Cloud Computing


PCL & Azure How-To: Using Portable Class Libraries and AppFabric Service Bus To Create a Continuous Client

Here's how to build a simple continuous client application that spans multiple devices using the cloud (Azure) to handle communication between the devices.

Windows Cloud: Choosing Between Windows Azure and SQL Azure Table Storage

Both are equally good cloud storage mechanisms -- here's the pros and cons of each so you can make the best decision for your projects.

Under the Hood With SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 will offer a variety of new features centered on big data, business intelligence and cloud computing.

Microsoft Releases Embedded Version of Windows 8 for CTP

The embedded version is specially designed to support handheld devices for industrial use, electronic signs and kiosks, among other mobile device uses.

SQL Server Hits Release Milestone

"General availability" for SQL Server 2012 is scheduled for April 1.

The Survival of Microsoft's Fittest

A certain Darwinian evolution is taking place at Microsoft. Some product species are more fit, with better chances for survival. You can understand and work with Microsoft's changes, rather than being passively impacted by them.

Microsoft Upgrades SQL Azure and Office 365

Microsoft tweaks several cloud-based offerings, lowering prices and upgrading storage and support.

Selling Data in the Windows Azure Marketplace

Learn how to publish data in the Windows Azure Marketplace for a monthly income with just a few hours effort.

Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony?

By responding to potential threats with thoughtfulness, and a zeal to add value, SQL and Big Data could be big business for Redmond.

Microsoft Calls on the Amazon Cloud

An open source SDK for developing Windows Phone applications that connect to Amazon Web Services reached beta earlier this month.

Amazon Scales Up and Out with New 'DynamoDB' Service

DynamoDB, based on NoSQL, uses solid-state drives to increase speed.

SQL Server Data Tools: a Model Toolset

Using SSDT means we don't just shout orders at the database; instead, we plan what we're going to say.

New Deal Allows SQL to Run in Amazon Cloud

Microsoft and Amazon have agreed on a deal that will allow cheap use of Amazon's cloud resources for SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named "Denali."

Free Databases in the Window Azure Marketplace

The Windows Azure Marketplace has a hidden jewel: a host of free and nearly free databases ready for monetization.

Can SQL Server Punch Through the Clouds to No. 1?

SQL Azure has become a major pillar in Microsoft's cloud-based strategy.

Survey Reveals Shifting Cloud Attitudes

Developers increasingly prefer cloud-based development tooling.

The Sinofsky Shuffle

When Scott Guthrie, former corporate vice president of the .NET Platform at Microsoft, left the Developer Division to head up a new Windows Azure business unit, I was more than concerned.

New Migration Paths to the Microsoft Cloud

Will emerging developer tools and hybrid Platform as a Service features ramp up project and data deployments to Windows Azure?

Scott Guthrie to Lead Azure Application Platform Team

Microsoft confirms that .NET Platform head Scott Guthrie is leaving to lead a new Azure group as part of a May reorg.

SQL or No SQL for Big Data in the Cloud?

The relational model and SQL dominate today's database landscape, but NoSQL is gaining adherents in the era of "big data." But Roger Jennings says SQL and NoSQL may not be as exclusive as many developers think.

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