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  • I am wanitgn to use MS Excel 2010 (64 bit) on a computer cluster either boh parallel and non parallel processing requirments. I have previously used Amazon EC2 for these server needs.  Can the Azure platform be used for this type requirment?
    Sunday, May 8, 2011 4:04 AM

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  • Can the Azure platform be used for this type requirment?

    Does VM Role meet the requirement?

    The Windows Azure virtual machine (VM) role enables you to deploy a custom Windows Server 2008 R2 image to Windows Azure. With a VM role, you can work in a familiar environment, using standard Windows technologies to create an image, install your software to it, prepare it for uploading to Windows Azure, and then manage it after it has been uploaded.

    A VM role gives you a high degree of control over the virtual machine, while also providing the advantages of running within the Windows Azure environment: immediate scalability, in-place upgrades with no service downtime, integration with other components of your service, and load-balanced traffic. The VM role consists of an operating system that is constructed using a base virtual hard drive (VHD) and optionally one or more differencing VHDs. The use of the VM role also involves a service definition file and a service configuration file.

    Quoted from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg433107.aspx

    • Marked as answer by Wenchao Zeng Monday, May 16, 2011 7:01 AM
    Monday, May 9, 2011 4:10 PM

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  • Can the Azure platform be used for this type requirment?

    Does VM Role meet the requirement?

    The Windows Azure virtual machine (VM) role enables you to deploy a custom Windows Server 2008 R2 image to Windows Azure. With a VM role, you can work in a familiar environment, using standard Windows technologies to create an image, install your software to it, prepare it for uploading to Windows Azure, and then manage it after it has been uploaded.

    A VM role gives you a high degree of control over the virtual machine, while also providing the advantages of running within the Windows Azure environment: immediate scalability, in-place upgrades with no service downtime, integration with other components of your service, and load-balanced traffic. The VM role consists of an operating system that is constructed using a base virtual hard drive (VHD) and optionally one or more differencing VHDs. The use of the VM role also involves a service definition file and a service configuration file.

    Quoted from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg433107.aspx

    • Marked as answer by Wenchao Zeng Monday, May 16, 2011 7:01 AM
    Monday, May 9, 2011 4:10 PM
  • Thanks. The largest instance on Azure appears to be 8*1.6 ghz CPUs. Number of cores is not stated. Is there a way of scaling beyond the largest instance. For example, if I want 32 CPUs -how would I set this up?
    Monday, May 9, 2011 10:22 PM
  • Hi Prime,

    You are asking whether there is a way of scaling beyond the largest instance.

    VM instance sizes are listed in http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/compute/ (also please see How to Configure Virtual Machine Sizes). The number of CPU cores of a ExtraLarge instance is 8. As far as I know, for now,  we cannot set up a 32 CPUs instance yet. You may consider using multiple instances for your service.

    For the multiple instances case, it needs your instances to be stateless for horizontal scalability. That means we should not store data in file system. Instead, we shoud reply on cloud based storage such as Table Stroage, Blob Storage, SQL Azure etc. Even though a page blob can be mounted as Azure Drive (it acts as a local NTFS volume), if we decide to use multiple instances, we should not use it because one page blob can only be mounted as writable by one instance one time.

    Resources:

    Planning and Designing Applications for Windows Azure
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg615406.aspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/Whitepapers/DurableDriveWithNTFSCloud/default.aspx

    Thanks,


    Wengchao Zeng
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    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:02 AM