Cloud projects and cross-country moves

I tend to take real-life events and correlate them to computational scenarios. It’s a hazard of being a technical professional, I suppose. In the United States, it’s kind of a law that you have to move your family across the country at least once in your life. I’ve done it a lot – when I…

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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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Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client

Normally I try to put topics in the positive in other words “Do this” not “Don’t do that”. Sometimes its clearer to focus on what *not* to do. Popular development processes often start with screen mockups, or user input descriptions. In a scale-out pattern like Cloud Computing on Windows Azure, that’s the wrong place to…

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The “Consumerization” of IT and the Dark Side of the Cloud

Cloud computing is actually being largely driven by the “Consumerization of IT”. That phrase, as grammatically incorrect as it is, represents a fundamental change to the way businesses think about technology, and subsequently how the IT team provides it. Years ago, technology was introduced by the office. No one owned a mainframe at home of…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Developer’s Job?

I’ve recently posted a blog on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization, another on how the cloud changes a Database Administrator’s job, and the last post dealt with the Systems Administrator. In this post I’ll cover the changes facing the Software Developer when using the cloud. The software developer…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Administrator’s Job?

I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization, and another on how the cloud changes a database administrator’s job. This time I’ll cover a few of the changes the cloud brings for the Systems Administrator. The systems administrator shares some similarity with the database…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization. In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually part of the job description. I mentioned that a Systems Architect has three primary vectors…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Architect’s Job?

I know – I said I didn’t like the “cloud” term, but my better-phrased “Distributed Systems” moniker just never took off like I had hoped. So I’ll stick with the “c” word for now, at least until the search engines catch up with my more accurate term. I thought I might spend a little time…

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Microsoft Windows Azure Disaster Recovery Options for On-Premises SQL Server

One of the use-cases for a cloud solution is to serve as a Disaster Recovery option for your on-premises servers. I’ll explain one particular use-case in this entry, specifically using Windows Azure “IaaS” or Virtual Machines as a Recovery Solution for SQL Server (more detail here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/features/virtual-machines/). In future installments I’ll explain options for other…

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Developing a Support Plan for Cloud Applications

Last week I blogged about developing a High-Availability plan. The specifics of a given plan aren’t as simple as “Step 1, then Step 2” because in a hybrid environment (which most of us have) the situation changes the requirements. There are those that look for simple “template” solutions, but unless you settle on a single…

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