Video: TIGA Gaming Conference: Games plus Cloud. Rob Fraser’s talk.

I was at the TIGA gaming conference with Rob Fraser who was a speaker addressing “realising the opportunity afforded to games developers by exploiting the cloud”. I took a couple of FlipCams and screen capture software to edit together this talk. A couple of rough edges here and there, but very watchable. 30 minutes of…

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A new way to package old apps for Windows Azure: increase abstraction.

Web Role, Worker Role and VM Role are all designed to solve problems along the continuum of abstraction <==> control that I talked about in a previous post: We call it abstraction because the technology forces a greater separation between the OS and the application. A traditional application might tend to eat in to the…

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Cloud Virtual Networks: PaaS and IaaS approaches

As applications that are used by employees of large corporate enterprises start to work their way in to the cloud, it becomes obvious that a need to integrate the network and security infrastructures of both environments becomes important. I’ve made a number of posts (here, here and here) on this blog in the past concerning…

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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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