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The never ending saga of running infrastructure has gone full circle. All of my self-hosted blogs and websites have moved from a Hyper-V server in my garage and up to Microsoft Windows Azure.

I spent a decade (2001-2011) self-hosting. Running both email and website on platforms as diverse as NetWare through RedHat, SUSE and finally Windows Server. In early 2011 I decided to get out of the hosting game and move the blogs to GoDaddy and the mail to Exchange Online (then BPOS, now Office 365).

GoDaddy really frustrated me. Poor performance, poor logging, strange “go slows” and unexpected disconnects of SSH. Understandably “I got what I paid for” – but frustrating none the less.

It has taken eighteen months – but slowly the various blogs and websites have been culled and archived, moved back to self-host and now up to Azure.

Windows Azure has really improved over the past two years – I started by evaluating the Platform as a Service capabilities back in November 2011. Functional – but missing some capabilities that I needed to run the photo blogs (all written for the LAMP stack).

More recently as the Infrastructure as a Service capabilities have moved from preview to production I tested this blog running on Azure. Performance and uptime have been great. The blog is running a SLES 11 SP3 platform on Azure – and it’s as functional as running on bare metal or any hypervisor.

I finally took the time to move the family blogs and business website to the platform over the last week or so. The migration of WordPress blogs and Gallery photo sites is pretty simple now.