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.

Cloud, Microsoft

Trying out SharePoint 2013 in the Rackspace Cloud

As I was hunting around for a quick (and free) solution to set up a demo instance of SharePoint 2013 in the cloud, I found, much to my surprise, that the quickest and easiest way to get a SharePoint 2013 instance up was on the Rackspace cloud.  They have a 45-day, try-it-free offer.  Here’s a screencast to see how I did it.

I am wondering about your techniques for quickly building SharePoint 2013 proof-of-concept sites.  Share tips (as comments) on this blog post — thanks!

 

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.