Host on Azure

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8/31/2010 11:35:41 AM
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Host on Azure

I was searching the forums and didn't see anything recent on Azure hosting. Is there a timeline for this?

Also if there is a roadmap going forward would it be possible to store all mojoportal data on Azure without SQL Azure and just use the native data support in Azure such as blob, queue, and table. Is that even possible?

 

Thx...

8/31/2010 11:54:11 AM
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Re: Host on Azure

no, there is no timeline or eta for Azure support. It will require a good deal of work.

We currently support SqlAzure for the database but have no plans to try to use Windows Azure for the database layer.

9/1/2010 7:49:00 AM
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Re: Host on Azure

OK but I guess it would would be easy to host mojoportal on Azure as is. Has anyone tried that yet?

 

Thx..

9/1/2010 7:51:26 AM
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No, it does not work. You cannot write to the file system on Azure and mojoPortal currently writes to the file system. 

12/30/2010 8:05:55 PM
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Re: Host on Azure

Hi Joe,

My name is Cory Fowler, I'm a Windows Azure MVP.

Did you know that there is the ability to create a Windows Azure Drive which is stored in Blob Storage (more specifically a Page Blob).

A Windows Azure Drive can be mounted into a Windows Azure VM and given a drive letter. This solution was implemented as a work around for getting legacy (not in the tense of old, but just non-cloud) applications into a scalable environment quickly. I believe your users may be able to move MojoPortal into the cloud in this way.

Would you be interested in seeing MojoPortal implemented in this way?

Thanks,

Cory Fowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/31/2010 6:42:27 AM
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Hi Cory,

I was not aware of this new workaround solution. If you are able to do that and produce a document about how to setup mojoPortal this way it would be a very appreciated. At some point I plan to implement an abstraction layer for the file system so we can plugin different providers and implement a way to use Azure blob storage, but it will be a while before I get to that, so if there is a solution that can work now that would be very cool.

To be honest it is difficult for me to test Azure because I don't have an msdn subscription. Currently I pay $10+ per month for a Sql Azure account that I only ever use for testing upgrade scripts and I've been trying to find someone who has an msdn license and could spare an extra sql azure db they are not using so I could drop this paid account. 

In any case I would welcome your help and any guidance you could provide to our community for those who do want to host in Azure.

Best,

Joe

1/3/2011 10:39:46 AM
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Re: Host on Azure

Hi Joe, I'd be happy to donate some time, but it looks like the MSDN 750 hours of Windows Azure development requires a Premium or Ultimate subscription. We're only subscribed to the Professional version here. Hopefully there's someone around here with the required level to help out.

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1/3/2011 1:37:36 PM
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Re: Host on Azure

Hello Joe,

MSDN Premium I have an account on behalf of my employer, but to activate my registration, he must give his MasterCard number and he will never do that.
I have another idea. You could make a petition on the site of mojoPortal.
We are very numerous in the world to use your CMS and I think everyone will agree to sign.
Then you can send this petition to Microsoft asking them to give you access to Azure.
On the one hand, with mojoPortal, you're doing already advertising to Microsoft Visual Studio as your CMS is written in CSharp.
On the other hand, if mojoPortal stretch to Azure, it can bring customers to Microsoft.
What do you think?

Christian
 

1/5/2011 10:29:56 AM
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Hi Guys,

I appreciate the support! I found this month for SqlAzure they only billed me $1.62, I tried an experiment to reduce the costs I just drop the database after testing so that only the master db remains and this seemed to work to reduce the usage charge. Hopefully this will work going forward where I just create a db test the scripts and then drop the db to keep my costs down. This may work for SqlAzure but not sure it will help if I want to test and implement something in Windows Azure.

I actually have some technical contacts on the SQL Server team because I worked with them to support SQL CE when they made version 4.0 web app friendly. I asked them if they could hook me up somehow with SqlAzure but unfortunately they were not able to help. Microsoft is a big company that is like a lot of little companies and just knowing a few guys that work there doesn't mean they are able to help with things outside their scope. So I'm not sure a petition would help, but there is a better chance I think that someone in the mojoPortal community may be able to provide us access. I had an MSDN license back when SqlAzure was in beta but it expired and now I only have Web Site Spark which provides design and dev tools but not SqlAzure or Windows Azure.

Maybe I don't need anything for testing Windows Azure, don't they have some app fabric or something that can run on a local machine for that? I haven't read up on it lately. Actually maybe Cory would be willing to help with any implementation details to make it work. Hope he replies.

Best,

Joe

1/5/2011 11:37:09 AM
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Re: Host on Azure

I hope you know the sql azure limitations. If scalability is your main concern, . SQL Azure web Edition databases can grow up to a size of 5 GB and Business Edition databases can grow up to a size of 50 GB.

So that limits your scale of data growth, I would say evaluate if you can use Table and Blob storage, which is available in Visual Studio Environment (local) so its easy to develop with. If you want to deploy mojoportal in azure, it would scale best only if you use table and blob storage.

2/10/2011 12:39:05 AM
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Re: Host on Azure

http://bit.ly/gszaxz

promo code:MSDNJ1

I got this in my msdn subscription magazine. get 30 days free trial on Windows Azure. There is no credit card required.

I have not tried it yet. but you can give it a shot

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