SQL Azure Saturday: April 21, 2012 @ Iselin, NJ

I’m happy to announce that on Saturday April 21, 2012, the New Jersey SQL Server user group will be hosting a “SQL Azure Saturday” event!  This will be a FREE full-day event on SQL Azure & data in the cloud related topics.  The event is something that I have been working with the group’s organizer,…

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@home with Windows Azure: Webcast – Diving into Azure Storage Options–3/29/2012 12:00pm EDT

Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/29/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our third screencast in the @home series: Diving into Windows Azure Storage Options! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney, Jim O’Neil, and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March 15, we hosted a…

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Real World Azure: April 4th, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a successful kick off meeting at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ.  The group kicked off with me delivering an overview of Windows Azure and introducing the platform.  This month, Vineet Kumar, the group’s organizer has managed to line up another stellar speaker!  Next Wednesday, on…

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Windows Azure: How Do I Get Started On My Developer Workstation?

This post is part of a series called “Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer” written by Rachel Appel, Adam Hoffman, and Peter Laudati.  You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US Cloud Connection site. Whether you’re looking to build a new ASP.NET application from scratch, or migrate an existing…

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@home with Windows Azure : Can I Deploy Multiple Instances?

During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney, Jim O’Neil, and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project.  On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.  I wanted to use this post to more widely answer a FAQ we have received since…

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Webcast: Intro to @home with Windows Azure – 3/15/2012 12:00pm EDT

Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/15/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our first screencast in the @home series:  an introduction to the @home with Windows Azure distributed computing project! This is the first in a series where we’ll dive into various aspects of Windows Azure – in this first webcast, we’ll keep it 100 level,…

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Windows Azure Service Disruption on February 29, 2012: Post-Mortem

On February 29th, Windows Azure experienced a service disruption that impacted the Service Management interface and some customers of the Windows Azure Compute service. The issues were triaged and resolved by the early morning of March 1st.  At that time, Bill Laing, the Corporate VP of Server & Cloud at Microsoft promised that a root…

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Less Lincolns: Windows Azure Extra Small VM Now Only $0.02/hour!

Less than a month after significant price drops were announced for SQL Azure, yesterday the Windows Azure team lowered prices on compute & storage!  The price of hosting an application in an extra-small VM has dropped 50% from four Lincolns an hour to two!  Translation: the starting cost for hosting an app in Azure has…

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Get Started with SQL Azure: Resources

Earlier this month, SQL Azure prices were drastically reduced, and a new 100mb for $5 bucks a month pricing level was introduced. This news has certainly gotten some folks looking at SQL Azure for the first time.  I thought I’d share some resources to help you get started with SQL Azure. Unlike the new “Developer…

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