Windows azure Platform 30 Day Pass

January 11th, 2011 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Click on the URL and use promo code MPR001. No credit card required. With the Windows Azure platform you pay only for what you use, scale up when you need capacity, and pull back when you don’t. Plus, get no-cost technical support with Microsoft Platform Ready.


Great Azure App- Jumpman Mosaic

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Air Jordan is a brand divison of Nike Inc thought of an innovative idea to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

They wanted an innovative web-app which will allow Jordan fans to upload their photos with their favourite Air Jordan shoes which shows thier style/personality type etc. They named this web-app a Social mosaic.

This application is built on Windows Azure using Silverlight with deep-zoon feature, running s on Windows Azure allows the application to be scalable for traffic, as photos were continusously uploaded, and do automatically do all other activities to keep this web-app working.

You can visit this web-app here

If you hover mouse on the image shown on the home-page (as above) and start rotating your mouse wheel in forward direction then you will see the Deep-zoom taking effect and you will start seeing something like this.

Where Your Data Lives on Azure

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Data on Azure lives in PODs (Performance Optimized Data-center) and these PODs are securely placed in various Microsoft Data centers.

Microsoft have multiple data-centers located in USA (Chicago & San Antonio), Europe (Dublin & Amsterdam) and in Asia (Singapore & Hongkong)

These Data-centers are huge in size anywhere from 300,000 sq ft to 470,000 sqft or more.

Features of Windows Azure

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Some of the features which makes life so easy when any organization/ISV create applications for Azure

1- Pay as you go model, so you pay what you or your customer uses.
2- Commissioning and de-commissioning of servers are easy and cost-effective
3- Server management is taken care by Microsoft.
4- Database management is taken care by Microsoft
5- You can scale the application as per the demand.
6- You are charged separately for peak and off-peak time.
7- It’s fully compatible with applications running on-premise.

Why Windows Azure

April 26th, 2010 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Once you have deployed your application and its in production environment.

If you want to check the health of Azure services which are running in any of the geographical location which you have choosen as afinity while creating the service project.

Microosft offers the health status of each and every Azure service running in all the data centers.

It shows health for current day to last 6 more days, liste under “Status History” sections towards the bottom of the page.

You can check the health of the services by following this url

In order to connect with SQL Azure Db, you need special version of SQL Server Management Studio.

Ability to connect with SQL Azure is buid in “SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP”.

You can download this from SQL Server® 2008 R2 November Community Technology Preview – Express

Windows Azure team developed a new Azure based feature, known as TownHall.

This is a software which will aloow to create applications where people seek opinions, message-boards, vote etc. TownHall applications will be based on REST API in the Azure which will enable the delivery of clients on a number of platforms, in order to store the collected data, database used for this will be on SQL Azure.

There is no License fee for TownHall, you only pay for the WindowsAzure. Some common scenarios where TownHall can be used:

  • Event hosting as offered by evite etc
  • Engagement with communities
  • Message boards
  • Vote
  • Fan clubs , followers etc

You can see a TownHall sample at . You can try this site by clicking on “Log in” link on the top-left of this web site. Using the login name – demouser and password – demopassword
Note- I am not sure how long this site is available for demo purpose.

You can download the design templates, themes for TownHall development from

Motivation Behind the term Azure

April 8th, 2010 | Posted by Vidya Vrat in Azure - (0 Comments)

Windows Azure is Cloud computing technology from Microsoft.

Azure is the term which is also considered as a synonym for “blue color“, Azure alsos refers to a bright blue color, resembling the sky like it apperass on a bright and clear day.

Microsoft has recently launched the development tool support for Windows Cloud Computing – Windows Azure.

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio; extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable services on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes:

*C# and VB Project templates for building Cloud Services
*Integration with the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
*Debugging Cloud Service Roles running in the Development Fabric
*Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
*Browsing to the Azure Services Developer Portal
*Role configuration
*SSL Certificate selection

Download here:
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio