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Archives for 2012

Windows Azure Media Service–Part I (Introduction)

Windows Azure Media Service (Media Service) is one of the newest service offering on Windows Azure platform. I haven’t really looked at it till now (thanks to Brent Stineman for pushing me ) and in next few blog posts, I will share my understanding of this service, what it can do for you and how you … [Read more...]

Understanding Windows Azure Diagnostics Costs And Some Ways To Control It

In this blog post, we’ll try to understand the costs associated with Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) and some of the things we could do to keep it down. Brief Introduction Let’s take a moment and talk briefly about WAD especially around how the data is stored. If you’re familiar with WAD and … [Read more...]

Hey Boss, You Got A Letter!

Dear Boss, Congratulations on your promotion! Now that we’re starting this new supervisor/subordinate relationship, I’m pretty sure that you may have some expectations from us as your subordinates and we will look forward to hearing about those. We do have some expectations from you as well which … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story–Azure Diagnostics Manager

Continuing Cerebrata journey, in this blog post I will describe how we built our 2nd product – Azure Diagnostics Manager. History During the public beta phase of Cloud Storage Studio (CSS) before PDC 2009, a number of our users asked us the build the capability of visualizing their cloud … [Read more...]

About Windows Azure Publish Settings File and how to create your own Publish Settings File

In this blog post I’m going to talk about the publish settings file for Windows Azure and how you can create your own publish settings file. Publish Settings File In this section we’re going to talk about publish settings file, how it works, and some observations about using this file. If … [Read more...]

Consuming Windows Azure Service Management API in a Windows 8 Application

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about how to write a Windows 8 application which consumes Windows Azure Service Management REST API (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/ee460799.aspx). Unlike my other post on Windows 8 and Windows Azure Mobile Service, I’ll try to be less … [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 I Built an “Awesome Chat” application for Windows 8 with Windows Azure Mobile Service

In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how I built a Windows 8 application using Windows Azure Mobile Service. Windows Azure Mobile Service is the newest Windows Azure Services that you can use to provide backend services for your mobile applications (currently Windows 8, more coming soon). You … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story – Marketing

In the previous post about Cloud Storage Studio, I walked you through our experience about building a product and making it commercially available. Now we were left with a gigantic task – How to market the product? In this post I will talk about what all things we did for marketing our products … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story–Cloud Storage Studio

In the last post about our Cloud Storage Studio/e product, I mentioned how we stopped working on that product in favor of a desktop based product. In this blog post, I will write some details about building a product which turned out to be the flagship product for Cerebrata – Cloud Storage … [Read more...]

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