VM Depot Crosses Another Milestone

In January of last year, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) launched VM Depot– a community-managed repository of open source virtual machine images for deployment on Microsoft Azure. The vision we articulated for this repository is that it be a place where “the community can build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configuration, create custom open…

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Tutorial: Finding Virtual Machine Images for Windows Azure in VM Depot

For users of VM Depot, our repository of community managed Virtual Machines for Azure, we have added significant enhancements to the search feature of the website. With this expanded search capability, it is now easier than ever to find an open source, Linux-based, virtual machine for Windows Azure. Search and you shall find Basic search…

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Using Chef to Manage Windows Azure Resources

Chef is an open source DevOps tool built to address hard IT infrastructure challenges. The team at Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has been hard at work collaborating with Chef the company to enhance Windows Azure resource management capabilities. The latest knife-azure release (v1.2.2) brings a number of bug fixes and some important…

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Vagrant and Hyper-V Provides Managed DevOps Work Environments

MS Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has released code for Vagrant that brings initial Hyper-V support to this very popular DevOps tool. Vagrant managed work environments can be controlled by a single, consistent workflow, to help you maximize the productivity and flexibility of your team. Alongside industry-standard provisioning tools such as shell scripts, Chef,…

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Lowering the barrier of entry to the cloud: announcing the first release of Actor Framework from MS Open Tech (Act I)

From: Erik Meijer, Partner Architect, Microsoft Corp. Claudio Caldato, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.   There is much more to cloud computing than running isolated virtual machines, yet writing distributed systems is still too hard. Today we are making progress towards easier cloud computing as ActorFX joins the Microsoft Open Technologies Hub…

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MS Open Tech Open Sources Rx (Reactive Extensions) – a Cure for Asynchronous Data Streams in Cloud Programming

From: Erik Meijer, Architect, Microsoft Corp. Claudio Caldato, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. Updated with a quote from Ferranti Computer Systems NV Updated: added quotes from Netflix and BlueMountain Capital Management If you are a developer that writes asynchronous code for composite applications in the cloud, you know what we are talking about,…

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Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform: Technical Examples

Two years ago we shared our view on Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform. Back then we talked to customers and developers and came out with an overview of an open and interoperable cloud, based on four distinct elements: Data Portability, Standards, Ease of Migration and Deployment, and Developer Choice. Since then, we have been…


Using the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure

If you need a highly scalable data layer for your cloud service or application running on Windows Azure, the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure may be a great fit. This service, which was announced in preview mode in June and is now in beta, delivers Cloudant’s “database as a service” offering on Windows Azure….

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Eclipse Plugin for Java Developers on Windows Azure

I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java (by Microsoft Open Technologies), June 2012 CTP. This has been the most ambitious and technically complex update we’ve had, focusing on improving the ease of creating projects, deploying apps to the cloud, and simplifying developers’ programmatic access to various services…

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