Choosing between Windows Azure SQL Database and Windows Azure VM hosted SQL Server

July 12th, 2012 0 Comments
Recently, Windows Azure has entered in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) territory by announcing Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), currently in public preview. Along with VMs came the possibility to host SQL Server databases directly inside Azure cloud. Previously, the only option for relational databases inside Windows Azure was represented by Windows Azure SQL … Continue reading

Benchmarking throughput and scalability on Sql Azure Federations

January 25th, 2012 0 Comments
Recently I have developed a benchmark for testing the number of queries per second that Sql Azure with its recently launched Federations feature can provide. In this article I will present the methodology I have used for benchmarking, the benchmark results as well as a few personal considerations. Purpose of the benchmark and disclaimer There … Continue reading

Performance vs. scalability

December 13th, 2011 0 Comments
With the growing interest over cloud computing in the last years, scalability has become one of the buzzwords of the day. However, with its increase in popularity, some of the confusions around it have also become more popular, probably the most common being the one according to which performance and scalability relate to the same … Continue reading

SQL Azure Federations – true scalability is almost here

December 7th, 2011 1 Comments
The Windows Azure platform has been with us for a few years now, providing the means to develop and deploy highly available and scalable applications. That being said, the delivered scalability was only half of what real life applications needed. Let me explain why. At the highest level, the server side of each application is … Continue reading