mello discuss the basics of the Cloud. In 10 minutes (OK, it took us about 22 minutes!), they try to answer the questions:

  • What is the cloud?
  • The differences between Public and Private cloud.
  • The competitive landscape.
  • The basics about Windows Azure.
  • How do you get an account on Azure?
  • What works well in the cloud (and more importantly what does not).

Podcast media file:

http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode1.mp3

Links:

http://www.windowsazure.com

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/member-offers/msdn-benefits-details

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/10/01/free-ebook-introducing-windows-azure-for-it-professionals.aspx?loc=zTS1z&prod=zWAz&tech=zOttechz&prog=zPressz&type=zBLz&media=zBKz&country=zUSz

 

 

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