London Windows Azure User Group

The new London Windows Azure User Group got off to a great start on Tuesday evening. I counted, including the latecomers, 44 people which is not at all bad for a brand new group. There were a few guys from the Azure Bootcamp I ran about 10 days ago but the others were all folks…

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Clouds lift over the recession

I joined Microsoft in December 1993. I’m just coming up for my 18th year in the company. I came from DEC. Some of you have never heard of DEC – Digital Equipment Corporation, often referred to as “digital”. At the time they were the second biggest computer company in the world. But they made huge…

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Windows Azure is now ISO 27001 compliant

The data centres have enjoyed this certification for quite a while now, as has Office 365, but Windows Azure was trailing behind a little. Well, no longer. The certification was performed by BSI Americas. The Windows Azure core services of Compute, Storage, Virtual Network and Virtual Machine are all covered by the certificate. There are…

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Quick Report on last Friday’s Windows Azure Camp in London

The really nice thing about the venue, One Drummond Gate, is the breakfast. Not a huge traditional English fry-up; just fruit, yoghurt, pastries, croissant and my favourite, porridge (with no sugar or honey!). …and that’s how the day started for pretty much everybody who wasn’t delayed by the inevitable problems of the Underground network… As…

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Cloud Security Standards

They seem to be random character strings: ISO 27001/IEC 2005, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE-16, PCI DSS, EU DPD 9546 EC… But there is a value behind each one of them, if you understand the story. If we discount the smaller niche cloud players who provide very specialised services – let’s concentrate on the high-volume…

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Androids, iPhone and Windows Phone–what could they all have in common

Yes – I know, touchscreens, apps, keyboards. If you develop apps for any of these platforms that’s great. And if say, your app needs to do something a bit more meaty than the phone’s onboard processor can manage, you’ll almost certainly use processing power on the other end of an Internet connection. You could build…

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Play card games in your stride

  I recently gave a talk at the UK’s Cloud Circle Security Forum in which I included material on the Security Development Lifecycle and was quite amazed at the number of people who came up to me afterwards and expressed an interest in this formalised and process-oriented way of developing secure code. It struck me…

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The New Series of the Windows Azure Bootcamp UK Continues in London & Edinburgh!

Registration is now open for the November edition of the Windows Azure BootCamp (powered by Tech.Days UK). The Windows Azure Camps are events which will show you how to take advantage of cloud computing. This is a free full day training to get you up-to-speed with Microsoft’s Windows Azure. We’ll take you on a journey…

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List of all the latest Windows Azure Cloud videos

A whole load of new videos are available as a result of the build conference. Here is the complete list of the Windows Azure ones – I hope something here takes your fancy…   Introduction to Windows Azure: the cloud operating system Inside Windows Azure: the cloud operating system Taking your Application Lifecycle Management to…

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YES YES YES!

Nothing at all to do with technology, but I’m so pleased… I did 10,000 metres on the rowing machine today in 38:28.8. That’s an average pace of 1:55.4. To put that in perspective, if you ever get on the rowing machine and do the standard 2,000 metres, you’d get 7:41.6 at that pace, but I…

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