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Mapping a way to migrate SharePoint to Windows Azure

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Welcome to Motifworks’ Weekly Windows Azure Update where we post key Azure news, updates and information every Friday, giving you a convenient way to stay on top of Azure cloud developments.

Mapping a way to migrate SharePoint to Windows Azure
Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich’s recent conference presentation, titled Windows Azure Deep Dive, includes a roadmap for using Windows Azure IaaS to host SharePoint.

Microsoft releases HDInsight for Windows Azure
Microsoft this week released HDInsight Service for Windows Azure. With HDInsight, a Hadoop-based service, Microsoft says users can “deploy and provision a Hadoop cluster in minutes instead of hours or days.”

Microsoft aims to make big data and related insights universally accessible
Microsoft’s SQL Server General Manager, Eron Kelly, says his vision for HDInsight is rooted in bringing “big data to a billion people,” according to ZDNet.

Analyst affirms Microsoft’s competitive posture with Windows Azure
Microsoft executives report its Windows Azure cloud sales have “proven additive to the revenue base rather than simply cannibalizing on-premise revenues,” highlighting the benefits of Windows Azure’s hybrid cloud offering.

Comparing eight cloud platforms on managed cloud databases
Tech blogger Richard Seroter lays out an easy-to-read comparison of managed cloud databases, evaluating them on eight criteria (including scalability and pricing plans).

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