Why one of the Top100 Blogs moved from AWS to Windows Azure


The Blog I started on Cloud Computing and Big Data some years ago was steadily increasing in the number of people accessing it. CloudVane is also named one of the Top 100 Blogs on Cloud Computing (Source), which is backed by the number of visits I get per day. To meet the increased traffic, I had to scale up my Blog. There was no question that I am going to use some kind of Cloud Platform. To date, I used Amazon Web Services. As I am always keen on using the newest technology, I decided to use a Platform as a Service Provider. The reasons for that vary: the most important factor is that I don’t want to take care of VM management and alike. The most important aspect I was looking at is to have a platform that eases administration. Ideally I would have only little administration or no administration. I looked at the 3 most common platforms: Amazon

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Interview #3 with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the last part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] Since you do a lot in Europe and your main partners are here as well. What problems do you see in Europe with Cloud Computing? [MS] I think in Europe you can most often bring it down to legal and compliance. Everyone brings that on the table and very often uses that as arguments for not going to the cloud. [MMH] Do you think that some of these problems will go away over time? [MS] Well, I think it will get easier and it started getting easier, already! Cloud vendors are investing a lot in certifications and the like to make sure they are more compliant with regional data regulation and compliance policies. E.g. on

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Interview #2 with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the second part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] So a major feature was the persistent VM Role. This is basically Infrastructure as a Service. Why is Microsoft now also providing an IaaS Platform? [MS] The official name is Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Well, we decided to provide IaaS capabilities to make it easier for many companies with legacy applications to also move to the cloud. Still the primary strategy is PaaS as we believe that is the most effective way for operating your own applications in the cloud. But for many companies and ISVs it is hard to make the direct move to PaaS with all the implications. IaaS enables them to move to the cloud faster and think about approaching

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Interview with Mario Szpuszta, Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure


This is the first part of the interview with Mario Szpuszta, who works with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure. Mario’s answers are stated with [MS], the questions are marked with [MMH]. The Interview is divided into several parts and will be published over the next weeks. [MMH] Hi Mario, Thanks for your time to do this interview with you. Can you briefly explain the audience what your job with Microsoft is about? [MS] Hey Mario! It’s great to get the chance for an interview with the Cloud Computing Journal and to meet you for that purpose again. Currently I am working as a Platform Strategy Advisor and Technical Evangelist for the EMEA Windows Azure ISV Incubation Team. In my role I do work with independent software vendors (ISV) to build new or migrate their existing products to cloud-based offerings running on top of Windows Azure. I work with the ISVs from both, a business as well as a

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