In the past when asked about Windows Azure and the cloud in general, I would reply that it was a great technology and something that would be important in the future, but that it wasn’t mainstream yet. But that has changed. The future is NOW! According to Gartner, 80% of organizations plan to use the cloud within the next 12 months!
Are you up to speed on the cloud? Do you know how to leverage these new technologies? I’m going to do a few blog posts describing some techniques to use Windows Azure for dev/test environments. But if you’re interested in getting a head start, one of my Canadian counterparts (Adam Gallant) has posted a great “Using the Cloud for Dev/Test” video on Channel 9.
Beyond the dev/test focused videos and blogs, Microsoft and our partners are hosting some great IT Focused live events for the US Desert/Mountain Region. Although developers are definitely welcome, the focus for these events is generally the infrastructure and operations teams. Feel free to pass the following along or show up yourself if you’re so inclined…
|Location||Event City||Event Name||Event Date||Reg Link|
|Arizona||Tempe||IT Camp: Windows Azure||10/10/2013||Register|
|Arizona||Phoenix||En Pointe Tech Summit and Golf Event||10/16/2013||Register|
|Arizona||Phoenix||Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event||11/5/2013||Register|
|Colorado||Denver||Azure IT Camps||10/9/2013||Register|
|Colorado||Denver||Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event||10/15/2013||Register|
|Colorado||Denver||IT Camp: Windows Azure||10/9/2013||Register|
|Nevada||Las Vegas||Your Organization + Office 365: A Powerful Combination||10/24/2013||Register|