New offers and price for Blob and Table Storage in Windows Azure

Windows Azure recently announced a lowering of the price of Windows Azure Storage from $0.15 to $0.14 per GB per month, also announced new commitment volume discounts. More details: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/10/27/microsoft-lowers-storage-cost-for-blob-and-table-storage-in-windows-azure.aspx  


Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October Release is available

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October Release is available now. This training kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. Download now from the Microsoft download center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=130354 Also, you can download the hands-on labs…


The Microsoft Private Cloud – A technology overview (by David Chappell)

A very interesting and enlightening article by David Chappell about IaaS (aka private cloud): “[…] there’s a clear definition of "private cloud" that pretty much all analysts and vendors in this space agree on. It’s not the same thing as ordinary virtualization, nor is it legitimate to start calling your datacenter a private cloud without…


Your first SQL Azure Data Sync step by step

Hello everybody, this is our first step-by-step post about how to configure SQL Azure Data Sync in order to synchronize data between a SQL Server on-premise and an Azure SQL database. SQL Azure Data Sync enables creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between SQL Azure and either SQL Server (on-premise) or other SQL Azure databases. Is…


More In-Place Updates options = more elasticity

Windows Azure recently adds new in-place updates options, and that give us more elasticity capabilities. The new in-place updates options are: Change the virtual machine size. Increase local storage. Add or remove roles to a deployment. Change the number or type of endpoints. That means that we don’t need a VIP swap or re-deploy anymore…