Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Windows Azure Storage and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) – Lets Have Some Fun

Recently Windows Azure Storage introduced a bunch of new changes. I wrote a blog post summarizing these changes which you can read here: http://gauravmantri.com/2013/11/28/new-changes-to-windows-azure-storage-a-perfect-thanksgiving-gift/. One of the important changes is the support for Cross-Origin … [Read more...]

New Changes to Windows Azure Storage – A Perfect Thanksgiving Gift

Yesterday Windows Azure Storage announced a number of enhancements to the core service. These enhancements are long awaited and with the way things are implemented, all I can say is that it was worth the wait. In this blog post, we will go over these changes. There are so many changes that if I … [Read more...]

Backup WordPress Site to Windows Azure Storage using “BackupToAzure” Plugin

It gives me great pleasure to announce “BackupToAzure” plugin for WordPress. This plugin will allow you to take a full backup of your existing WordPress site to Windows Azure Storage. The plugin is free and is open source!!! Download the plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory: … [Read more...]

Uploading Large File By Splitting Into Blocks In Windows Azure Blob Storage Using Windows Azure SDK For PHP

In this blog post, we will see how you can upload a large blob in blob storage using Windows Azure SDK for PHP. I must state that I don’t know anything about PHP and did this exercise in order to help somebody out on StackOverflow. What helped me in the process is excellent documentation on PHP’s … [Read more...]

Revisiting Windows Azure Shared Access Signature

In this blog post, we’ll talk about Shared Access Signature (SAS) functionality in Windows Azure. Steve Marx (@smarx) wrote excellent blog posts on the same subject a few years ago which you can read here: http://blog.smarx.com/posts/shared-access-signatures-are-easy-these-days, … [Read more...]

(Some) Best Practices for Building Windows Azure Cloud Applications

In this blog post, I will talk about some of the best practices for building cloud applications. I started working on it as a presentation for a conference however that didn’t work out thus this blog post. Please note that these are some of the best practices I think one can follow while building … [Read more...]

Storage Client Library 2.0 – Implementing Retry Policies

Continuing my blog posts about migrating code to make use of storage client library 2.0, in this post I will talk about some changes done in the library for implementing retries in your code. You can read my previous posts on storage client library 2.0 here: … [Read more...]

Storage Client Library 2.0 – Migrating Blob Storage Code

A few days ago I wrote blog posts about migrating code from storage client library 1.7 to 2.0 to manage Windows Azure Table and Queue Storage. You can read those posts here: http://gauravmantri.com/2012/11/17/storage-client-library-2-0-migrating-table-storage-code/ and … [Read more...]

Simple Calculator for Comparing Windows Azure Blob Storage and Amazon S3 Pricing

UPDATE - 06-DECEMBER-2012 I originally wrote this post in September 2012. Recently at their re:Invent event, Amazon announced reduction in their storage prices by 24-28% (http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/11/amazon-s3-price-reduction-december-1-2012.html). Yesterday Microsoft announced similar price … [Read more...]

How to move Windows Azure Virtual Machines from one Subscription to another

Quite recently I was helping somebody out on MSDN forums with a question about Windows Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS). One thing that came up on that thread is how would one move their VMs from one subscription to another. There could be many reasons as to why one would want to do this. One possible … [Read more...]