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Q&A: Where does high performance computing fit with Windows Azure?
Answer I have been asked a couple of times this year about taking compute intensive operations to Windows Azure and/or High Performance Computing on Windows Azure. It is an interesting (if slightly niche) area. The good news is we have a great paper from David Chappell on HPC Server and Windows Azure integration. As a taster: A SOA application running entirely on Windows Azure runs its WCF services in Azure Worker nodes. Download now Related Links: Other Q&A posts on my team blog Don’t forget ......

Posted On Monday, March 7, 2011 10:18 AM

Q&A: Where can I get architectural guidance on building applications for the Windows Azure Platform?
This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use for a Web application or service (A good IIS7/ASP.NET based architecture is likely a good Windows Azure Platform architecture), there is still plenty of differences which impact on architecture. The good news is we are now ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:51 AM

Q&A: How do I cancel my Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special? (or any Subscription)
Short answer: Don’t! Just kidding :-) Long answer: I believe it is the same process as for other Microsoft Online Services – but I have never tried it. Hence please post a comment if you follow this successfully or not and I will amend. From search for “cancel” and you get: What I am not clear about is whether an Introductory Special is classed as a trial. Either way, the answer is to contact support and ask to cancel. I would suggest you are fully ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:14 PM

Q&A: What is the UK pricing for the Windows Azure CDN?
The pricing for Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) was announced last week. The prices are: £0.091 per GB transferred from North America & Europe locations £0.1213 per GB transferred from other locations £0.0061 per 10,000 transactions CDN rates are effective for all billing periods that begin subsequent to June 30, 2010. All usage for billing periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged. To help you determine which pricing plan best suits your needs, please review the ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2010 1:39 PM

Q&A: Can you develop for the Windows Azure Platform using Windows XP?
This question has come up several times recently as we take several hundred UK developers through 6 Weeks of Windows Azure training (sorry – we are full). Short answer: In the main, yes Longer answer: The question is sparked by the requirements as stated on the Windows Azure SDK download page. Namely: Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:13 PM

Q&A: Does it make sense to run a personal blog on the Windows Azure Platform?
I keep seeing people wanting to do this (or something very similar) and then being surprised at how much it might cost them if they went with Windows Azure. Time for a Q&A. Short answer: No, definitely not. Madness, sheer madness. (Hopefully that was clear enough) Longer answer: No because It would cost you a heck of a lot more than just about any other approach to running a blog. A site that can easily be run on a shared hosting solution (as many blogs do today) does not require the rich capabilities ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:45 PM

Q&A: How do I find out the status of the Windows Azure Platform services?
The Windows Azure Platform includes a status dashboard as well as RSS feeds for individual services and regions. You get to see the current status: As well as the history of an individual service: As I’m based in the UK, I subscribe to the North Europe feeds for each of the services: AppFabric Access Control AppFabric Service Bus SQL Azure Database Windows Azure Compute Windows Azure Storage Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:53 PM

Q&A: Do I get charged compute hours for every role in my Windows Azure Hosted Service?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends ->] [Check out my other QandAs] A common question I get is “Do I get charged compute hours for every role type in my service?” The short answer is “Yes you do”. Now for the longer answer… Every role type is created as at least one Virtual Machine instance on the Windows Azure Platform – more if you have instance count > 1 for a role. In this hosted service example I have 2 WebRoles and 3 WorkerRoles with ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 11:39 AM

Q&A: How can I calculate the TCO and ROI when considering the Windows Azure Platform?
[In the UK? Why not join] Awareness of the existence of the Windows Azure Platform TCO and ROI Calculator remains pretty low based on some conversations I have had lately at events. It is available in both online and offline versions and aims to help measure the potential savings of product development or migration to the Windows Azure Platform. Lets take a quick example of a brand new car insurance site (Based on my depth work with… car insurance sites!). In brief: We will ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 3:37 PM

Q&A: I have a new business idea. How can I implement it cheaply using the Windows Azure Platform?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends ->] I have been asked this one a few times recently. The question is often driven by the realisation that that the Windows Azure Platform is actually a little more expensive that alternatives such as shared hosting/dedicated hosting in the early stages of a new application – i.e. when you have no/few users and you don’t need all that elasticity and high availability isn’t really a priority. It turns out ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:09 AM

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