Beginning development with Windows Azure – Filling in the gaps

Getting started with Windows Azure isn’t as tricky or daunting as you may think. After all, its familiar tools, with your end product (an application) residing in a different place.  I’d concur with my colleague Tom Hollander who argued recently that the best  way to learn new technologies is via a real or realistic assignment….

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2011 Cloud Predictions–The best of

As it customary this time of year there are many predictions for the coming year. Here are a few I have been sent and read I thought worth re-sharing: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions For CIO’s And Business Technology Leaders I’ve often been asked, how do I get started. This article concurs with some of my…

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Digital Nativity–Some Windows Azure scenarios and solutions?

This week the digital nativity video has been doing the rounds in Facebook and email. Very clever it is too. You can see the excentric YouTube Video for yourself here: Now literally thinking, how could the cloud (and Windows Azure specifically) have helped if it had been around back then? Its a far stretch but…

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#Azure Action – Weekly Newsletter – 17th December 2010

Local Overview Regional Update: Fujitsu and Microsoft weigh up Data Center in Japan   Readiness & Resources Reading: 2010 Year End Security Wrap “Cloud 9 or Cloud Crime” Microsoft Azure Cloud – Top 20 Lessons Learned about MSFT’s PaaS DataMarket for Government Watching: See the PDC introductory session on SQL Azure DataSync by Liam Cavanagh…

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#Azure Action – Weekly Newsletter – 10th December 2010

Local Overview NICTA, ANU and CSIRO partner with Microsoft – Windows Azure   Readiness & Resources Reading: Observations from the Gartner data center conference “Yes, we’re using the public cloud but we’re in denial about it”. Cute article series – 12 days of Azure – Day 12 – Windows Azure Platform Architecture: Integrating SQL Azure…

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#Azure Action – Weekly Newsletter– 3rd December 2010

Local Overview Local Azure specialist Tom Hollander writes about full IIS differences from Hosted Web Core (HWC)  Readiness & Resources Reading: Re-Introducing the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service Watching: Windows Azure BootCamp (MSDN Webcast) Case study: Volvo uses Microsoft cloud for Twilight | Microsoft Resource Tools: MAP Toolkit v5.5 Beta – plan for Windows…

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5 Enterprise steps for adopting a Platform as a Service

Most enterprises are being charged with a wholesale review of their applications and infrastructure to meet the hype, and sometimes reality, that is Cloud. It is my personal opinion that enterprise developers need to start their training, experiment and provide advice as soon as possible. However, in parallel, there needs to be consideration of an…

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#Azure Action – Weekly Newsletter – 26th November 2010

Local Overview APRA: Specific considerations when using cloud computing services Readiness & Resources Reading: Windows Azure AppFabric: A Strategic Core of Microsoft’s Cloud Platform 10 Noteworthy New Features Coming to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform Watching: Nice introductory Windows Azure video Case Study: Real World Windows Azure: Interview with Allen Smith, Chief of Police for the…

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#Azure Action – Weekly Newsletter – 19th November 2010

Local Overview Windows Azure Platform University – Brett and Owen Report About Australia From Singapore Readiness & Resources Reading: The Economics of the Cloud ( a fantastic read despite the drab title) Watching: Cloud Cover Episode 32  – AppFabric caching with @wadewegner Case Study: DataMarket  public data in Sweden Tools: http://gshahine.com/blog/archives/2010/11/04/azure-service-management-tools/ In the news: Microsoft…

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