Tag Archives: Azure

The way Azure should have done it – A better Synonyms Service

This is a followup from my previous post, in which I critiqued the simple Synonyms Service available on the Azure Datamarket. To repeat, the existing URI structure for the service is like this: GET https://api.datamarket.azure.com/Bing/Synonyms/GetSynonyms?Query=%27idiotic%27 How would I do things differently? The hostname is just fine – there’s … Continue reading »


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Azure Synonyms Service – How NOT to do REST.

Recently, I looked on the Azure data market place (or whatever it’s called) to see what sort of data services are available there. I didn’t find anything super compelling. There were a few premium, for-fee services that sounded potentially interesting but nothing that I felt like spending money … Continue reading »


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Google’s Compute Engine: do you believe it?

Google has become the latest company to offer VM hosting, joining Microsoft (Azure) and Amazon (AWS), along with all the other “traditional” hosters. Bloomberg is expressing skepticism that Google will stick with this plan.  Who can blame them? If I were a startup, or another company considering a … Continue reading »


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Enderle on Microsoft’s New Tack

Rob Enderle demonstrates his fondness for dramatic headlines with his piece, The Death and Rebirth of Microsoft.  A more conservative editor might headline the same piece, “Microsoft Steadily Shifts its Strategy.” Last week, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) effectively ended the model that created it. This shouldn’t have been a surprise, … Continue reading »


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Mark Russinovich #TechEd on Windows Azure VM hosting and Virtual Networking

A video of his one-hour presentation with slides + demo. Originally Windows Azure was a Platform-as-a-Service offering; a cloud-hosted platform. This was a new platform, something like Windows Server, but not Windows Server. There was a new application model, a new set of constraints. With the recent announcement, … Continue reading »


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Azure gets a well-deserved REST

In case you had any doubts of Programmable web’s data showing REST dominating other web API protocols, Microsoft, one of the original authors of SOAP, is fully embracing REST as the strategic web protocol for administering and managing Windows Azure services. From Gigaom: The new REST API that controls the … Continue reading »


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Microsoft’s Meet Windows Azure event

Thursday last week, Microsoft launched some new pieces to its Azure cloud-based platform. The highlights in order (my opinion): Virtual Machine hosting. Since 2010, Microsoft tried to differentiate their cloud offerings from EC2 from Amazon by providing “platform services” instead of infrastructure services (OS hosting). But I suppose … Continue reading »


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Does Metcalfe’s Law apply to Cloud Platforms and Big Data?

Cloud Platforms and Big Data – Have we reached a tipping point?  To think about this, I want to take a look back in history. Metcalfe’s Law was named for Robert Metcalfe, one of the true internet pioneers, by George Gilder,  in an article that appeared in a … Continue reading »


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Windows Azure goes SSD

In a previous post I described DynamoDB, the SSD-backed storage service from Amazon, as a sort of half-step toward better scalability. With the launch of new Azure services from Microsoft, it appears that Microsoft will offer SSD, too.  Based on the language used in that report — The … Continue reading »


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What does it mean? Microsoft upping efforts on Infrastructure-as-a-service

Wired is reporting a rumor that Microsoft will soon launch a new Infrastructure-as-a-service offering to compete with Amazon EC2, in June. What Does it Mean? I have no idea whether the “rumor” is true, or even what it really means. I speculate that the bottom line is that we’ll be … Continue reading »


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