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07 June 2012
07 June 2012

Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

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Windows Server 2012 comes with substantial improvements to the hypervisor-based virtualization system Hyper-V. This represents Microsoft's attempt to catch up with rival virtualisation technologies and support enterprise-based 'private cloud' services, and it is looking good.… Read more
31 May 2012
31 May 2012

3 tips for SQL Azure connection perfection

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One of my main annoyances when dealing with SQL Azure is of course the occasional connection problems that communicating to a cloud database entails. If you’re used to programming against a locally hosted SQL Server box this can be quite a change and annoying like you wouldn’t believe. So after hitting the problem again in … Read more
13 April 2012
13 April 2012

Big Data is Just a Fad

The Term 'Big Data' is nothing more than a fad, and we'll soon be cringing with embarrassment at the thought that we ever used it. However, the data, and the challenges to processing it that it presents, will stay with us. If jargon like 'Big Data' helps us focus on the problems, then let's use it: temporarily, perhaps.… Read more
19 March 2012
19 March 2012

Scaling the Monolith

Relatively speaking, scaling web servers is the easiest part of any scalability strategy. Any number of cloud providers can give you the capability to easily add nodes to your web farm, but eventually the database is going to become a bottleneck. If you’re starting your product or service today and you expect to need significant … Read more