Cloud Services

Microsoft Research Project Hawaii

January 2, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Cloud Services, Microsoft No comments

Microsoft Research Project Hawaii is a collaboration with Microsoft and all other universities across the world. Project Hawaii enables students to develop inventive cloud-enhanced mobile applications. Students at participating universities can use Windows Phone for accessing a set of innovative cloud services and Windows Azure for computation and data storage. Project Hawaii provides the tools, services, and mobile-plus-cloud platforms that students need to create their applications; students bring their creativity and imagination.

Cloud Services offered by Project Hawaii

Relay Service: The Hawaii Relay Service provides a relay point in the cloud that mobile applications can use to communicate.

Rendezvous Service: The Hawaii Rendezvous Service is a mapping service from well-known human-readable names to endpoints in the Hawaii Relay Service.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Service: The Hawaii Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in the Cloud service takes a photographic image that contains some text and returns the text.

Speech to Text Service: The Hawaii Speech to Text service takes a spoken phrase and returns text.

To Connect your Windows Phone 7 device to Windows Azure. Use the Windows Azure toolkit for Windows Phone 7 to build Windows Phone 7 applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure.

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Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 1.5 (September 2011)

September 16, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, General, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2008, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has released the latest version of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 version 1.5(September 2011).

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage services to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.

Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio® expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards, protocols and languages including SOAP, REST, XML, Java, PHP and Ruby. Windows Azure is now commercially available in 41 countries.

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Download the latest Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 v1.5  (VSCloudService.VS100.en-us.msi – 11MB)

To get more information on the downloads and get additional tools downloads visit Microsoft Download Center

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Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update

June 3, 2011 .NET, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, CodeName "Dallas", General, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SQL Azure, ToolKits No comments

Hey tech world here is the new update for Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform, including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.

What is new in May 2011 Update?

The May 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit contains a few updated hands-on labs. Some of the specific changes with this release of the training kit include:

  • [Updated] Building Windows Azure Application with Cache Service lab updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Rafiki demo updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Working with Drives exercise added to the Exploring Windows Azure Storage lab
  • [Updated] Caching Content from Hosted Services exercise added to the Windows Azure Content Delivery Networks lab
  • Applied several minor fixes in content and updated Service Bus labs to the new portal experience

Download Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update (Microsoft Download Center)

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Windows Azure Platform

July 15, 2009 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Services, CodeName "Dallas", General, Microsoft, SQL Azure, Windowz Azure No comments

What is the Windows Azure Platform? Go Here 

At this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft unveiled the pay-as-you-go pricing for its Windows Azure platform, which includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services), as well as connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. Microsoft will offer a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers to pay only for the services that they consume, in the following structure (bandwidth across all three services will be charged at $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB):

  • Windows Azure:
    • Compute @ $0.12 / hour
    • Storage @ $0.15 / GB stored
    • Storage Transactions @ $0.01 / 10K
  • SQL Azure:
    • Web Edition – Up to 1GB relational database @ $9.99
    • Business Edition – Up to 10GB relational database @ $99.99
  • .NET Services:
    • Messages @ $0.15/100K message operations, including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens

Microsoft emphasized that its partners would have access to special promotional offers and discounts that will help them bring solutions to the market faster, reduce IT complexity, and increase revenue opportunities. Microsoft partners get a five percent promotional discount on Windows Azure compute, SQL Azure, and .NET Services. MSDN Premium subscribers will get resources to develop and test their cloud-based applications. There will also be a “development accelerator promotional offer” (15 to 30 percent discount off the consumption charges) for partners and customers who want to quickly develop and deploy applications with dynamic scaling, predictable pricing, and a deep discount. It requires a six-month commitment, and after six months the pricing reverts to the standard Azure rates.

Furthermore, on the Windows Azure blog, the software giant outlined an enterprise-class guarantee backed by a service-level agreement that covers service uptime, connectivity, and data availability:

For compute, we guarantee that when you deploy two or more role instances in different fault and upgrade domains your Internet facing roles will have external connectivity at least 99.95% of the time. Additionally, we will monitor all of your individual role instances and detect within two minutes when a role instance’s process is not running and initiate corrective action. For storage, we guarantee that at least 99.9% of the time we will successfully process correctly formatted requests that we receive to add, update, read and delete data. We also guarantee that your storage accounts will have connectivity to our Internet gateway.

Microsoft also noted that Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services would be commercially available at its Professional Developers Conference 2009, which goes on between November 17 and 19, 2009. At launch, Microsoft is planning to have offers available in local currencies for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the US. In March 2010, commercial availability will expand to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Microsoft may have a tough time convincing developers that Azure is worth their time, and while pricing is important, it all comes down to trust. You can read our explanation on what Windows Azure is and isn’t for more information.