Yesterday Microsoft announced Windows Nano Server which is essentially an installation option that is even more stripped-down than Server Core. Server Core, introduced with Windows Server 2008, removed the GUI in order to make the OS lighter weight and more secure. It is particularly suitable for installations that do nothing more than run Hyper-V to
…continue reading Why Windows Server is going Nano: think automation, Cloud OS
I have been doing a little work with Microsoft’s Azure platform recently. A common requirement is that you want a VM which is internet-accessible with a custom domain, for which the best solution is to create a A record in your DNS pointing to the IP number of the VM. In order to do this
…continue reading Reserved IPs and other Microsoft Azure annoyances
Microsoft has introduced SSD storage for Azure VMs. This is a catch-up with Amazon which has been offering this at least since June 2014. It is an important feature though, and now in preview. The SSDs are part of the Azure storage service but can only be used for disks attached to VMs, not for
…continue reading SSD storage has come to Azure VMs, along with faster Azure SQL
Last week I was in Las Vegas for my first visit to Amazon’s annual developer conference re:Invent. There were several announcements, the biggest being a new relational database service called RDS Aurora – a drop-in replacement for MySQL but with 3x write performance and 5x read performance as well as resiliency benefits – and EC2
…continue reading Quick reflections on Amazon re:Invent, open source, and Amazon Web Services
Microsoft’s Jason Zander has published an account of what went wrong yesterday, causing failure of many Azure services for a number of hours. The incident is described as running from 0.51 AM to 11.45 AM on November 19th though the actual length of the outage varied; an Azure application which I developed was offline for
…continue reading Microsoft’s Azure outage: a troubling account of what went wrong
This will be unnecessary for Azure experts, but I have seen some misunderstanding on this point, hence this post.
A “web site” is a unit of service on the Azure cloud platform which represents a web application hosted on IIS, Microsoft’s web server (but see below). You write a standard ASP.NET application and deploy it.
…continue reading An Azure Web Site is a VM which supports multiple applications
Microsoft released its financial results yesterday, for the quarter ending September 30th 2014. It was a good quarter in most respects, though consumer Windows and Windows Phone licensing are weak.
Good news outweighs bad though, particularly the company’s success in transitioning Office customers from perpetual licences to subscription, even in the consumer market. It also
…continue reading Microsoft financials show robust performance, Office in transition to subscription, both cloud and server growth
Microsoft financials are hard to parse these days, with figures broken down into broad categories that reveal little about what is succeeding and what is not.
CEO Satya Nadella speaks in San Francisco
At a cloud platform event yesterday in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and VP of cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie offered
…continue reading How is Microsoft Azure doing? Some stats from Satya Nadella and Scott Guthrie
“It’s like a Microsoft developer event back when they were good,” one exhibitor here at Xamarin Evolve in Atlanta told me, and I do see what he means. There is plenty of buzz, since Xamarin is just three years old as a company and growing fast; there is the sense of an emerging technology, and
…continue reading Xamarin Evolve: developers enjoy the buzz around cross-platform coding with C#
How important is the Azure portal, the web-based user interface for managing Microsoft’s cloud computing platform? You can argue that it is not all that important. Developers and users care more about the performance and reliability of the services themselves. You can also control Azure services through PowerShell scripts.
My view is the opposite though.
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: new preview portal is “designed like an operating system” but is it better?