AWS, Azure, Microsoft, SQL Azure

Introducing SQL Azure Premium

Microsoft recently previewed SQL Azure Premium instance (beta).  This is set up on a per-server basis, that is a server can host SQL Azure WEB, BUSINESS or PREMIUM (P1 or P2) instances.  A database type can be upgraded on the same server.  Important note from Microsoft site :”We do not provide any SLA for SQL Database Premium during preview.”

I am interested in your feedback on this offering – please comment below.

Also to be complete, I am including a link to Amazon Web Services RDS (which includes full SQL Server 2008 or 2012) SLA, of particular note is the ‘provisioned IOPS section of their SLA.

AWS, Azure, Big Data, Cloud, Data Science, Hadoop, Microsoft

New YouTube Series – Hadoop MapReduce Fundamentals

Hadoop MapReduce
Hadoop MapReduce

I’ve been working with Hadoop MapReduce in several formats over the past couple of years.  I decided to pull together my experience and record this as a free, multi-part screencast series on YouTube.

The course consists of 5 screencasts – from 30 – 50 minutes per part.  Each part tackles some aspect of Hadoop MapReduce, from basic, conceptual understanding to most common tuning processes.  Throughout the series, I’ve included screencast demos using a variety of vendor distributions of Hadoop.  These demos include Cloudera CHD4, Windows Azure HDInsight, AWS MapReduce and more.

Below is the first module of the course.

Here is a link to the entire Power Point deck.

Here is a link to the course demo files.

AWS, Azure, Big Data, Cloud, noSQL

Trying out MongoDB 2.4 in the cloud and for free

I was happy to find Mongo Lab, a cloud-based template service for MongoDB.


This quick and easy service is also very useful, as I was wanting to try out some of the new features in the MongoDB 2.4 release, and Mongo Lab not only supports 4 different clouds for quick and easy MongoDB deployment, but also support deployment of MongoDB 2.4. They have a small instance, that is totally free, so this is a great way to get up an going with MongoDB.

Deploy MongoDB to any of four different clouds
Deploy MongoDB to any of four different clouds

Here’s a quick screencast to give you a flavor of this product.

Also, I’ll be presenting on MongoDB at the Big Data Tech Con in Boston in April.  Here’s my updated core deck.