Windows Azure Solution Cookbook Provides Cloud Architecture Recipes for Common Scenarios

Colleague Clint Edmunson has put together set of templates for you to begin your architectural discussions around Windows Azure. With new offerings coming every six months from the Windows Azure team, the templates provide a set of technologies that fit common scenarios. Clint writes, “In this series going to offer up some architectural recipes to…

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ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create ‘boards’ which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard, they looked for a platform that offered scale, worry-free operation,…

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How to Choose Between Windows Azure Queues, Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

One of the key patterns in building scalable applications is queues. Let’s say you have a Website or Web Service (in your Web Role) that responds quickly to a user request, but there’s another process that takes longer. It might be a long data base inquiry or video encoding or extensive calculation would be in…

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New Microsoft Certified Architects (MCA) for SharePoint Announced

A new architect certification program, Microsoft Certified Architects (MCA) for SharePoint, was announced by Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President Office Business Platform, at the SharePoint Conference. He said those who become certified architects “will have a level of depth and training and certification that is unmatched on complex SharePoint enterprise deployments and application development.” See…

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Microsoft IT Showcase Shows How Microsoft Is Using Windows Azure

Many times, ISVs ask me about how Microsoft is using Windows Azure. A recent blog post shares best practices and cost saving scenarios is to help customers make decisions about how best to plan for, deploy, and manage Microsoft solutions in their own environment. The post, New Microsoft IT Showcase Articles Detail How Windows Azure…

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Azure Team Introduces Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

A Windows Azure AppFabric Application is any n-tier .NET application that spans the web, middle, and data tiers, composes with external services, and is inherently written to the cloud architecture for scale and availability. Build AppFabric Applications using AppFabric Developer Tools, run them in the AppFabric Container service, and manage them using the AppFabric Application…

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How to Get Started with Software Modeling from Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance

Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, which is focused on modeling tools, is available on Codeplex. This release includes common usage scenarios, hands on labs, and lessons learned from the community discussions. You can learn about how to architecture your application by either reverse engineering an existing application or starting a new application from…

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SharePoint 2010 Guidance, Examples, Reusable Library, Reference Implementations

A white paper, Developing Applications for SharePoint 2010, contains guidance documentation, detailed examples, and a reusable class library. These resources help solution developers and architects make the right decisions and follow proven practices when designing and developing applications for Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The guidance focuses on the building blocks that every developer needs to understand…

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How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released as part of the Windows Azure Platform. Everything You Need to Know About Azure…

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Great Whitepaper on Hosting Environments in SharePoint 2010

Today we released a great whitepaper that goes through common hosting environments and the architecture behind them with respect to SharePoint 2010.  You can get the paper at:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=326845d1-95db-4e55-b65a-218509debe24

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