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Is cloud computing just a way of renting resources?

The company I work at recently hosted a web service in Windows Azure and announced that. Now trade online magazines say lots of meaningless stuff like "company X moves to the cloud", "company X drops ...
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Is it practical to use Twitter for service logs?

Recently my boss suggested that we post logs of our service that is hosted on Windows Azure into twitter. His idea is that it's conveniently readable and if Azure cloud fails logs persist. He also ...
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Shared Cache - Invalidation Best Practice

I'd like to know what would be a better approach to invalidate/update cache objects. Prerequisites Having remote memcached server (serving as cache for multiple applications) All servers are hosted ...
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Cloud service and IM protocol advice, for a backend to group chat mobile app

Overview I’m going to develop an app on Android and iOS. It will allow users to set up group ‘chat rooms’ and talk on chat rooms set up by other users. The service needs to be highly scalable, such ...
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Does iCloud use windows Azure?

I just read this article on iCloud's use of Azure: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/is-apple-really-using-windows-azure-to-power-icloud/9687 Anyone know if there is any truth in it?
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Asynchronously returning a hierarchal data using .NET TPL… what should my return object “look” like?

I want to use the .NET TPL to asynchronously do a DIR /S and search each subdirectory on a hard drive, and want to search for a word in each file... what should my API look like? In this scenario I ...
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Need clarification concerning Windows Azure

I basically need some confirmation and clarification concerning Windows Azure with respect to a Silverlight application using RIA Services. In a normal Silverlight app that uses RIA services you have ...
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Purpose of the csx folder in Azure projects?

I'm fairly new to Azure but I noticed that Visual Studio auto-creates the following folders (among others) ... /<nameOfAzureProject>/bin /<nameOfAzureProject>/obj ...
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Is it good practice for Azure applications to self-administrate?

In a lot of examples for the Azure platform I'm seeing a lot of self-administration happening: an application will test for the presence of an external system such as a queue or database and create ...
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Licensing approach for .NET library that might be used desktop / web-service / cloud environment

I am looking for advice how to architect licensing for a .NET library. I am not asking for tool/service recommendations or something like that. My library can be used in a regular desktop ...
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Reading and conditionally updating N rows, where N > 100,000 for DNA Sequence processing

I have a proof of concept application that uses Azure tables to associate DNA sequences to "something". Table 1 is the master table. It uniquely lists every DNA sequence. The PK is a load balanced ...
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DB migration and Azure deployment slots

I'm planning to push a new web application to an Azure Web Service (former Azure Website). I'd like to make use of the deployment slots to be able to test my deployment before pushing it to ...
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Is there another name for Sql Azure's programming language?

According to this page on MSDN the sql language used on Sql Azure is called transact-sql (the same as on sql server). But is this the only way to refer to programming on Sql Azure? The Sql Azure ...
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How and when do you scale Azure instances?

When dealing with Azure instances that are under-performing, how do you decide when to scale the instances? Do you scale horizontally by adding more instances or vertically by making the existing ...
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How does this kind of application and DDD relate?

In Domain-Driven Design the application is divided, as I understand, into four layers: Presentation Layer Application Layer Domain Layer Infrastructure Layer I understand this well, for instance, ...
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Replacing connection strings and app settings during TFS build

A little background first: where I work we maintain about 40 .NET applications of varying size. These apps share many secrets (account credentials, connection strings, etc.) in configuration files. ...
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Is using partial classes for supporting multiple versions of data entities for continuous delivery scenarios a bad idea?

When you want to have continuous delivery any data schemas that you have must support multiple versions of your application at the same time (as you may have multiple version deployed when new ...
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Credibility of Windows azure architect program from Sundblad & Sundblad

I am planning to attend the Windows Azure Architect Program from S&S. http://www.windowsazurearchitect.com/ Although the website says it is a Microsoft Training Program, not sure how much ...
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Release management with Azure and Visual Studio Online (Cloud TFS)

What strategy would you use to manage the releasing of versioned software to Azure cloud services (web and worker roles)? We are not looking for continuous integration. We are using Visual Studio ...
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Is MSDN / Azure Active Directory information available in different formats?

I'd like to read the documentation of Azure Active Directory on my kindle (or similar device), but don't want to use "Print to Kindle" for each and every page. Is the Microsoft documentation for this ...
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How can you demonstrate scalabity and load balancing property of a cloud application on Windows Azure?

For my project I want to develop an web application with Windows Azure as the platform using C# language. The idea is to host the website of a University on the cloud. Whenever it announces the ...
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How to run WordPress across 2 VMs for high availability [migrated]

Microsoft Azure requires that applications utilize two instances across multiple data centers in order to achieve their "high availability" SLA and ensure your sites don't go down for routine ...
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Directly query database vs. Using web service

I'm a junior programmer, am working on a WPF application that will deploy to ~50 users. We basically are streamlining all of his charting/tracking of client data. Each user will probably make about ...
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Caching Strategy: WCF Buffer pooling and size

I am currently trying to understand the best configuration for caching. I am using Azure In-Role caching (currently Colocated, but Dedicated at a later point) in a Web Api 2 application in .NET ...
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Table scaling with partitions or with separate databases?

Let's say I have a table (let's call it BigTable) which could experience 5,000,000 INSERTS per day (with possibly just as many SELECTs). Each row inserted is about 50kb. These daily INSERTs are ...
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in multi-tenant systems what is the correct practice for segregating each tenants data from each other?

I am a first-time azure developer and I am taking over a single-tenant cloud system and have been tasked with converting the system to multi-tenant. What is the correct practice to separate each ...
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Windows Azure vs GAE vs AWS - for process based application

I am writing an application that will crawl web pages and analyze data, and I'm wondering if I can host this as a cloud-based service. The main reason I'm looking at cloud hosting is that users may ...
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Azure website that talks to third party services

I have website that crawls data from many third party services when user browse to webpage. This can be really slow because I hit third party server and process returned data before showing it to ...
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How to run a F# app in Windows Azure?

I have a project that requires me to write a library management system in F# and using Windows Azure for the development. I am quite new to Cloud concept and i don't know what to do as a next step. Is ...
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Git-based storage and publishing, infrastructure advice

I wanted to get some advice on moving a system to "the cloud" ... specifically, I'm looking to move into some of Windows Azure's managed services, as right now I'm managing a VM. Basically, the system ...
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Running SQL Server Express on Micro/Extra Small VM

I'm exploring options for running a small cloud Windows Server (either AWS EC2 Micro or Azure Extra Small). The server won't be hit very hard, but I need to run a simple relational database, which ...
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Implementing a claims-based security model to secure a WCF service

Currently, all of our web applications (and the WCF services they interact with) are run internally. Nothing is exposed to the web. We want to open up our web applications to the Internet and will ...
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NoSQL (Azure Table Storage) RowKey design for ordered data

I store large quantities of GPS data in storage tables. Each partition can reach up to 1 million entities. Each GPS entity that is inserted into the table is actually sequential to the previous data ...
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Azure Storage Table design with multiple query points

I have the following Azure Storage Table. PositionData table: PartitionKey: ClientID + VehicleID RowKey: GUID Properties: ClientID, VehicleID, DriverID, Date, GPSPosition Each vehicle will log ...
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Active Directory Federation for multi tenant application

For AD Federation in a multi-tenant environment- My research so far with Azure, tells me that the onpremise AD needs to be integrated with the cloud AD. Are there any cons/ security concerns with ...
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How do I better manage my Service Bus Quotas in Azure?

I'm trying to determine how best to accomplish the following scenario using the Azure Service Bus. I have millions of devices (desktop software, mobile phone apps, etc) that need to have messages sent ...
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Run WebAPI on Azures free web site

Just a quick question. I see that Azure have an offering where you can host 10 websites for free? Is it possible to use this to host some WebAPI projects instead of a conventional website? ...
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ZeroMQ and Majordomo protocol

I am learning ZeroMQ and came across the Majordomo Protocol. I am wondering if I'm understanding this correctly, is the use case the same as.. for example.. the Microsoft Azure AppFabric service? ...
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Large invoice database structure and rendering

Our client has a MS SQL database that has 1 million customer invoice records in it. Using the database, our client wants its customers to be able to log into a frontend web site and then be able to ...
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Switching between Azure Mobile Services vs my own implementation. Will UIDs change?

I'm looking at Azure Mobile Services, particularly the Authentication part (which I believe relies exclusively on OAUTH 1 or 2). I want to make sure that my application isn't tightly coupled to the ...
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Storage Client Library 2.0 - Why is the API not as intuitive to use as 1.7?

I am migrating to using the new Storage Client Library for my Azure Table Storage. Querying with the previous Storage Client Library 1.7 namespace: var orders = serviceContext ...
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Most efficient way of saving images and sending them to client browser

I'm building an app where users list items for sale and they can include up to five photos for each item. I'm using Azure Blob storage for storing the images. In my app, I'll be displaying these ...
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Updating ip address for custom domain [closed]

I'm looking to transfer the ipaddress for my site from one ip address to another. Reading through the Register.com documentation it says that it may take awhile for the DNS changes to ...
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Scaling Azure across subscriptions

I've been doing a lot of work with VMs recently and can see the massive advantages of the platform. It's my understanding that subscriptions are a very good way of managing your clients. For example ...
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Best practices for caching search queries

I am trying to improve performance of my ASP.net Web Api by adding a data cache but I am not sure how exactly to go about it as it seems to be more complex than most caching scenarios. An example is I ...
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JSON object and storage of nosql

I have read Would a NoSQL DB be more efficient than a relational DB for storing JSON objects? and am building a small test project in Asp.Net. I have a webapi up in Azure. It returns a ...
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What is the proper and easy way to move a LocalDB to Azure using code first ?

The only way I could figure how to do it was create the schema on the localDB with code first and then manually change the database string to Azure and then run the code on Azure.. But that only ...
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Testing UI for azure web app on iPad

I am working on debugging my mobile application. There is a specific requirement/issue that I am having related to a drag and drop touch interface on an iPad. I am at the trial and error phase of ...
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SPA + Web API + Azure active directory: authenticating with graph API

I have an angular client app which talks to an ASP.NET Web API backend. I am using Azure Active Directory to authenticate users, and I have registered my Web API with my Azure AD tenant. I am using ...
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How many Topics (queues) to practically use in an ESB

In all the Service Bus examples and tutorials I've seen, they cover publishing a single message to a single Topic that is picked up by a single listening Subscriber. Whilst this is good for a simple ...