October 2010 Archive on Brian Swan's Blog

Jan 30, 2014

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that described how to maximize throughput between HDInsight clusters and Windows Azure Storage . One of the suggestions I made was to adjust your HDInsight cluster’s self-throttling mechanism...

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Jan 06, 2014

One of the questions the HDInsight team sees a lot is a variation of the question “How do I figure out what went wrong when something does go wrong?” If you are familiar with Hadoop, you are probably also familiar...

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Nov 25, 2013

The HDInsight service supports both HDFS and Windows Azure Storage (BLOB Service) for storing data. Using BLOB Storage with HDInsight gives you low-cost, redundant storage, and allows you to scale your storage needs independently...

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Nov 25, 2013

I think it’s about time I dust off this blog and realign it with my current focus: HDInsight . I’ve been heads-down since February (when I joined the HDInsight team) learning about “big data” and Hadoop...

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Apr 17, 2012

A few weeks ago, I co-authored an article (with my colleague Rama Ramani ) about how the Screen Actors Guild Awards website migrated its Drupal deployment from LAMP to Windows Azure: Azure Real World: Migrating a Drupal Site from...

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Mar 28, 2012

I saw a Tweet on Monday that nicely summed up the start to my week: The only thing worse than a Monday is a Monday after #DrupalCon . I’m not sure I’ve quoted it exactly , but I’m sure I’ve captured the...

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Mar 20, 2012

I find that every conference I attend is a humbling experience. There are just so many knowledgeable people that I’m constantly reminded of how much I don’t know. The pre-conference training at DrupalCon Denver was...

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Mar 19, 2012

Last month, the Interoperability team at Microsoft highlighted work done to move the Screen Actors Guild Awards Drupal website from a Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) environment to the Windows Azure platform: SAG Awards Drupal Website...

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Mar 14, 2012

Microsoft will be at DrupalCon Denver next week, and I have the good fortune of being one of the Microsoft representatives that will be attending. The program looks great – it’s packed with great speakers and sessions...

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Mar 12, 2012

Last week, Microsoft held a virtual conference to announce the availability of SQL Server 2012. The conference included a number of events (speakers, videos, training activities, etc.) that focused on the new functionality available...

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Jan 26, 2012

This is a short post to shareexciting news: Jooma! 2.5, which shipped earlier this week, now has support for SQL Server! Of course, this release contains lots more goodies, but the addition of a database abstraction layer that...

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Nov 28, 2011

The first beta release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux is available for download! As announced in October , the “Multiplatform Team” (a.k.a. the “MPlat Team”) has released a preview version of a...

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