A Look Inside a Windows Azure Instance

Exploring an Azure Instance with RDP A Windows Azure instance may seem like a mysterious black box, but it is really just Windows Server running in a virtual machine. Using remote desktop, I accessed an instance that I had previously deployed. Kevin Kell wrote a good article on accessing Azure Instances using RDP, if you […]
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Government Should Consider Windows Azure as Part of its “Cloud-First” Strategy

Recently, the United States Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, published a 25 point plan to reform the government’s IT management. Point number 3 states that the government should shift to a “Cloud-First” policy. When describing that point, Mr. Kundra tells of a private company that managed to scale up from 50 to 4,000 virtual servers […]
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Microsoft Windows Azure Free Trial

If you’ve been curious about cloud-computing and Windows Azure, you might be interested in this new offer from Microsoft. They just started a trial program where you can get a month of compute hours, 3 months of SQL Azure, and 500 Mb of storage for free. Check out the offer at this page, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/default.aspx. You […]
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Windows Azure Training Series: Writing to Blob Storage

My last couple posts covered the basics of Azure storage. See, Windows Azure Training Series:  Understanding Azure Storage and Windows Azure Training Series:  Creating an Azure Storage Account. Now let’s write some code. Accessing Blob Storage Blob storage is accessed using the CloudBlobClient class. When creating it, specify the configuration information, as shown in the last post. […]
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Windows Azure Training Series: Creating an Azure Storage Account

In this blog post, I assume you already have an Azure subscription and a user account set up. If you do not, check out Windows Azure Training Series:  Understanding Subscriptions and Users. You might also like to read Windows Azure Training Series: Understanding Azure Storage for an overview of Azure storage. Creating a new Azure storage account […]
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