Data Management

Relational Databases

Feature guide: MySQL–as-a-service

MySQL is provided as a service by ClearDB and is available through the Azure Store. Learn how to provision a MySQL database in an Azure data center and connect to it from any application.

How to: Access Azure SQL Database from PHP

For applications that need a full featured relational database-as-a-service, Azure offers SQL Database, formerly known as SQL Azure Database. SQL Database offers a high-level of interoperability, enabling customers to build applications using many of the major development frameworks.

How to: Install MySQL on a OpenSUSE Linux Virtual Machine in Azure

Learn how to use the Azure Management Portal to create a virtual machine running OpenSUSE Linux from the Image Gallery, and then install and configure a MySQL database on the virtual machine.

NoSQL

Feature guide: MongoDB-as-a-service

MongoDB is provided as a service by MongoLab and is available through the Azure Store. Learn how to provision a MongoDB in an Azure data center and connect to it from any application.

Feature guide: Table Service

Tables offer NoSQL capabilities for applications that require storage of large amounts of unstructured data. Tables are an ISO 27001 certified managed service that can auto-scale to store up to 100 terabytes of data. They are accessible from virtually anywhere via REST and managed APIs.

Feature guide: Installing MongoDB on a CentOS Linux Virtual Machine in Azure

Learn how to use the Azure Management Portal to select and install a Linux virtual machine from the gallery, how to connect to the virtual machine using SSH or PuTTY, and how to install MongoDB on the virtual machine.

Configure

How to: Configure a Custom Domain Name for an Azure Cloud Service or Storage Account

By default, Azure applications and storage accounts can be accessed through friendly subdomains, for example, http://<myapp>.cloudapp.net and https://<mydata>.blob.core.windows.net. This article shows you can expose your application and data on your own custom domain, such as http://<myapp>.com.

Blobs and Caching

How to: Use CDN for Azure

The Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) offers a global solution for delivering high-bandwidth content by caching blobs and static content at physical nodes around the world. This common task describes how to enable CDN and add, access, and delete content.

Feature guide: Blob Service

Blobs are the simplest way to store large amounts of unstructured text or binary data such as video, audio and images. Blobs are an ISO 27001 certified managed service that can auto-scale to store up to 100 terabytes of data. They are accessible from virtually anywhere via REST and client APIs.

How to: Use a custom domain with Blob storage

Configure your storage account to map your custom domain to your Blob service endpoint, so that users see your domain name in your application's URLs.