Mike Wood

Michael Wood describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group advising, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he's not living up to that title he's an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. Michael has been awarded a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure for his contributions to educating the community on the cloud platform. You can catch up with Michael on his blog at http://mvwood.com/blog and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.

03 February 2015
03 February 2015

Cloud Storage Replication Is Not Backup

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The options that you need to select when setting up an Azure Storage service account allow you to specify the durability and high-availability of your data, but they don't provide for data recovery to a point-in-time. In fact, it means that some of the bad things that can happen to data are more efficiently replicated to all copies. Backup is quite a separate issue.… Read more
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10 September 2014
10 September 2014

Azure Diagnostics for Virtual Machines

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Hosting a scalable application in Azure seems ideal, but what happens when things go wrong? Azure Cloud Services provide extensive disgnostics, and this feature has now been extended to Azure web sites and Azure Virtual Machines. You need to set up diagnostics on the VM, but once this is done, all your logs, traces and performance counters can be collected from many VMs in one place for easy management.… Read more
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14 October 2013
14 October 2013

Windows Azure Management Certificates

Although Windows Azure can be used from the portal, it comes into its own once provisioning, deployments and maintenance can be automated or undertaken with specialized tools. To reach this stage, you need to understand Windows Azure Management Certificates. Mike Wood brings all this information into one article and guides you through the process. … Read more
07 August 2013
07 August 2013

The Operating Systems of Windows Azure

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It is wrong to assume that moving to a managed cloud platform means never having to be concerned with upgrades to the operating system: It is important to be aware of how these updates are applied, and how they can affect the availability and maintainability of your cloud-based applications… Read more
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20 March 2013
20 March 2013

Planning for Failure in Cloud Applications

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Any IT application will suffer a failure at some point. A well-designed application can accomodate failure by reacting in such a way as to minimise the effect: to fail gracefully. Good Cloud software design should plan around mitigating the consequences of failure of any part of the system… Read more
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