Videos and Training on Windows Azure IaaS from TechEd New Orleans

 I’m catching up on a bunch of features, functions, updates and more learning from the TechEd Event in New Orleans recently. In fact, videos, Windows Azure documentation, and of course blogs are the new way to keep up – books are just too slow to produce to handle the pace. I thought I’d share the…

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Link List: Becoming a Data Professional

Whenever I present at a conference, I try and make sure to include references to the topics I discuss in the session. That means you either need a lot of handouts, or I need to wait for you to take lots of notes. While note-taking is essential, writing out web links (especially long ones) is…

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The Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows Azure Training Kit (WATK)

Windows Azure is a platform that allows you to write software, run software, or use software that we’ve already written. We provide lots of resources to help you do that – many can be found right here in this blog series. There are two primary resources you can use, and it’s important to understand what…

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Windows Azure End to End Examples

I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts. I quickly want to put those…

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Plan for Diagnostics in Cloud Computing From the Git-Go

“Git-Go” is something we say in the South that means “right at the start”. I’ve seen several applications for on-premise systems that don’t have much in the way of diagnostics – the developers rely on a debugger, the event logs on the server and client workstation, and most of all, the ability to watch the…

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Windows Azure Use Case: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization’s computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: High-Performance Computing (also called Technical Computing) at its most simplistic is a layout of computer workloads where a “head node” accepts work requests,…

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Windows Azure Use Case: Hybrid Applications

This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization’s computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: Organizations see the need for computing infrastructures that they can “rent” or pay for only when they need them. They also understand the…

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Windows Azure Use Case: Web Applications

This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization’s computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: Many applications have a requirement to be located outside of the organization’s internal infrastructure control. For instance, the company website for a brick-and-mortar…

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Windows Azure Use Case: New Development

This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization’s computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: Computing platforms evolve over time. Originally computers were directed by hardware wiring – that, the “code” was the path of the wiring that…

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Windows Azure Use Case: Agility

This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization’s computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx  Description: Agility in this context is defined as the ability to quickly develop and deploy an application. In theory, the speed at which your…

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