Cloud Computing Services and Alternatives

It’s common to categorize cloud computing as either Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  When we were moving to the cloud, it seemed more helpful to think in terms of the individual services and applications that we needed to provide our users.  Below is a […]
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Why Are So Many Microsoft Developers In the Dark about Azure ?

I recently taught the Learning Tree ASP.NET MVC course. This framework is really elegant and was enthusiastically received by a group of 15 .NET developers. When we came to discuss deploying MVC applications I mentioned that Cloud Computing could provide a cost effective environment for testing and deployment of not just MVC applications but all […]
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Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS)

Okay, I admit it. I come primarily from a Microsoft background. I have been using Microsoft tools and technologies for most of my professional career. While they are certainly not perfect they are pretty darn good. I have come to have a certain level of comfort and familiarity using them. Indeed there are many organizations […]
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Migrating a SQL Server Database to SQL Azure

As a follow on to my colleague’s recent excellent post I thought that this week I would present a practical, hands-on example of moving a real-world on-premise SQL Server database to SQL Azure. There are at least three ways to migrate data into SQL Azure: SQL Script Bulkcopy (bcp) SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Each […]
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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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