Bet Your Life on Windows Azure?

That is what sailors do that utilize the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s automated alerting system for fishing vessels in the United Kingdom. This is a location-based service infrastructure, code-named GeoPoint, that transmits position data to a centralized tracking and alerting system. It then uses GeoPoint to build MOB Guardian, a search-and-rescue application for fishing vessels…

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ARCast.TV - Architecting Solutions with Microsoft Azure AppFabric

In this episode, Damon Squires, principal architect at RDA, discusses with Zhiming Xue where in a typical enterprise solution Microsoft Azure AppFabric — consisting of the Service Bus and the Access Control Service — may be used, how on-premise data are communicated with these services running in the cloud and what benefits such a hybrid…

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Want to learn how to develop for Windows Azure?

In this blog post I cover the training roadmap for the Windows Azure Platform.  This training roadmap is based on internal work done by Fred Pace, Danny Garber and others at Microsoft. However all the material is publicly accessible. If you are wondering how to get started, this is the way. Bill Zack Technorati Tags:…

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Microsoft Announces: We are “All In” the Cloud

In this blog post I discuss the recent announcement that Microsoft is “All In” the Cloud and how how twenty million businesses and over a billion people use Microsoft cloud services today. It also covers a major speech on the subject given by Steve Ballmer at the University of Washington recently. Bill Zack   Technorati…

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Microsoft Architecture Webcast Series

We are putting on a series of architecture webcasts this month. Please tune in. March 25, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Title:  Extending Your Sites Reach with IE8 Add On Features Today’s users are getting more sophisticated and they expect more features from the sites and services they use. In this session learn about…

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Windows Azure Platform Free with MSDN Premium and BizSpark

If you have an MSDN Premium or BizSpark subscription you should be aware that for the next 8 months you automatically have 750 Windows Azure Compute hours, 10GB of durable storage and 1,000,000 transactions per month absolutely free!  You also have free allocations of AppFabric services (Service Bus and Access Control Service) and SQL Azure…

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Windows Azure TCO/ROI Calculator Available Online & Offline

A while back we told you about the Windows Azure TCO/ROI calculator designed to help you measure the potential savings of product development or migration to Windows Azure platform services. At the time the calculator was only available on-line. Now it is available off-line as well.  You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/tco/. For more details…

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Want to know how Windows Azure is Feeling?

If you want to know the health status of Windows Azure Platform services in each of our data centers at any time take a look at the Windows Azure Platform dashboard at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/support/status/servicedashboard.aspx. You can also sign up for alerts when status changes and can get detailed information for any service that is not running….

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Architect Cafe Webcast - Securing REST-Based Services with Access Control Service

  Securing REST-Based Services with Access Control Service January 15, 2010 at 11:00am – 12:30pm PST Presenter: Michele Leroux Bustamante Abstract: The Access Control Service (ACS), part of Windows Azure platform AppFabric, makes it easy to secure REST-based services using a simple set of standard protocols. In addition to enabling secure calls to REST-based services…

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