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Azure Table Storage Primer

As companies continue to move to the cloud we are constantly finding new and better way to meeting requirements and deliver rock solid solutions.  Over the last year there is one area where my team has found some great capabilities that I believe are currently under utilized by SharePoint and Office 365 developers, and that is Azure Table Storage.  For those that are not familiar with it, Azure Table storage is a service within the Azure Storage group that stores structured NoSQL data.  It is incredibly fast, inexpensive, and NoSQL gives you the capability to store content with flexible datasets.  We have started to rely on this for both internal products as well as client consulting engagements.  Thanks to the technical leadership and innovation from Jake Dan Attis we have started to find a number of creative uses for the service, some of those solutions I’ll be blogging about over the next few months.

In the meantime, here is a good primer for Azure Storage:

Along with some great links for working with Azure Table Storage:

 

 

 

 

Shared Link: SharePoint 2010 Social Networking Diagram

I do not often link to another blog post as part of one on my site, but this one was too good to pass up.  For those of you interested in SharePoint 2010’s Social Features, here is  great diagram of of how all of the components and services fit together.  It is extremely valuable to understand this information when you embark on an implementation or need to troubleshoot why something is not behaving as expected.

SharePoint Solutions Team Blog

SharePoint 2010 Social Networking Diagram

White Paper – MS Office Compatibility with SharePoint

For those that have been involved with SharePoint for awhile the document title “Good, Better, Best” should ring some bells.  There was a document with that title published with the last few SharePoint versions that compared the various MS Office suites going back to Office 2000 and detailed how they interacted with SharePoint features.  An updated version has been published in the form of a 37 page white paper called Business Productivity at Its Best

This document is important because the hardware and software refresh cycles at most companies are much different than it is for servers.  I have worked with a few clients in the past few months that still have a significant number of users on Office 2003 for example.  When providing them SharePoint 2010 guidance the information needs to match what they can expect in their environment with the products they have.  This document will provide excellent information that may help justify accelerating the upgrade to Office 2010 or if not will help illustrate what features will not be available (ex. co-authoring).  The white paper also includes information on the mobile and offline capabilities which are also becoming much more important in deployment projects.

I highly recommend this document to anyone planning or engaged in a deployment or upgrade to SharePoint 2010. 

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