Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure


27th July 2011 at AzureUG.SG (user group) meeting i cover & live demo 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.


Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles. This accelerator enables you to deploy websites to a Windows Azure role with multiple instances using Web Deploy. You can now easily and quickly build, test, and deploy sites on Windows Azure using Web Deploy while still utilizing the full scale and reliability of Windows Azure.

During this session i live demo, how to publish multiple websites in one Web Role.


Please find more detail step by step accelerator installation @ 

To Download the Accelerator : 

AzureWatch Auto scaling and Monitoring for Azure Applications

AzureWatch dynamically adjusts the number of compute instances dedicated to your Azure application according to real time demand. User-defined rules specify when to scale up or down, so that your application will always have enough computing power to process the workload without unnecessary over-provisioning. Freed from worries about capacity and overuse in the cloud, you can concentrate on your core business work.




Windows Azure Storage Explore

Free Tools :

Azure Storage Explorer is a useful GUI tool for inspecting and altering the data in your Windows Azure storage storage projects including the logs of your cloud-hosted applications. All 3 types of cloud storage can be viewed and edited: blobs, queues, and tables.

CloudXplorer is a rich UI client for browsing Windows Azure blob storage.

TableXplorer is rich UI client for managing your Windows Azure table storage.


Commercial Tools

Cloud Storage Studio is a Windows (WPF) based client for managing Windows Azure Storage, an important component of Microsoft's Azure (Microsoft's Cloud) platform and Hosted Applications. This one tool for all 3 types of cloud storage can be viewed and edited: blobs, queues, and tables.

AzureXplorer is a comprehensive Visual Studio extension for managing your Windows Azure storage accounts and hosted services without ever leaving the development environment.

CloudBerry Explorer makes managing files in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage EASY. By providing a user interface to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage accounts, and files, CloudBerry lets you manage your files on cloud just as you would on your own local computer.

CloudBerry Online Backup provides a powerful Backup and Restore program designed to leverage Azure Blob Storage to make your disaster recovery plan simple, reliable, and affordable.

SQL Database Migration to SQL Azure

SQL Azure Migration Wizard (SQLAzureMW) is designed to help you migrate your SQL Server 2005/2008 databases to SQL Azure. SQLAzureMW will analyze your source database for compatibility issues and allow you to fully or partially migrate your database schema and data to SQL Azure


Azure Diagnostics Monitor.

Azure Diagnostics Manager is a Windows (WPF) based client for Windows Azure Diagnostics. ADM allows you to manage diagnostics data stored by your applications running in Azure.



 Management (API) PowerShell

Azure Management Cmdlets is a set of PowerShell Cmdlets to manage Azure Storage, SQL Azure, Hosted Services & Diagnostics. It allows you to backup/restore storage accounts

The GreyBox application is designed to alert a user if their Windows Azure compute services are currently running, or are even simply deployed. Great for Azure speakers and POCs you don't want left running.


SMTP Gateway

Elastic email makes email sending easier for both the developer and business manager of a cloud application. Several cloud application hosting platforms do not provide an email delivery service and may even set limits on your email sending. Elastic Email provides direct email sending through standard SMTP or a simple REST API.

SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability and real-time analytics along with flexible API's that make custom integration a breeze


Windows Azure Calculators (Estimation).

Windows Azure online price calculator help you select the right Windows Azure platform offer and estimate your monthly costs, we’ve just launched a new pricing calculator.  The pricing calculator lets you pick compute, database, storage, bandwidth, CDN and Service Bus capacity based on your needs. Along with predicting your expected monthly costs, the pricing calculator then recommends the most cost effective offer for you to purchase Windows Azure platform services.

Windows Azure platform offer and estimate your monthly costs hosted by partner site



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