Updated 9/19/2013 for scale-up from Shared to Standard tier due to excessive outages for memory resource exhaustion. See my OakLeaf Windows Azure Website Upgraded to Standard Tier to Avoid Outages from Memory Use post of 9/19/2013.
Attempts to update a post to my Android MiniPCs and TVBoxes Shared Windows Azure Web Site (WAWS) with Windows Live Writer began throwing the following error at about 1:00 PM on 9/16/2013:
Attempts to access the site returned this dreaded BSOD equivalent:
The Windows Azure Management Portal’s dashboard reported the Android mini-pc site was suspended:
Here’s the Usage Overview section of the report:
High memory usage probably results from caching the larger-than-average size of the posts to this site with the Word Press Super Cache.
Unfortunately, Memory Usage isn’t a resource that you can add to the portal’s graphical Web Site resource monitor. The Add Metrics page only offers the following choices:
After the outage’s remaining 16 minutes expired, the dashboard reported:
Upgrading from a Shared Web Site running in the discounted preview tier, which costs ~US$10 monthly, to the Standard tier with 1.75 GB memory at ~$75/month isn’t practical for a non-commercial site without advertising income.
I’ve requested that the WAWS team determine the feasibility of adding Memory Usage to the Choose Metrics page’s list.