Sharing some bits that I found interesting during the last week while reading about cloud computing.
Windows Azure Platform
A nice collection of tools and learning resources listed by Wintellect: http://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/pmehner/archive/2010/04/20/learning-windows-azure-platform-resources.aspx
Microsoft Townhall (http://www.microsofttownhall.com/) runs on Azure. It’s a tool for politicians and other public officials (among others) who want to host online social experiences that drive richer discussion around top interests and concerns with the American public.
Read about the interesting TicketDirect case here: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2010/04/22/real-world-windows-azure-interview-with-matthew-davey-founder-of-ticketdirect.aspx
Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure best used together: http://cloud-computing.learningtree.com/2010/04/18/windows-azure-and-visual-studio-2010/?utm_source=AzureMagic&utm_medium=twitter
Also check out our Azure topic page on MSDN: Dutch, French
Other Cloud Related news
Hockey Stick Cloud Growth Ahead: http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/interviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224400787
Also read what Gartner predicts: By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets.
At Microsoft, we say We’re all In when we discuss Microsoft and the Cloud. A clear sign of that we got this week at the Microsoft Management Summit 2010: https://www1.mms-2010.com/public/home.aspx
Windows Intune: Managing your PC’s gets easier for small and medium sized businesses with this cloud service: http://www.microsoft.com/online/windows-intune.mspx
Use the Windows Intune cloud service beta to:
- Manage updates
- Protect PCs from malware
- Proactively monitor PCs
- Provide remote assistance
- Track hardware & software inventory
- Set security policies
System Center Virtual Machine Manager:http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/04/21/what-s-coming-up-with-the-next-versions-of-scom-and-vmm.aspx
Service lifecycle management, including creation, deployment and updates to cloud apps/services - Leverages app virtualization technology and service modeling to perform image-based service composition, deployment and updates.
· Creation of private clouds - Enables “Infrastructure as a Service” for the enterprise datacenter and allows self-service scenarios; discovery and assignment of logical/virtualized network and storage pools to apps/services
· Federation across clouds - Enables workload mobility between on-premises, service provider and public clouds (e.g. Windows Azure) in a secure manner