An interesting Windows Azure architectural discussion – synchronizing multiple nodes

One of the interesting architectural discussions that comes up when designing highly scalable systems, such as those that run on Windows Azure, is how to co-ordinate multiple “nodes” so that they use use unique keys within an application or system. It sounds a fairly trivial task, but as with lots of engineering issues, when you…

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The many ages of mobile application development

It’s great to see one of the partners I have worked with, bbits, who developed the excellent Windows Azure application Love Clean Streets, get involved in the discussion around the future of mobile development, in a recent Computer Weekly article, “The many ages of mobile application development”: Ian Blackburn, CEO of bbits, "Developing mobile applications…

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Six Weeks of Windows Azure will start on … Monday 23rd January 2012

A few days ago, Eric Nelson and I locked down the dates for www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which is fantastic news. We also confirmed that our core set of webinars and online surgeries will happen on the Monday and Wednesday of each week – with additional activities happening on other days which we will announce nearer the start….

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Video case study – Newgrove, Orpheus, advertising and Windows Azure

I met up with one of my UK ISV partners, Newgrove to find out more about their new cloud based product, Orpheus, used by client’s such the FT, to help them make sure they are getting the best value from their advertising. In the video he find out how customers use Orpheus, why it’s such…

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Video case study – Media Science, Big Data and Windows Azure

In my latest video case study for Channel 9, I talk to Media Science about how they have used the Windows Azure platform to help solve the problem of "Big Data" – millions and millions of chunks of data, in a wide variety of different formats – so that marketing people can finally gain some…

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