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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

Written by wesy

April 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

Posted in Cloud

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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

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

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

"How Do I?" Videos for Azure Services Platform

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This is a great collection of Azure "How Do I?" videos.

"How Do I?" Videos for Azure Services Platform

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Written by wesy

January 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Posted in .net, Azure, Cloud, Developer, Learning, Web

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Cloud Computing for All

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ARCast.TV – Cloud Computing is for Small Companies Too

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Cloud Computing is often presented as an esoteric technology that is only interesting to large companies. In point of fact, small- and medium-sized companies will find the economics and technology opportunities very compelling. Shy Cohen and Michael Stiefel discuss why this is so, and why small- and medium-sized companies should look for opportunities in the cloud computing area.

 

Tags: ARCast, Architects, Architecture, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Computing, Cloud Patterns, Cloud Services, Windows Azure, Thought Leadership

Raw Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Cloud-Computing-is-for-Small-Companies-Too 

Sharing on News Aggregators and Social Networks

You can share the episode using the Sharing Tools on Channel 9. Share on FriendFeed, Del.icio.us, Digg, Twitter, Facebook, and DotNetShoutout.

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Written by wesy

November 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

Posted in Azure, Cloud, Developer, Partner, Web

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WordPress on Windows Azure

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worpdress_on_azureYesterday was a big day for Automattic and Microsoft folks. Matt Mullenweg demonstrated WordPress hosted on Azure during Ray Ozzie’s keynote. I was pleasantly surprised to see support for MySQL.  Very cool imho. This will give Wordpress users/hosters access to Azure. I think Matt stated oddlyspecificthat he saw “Pigs” out of his office windows ;).  Additionally, icanhazcheezburger (lolcats, failblog etc.), the largest WordPress site, announced that their new property “Oddly Specific” is now hosted on Azure.

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November 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm