Want to build a Private Cloud? Here’s how

This blog post is the first installment of what promises to be an excellent series of articles on building a Microsoft based Private Cloud.  Starting with the National Institute of Standards and industry accepted definition of Public and Private clouds the author goes on to cover the five essential characteristics, three service models and four…


A $250 Bonus for Completing Your first Windows Azure Application

If you are a software company or a new startup and want to get $250 for Completing your FIRST Windows Azure Application all you need to do is Register your application at the Microsoft Platform Ready web site When it is live go into that site and mark it “Compatible” This short video describes the…


BizSpark News App

One of the things I hear from startups occasionally is, how come I never hear what’s going on with BizSpark? Well, I have a couple of answers that I usually give. First, you can visit BizSpark.com and you’ll see a list of our latest BizSpark Blog and news posts. Members of the Microsoft Emerging Business…


New Windows Azure Pricing Calulator Released

  NOW AVAILABLE: New Windows Azure Platform Pricing Calculator The Windows Azure team has announced the availability of a new Windows Azure pricing calculator to help you select the right Windows Azure platform offer and estimate your monthly costs.  It will provide you with an estimate of costs if you were to use the Windows…


Can Azure Scale? You Bet!

We have  the first verified Guinness Book World record hosted on Azure!  This week Ortsbo set a world record for the most nationalities hosted in a live chat event. Ortsbo allows you to talk to anyone anywhere in any language. They needed attendees from 50, but had participants from over 100 countries around the world.   …


15-Episode SQL Azure Learning Series Released

This is a series of 15 short, episodic videos that demonstrate the basics when working with SQL Azure.  The videos begin with walkthroughs of working with SQL Azure and user data to more technical aspects such as migrating from Microsoft Access or SQL Server.  ·         Getting Started: SQL Azure at a Glance ·         Getting Started:…


How to Publish Your AppMakr App into the Windows Phone Marketplace

By now, you’ve probably seen the posts about how wonderfully easy it is to build a Windows Phone application without a line of code using AppMakr.  If not, check out this great post by Brian Johnson. I recently did this myself and was really impressed with the ease at creating an application around my brand……


SQL Azure Improvements Announced

Also news from TechEd this week included a May 2011 service update to SQL Azure with four key improvements : SQL Azure Management REST API – a web API for managing SQL Azure servers. Multiple servers per subscription – create multiple SQL Azure servers per subscription. JDBC Driver – updated driver for Java applications to…


Why the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus Durable Pub/Sub is a Killer Feature!

In case you haven’t heard the recent announcements at Microsoft TechEd this week they included release of a CTP including Durable Message Queues and Publish/Subscribe features to the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus. The advantage of this is that publishers and subscribers do not have to be on-line at the same time. This lends the…


New This Week on Ignition Showcase 5-17-2011

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