Rise of the Cloud Ecosystems

I had the opportunity to participate at this year’s CloudConnect conference, with my session on Building Highly Scalable Applications on Windows Azure, which is mostly an update from my earlier presentations at JavaOne and Cloud Computing Expo. I was pleased to learn that the cloud-optimized design leveraging distributed computing best practices approach, aligned well to…


Unplug from your day job. Be inspired at MIX

One of my favorite annual conferences is back again this year in Las Vegas. Yes, despite the fabulous location and the plethora of distractions it provides. 😉 Join the conversation at MIX – see the latest tools and technologies and draw inspiration from a professional community of your peers and experts. More About MIX. PREVIEW…


Designing for Cloud-Optimized Architecture

I wanted to take the opportunity and talk about the cloud-optimized architecture, the implementation model instead of the popular perceptions around leveraging cloud computing as a deployment model. This is because, while cloud platforms like Windows Azure can run a variety of workloads, including many legacy/existing on-premises software and application migration scenarios that can run…


SOA with .NET and Windows Azure

Yes that is a book and it is now available! http://soabooks.com/net http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131582313 http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0131582313 I had the privilege to participate as a member of a very esteemed and talented authoring team for this book that includes Thomas Erl, John deVadoss, Nitin Gandhi, Hanu Kommalapati, Brian Loesgen, Christoph Schittko, Herbjörn Wilhelmsen, Mickey Williams, and many other contributors….


Live Streaming for the Best Party at PDC09!

Can’t make it to Los Angeles for The Underground @ PDC? You will miss hanging out with the Lakers Girls, 500+ techies, drinks, etc.; but you can still be a part of the action! The Underground will live stream these special presentations so no matter where you are, you can to hear from Microsoft and…


Microsoft Recite – Voice Notes as a Service

Microsoft just announced a new service intended for mobile devices, called Recite. In short, it allows people to record voice notes using their mobile devices, and then use voice again to search against saved “notes”, then Recite will “recite” the identified note. More details can be found on the Recite blog site. Watch the video…


Freebie – A t-shirt for Taking a Survey!

“Are you a PC?” Get a FREE “I’m a PC” black, cotton t-shirt by taking a short survey…honest, it’s less than 10 questions!  Click here to take the survey and get your t-shirt. [UPDATE 2009.02.04]: Our apologies – the response has been overwhelming and the supply of t-shirts allocated for this survey are all gone…


Series – Cloud Computing and Microsoft

This is an ongoing series of posts and studies on cloud computing and related concepts, and the Microsoft platform and strategies. This post will serve as an index of related posts on this blog, and will be updated periodically. Cloud Computing Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Platform (2009.01.13) Multi-Enterprise Business Applications (MEBA) as Cloud-Based Next-Generation…


Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Platform

It has been a couple of months since I wrote about cloud computing and Microsoft’s plans and strategies. Now that Azure Services Platform has been unveiled at PDC2008, and after having the opportunities to discuss it with a community of architects from major enterprises and startups via the Architect Council series of events, I can…


Microsoft Tag – Interactive Mobile Bar Codes

One of the interesting items announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week was Microsoft Tag (http://www.microsoft.com/tag). It is a different kind of bar code, intended to be read by cameras in cell phones and mobile devices with Internet connectivity. Each tag can be generated and managed on the Microsoft Tag website, and each…