IOT is an evolution of classic M2M

Internet of Things or Things on the Internet – It’s much more than classic M2M solutions when it includes bi-directional internet connectivity to devices, intelligence and insights from realtime analytics, and even more compelling may be the information sharing and alliances between businesses to provider richer consumer experiences.  The (not-so-distant) future may very well hold…

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Auto-Scale your Windows Azure cloud services

Auto-scaling just got easier… built-in support within the port for scaling your cloud services and VMs based upon CPU utilization or Azure queues (more perf options to come).  This is huge as the alternative required hosting other add-ons and instrumenting your services with things like Wasabi or 3rd party services such as Opstera (formerly Managed…

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Private Platform as a Service (aka. Windows Azure Appliance)

Microsoft will be the first to provide a comprehensive “Private” Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering based on the current Windows Azure Platform, called the “Windows Azure Platform Appliance“.  If you know anything about Windows Azure, just take all the inovation, efficiency, scalability, elasticity, automation, self-healing/self-managing, and multi-tenancy… package it up in a box and…

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Migrate existing applications and databases to Azure (step-by-step)

Here is a quick/simple 5-step migration of an existing ASP.NET web application and SQL Server database to Windows Azure “Web Roles” and SQL Azure. It’s intended to be a very simple demonstration to convey the concept and tools used.  It does NOT include all features of Azure or various enterprise scenarios such as large database…

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Cloud Computing in Education – (a non-technical business case)

The Power of Choice Over the years, education has evolved with the decades of change in software platforms and IT.  The platform paradigms shifted from the mainframe/midrange, client-server, web/mobile, and services oriented infrastructure/architecture.  Each designed to resolve the shortcomings of its predecessor.  Today, students are digital natives proving once again that “Moore’s Law” holds true. …

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New Azure screencasts and videos available

As we move towards commercial availability, the evangelism team have started to release the next round of training & readiness materials onto channel 9. See here to get started: https://channel9.msdn.com/azure/ to get started or check out the following screencasts and videos:   ·         What is Windows Azure –  https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/dunnry/What-is-Windows-Azure/ ·         Windows Azure Storage Overview –…

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SQL Data Services in Education (Overview)

Having to host, manage, monitor, and scale databases comes at a cost.  In Education there is a almost a new need to host a new database daily with often unpredictable growth and scale requirements.  Image you want to post student achievement reports for K-12 or IPEDS reports for Higher Education or any other data for…

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

I’m a retired US Marine Corps veteran of foreign wars, so when I bought this bottle of “Jarhead Red” wine the other day, I was touched by the underlining benefits.  The proceeds go toward the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation who provide educational assistance to the children of fallen Marines. Created by Marines for the children…

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Software plus Services in Education (Overview)

With already tight budgets in Education, these hard economic times add an extra burden that force IT decision makers to be ever more creative to offset costs and turn IT cost centers into IT enablers for the Business of Education as well as the Teaching and Learning process.  In this podcast I cover the broader…

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