Weekly Azure Updates from OakLeaf Systems

The folks at OakLeaf Systems publish a blog listing interesting Windows Azure posts and update it on a daily basis. In the current post: Azure Blob, Drive, Table and Queue Services SQL Azure Database and Reporting Marketplace DataMarket and OData Windows Azure AppFabric: Access Control and Service Bus Windows Azure Virtual Network, Connect, and CDN…


The Windows Azure Platform Appliance for Everyone? Not!

In the world of Windows Azure there is a major misconception that the Windows Azure Platform Appliance announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WWPC) in July is Microsoft’s answer to having your own Private Cloud. This is not correct. The appliance, as announced at WWPC,  is a turn-key cloud solution based on highly standardized, preconfigured…


Journey to the Cloud

As you can see from the diagram below no company other than Microsoft has so many cloud solutions that you can apply to solving your business needs. What this means for Independent Software Vendors and Partners is that we have truly entered a new generation of Information Technology. No product or service can be successful…


High Performance Computing – On-Premise and In the Windows Azure Cloud

If you are an ISV with a product or service for industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and others you may be able to make cost-effective use of the technology  discussed in this post. Back in June I posted about an Azure High Scale Compute project that I participated in for a major pharmaceutical company….


Free Windows Azure Training

Here is an excellent opportunity to get free Windows Azure training.  If you are exploring the possibilities with cloud-based applications and Windows Azure then you don’t want to miss this free live training course. “Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure”. It will be delivered via virtual classroom on December 15, 16, and 17, 2010 from…


Lost finding information about Windows Azure?

If you are an ISV overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of information available about Windows Azure here is an outstanding index to the information on Windows Azure Platform in the MSDN library.   This index guides you to the best information on how to: Build a Windows Azure Application Use the Windows Azure SDK Tools…


Sending Email from Azure

On-premise applications often have a need to send email. For instance an order entry system might have to send an email request to an external vendor to drop-ship all or part of an order.  An event registration system might have to send email confirmations and reminders of an upcoming event.  In an on-premise application ASP.NET…


Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – November Update

There is a newly updated version of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit that matches the November 2010 SDK 1.3 release.  This release of the training kit includes several new hands-on labs for the new Windows Azure features and the new/updated services we just released.     The updates in this training kit include: ·        …


Windows Azure New Features Webcast

On Wednesday December 30th there will be an an Academy Live webcast to inform developers of the new November 2010 Windows Azure SDK 1.3 release.       Getting Started with the Windows Azure November 2010 Release   Just a few short weeks ago at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference we announced several new features for…


Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

It has been my experience that lots of things are possible and can be done in Windows Azure, however some things are relatively easy, some are doable with difficulty and some are normally to be avoided.  There is starting to be a lot of good guidance in how to do things with the platform as…