If you are planning to develop, market and sell an Azure application within the next year – we want to help you succeed!

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The day will be a comprehensive introduction to Azure and includes the following deep dive sessions targeted at getting developers the skills they need to start building applications for the cloud:

Session 1: Windows Azure Platform Overview

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Platform-as-a-Service offering for independent software vendors, system integrators and enterprises looking to move assets into the “cloud” and leverage the scale, reach, and efficiencies of the world-wide Microsoft datacenter infrastructure for their solutions. In this session we will introduce you to Microsoft’s view on the cloud computing landscape, provide an overview over the Windows Azure platform and will provide some insight into our approach to running and managing our datacenters. We will further discuss the general business model along with pricing information, and will set the stage for the remainder of the workshop by surveying the capabilities Windows Azure Platform provides for building successful Software + Services solutions that integrate with your existing investments.

Session 2: Windows Azure Core Services: Compute and Management

At the heart of Windows Azure are its compute and management capabilities, which are foundational not only for ISV and enterprise solutions, but also for the Windows Azure platform components themselves.  Windows Azure AppFabric, for instance, is a large-scale, multi-tenant, multi-datacenter service that is built on top of the same Windows Azure compute and management infrastructure that is available to customers. In this session we will introduce Windows Azure’s notion of service and configuration models, the deployment and upgrade mechanisms, and introduce the diagnostics and management capabilities.  We will also show how Windows Azure’s different roles provide an architectural guidance framework for building scalable apps. 

Session 3: Windows Azure AppFabric: Service Bus and Access Control

As one of the key platform providers for enterprise solutions today, Microsoft realizes that there are very many assets in corporate datacenters that are not easily moved to the cloud. A lot of data is subject to government or corporate regulation about data protection that does not allow for the data to be hosted off-site and over the past decade, companies have made enormous investments in streamlining and integrating their applications in ways that make it not particularly attractive to break out parts of that integration chain and move them off into the cloud as insular solutions. The Windows Azure AppFabric’s Service Bus and Access Control services which we will introduce in this session are about bridging these gaps and to provide application-to-application connectivity and access control federation across network and trust scopes. 

Session 4: Windows Azure Core Storage, SQL Azure, and Codename “Dallas”

For the vast majority of solutions, the ultimate goal is the management, flow, and storage of business and application data. The Windows Azure Platform has a range of capabilities for storage needs that we will introduce in this session. The Windows Azure Core services provide a durable queue for distribution of jobs, a storage mechanism for large binaries with the ability to map such a structure as a file-system drive, and a simple, schema-less table store. At the higher end of capabilities, SQL Azure uniquely provides a full relational development platform based on Microsoft SQL Server technology where SQL Azure provides all of the otherwise often costly operational database management.  On top of that Microsoft is currently building a large, multi-tenant data market infrastructure codenamed “Dallas”.


Covering these sessions and available to answer your questions, we are lucky enough to have the following top speakers: 

Clemens Vasters, Technical Lead/Architect on the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus team.

Aleksey Savateyev  Senior Architect at Global Partner team at Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism, and

Graham Elliott who is an Architect within Microsoft Consulting Services in Australia where he works with enterprise customers involved in solutions architecture.


This event is free of charge. However, delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.  Lunch will be provided.

Attendee Prerequisites

This workshop is aimed at developers, architects and systems designers with 300-400 deep developer skills using Visual Studio 2008 and C#.  

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