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Cloud services such as Azure from Microsoft and Amazon’s Cloud Services have replaced Web 2.0 as the latest buzz word. It was enlightening to see how companies, including my own, are using these services. Chris did a wonderful job of explaining the evolution of the Amazon services and some of the alternatives that existing. It was also great to get a speaker in front of the group who isn’t from the Microsoft camp. Thanks to those who came out after meeting us at the MSDN Cloud Computing and Azure ...
Something a little different. No mentions of web roles, nodes or queues – but interesting nevertheless. Brad Smith gave Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing devoted to the economic success of Europe. The event was organized by E!Sharp in the Auditorium of the Museum of Art and History, in Brussels, on January 26th. Brad Smith is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation. Brad gives a strong steer on our commitment to (amongst other things): First class Interop Supporting ...
I wrote this short article for the 27th of January edition of the UK MSDN Flash newsletter. I thought it would be useful to sneak it in here as well especially as it will be the basis of a number of upcoming blog posts – probably about seven of them :-) Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform January 2010 is when the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing moved from beta to live. We have three services live and already serving applications developed in the UK: · Windows ...
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). A big thanks to the 100 folks who completed the survey. I have been through the results and removed a few where folks clearly dropped out after page 1 (which is fine – but I felt it wasn’t helping the results). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the first of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, ...
There is a really strong interest in Cloud Computing and Azure in the UK – but it doesn’t appear to be supported by an online community. Well, at least I couldn’t find an active community. Hence I decided to go and create one. Or at least create the skeleton of one: http://ukazure.ning.com/ Right now you can: Give a “Shout out” to what you are up to with Azure. I’m certain folks would like to know. Watch UK produced videos on Azure including interviews with early adopters Check out upcoming UK events ...
I wanted to point folks at this great blog if you are interested in Cloud Computing. Janakiram MSV has been busily producing some great work in his role as a Cloud Computing Strategist. What I particularly like is he is looking at the Windows Azure Platform and Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine. Out of which came these three videos which are all well worth a look. You might also want to check out this video my colleague David Gristwood recorded with David Chappell in London last year which ...
I will be popping along to CloudCamp this Thursday. I’ve been to CloudCamp once before when it coincided with Qcon London when I was a speaker in 2009. But TBH I really didn’t pay much attention last time around as it was a) the end of a long day and b) I was only dabbling with cloud at the time. On January 1st I switched full time to the Windows Azure Platform which means this time I will be paying attention :-) Find/avoid me as necessary :-) The agenda looks promising: 6.00 - 6.10 pm Introduction ...
I am keen to get a feel for the current awareness and desire around Cloud Computing and specifically the Windows Azure Platform. Hence I have created a short and hopefully very quick to complete survey: Just 9 questions All questions are optional No need to type – just click away! Please complete even if you have ruled out Cloud Computing – it won’t take you long in that case :-) Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey. Thanks in advance and yes, I will share the results. NB: For simplicity ...
So with Mix 10 approaching, and the voting for the community submissions open, I’m sure you’re wondering “D’Arcy, who are YOU voting for?” since obviously my recommendations and backing is GOLDEN. So this can either be seen as a boost to the submitters, or the kiss of death to their hopes of speaking. I prefer to think the former, but hey, enough chit-chat, let’s look at my ballet pics! SketchFlow for Real Software Development David Wesst Vote For This Talk! There are a few SketchFlow talks scheduled ...
I have been dabbling with the Windows Azure Platform for most of 2009 (Check out my past posts) but at the end of December my boss Marc H gave me the go ahead to be “full time” on Azure in 2010. This was excellent news! I think Cloud Computing is an exciting, fascinating and often misunderstood area – which has the potential to significantly change how we develop and deploy systems in the next few years. And I am the lucky chap who gets to live and play in that space – at least until Marc realises ...
Tech bloggers like to have a predictions post at the beginning of each year (or the end of the previous one). I’ve never actually written one before, although I have made year-ahead predictions in panel discussions for the now defunct NYSIA. Since there’s no panel this year, and since I’m taking better care of this blog, I’d thought I’d give clairvoyance a whirl right here. The following predictions are pretty random and probably not comprehensive, but I’m making it my new year’s resolution to prevent ...
In the new film “Up in the Air,” George Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham, poses a question relevant to the premise of BI as a cloud computing offering. Bingham is a career transition specialist -- i.e. someone who fires people as an outsourced service – and he insists that his services must be delivered on-premise (if you will), despite his firm’s new initiative to start doing so via Web conference technology. That initiative is being pushed by his colleague, Natalie Keener (played by Anna Kendrick), ...
A few weeks ago I was part of a meeting that outlined some of the challenges that Agile development was inducing on an existing corporate infrastructure. And Cloud Computing became a possible solution to the fast pace changes required by Agile development initiatives. Agile projects tend to be short in nature, with fewer documentation and evolving requirements. From a project management standpoint, development cycles are divided in Sprints, which can be a couple of weeks long in certain cases. The ...
Just a decade and a half ago, the process of building a simple Windows-based application could have been described as a nightmare. The introduction of Visual Basic changed it so developers could for the first time implement Windows applications in an intuitive, graphical environment by dragging controls onto a form. The web revolution is here and now. Web had become very quickly the platform of choice for all kind of applications. The demand for web applications is ever growing and cloud computing ...
As I am digging more into SQL Azure, it seems choices for auditing will become a little bit more restricted. Generally speaking there are four ways to audit SQL Server statements; these mechanisms are used by various software vendors to deliver auditing capabilities for compliance mandates and for security reviews. However as we will see, many of the products will stop from working for SQL Azure due to some limitations imposed by the database. At a high level, the four auditing mechanisms are: Server-side ...
I haven't had much to post about for a while, but yesterday I decieded I was going to take Keramic Koala, the next release of Ubuntu Linux for a spin. I have an old machine sitting around, and I wanted to turn it into a subversion server. So I downloaded the CD image, and true to my past experience with Ubuntu, it downloaded blazing fast, being about 700 MB CD image in about 15 minutes. Burnt it, and popped it into my beastly machine. The machine I'm setting it up on, has 500GB Hard drive, Pentium ...
I started to look into SQL Azure, the database cloud computing initiative from Microsoft, and I was completely blown away. Microsoft is providing an interesting option that strikes an interesting balance between a plain-old RDBMS implementation and a scalable platform. By definition, relational databases have difficulty scaling due to the many features and constraints that make them popular. However, SQL Azure removes some of those features in order to provide a more scalable SQL Server, while keeping ...
I was recently hunting down some good articles where key folks in the industry are talking about Software + Services. Here’s a few of the ones I found very helpful. Is the Cloud Reliable Enough for Business? Outages at a cloud-computing service could hurt your business. The question is whether your in-house systems can do better. Q&A: Clouds of Distribution, Erik Troan, CTO at rPath, a company that delivers enterprise applications across cloud-based environments, recently spoke with Dr. Dobb's ...
If you like to migrate your Web tier or the ASP.NET Application to Windows Azure, check my new posts Part I and Part II SQL Azure is the latest buzz around Cloud Computing and the ability to take relational database to the cloud as is, is something most would welcome compared to the earlier model of ACE (Authority, Container, Entity) that was there when SQL Azure was SSDS. Well, like others, I also got interested and wanted to explore the SQL Azure. SQL Azure is currently in CTP and offers token ...
Someone asked me about cloud computing and Azure platform and then asked me the future of MEWA in light of Silverlight 3 offline application. While i have my own thoughts on them and both do target different application segments, i will first like to demo on a Silverlight MEWA ; then SL 3 offline – online thing and of course the difference… (along with similarities) Here is step by step procedure: 1. Down load Live services… 2. Make a new project in Live services .. choose Silverlight template 2. ...
The future is in Cloud Computing, was Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's main message at the Think Next convention in Tel Aviv last month. During his keynote speech, Ozzie said we are experiencing the most exciting time of the PC era thanks to the proliferation of a wide range of PCs in many shapes and sizes and an increase in the number of PCs bought per person and family. Meanwhile, cellular phones are also expanding their capabilities and will be soon supported by a large range of ...
Visual WebGui is announcing that its rich Internet application platform can now enables customers to build and deploy applications to Microsoft’s cloud computing environment, Windows Azure. Gizmox will demonstrate to customers and partners an extremely fast and low-cost method to port line of business (LOB) applications to the cloud using the Visual WebGui Cloud platform, at the WPC in New Orleans this week. There is more information about the Visual WebGui platform as a cloud solution in the official ...
Gizmox's Visual WebGui Web & Cloud platform will be presented at Microsoft's WPC in New Orleans between July 13 to July 16 within the Windows Azure booth. Visual WebGui can now enable the development & migration of applications to Microsoft's Cloud computing environment - Windows Azure. Visual WebGui’s virtualization technology also dramatically reduces customers’ cloud bandwidth and CPU usage, offering a more cost effective runtime environment for native Azure applications. You can read ...
This is an analysis that was written by Peter Brockmann, President of Brockmann & Company, a high tech marketing consulting company which is featured on the company's website. "Faster development of a rich media experience for web applications that are secure in operation has been a particularly elusive goal for many enterprise application developers since the debate about thin client and thick clients a decade ago. Until now. ...Visual WebGui brings the ultimate simplicity to the .NET development ...
Most awaiting Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 is available for download now, which include ASP.NET 4.0 enhancements, support for SharePoint development , more support for parallel programming , Cloud computing etc., Here is the quick list of features for developers in Visual Studio 2010 1) Inline Call Hierarchy for better code understanding : This one of the most interesting features of the Visual studio 2010 for developers. This features enables developers to understand the code easily. This ...

Here is a great blog post by Bruce Schneier highlighting some of the interesting legal implications that cloud computing exacerbates. Good discussion starter.


Then I have a great offer for you. It includes: Two Microsoft UK geeks. Well used, odd scratch but still in good working order. Choice of two 10am to 4pm technical days in London in May and June presented by the above geeks Information on the day about the fabulous Bizspark offer for startups from Microsoft. :-) Let me explain. I bumped into my old buddies Keith Burns and David Gristwood yesterday. We got talking about the work they are doing around Bizspark in the UK. Turns out they have slots free ...
Cloud computing holds great promise to the next evolution of business and consumer computing. Amazon has been in the cloud computing game for a while now. In addition to their Azure platform for hosting cloud applications, Microsoft also has online services for pictures, blogs, videos, and files. Google has similar software-as-a-service offerings as well. As other companies bring their offerings to the market, we’ll see more and more options to store our data and files “in the cloud”. But in our ...
Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them. (Wikipedia) According to the official definition of the cloud, it’s an abstract environment which has the ability to dynamically scale and virtualized resources creating a self-managed deployment platform for applications which ...
Cloud computing is the buzzword of the moment . It seems that applying the "cloud" label is a real desire for a lot of people out there in the marketplace. This of course leads to the arguments about whether the "cloud" label is appropriate or just marketing spin. Why on earth is Cloud Computing so appealing? I think there are a lot of factors. I'll outline a few of the main ones below … Trendy To a certain extent delivering a cloud solution suggests that organisations are on the cutting edge of ...
Don't miss the opportunity to be at the first local meeting of the Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group. Cloud Computing encompasses a variety topics including Software + Services, Windows Azure (Microsoft's cloud computing platform) and Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). At this meeting, you'll hear about Microsoft's vision of Software + Services and what it can mean for you. In addition you will see a presentation on Microsoft’s BPOS software services. Learn more and register ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:00 PM Central Time Welcome Time: 7:30 AM Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20 6420 Camden Avenue North Minneapolis Minnesota 55430 United States Event Overview: Join your local TechNet Events team for valuable new tools and technical content – all delivered live by experienced IT pros. We’ll explore Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing, take a quick tour of Microsoft Online Services and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and discuss ...
Next week (23rd March 2009) I am speaking at DevWeek 2009. DevWeek is a great conference which attracts top notch speakers (plus me – I feel such a fraud whenever I present there!). It is IMHO the best developer focused conference we have in the UK and I can’t wait to get there and soak in the great sessions + catch up with familiar faces + meet plenty of new ones. Be warned. There is a rumour that we are being given some new toys (Flip video cameras) to play with while we are there. However don’t ...
ArcReady For our next ArcReady, we will explore a topic on everyone’s mind: Cloud computing. Several industry companies have announced cloud computing services . In October 2008 at the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced the next phase of our Software + Services vision: the Azure Services Platform. The Azure Services Platforms provides a wide range of internet services that can be consumed from both on premises environments or the internet. Session 1: Cloud Services In our first ...
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Silverlight Outside The Browser: Live Framework & Mesh Enabled Applications Subject: You must register at https://www.clicktoattend.c... in order to be admitted to the building and attend. Live Framework has arrived to provide a uniform way for programming Live Services. While this in itself is an exciting story it really doesn't end there. Within Live Framework exists the ability to create Mesh Enabled applications that span Web, PC and ...
The NYC Azure Cloud Computing Group meets again February 23, 2009 Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th floor, NYC, NY 6:00 - 8:00 pm http://www.clicktoattend.co... BE SURE TO REGISTER... Space fills up fast and Building Security Requires it. This month... Chris Rolon, Architectural Consultant Neudesic LLC will be presenting on... Azure Cloud Storage When trying to build services that are highly scalable, durable and always available, the storage of data is critical. In this session ...
This is a subject I am just starting to understand. I talked with Dave Bost the other day at the February CAG meeting about Azure. This morning the subject came up again as I was listening to the Thirsty Developer podcast. These got me thinking about where does cloud computing fit in? As I understand it the difference between ASP model and Azure is that an ASP is hosting their application for you to use and what Azure offers hosting your application. Now this differs again from normal hosting companies ...
I notices that all my searches on google where coming up with ... "This site may harm your computer" message. So, I got Google to do a search on itself and this is the result ... The BBC has now picked up the issues ... http://tinyurl.com/acbvaq. Hmmm, this does make you think about Cloud Computing and the importance of getting a decent SLA ...
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going down to a local theatre to watch through the MSDN event for Azure, debugging, and mobility. The event itself was refreshing, and I always enjoy hearing Zain speak. We have similar passions, and also similar personalities. The event started off with a brief look at Azure, which is Microsoft’s very beta cloud computing platform. The technology itself seems straightforward and easy to use, although Zain warned about a tedious process of getting the tokens necessary ...
Ralph James put together a video entitled “The Case For Simple Services”: Discover RSSBus Simple Services™. This video explores simple services concepts, and demonstrates how RSSBus can be used to enhance data, application, and service accessibility. RSSBus Simple Services are "simple" because they are called with standard URLs and they return data streams as RSS name-value pairs, HTML pages, and other popular, easy-to-consume formats. They don't require programming, custom clients, SOAP envelopes, ...
For those of you that may know, and those of you that don’t, I was scheduled to go to PDC 2008. The the inevitable happened. We ended up having issues with a third party vendor the week before I was scheduled to go. We also ended up having other issues and scheduling conflict that all came together to mean one thing, I MISSED PDC! I was so excited, I had never been a part of an organization that was will for me to go to one of the top conferences. But, the world’s aligned to keep me from my dream. ...
We have a big pile of speaker submissions that the track chairs are sorting through and are in the process of getting posted and organized on the website. Subject to change the track line up is: Intro to .NET - John Dunagan / Max Trinidad Web Development – Jonas Stawski .net Clients / Language Features – Vishal Shukla SQL - Scott Klein BI - Scott Klein Visual Studio Team System - Oleg Sych/Randy Patterson Silverlight / Cloud computing / onlin- Bill Reiss / Joe Healy Architecture / Agile - Jeff Barnes ...
Though some of you that were on the fence or have not year head about the MSDN Dev Con, are now more interested in coming out. It’s a tiny price compared to PDC and is coming to a city near you! A good group of local celebrities will be presenting along side proven Microsoft experts at the Orlando event. I will be in the attendance and around any community areas. And any social after event :) Bayer White (Jacksonville), Joe Homnick (Boca Raton), Christopher Bennage (Tallahassee), Rob Eisenberg (Tallahassee) ...
I've done a good bit of thinking about cloud computing and its potential impact on the way software is written. I think that i "get" cloud computing. As i've stated previously, the fact that cloud computer levels the playing field so dramatically makes it a disruptive technology. What I haven't figure out yet is this: What can we do with cloud computer that we couldn't do before? We could always store data off the box. We could always do processing off the box. Now it's just more massive. Have I ...
I finally decided to write a post about attending PDC. There are so many great posts out there about PDC that do a great job of describing the overall experience. Bill Wagner has a great post on his blog, and so does Rick Strahl. The overall experience was really great and the quality of the sessions were very professional and the presenters did an excellent job in delivering the most information in the alloted time.There are still a bunch of sessions that I wish I could have personally attended ...
I can hear your screaming from here (on the plane at who knows how many thousands of feet overhead): "final thoughts, what happened to Days 2, 3, and 4?" Well, in answer to that, I bring you this bit of collected wisdom culled from the last few days: Welcome to Concurrency. Sometimes, other functions just finish first, and in this new multi-core world, the application must move on with or without the rest of the threads. So, that said, expect some other thoughts later...they just won't follow in ...
Windows Azure was announced on PDC 2008 (Oct 27) and will hopefully be released mid next year. You probably already know about Azure by this time. If no, I would like to quote some from www.azure.com as intro: The Azure Services Platform is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The Azure Services Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications that span from consumer web to enterprise scenarios and includes a cloud operating system ...
Windows Azure is Microsofts Operating System, in the cloud. Thats a mouthfull, isnt it? Basically, Windows Azure is a Microsoft DataCenter somewhere in the US (for now), where you can host applications you build. You have API (HTTP && REST) access to databases, queues, blob stores that you can use to put your application together. And if you a .NET developer, you can leverage your current skills to build applications in the cloud. The best anology I have seen for cloud computing and the 'traditional' ...
For those of you like me who missed PDC (though I did watch the streaming video as time permitted!) you can now catch some of the PDC content live at an event near you with MSDN Developer Conference. I'm going to try to head to the Atlanta one on December 16th. More details below as seen in Brian's blog: The Speakers Chad Brooks Jeff W. Barnes Wally McClure Glen Gordon Mark Dunn Steve Porter Murray Gordon Todd Fine Jim Wooley Brian Hitney Keith Rome Todd Miranda Dave Scruggs Shawn Wildermuth Mickey ...
We have an upcoming Architect/Developer event called MDC or "Microsoft Developer Conference" that will have an entire day dedicated to Cloud Computing. It will be a great destination for the real juicy details on how to do Cloud Computing using Microsoft Technologies. Here's the link to the site: http://www.msdndevcon.com/P... I'm looking forward to it. Date: December 16, 2008 Location: The Westin Peachtree Plaza 210 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30303-1745 (404) 659-1400 There will ...