Windows Azure Storage, Part 2

Azure Table Storage In contrast to Blobs, Azure tables offer structured storage. These “tables”, however, are not to be confused with tables that might exist in the context of a relational database. In fact Azure tables are more like a typical “object database” where each table contains multiple objects, or “entities”. An entity in Azure […]
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Cloud Computing Course Pilot a Success

From 8th – 10th March 2010 we ran a pilot of the Cloud Computing Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction course in Reston. With 16 attendees from a variety of backgrounds, the course provided a thorough hands-on coverage of cloud computing.  On day one, we examined the architecture of the cloud and considered the advantages and also barriers […]
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Cloud Computing Technologies Course Pilot

A few months ago I was privileged to be chosen to author Learning Tree’s Cloud Computing Technologies course . I have a fantastic development team to work with too. After months of intensive research and development, I am pleased to say that the course has reached the pilot stage, which will run 8-10 March. I am really […]
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Windows Azure Storage, Part 1

Software applications often need to store data and applications written for Windows Azure are no exception. Windows Azure provides three types of storage: queues, blobs and tables. As we have already seen something about queues in a prior post we now turn our attention to blobs and tables. Part 1 will cover blobs and Part […]
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Application Architectures in Windows Azure, Part 2

So, why would there be a need for different architectural patterns in Windows Azure? One reason is for scalability. While it is still important to separate storage, presentation and business logic as in n-Tier architecture, we must adopt a slightly different approach if we want to achieve the scalability available to us on the cloud platform. […]
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