When I wrote about Heroku and Amazon Web Services a few months ago, it seemed both services were equally worthwhile in many respects. My rule of thumb was: small app – Heroku; large app – Amazon. Since then, a few events have caused me to reevaluate my position.
When you finish this tutorial, you'll be able to create a virtual machine that runs a compute-intensive Java application that can be monitored by another Java application.
In this post, I’ll cover how to set up a Node.js worker role that serves as a dedicated cache and a PHP web role that accesses the cache using the php_memcache extension.
In this series, we'll show you how to use Windows Azure Mobile Services to leverage data in an Android app.
This walkthrough will show you how to create a virtual machine running on Windows Azure and configure it to run a Java application server.
I recently read a well-reasoned post by HP’s Cloud CIO Christian Verstraete, reflecting on a Twitter exchange he’d had responding to the claims by someone that private cloud was a myth. The private/public debate has raged for a few years now and the two sides go something like this...
Windows Azure Virtual Machines, licensing and pricing, available VHD Deploy options, as well as a quick demo of how to get started using the Image gallery.
In this post, we’ll talk about creating a media service through Windows Azure Portal, explore a bit of API & SDK and what options are available to you when it comes to develop and manage media applications using Media Service.
When your tools make you start doing things differently in your code, you know you've fallen into a tail-wagging-the-dog scenario.
If you're lying awake at night worrying about losing a business that you've done nothing to improve, you're probably a vampire.
This tutorial shows you how to use Table service provided by Windows Azure Data Management to store and access data from a node application hosted in a Windows Azure Web Site.
I did some benchmarks and found that (with batch operations) it took around three minutes to delete ~75000 files in about a terabyte. Single-threaded.
Examining the costs associated with Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD), and some ways to keep them down.
Taking a look at some recent analyses of the open source cloud and its userbase.
Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely interview the organizers and presenters of Build a Cloud Day.
In this post, I'm going to kick off a series in which I'll walk through the creation of a back-end service for a Windows 8 app. This first post will provide an overview of the series, and introduce a couple of potential technologies you can use to build your back-end services.
Zenoss polled more than 100,000 of their community members to determine the prevailing sentiments concerning open source cloud deployments, the perceived advantages and disadvantages of this technology as well as to gain insight into future open cloud deployments within IT departments.
Amazon's new SES Mailbox Simulator is great, allowing you to email to simulator addresses. Each address triggers a specific type of behavior: a successful acceptance, hard bounce, "out of office" auto responder, or complaints.
How do you troubleshoot Node.js apps hosted on Windows Azure? Here's a brain dump of diagnostics information that Node.js developers might find useful.
Let’s re-imagine the app store in the cloud for a moment and see how browser support for native APIs could enable this.
Availability of a cloud service is important. People I know get quite agitated when Facebook or Twitter is unavailable, but imagine the repercussions when a big enterprise such as Genomic Health can’t access a critical application, such as CRM.
Azure Mobile Services are a simple way to generate and host services that can be used in combination with mobile apps (not only Microsoft-made, as we’ll see later) for different purposes: generic data services, authentication or push notification.
This tutorial shows you how to use WebMatrix to develop and deploy a Node.js application to a Windows Azure Website.
What happens when you go live and the floodgates open. What is the response time going to be like then, and how will you know what your users are experiencing?
Brian talks with Dr. James Mitchell, CEO of Strategic Blue about “Cloud Broker-Dealing,” how cloud computing is becoming a commoditised market, and how we can expect to see a rapid progression towards commodity-market-style trading of futures contracts for cloud computing.