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How Big is the Cloud for Microsoft?

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No, it’s not a rhetorical question, but in simple terms here are some factoids from both some internal and external services. I feel like Cliff Claven 😉

  • 1 billion: Windows Live ID authentications each day
  • 3 to 4 billion:  # of emails filtered daily from >6 million mail boxes by Forefront
  • 450 million: Hotmail users
  • 20 million: Xbox Live users
  • 700,000: Square footage of one of our new datacenters
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Written by wesy

April 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

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Windows Azure Sessions at MIX10

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Here’s a list of sessions using “cloud” tags, “Windows Azure Platform” tags and “Windows Azure” tags (there is a slight variance in what you pull up with each – I listed the sessions below using the “Windows Azure Platform” tag. I’ve also included a link to a very interesting session by James Hamilton

Cloud Computing Economies of Scale

James is VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he focuses on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James was architect on the Microsoft Data Center Futures team and, over the years, has held leadership roles on several high-scale services and products, including Exchange Hosted Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. James loves all things server related and is interested in optimizing all components from data center power and cooling infrastructure, through server design, to the distributed software systems they host. He maintains a blog at http://perspectives.mvdirona.com.Monday 3:30 PM

Lap around the Windows Azure Platform

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The Windows Azure platform provides a comprehensive set of services for building and running scalable applications targeted at the cloud. In this session we go on a coding tour of the Windows Azure platform. On this tour, see how web applications can use the scalable compute and storage services with Windows Azure, secure connectivity with Service Bus and Access Control Service, and a relational database with Microsoft SQL Azure.

Building and Deploying Windows Azure-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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Visual Studio makes it easy to quickly build web applications for the Windows Azure Platform by allowing you to leverage your existing skills as a .NET web developer. In this session, see how to use the new Visual Studio 2010 tools to build, debug, and deploy web applications that target the cloud. We use familiar technologies such as Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server and call out the key considerations when targeting the Windows Azure Platform. Whether you’re just getting started with Windows Azure or if you’re already a pro, in this session learn new tips and tricks for using the Visual Studio 2010 tools to accelerate the development of cloud applications.

Building Facebook Apps with Microsoft .NET and Deploying to Windows Azure

Jim Zimmerman in Lagoon F on Tuesday at 1:30 PM

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There are so many ways to develop Facebook apps now in .NET. Come and learn how to build Facebook applications with the Facebook Developer Toolkit. Walk through several real-world Facebook web apps in Microsoft ASP.NET and see how to best structure your app. Social media applications require dynamic scalability so a highly scalable computing infrastructure is mandatory to deliver a consistent user experience. Learn how to leverage all the components of Azure to meet the needs of successful viral applications.

Microsoft Project Code Name "Dallas": Data For Your Apps

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“Dallas” enables developers to consume premium commercial and public domain data to power consumer and business apps on any platform or device. Do you need mapping or government data? These datasets and many, many, many more are all available through “Dallas” with a simple and consistent REST-based APIs, simple terms of use, and a simple consumption-based billing model. In this session, you will see how “Dallas” removes the friction for accessing common datasets by enabling you to visually discover, explore, and purchase data of virtually any data type (images, real-time web services, databases, blobs, etc) provided by trusted partners from a single …

Building PHP Applications using the Windows Azure Platform

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The Windows Azure platform has been built from the ground up with interoperability in mind, supporting multiples languages and development tools to build applications which run on Windows Azure and/or integrate with other cloud platforms or on-premises components. Come learn how to run your PHP and MySQL applications on Windows Azure using open source tools & SDKs while taking advantage of new Windows Azure features. This session will cover developing for Windows Azure using PHP, deployment choices, patterns and practices in building & scaling PHP applications using cross platform open source SDKs using a choice of development tools, including command-line tools and Eclipse.

Using Storage in the Windows Azure Platform

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Building big web apps requires unique approaches to storing data. In this session we share hard-won lessons from Azure early adopters on how they’ve combined Microsoft SQL Azure and Windows Azure Storage to handle typical storage needs in the cloud. We discuss sharding and data partitioning approaches and how these can impact transaction throughput in SQL Azure as well as techniques to get the best out of "NoSQL" data stores like Azure Table Storage.

Building Web Applications with Microsoft SQL Azure

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SQL Azure provides a highly available and scalable relational database engine in the cloud. In this demo-intensive and interactive session, learn how to quickly build web applications with SQL Azure Databases and familiar web technologies. We demonstrate how you can quickly provision, build and populate a new SQL Azure database directly from your web browser. Also, see firsthand several new enhancements we are adding to SQL Azure based on the feedback we’ve received from the community since launching the service earlier this year.

Written by wesy

March 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Upcoming Azure Events – Hope to See You There

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Here’s my travel and event schedule for the next couple of weeks – hope to see you there. I’ll be promoting the WebsiteSpark and BizSpark programs. Hope to see you there!

Phoenix, Feb 23 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/9ZtqtT

Burbank, Feb 25 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/cMDPnC

San Francisco, Mar 2 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/d1QjzS

Written by wesy

February 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco – Get a 20% Registration Discount

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San Francisco is a great destination city – so why not mix some work with vacation or if you’re a local…get a registration discount for Web 2.0 Expo.  Please visit the Web 2.0 Registration site by March 29, 2010 and use this registration code to receive the discount.

Registration Code: websf10mi20

Link to Site: http://bit.ly/cIJzpP

Written by wesy

February 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

The Phone I’ve Been Waiting For…ok and Still Waiting For…

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I’ve worked for Microsoft over 19 years.  I’ve been through 4 cars, 16 various luggable/notebook computers, 9 operating system (not including MS DOS 4-6), well several pocket PCs and a couple of Windows Mobile devices.  I’m a loyal guy. For the past several years, i’ve had to take good-natured ribbing from my friends that have bought iPhones.

I really did have device envy.  There’s no two ways about it. The iPhone is sexy. Great industrial design with Motorola Q9mwell-integrated software to complement it.  Apple essentially built another platform when they realized that the PC “war” was over. During the past 2+ years i’ve struggled with this device. It’s a Motorola Q9m, Running Windows Mobile 6. The best thing about the phone was the Verizon Network.  It’s user interface and web browsing experience pretty much sucked. 

My friends referred to their iPhone as their “J phone”, even though they had less than stellar experiences with AT&T’s service.  Their love or some would say their obsession with their iPhone was almost like a metaphor to describe Golum’s attachment and need for his “precious”.  I called their phones the iPrecious.

Fast forward to the ZuneHD.  This is a very cool device.  Awesome form factor – check; Great software – check; Touch – check, Radio – check; Phone Stack – uh no…The one thing that this device REALLY needed was a phone stack. 

We’ve all heard thatGizmodo - Windows Phone 7 Series patience is a virtue .  It’s really difficult to believe that when you see all the competitors coming out with interesting devices.  I was told…wait…and you will see the light…I’ve waited so long, but feared disappointment. 

Well at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, my dream of dreams was confirmed. The Windows Phone 7 Series was announced. The first reactions have been excellent.

I have not seen one in the flesh, but am really looking forward to getting my hands on one.  I’ve been holding back on upgrading my phone.  Now I have to wait until the holiday season, but at least I can see the prize on the horizon.

Check out the video on the Windows 7 Series 7 Features.

Enjoy!

Written by wesy

February 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

Upcoming Windows Azure Platform Events (US dates)

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 Microsoft is about to embark upon a 6 week, 15 city tour to discuss the Windows Azure Platform. See the table below for more details.  The cloud means a whole of things to different people, but one thing is certain – the cloud implies scale. Here’s a few factoids: 

  • 1 Billion: Windows Live ID authentication each day
  • 3-4 Billion: emails filtered daily from >6 million mail boxes by Foreront
  • 450 Million: Hotmail users
  • 20 Million: Xbox Live users
  • 700,000 Square Feet: Size of one our new data centers

Developer Track:

 

Code, debug, & test in a local cloud sandbox; deploy to Azure’s public cloud

 

IT Pro Track:

 

  

From cloud to virtualization to client

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform

 

We’ll provide a developer-focused overview of this new online service computing platform and how it enables you to leverage existing skills and familiar tools to develop cloud applications.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    What is cloud computing?

–    Running web apps in the cloud

–    Using the Windows Azure local developer cloud fabric

–    Getting started – tools, SDKs and accounts

–    Writing apps for Windows Azure

  

SESSION 2:

Windows Azure Platform Storage Options

 

In this session, we’ll explore durable data storage, and the many options the Windows Azure Platform offers, to be used alone or in combination:

–    Ready-to-use and lightweight storage in the form of tables, blobs, and queues from Windows Azure;

 

–    True relational database in the cloud from SQL Azure.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Understanding and programming against table, blob storage & queue storage

–    Managing credentials and connection strings

–    Scaling and configuration

–    SQL Azure databases versus local SQL Server databases: when to use when?

–    SQL Azure firewall, logins and passwords, database creation, deployments and migrations

–    Database management using SQL Management Studio

  

SESSION 3:

Going Live with your Azure Solution

 

How cool is this: by focusing on your app and abstracting away the infrastructure details, you can deploy almost any app with minimal fuss! In this session, we’ll walk you through the basics of Windows Azure deployment, including site monitoring, diagnostics and performance issues.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Start-to-Finish Visual Studio demos of:

A realistic XML data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

A realistic SQL Server data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

–    Configuration of your application in the cloud

–    Guidance and suggestions to ensure your success

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

The Next Wave: Windows Azure

 

The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, cloud computing is here.  It’s Microsoft’s Windows Azure. 

 

Session highlights include:

 

–    What exactly is “Cloud Computing”?  What apps are best suited for it?

 

–    Microsoft’s commitment to the Cloud:  The virtualization platform and data centers

 

–    How to get started in the cloud: Deploying and managing applications

 

–    Will I save money by doing this?  (Using the Azure TCO tool)

 

  

SESSION 2: 

Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network 

 

In this session, you’ll learn how to use the resources of a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 2008R2, Hyper-V, and a new, free sysinternals tool called Disk2vhd, to build the ultimate test or training environment. 

Highlights include:

 

–    TechNet subscription: What is it? How do I get one? What does it cost?

–    Virtual Hard Disks: format interoperability and disk types

–    Connectivity with legacy network adapters and network adapters

  

SESSION 3:

Windows 7 Deployment

 

Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010.  This session will walk you through the various tools that can help simplify your deployments. 

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Microsoft Deployment Options

–    Review the MDT 2010 Deployment Process

–    Deployment Tools

–    Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK )

–    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

Written by wesy

February 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Consolidated Updates for PHP on Windows

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Here’s a summary of updates for PHP on Windows for January 2010.

January 2010 – Summary

 

· PHP 5.2.12 has shipped

· Windows Azure support added in Zend Framework

· FastCGI 1.5 RTW has shipped

· WinCache Extension 1.0.1 for PHP has shipped

PHP Core – PHP 5.2.12 release

The PHP 5.2.12 has been released and is available on http://windows.php.net and is also offered via Web Platform Installer. The release has more than 60 bug fixes, some of which are security related.

Further details about the PHP 5.2.12 release can be found in the release announcement, and the full list of changes are available in the ChangeLog.

FastCGI Extension 1.5 for IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.1

IIS team has released to web FastCGI Extension 1.5 for IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.1. This version is based on FastCGI Extension 1.0 and it adds several important improvements and features, including most notably:

· Monitor changes to a file. The extension can be configured to listen for file change notifications on a specific file and when that file changes, the extension will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool. This feature can be used to recycle PHP processes when changes to php.ini file occur.

· Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. This MaxInstances setting dictates the maximum number of FastCGI processes which can be launched for each application pool. If it is set to 0 then FastCGI extension will automatically adjust the number of instances up or down every few seconds based on the system load and number of requests waiting in the queue.

More details about the FastCGI Extension 1.5 can be found in the release announcement.

Windows Cache Extension for PHP
WinCache 1.0.1 – Servicing Release

IIS team has released an update to Wincache 1.0. The update fixes several important bugs reported by customers. More details about WinCache 1.0.1 servicing release can be found in the release announcement. The update can be downloaded from here. The source code is available on pecl.php.net.

PHP Interoperability

New version of Zend Framework adds support for Microsoft Windows Azure

clip_image002Zend Technologies Inc. has announced the availability of Zend Framework 1.10, which among other new features includes support for Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services. We’re very excited about this key milestone, which is the result of a fruitful collaboration! This particular project started last year when we announced the Windows Azure SDK for PHP CTP release and upcoming support in Zend Framework. With the new Zend Framework 1.10, by simply using the new Zend_Service_WindowsAzure component, developers can easily call Windows Azure APIs from their PHP applications and leverage the storage services, including Blob Storage, Table Storage and Queue Service, offering them a way to accelerate web application development and scale up on demand.

More: http://blogs.msdn.com/interoperability/archive/2010/01/28/new-version-of-zend-framework-adds-support-for-microsoft-windows-azure.aspx

Tutorial: Creating PHP CRUD Apps with SQL Server on your Server or in the Azure Cloud

Do you know PHP and have data in a Microsoft SQL Server database? Well we have an application wizard that will make your lives a little easier. The project, open source and hosted on CodePlex, will help you build a simple CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) application that works against Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure and Windows Azure Storage. The application is installable on Windows and supports data navigation, paging, sorting and UI customization using simple CSS.

More http://blogs.msdn.com/interoperability/archive/2010/01/06/creating-php-crud-apps-with-sql-server-on-your-server-or-in-the-azure-cloud.aspx

Enabling PHP Applications on Windows

Windows Web Application Gallery

The XOOPS (Japanese) has been added to the Web Application Gallery and is available for download via Web Platform Installer.

The following applications in Web Application Gallery have been updated to their latest versions:

· WordPress (English and Japanese) – 2.9.1

· MySQL – 5.1.43

· SugarCRM – 5.5

· Moodle – 1.9

Written by wesy

February 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm