Windows Azure in 20 Minutes!

  I had the opportunity to present The Windows Azure Platform at the 2nd Annual ISV Architects Workshop in New York City on December 10,2009. My thanks to my associate Gunther Lenz who is the local Microsoft ISV Architect Evangelist for the opportunity. The presentation was enthusiastically received by the group. There was also significant…


Bye Bye .NET Services! Hello AppFabric

Windows Azure Platform .NET Services (Service Bus and Access Control Service) is now Windows Azure Platform AppFabric. That is not to be confused with Windows Server AppFabric which consists of Dublin and Velocity.   More to come soon… Bill Zack


@PDC – Visiting the Microsoft Retail Store in CA

I plan to do a lot of blogging about Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference and Windows Azure while in LA this week. However this is not one of those posts. I arrived in LA on Friday to spend the weekend with my son who lives there.  For fun we took a ride down past Disneyland to…


Windows Azure Platform TCO/ROI Comparison Tool

The folks from Alinan have developed a very comprehensive and detailed TCO/ROI comparison tool for the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform. You can access the tool at This tool does an excellent job of calculating the TCO/ROI of hosting an existing application on the Windows Azure Platform as compared to running the application on-premise.  In…


Innovation Showcase Headlines – 11/9/2009

Lots of terrific articles posted this week on the Innovation Showcase news site. Read about new features in Visual Studio 2010, check out David Chappells’ whitepaper on the SharePoint 2010 Developer Platform and see video interviews with Don Box and Dave Thompson. Visual Studio 2010 Gallery – RegEx Editor Two Roundtable Discussions on Windows 7…


New York New Jersey Southern Connecticut Windows Azure Events Calendar

This is the beginning of an on-going calendar of Windows Azure related events in the New York, New Jersey and Southern Connecticut area.  Please let me know of any other Windows Azure events that you know about. To start it off: I am going to be doing a post-PDC (Microsoft Professional Developers Conference) update on…


More Happy is Here !!!

Technorati Tags: Windows 7 I like working for Microsoft (That’s in case my boss is listening :-)) but it has never been as much fun as it was today.  As you know by now Windows 7 launched today.  I was asked to volunteer to go to my local Best Buy and demonstrate the features of…


Architecture Thought Leaders Gathered in New York

Technorati Tags: Architecture,Microsoft It is great when my worlds collide. As many of you know I am an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft. I also run the New York City chapter of the International Association of Software Architect (IASA). On October 12-14, 2009 we held our IT Architect Regional Conference in New York. This was billed…


What to do till the SQL Azure management tools come?

Technorati Tags: SQL Azure,Architecture,Practical Guidance SQL Azure will go live next month at PDC on November 17th. Since SQL Azure is accessed using the standard TDS (Tabular Data Stream) protocol used by SQL Server most existing application clients and tools should be able to work with it virtually unchanged. There are some slight differences mainly…


TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure

We invite you to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view! During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned migrating internal line-of-business applications to Windows Azure™. What is Windows Azure™? When should I use it? How does it…