After working on it for about a month, I finally opened my new project to the public: That Blue Cloud. It’s a website that will be the go-to place for new features on Azure and Microsoft Fabric, how to use them, when to use them or avoid them, and how to design better solutions.
It’s starting as a blog, with a mix of feature announcements and some guides, but I’m planning to make it so much more. I’d like to share some example designs and discuss them in detail, share best practices and offer guidance. The most emphasis will be on using the right technology at the right time and place.
There are numerous tools and features available on Azure, and I’d like to show them in action and discuss the alternatives and variations in the design. As an example, people immediately go for Cosmos DB on Azure for database, thinking that it being a No-SQL database, makes it a better choice than Azure SQL. That’s not always the case.
The design decisions should be made based on the requirements and the context. If your primary objective is to store the data and query it, but not heavily aggregate it, Cosmos might work well for you. However, if your data is very much relational, and you would like to utilise aggregations heavily, Azure SQL might be best. Furthermore, in certain scenarios, Cosmos might be the most expensive data storage you encounter on Azure.
Eventually, there will be premium and subscriber content on the website as well. Some designs might be behind a paywall, some might be open to the public. But I haven’t made up my mind on that part yet. I need to see how the website will fare, first.
There will be, however, a newsletter pretty soon. I’d like to curate some developments in the industry and share with the newsletter with the subscribers.
Feel free to visit the page and subscribe to be notified of the latest content.