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TechEd 2013–Day 3 Summary

On day 3 I attended an interesting talk on Hekaton, now know as SQL Server 2014, by Sunil Agarwal. Sunil showed us how Hekaton turns stored procedures into C code and loads them as DLLs for SQL Server to use. He also showed us how in-memory tables are organized in memory and explained that the reason in-memory tables were so fast was that they were not organized in a B-tree, but as a hash table. Sunil mentioned that on one test, statements against a standard table was generating over 900,000 CPU ......

TechEd 2013 - Day 2 Summary

Wow… what another amazing day. I attended two excellent sessions on Day 2 of TechEd: Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Big Data (Hadoop / HDInsights) [Val Fontama and Saptak Sen] and Best Practices for Building Your Strategy for a Private Cloud [Eduardo Kassner]. In the Big Data talk Val and Saptak discussed important considerations for building a predictive analytics environment in general terms, then demonstrated how to build one using Hadoop. It was pretty fascinating. Val presented a sample ......

TechEd 2013–Day 1 Summary

As it turns out, Day 1 of Microsoft TechEd 2013 in New Orleans was a great success. The organization itself is of course top notch. And the keynote delivered: lots of major news announced, including some interesting details on the Microsoft Azure platform. In summary, we are no longer charged when stopping a Virtual Machine (it used to be that in order avoiding being charged we had to delete the Virtual Machine – well… no longer). Also, the billing model is now a per minute charge increment (instead ......

Azure Roadshow for IT Pros in Florida

Hi – this is HUGE!!! Microsoft (Blain Barton) is planning a roadshow in Florida starting in March 2013 until June 2013. We will visit many cities (twice), so if you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time! Space is running short already! I will be one of the presenters at most of the locations, along with Adnan Cartwright, MVP, (http://www.fisg.us/). We will talk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) in Microsoft Azure, so don’t miss out! Here are some key links for you: http://aka.ms/blainbarton http://aka.ms/msproducts ......

Ready for .NET Code Camp in South Florida?

Here we go again! South Florida Code Camp is about to start tomorrow, Saturday Feb 9 2013, at NOVA University in Fort Lauderdale. I have seen this event grow every year; over 900 people were registered last year. It’s a HUGE event for the Microsoft developer community in South Florida. You can still register here: http://www.fladotnet.com/co... If you look at the Agenda you will see some really interesting speakers and topics. I would like to specially give a shout-out at some of the new speakers ......

Typical Concerns of Multitenant SaaS Application Design

Creating a SaaS application, or migrating an existing application into a SaaS model can be difficult for a few reasons. In this post I will address some of the common issues developers and managers face when building a SaaS application and offer some pointers on how to solve them from a data management standpoint. Common Roadblocks Let’s first perform an inventory of the common concerns that developers and managers face when building a SaaS application, or when converting an existing single-tenant ......

Windows Azure IT Roadshow Lab I

This lab was created for the Windows Azure IT Roadshow in Florida (first session). It covers the basics of creating a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine, a SQL Server 2012 virtual machine and a SQL Database. Some of the steps will help you configure the firewalls properly and show you how to stripe two blobs for increased performance. Sign-up for 90-day trial If you haven’t done so, open a 90-trial account now. The rest of this lab requires you to have an Azure subscription. Note: You will need ......

Sample Pricing Comparison: On-Premise vs. Private Hosting vs. Cloud Computing

Last week I blogged about some of the basic pricing differences between Amazon AWS and Microsoft’s Windows Azure (http://wblo.gs/da7) and concluded that while there was a price difference, it was important to review the benefits and gaps of each platform to make the right decision. In that comparison, using the assumptions documented on the blog post, Windows Azure was a more affordable option thanks to its Windows Azure SQL Database service offering. In this blog post, I will compare what it would ......

Backup SQL Database Federation

One of the amazing features of Windows Azure SQL Database is the ability to create federations in order to scale your cloud databases. However until now, there were very few options available to backup federated databases. In this post I will show you how Enzo Cloud Backup can help you backup, and restore your federated database easily. You can restore federated databases in SQL Database, or even on SQL Server (as regular databases). Generally speaking, you will need to perform the following steps ......

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