Azure – Ten most required tools for effective development

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/COS210

Any platform, by its own nature, creates an ecosystem for third-party tools and helpers. Windows Azure is no different. In this session we look at a variety of the third-party tools available in the Windows Azure ecosystem. Included are tools for both developers and IT professionals. We look at tools that will help manage storage and resources, migration, scaling, diagnostics and software components that will help you build cloud applications.
Getting your first site up is a bit of a learning curve, it will take a couple of days to get really familiar with Azure and it’s little quirks. However once you are past that you can develop for it like you do for normal asp.net websites. 

Pricing: Microsoft is still struggling with understanding pricing. They have done a great job with SQL Azure (basically you pay $0.3 per day per gig) but completely missed the boat with pricing for their NoSQL store, which is transactional priced (1 mil transactions =  $1). As of now pricing for NoSQL does not work for really large scale sites, although I assume that you can talk to Microsoft directly about that when you have that much traffic.

Logging: Logging/Tracing exists but there are only very few tools out there that support it (www.cerebrata.com  for example). However I think that a lot will happen in 2011 in this space.

Continuous Deployment: That’s a real pain right now. The whole Microsoft stack is not really designed for lean startups so you have to cut a lot of corners to make that happen. It is somewhat doable, but takes a lot of time.

Any platform, by its own nature, creates an ecosystem for third-party tools and helpers. Windows Azure is no different. In this session we look at a variety of the third-party tools available in the Windows Azure ecosystem. Included are tools for both developers and IT professionals. We look at tools that will help manage storage and resources, migration, scaling, diagnostics and software components that will help you build cloud applications.
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