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Elton Stoneman (@EltonStoneman) IT Consultant, integration specialist, @Microsoft MVP and @Pluralsight author.
You can run HBase in the cloud with Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce or Microsoft’s HDInsight, but for local development and testing you don’t need a full-on cluster backed by Hadoop storage, you want something leaner (and cheaper). HBase is pretty straightforward to install and run locally, using the native filesystem so you don’t need HDFS. You can run ......

This is the last one for the time being – how to get blob metrics for a Storage Account using the Azure Management Libraries, in the same way that I covered Cloud Services and Web Apps. Storage is different from compute in terms of what data is available, and what it is you want to see. I still want overall status and how hard the account is working, ......

This follows on from my last post, Hey Azure, how’s my Cloud Service doing? and it looks at getting similar metrics for Web Apps (née “Azure Websites”). Web Apps expose a lot of the same detail as Cloud Services through the service APIs, although the content isn’t exactly the same. Here’s how my dashboard looks with key details for one running Web App: ......

The Azure Management APIs give you a lot of useful stats and you can easily use them to build a customised dashboard for an instant healthcheck of your Azure estate. Documentation is a little sketchy though, so this is the first of (probably) many posts detailing how to pull stats out for different Azure services. First off you'll need a management ......

If you want to use the Azure Resource Management APIs, Service Management APIs or Management Libraries, you'll need a management certificate which authenticates your process with the Azure subscription you're accessing. Chances are you'll already have one or more management certs installed (from Visual Studio or the PowerShell SDK or WebMatrix) with ......

Running a massively scalable NoSQL database in the cloud is super easy, but not cheap if you want to run it 24x7. The managed offering from Azure - a dedicated HDInsight cluster type running Apache HBase - almost gives you the best of both worlds. The cluster uses Azure Blob Storage for its HDFS-compatible file system, so when you delete your cluster, ......

My latest Pluralsight course is out now, it's about building Big Data solutions using .NET technologies: Real World Big Data in Azure The typical Big Data stack (think Kafka, Cassandra, Kibana and the Hadoop ecosystem) is heavily Java based. Microsoft have taken the best of those technologies and made them available as managed services in Azure, but ......

I’ve written before about cloud performance testing tools and how good they are - in fact they rank highly in my Five Essential Tools for Building REST APIs. Both loader.io and blitz.io use a similar mechanism to ensure that you own the domain you're about to load test. They generate a unique ID and ask you to put that in the root of your domain. Before ......

Have you heard? Microsoft hearts Linux. And with good reason: Linux is the home of fast-paced innovation and collaboration. If you're comfortable with Linux then you can step right into new technologies like Node, Docker, Redis, Kafka, Hadoop, et al while they're being developed. They all migrate to Windows eventually, but that takes a while, and the ......

Apache Storm went to GA on HDInsight yesterday, and the latest Azure SDK has Visual Studio integration for creating Storm applications. You can select the Storm Application project template: And that creates you a basic topology with a simple spout and bolt. You can publish that new project to Azure from Visual Studio (right-click the project in Solution ......

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