The first session that caught my attention is a talk from Jai Haridas on Windows Azure Storage. He gives a great overview of the current state and functionality of Blob Storage, Table Storage, Queue Storage and Cloud Drives. This session has a focus on the scalability of Windows Azure Storage using partitioning and load balancing. A MUST for everyone who creates “real” applications for the cloud.
A nice give-away is the part on best practices with Windows Azure Storage. Jai shows how to
- support scalability by avoiding the common “append-only” pattern
- optimize queries to the Table Storage
- use continuation tokens
(e.g. request more than 1000 rows from Table Storage)
- deal with poisoned queue messages
Check out his full speech at http://bit.ly/bfu1iw.