Monday, November 1, 2010

PDC 2010: Windows Azure Storage Deep Dive

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

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