Microsoft released a preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API to
help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This
is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice
to manage their services. You can find the documentation (along with the
rest of the Windows Azure documentation) here.
This is a REST-based API which uses X509 client certificates for
authentication. Users can upload any valid X509 certificate in .cer format to
the Windows Azure developer portal and then use it as a client certificate
when making API requests.
The following operations are currently supported:
Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying
configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the
deployment. Listing and viewing properties for hosted services, storage
accounts and affinity groups
One thing in the Microsoft cloud I find really interesting is SQL Data
Services and Huron/Data Hub - SQL cloud sync service, one of the “cloud”
offerings I believe has lots of potential and will really make sharing of
data in the cloud so much easier.
I had the pleasure to sit down and talk about this subject with Liam
Cavanagh, Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, with the SDS/Huron team, and get
some insights about the current state and the future of this remarkable new
technology. In this article I’ll talk about SQL Data Services, and I’ll
follow up with one about Data Hub/Huron... (more)
Amazon Cloud Journal
Today Amazon released its answer to SQL Azure, the hosted cloud database
offered by Microsoft. The newest service form Amazon, the Amazon Relational
Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short, now in beta, makes it easier for
you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You get
direct database access without worrying about infrastructure provisioning,
software maintenance, or common database management tasks.
Using the RDS APIs or the command-line tools, you can access the full
capabilities of a complete, self-contained MySQL 5.1 datab... (more)
Azure Cloud on Ulitzer
The long awaited build of SQL Server Management Studio with support for SQL
Azure is available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be
generally available for the rest of the world as of tomorrow.
The download page can be found here. This support is included as part of the
November CTP release of SQL Server 2008 R2.
This release not only includes SQL Azure support from within SSMS but a
wealth of other SQL Server 2008 specific features. Check out this blog entry
4th International Cloud Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and ... (more)
Awesome post on how to troubleshoot SQL Azure connectivity by SQL Services
Team, helping you to understand some of the common connectivity error
messages that you would see while connecting to SQL Azure as listed below:
A transport-level error has occurred when receiving results from the server.
(Provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - An existing connection was forcibly
closed by the remote host.) System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Timeout
expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or
the server is not responding. The statement has been terminated. An e... (more)