System Center 2012 App Controller: managing On-Premise and Cloud together

A Beta release of System Center App Controller 2012 is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both private and public clouds. The greatest thing about the App Controller is that is enables you to manage your…

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P&P: Windows Azure Auto-Scaling Block (Preview)

Patterns & Practices team is working hard to enhance the Enterprise Library with new functionality. The version Enterprise Library 5.0 will include also guidance on how to auto-scale Windows Azure applications, which really optimizes the dynamic allocation of cloud resources. The beta preview of the application block, called Windows Azure Autoscaling Application Block (WASABi), is…

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Microsoft Dynamics Powered By Windows Azure

Yesterday some more news were released around the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7” that will run on Windows Azure platform! Here is a short excerpt from the Convergence blog post: “At Convergence 2011, we announced that we would deliver Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Azure with the next major release of the solution -…

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HPC made easy with Windows Azure and HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2

Check out this blog post to see what’s new in the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2. Lots of new features that enable seamless transition of HPC workloads on the Windows Azure Platform. Some of the features include: Parametric sweep applications Support for LINQ to HPC beta (formerly known as Dryad) New scenarios for…

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Free Ingress for all Windows Azure Customers starting July 1st, 2011

I just read this Windows Azure blog post explaining that we a big chance in the pricing for Windows Azure was announced. It will provide substantial cost savings (it is free )  for all the customers with applications that have a lot of inbound traffic or are trying to move large quantities of data onto the…

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New Windows Azure Pricing Calculator

I just had a chance to look at the newly release Windows Azure pricing Calculator … It rocks and is now live here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing-calculator/. This pricing calculator lets you pick compute, database, storage, bandwidth, CDN and Service Bus capacity based on your needs. Along with predicting your expected monthly costs, the pricing calculator then recommends…

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Running Hadoop on Windows Azure within minutes!

Today I came across a blog post featuring the process of how to deploy Hadoop environment onto the Windows Azure platform. For those who are not from the HPC (High-Performance Computing) world, Hadoop is an distributed computing platform, based on a Apache Foundation OSS project that supports data-intensive distributed applications. The Hadoop platform includes the…

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New Announcements about Windows Azure @MIX

A couple of days ago some new announcements were made at the MIX conference in Las Vegas. More specifically the following were announced, of course related to Windows Azure : An update to the Windows Azure SDK that includes a Web Deployment Tool to simplify the migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web…

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Gartner: 2011 is the Year of the PaaS

A couple of weeks ago Gartner released a press statement, stating that in 2011 we will see a huge increase in the offerings and adoption of PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions, leading to: “…by 2015, most enterprises will have part of their run-the-business software functionally executing in the cloud, using PaaS services or technologies…

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Dynamics on the Windows Azure Platform

Interesting announcement and an article associated with it, showing that Microsoft is moving to the Cloud big-time: “Microsoft is moving its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications to its Azure cloud platform, the company announced Monday at the Convergence conference in Atlanta. The belated move represents a major change for the way Microsoft sells Dynamics,…

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