New Windows Azure Platform Features Available Today

Building out an infrastructure that supports your web service or application can be expensive, complicated and time consuming. Whether you need to forecast the highest possible demand, build out the network to support your peak times, getting the right servers in place at the right time or managing and maintaining the systems, these actions require…


Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal Now Available

At PDC10 last month, we announced a host of enhancements for Windows Azure designed to make it easier for customers to run existing Windows applications on Windows Azure, enable more affordable platform access and improve the Windows Azure developer and IT Professional experience. Today, we’re happy to announce that several of these enhancements are either…


The Future of Silverlight Starts Now: Watch Scott Guthrie Showing The Next Version of Silverlight on December 2, 2010

You are invited to see the next version of Silverlight in action, presented by Scott Guthrie during the Silverlight Firestarter event on December 2, 2010. When: December 2nd 2010, 18:00 CET (9:00 AM Pacific) Where: Online, register and watch the live stream. Registration is free. The event consists of more than 6 hours of training…


Cloud or On-Premise: Which is more secure?

An interesting article based upon facts when it comes to cloud security versus on premise security of data. The article provides a bit more insights in the different security breaches found within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The report published by this institution shows the number of people or individuals being “harmed”…


The Role of the Software Architect in Applications and Systems Development

As mentioned in a previous post, Software Architects are recognized as one of the best positions in United States. But what is their actual role when it comes to Applications and System Development? An interesting article published on executivebrief.com talks about the evolution of the Software Architect position mentioning that in the early days, software…


Architects Are Number 1!

CNN Money together with Payscale.com has conducted a study within the Unites States of the different job positions. Different criteria were used such as Personal Satisfaction, Job Security, Future Growth etc. The position of Software Architect came out as number one of the study with a projected job growth of 34% in the next 10…


Using the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse with PHP

The Interoperability Team at Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update to the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse and is shipping a new Community Technology Preview (October 2010 CTP) of the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP. This Eclipse plug-in provides PHP developers using Eclipse with tools to create and deploy web applications…


Belgian SQL Server Day 2010

For the third year in a row the Belgian SQL Server User Group (SQLUG.BE vzw), Microsoft and our partners are teaming up to organize the yearly Belgian SQL Server Day. This year SQL Server Day 2010 will focus on SQL Server, SQL Azure and Microsoft Business Intelligence in Belgium and Luxembourg. SQL Server Day 2010…


Nick Malik: Enterprise Strategic Architecture in Product Development

For the enterprise architects amongst us. Is EA valuable for deciding what products or services a company should offer? According to a blog post by Nick Malik, part of the Microsoft Enterprise Architecture team, it does have value: “First off, Enterprise Architecture includes Business Architecture.  Enterprise Architects must consider all of the elements of business…


Burton Group: Managing Network Performance of Cloud-Based Applications

An interesting article from the Burton Group, when it comes to cloud providers. The article states that the cloud providers do not include network services or user performance in their SLA’s while these are considered to be valuable assets towards the Enterprise. These metrics allows them to evaluate the provider and make the right tradeoffs…