Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Making Azure Blob Storage Searchable Using Azure Search Service

Every now and then question about searching in Azure Blob Storage comes up in one of the community forums. Folks posting the questions would like to find out things like: Finding blobs containing certain letters in them e.g. all pdf or png files in blob storage. Finding blobs by blob type – … [Read more...]

Announcing The Launch Of Cloud Portam – A Browser Based Azure Storage Explorer

Its’ been quite some time that I blogged. Past few months have been crazy busy for me. After the failure of my last product (anybody remember CloudFileXchange thingie we did :)), I spent a lot of time thinking about what to build and then spent more time building it. The result is Cloud Portam. In … [Read more...]

What Startups Can Learn From Aam Aadmi Party

For those who have been closely watching Indian Parliament elections concluded recently, you already know who Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is. For those who don’t know, AAP is the youngest political party which came into existence in 2012 as a result of India Against Corruption movement. It is led by an … [Read more...]

Me and My Boss – The Saga Continues With Basic Tier Azure Virtual Machines

Man, my boss is always on my case. After what I did with Azure Mobile Services with him, he’s always after me. So this Friday, he calls me up in his office and following conversation happens between us: Boss: The Virtual Machines we’re hosting in Azure, we want to bring the cost of them … [Read more...]

C# Corner Annual Developer Conference 2014 – Saluting the Spirit of Community Power

Over this weekend (April 11 – 13th 2014), I had the honor and privilege of attending and presenting at C# Corner Annual Developer Conference. This blog post talks about my experience there. In my opinion (and is shared by all who attended), the event was a huge success with over 800+ people … [Read more...]

Managing Storage Emulator in Azure SDK Version 2.3

Yesterday (3rd of April), a new version of Azure SDK (version 2.3) was released. Being an Azure Fanboy :) (and not to mention serious Azure developer) I went ahead and downloaded this new SDK and converted my cloud services project to make use of this latest version of SDK. While doing … [Read more...]

Using Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS) in MVC 5 Application Using Visual Studio 2013

It has been a while that I wrote a technical post:). Today I ran into a post on Stack Overflow and that made me write this post. If you have used Visual Studio 2012, you would know how easy it is to implement Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS) in your web applications. This is accomplished … [Read more...]

Things I learned from Sanjaya Singhal

We draw inspiration from people around us. Over the years my thinking process and professional behavior is defined by the behavior of a few individuals. In this post, I will talk about one such great man who has kept on inspiring me for past 20 odd years since I began my professional career and … [Read more...]

Celebrating The Spirit Of Entrepreneurship: “Prarambh” – A 32 Hour Startup Challenge

Over this weekend (March 7th – 9th, 2014), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Udaipur’s Entrepreneurship Cell “Saksham” organized a 32 hour startup challenge event. The event which was first of its kind in Udaipur was a huge success drawing in over 40 participants from all over the places. I had … [Read more...]

Pulling The Plug On Cloud FileXchange

We at Cynapta have decided to pull the plug on our Cloud FileXchange service :(. Though the service would be up and running for some time but no new work will be done and over the course of next few days, we will gradually start shutting the service down. From my blog post last year: We … [Read more...]