Windows Azure Interoperability

I was talking to a colleague last week and he asked, “If you deploy an application to Azure, can you move it to a different cloud provider later on?” To answer this question, let’s look at three things. First, what is Azure really? Second, does writing an Azure application lock you into Azure? And third, […]
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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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Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Windows Azure

I haven’t written a blog post for a while because I’ve been programming. So much fun! I’m working on a new Web site using Microsoft ASP.NET Dynamic Data and Entity Framework. ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a bit like Ruby on Rails. It allows Web pages to be automatically generated based on the data they are […]
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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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