Windows Azure 1.3 SDK released

The long-awaited 1.3 SDK with support for the following (from the download page): Virtual Machine (VM) Role (Beta):Allows you to create a custom VHD image using Windows Server 2008 R2 and host it in the cloud. Remote Desktop Access: Enables connecting to individual service instances using a Remote Desktop client. Full IIS Support in a…

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Windows Azure VM Role: Looking at it a different way

The debate regarding PaaS vs. IaaS continues at pace. It seems as though no mention of this debate where Windows Azure is concerned, is complete without a frequently misunderstood notion of what the recently announced VM Role is. Many commentators are saying “It’s Microsoft’s IaaS offering”. Let me put forward a way of explaining what…

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VIDEO: Mark Rendle’s Talk at the inaugural Cloud Evening

Just thought I’d post this. It’s also cross-posted on to the Cloud Evening Web Site. Cloud Evening is a UK-based Cloud Computing enthusiast’s group. It’s not aimed at majoring on any particular cloud provider or technology vendor. If you are UK-based, I’d encourage you to join the group and come along to the meetings. They…

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Single-sign-on between on-premise apps, Windows Azure apps and Office 365 services.

A lot of people don’t realise there will be 2 very interesting features in Office 365 which makes connecting the dots with your on-premise environment and Windows Azure easy. The 2 features are directory sync and federation. It means you can use your AD account to access local apps in your on-premise environment; just like…

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The Dead Portal Society

I’ve just met an ISV who made an interesting observation about where the notion of cloud computing has an almost perfect fit. They called it The Dead Portal Society: the idea that most portals are used for a short time and then die, or hibernate until some compelling event for their use arises. This ISV…

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Learn Windows Azure in 33 minutes

If you’re new to it, or you want to be able to explain the whole Windows Azure, SQL Azure, AppFab story to somebody and only have just over 30 minutes to spare in order to learn it – have I got a deal for you! Just watch the video and you’ll be able to use…

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Cloudeve.ning: report on the inaugural meeting – 11th November, Clerkenwell, London

Cloudeve.ning got off to a great start with 46 keen and eager technologists turning up to the inaugural event at WorkMatters in North London.   Aside from the initial coffee and chit-chat before we got down to business, I made sure I got a good place for the mountains of AV kit I brought with…

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The future of Silverlight starts now

I thought it’d be good to point folks in the direction of this event, in the light of all the commentary on the net about SIlverlight at the moment. Scott Guthrie is to give details of Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Silverlight. The Silverlight Firestarter event on December 2, 2010 at 9:00 pacific…

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New UK-based Windows Azure Data Center

In a move designed to cater for those organisations that are bound by the various data protection regulations that prohibit certain data to be held outside of the UK border, a new Windows Azure Data Center is to open within the first half of 2011 in Stevenage in the UK. It’s not a Microsoft Data…

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