The Problem with Moving to the Cloud is Everything Works

I’ve had this customer for about 15 years and they are the perfect candidate to move to Windows Azure. They are a small business.  Most of the employees are either on the road or working remotely.  Other than the few office workers, everyone is already accessing the data online.  There’s no dedicated IT staff managing […]
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Worker Role Communications in Windows Azure, Part 2

In a previous post we explored exposing an endpoint in a worker role to the outside world. Here we will examine one way to implement communication between worker roles internally. Basically, the idea is this: Figure 1 Direct Role to Role Communication in Windows Azure We could implement an architecture where all worker roles communicate […]
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Worker Role Communication in Windows Azure, Part 1

In an earlier post we talked about the “Asynchronous Web/Worker Role Pattern” in Windows Azure. In this pattern the web roles are “client facing” and expose an http endpoint. In Azure a web role is essentially a virtual machine running IIS while a worker role is a background process that is usually not visible to […]
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Visual Studio 2010 – The Tools Keep Getting Better!

Whatever one says about Microsoft, you have to acknowledge that they do build good tools. The developer has always been at the heart of Microsoft’s business strategy and Microsoft has always delivered well thought out development tools. Specifically, for the Azure developer, the latest release of the Azure Toolkit for Visual Studio offers some nice […]
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Microsoft and The Cloud

Observations from Microsoft Tech-Ed 2010 I have spent the better part of this past weekend reviewing material from this year’s Tech-Ed conference which took place in New Orleans last week. In this post I offer my take on what seems to be Microsoft’s emerging position and strategy concerning cloud computing. Certainly there is the Azure […]
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