Premium Storage Release Leads List of New Azure Enhancements

Azure Premium

December 2014 enhancements to Microsoft Azure:

  • Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads
  • RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service
  • SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases
  • Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming
  • Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more
  • DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax Highlighting
  • Site Recovery: General Availability of disaster recovery to Azure for branch offices and SMB customers
  • Azure Active Directory: General Availability of Azure Active Directory application proxy and password write back support

via ScottGu’s Blog – Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More.

Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users


This is a great article if you are new to Big Data / Hadoop.

Whether you’re running it on premises or in the cloud, Hadoop leaves a lot to be desired in the ease-of-use department. The Hadoop offerings on the three major cloud platforms (Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce  — EMR, Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight and Google Compute Engine’s Click-to-Deploy Hadoop) have their warts. And the three major on-premises distributions (Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks HDP and MapR) can be formidable adversaries to casual users as well.

I recommend reading the entire article by Andrew J Brust.

via Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users — Tech News and Analysis

Great (free) Online Azure Training for IT Pros

Azure IaaS

10+ hours of videos to help build your foundational skills on Azure.  Updated Dec 2014

Gartner: Azure is Closing in Quicker than Most Realize


Kyle Hilgendorf, the Research Director for Gartner, mentions that AWS is still the leader overall but he suggests that Azure is closing in quicker than most realize. Hilgendorf was quoted as saying, “The race has just begun, and it’s a very long race.” Hilgendorf made this comment at a recent presentation hosted by AWS.

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2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey

2014 Future of Cloud

Fantastic 124 slide presentation on the Future of the Cloud.  Excellent analysis, proof points, slide graphics etc.  Definately worth a look if your job depends or is related to Cloud Computing.   Click Here to view deck on

The 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey was conducted in partnership with 72 Collaborators. The survey is the most widely endorsed survey of its kind in the industry. To tweet individual slides, please note the banner on the upper right hand corner of each page. Visit the Blog on and follow us @futureofcloud #futureofcloud to join the conversation.

Running Oracle and Thinking of Moving to Microsoft Azure?

Kevin McCauley

Learn about our best practices for moving Oracle applications and databases in this brief 5-minute video.  Recorded at Microsoft Studios on November 14, 2014


  • Overview on Oracle and Microsoft Azure Partnership
  • Customer Benefits of Running Oracle on the Azure Platform
  • How to Get Started on an Oracle on Azure Project / Migration

Microsoft Azure Unveils Real-Time Tools for IoT and Big Data Application Developers

Microsoft’s public cloud platform Azure is continuing to add functionality for Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) with the preview launch of Stream Analytics and Data Factory, and general availability launch of Azure Event Hubs.

Azure Stream Analytics is an event processing engine which helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and data. It could be used in IoT scenarios such as real-time fleet management or gaining insights from devices like mobile phones or connected cars.

Azure Data Factory helps orchestrate and manage diverse data such as an on-premise SQL Server database, and cloud data like Azure SQL Database, blobs, and tables. Data Factory helps assess end-to-end data pipeline health across various sources, and pinpoint issues and troubleshoot them.

Azure Event Hubs is capable of logging millions of events per second in near real time. The data is collected into “Event Hubs”, which can then be used with real-time analytics services such as Stream Analytics.


Updated Azure Push with Notification Hubs in iOS 8


With Azure Notification Hubs and the new iOS8 Push Notification custom actions, developers can use rich push to provide an engaging user experience.

Try the Azure Notification Hubs Notify Users tutorial or your own WebAPI project and iOS application.

Developers, please use the comment section or GitHub.