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Australian ISVs: The little guys taking on the world

Azure and Silverlight expert Aussie previews new book

@DavidBurela "Microsoft #Silverlight and Windows #Azure Enterprise Integration"

Japaense Nuclear monitoring site from Azure Technical Specialist Haruo Shibuya

clip_image001422222222 Readiness & Resources:
Windows Azure: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 v1.2
SQL Azure: SQL Azure May 2011 Update
AppFabric: ACS Sample Code & CmdLets
Adding a Custom OpenID Provider to ACS. with JUST ONE LINE of PowerShell Code
Watch: Building Scalable Database Solutions Using Microsoft SQL Azure Database Federations
Case Study:

Travelocity case study and video on their cloud travel analytics system.

Tools: Cloud Computing: Quest Software Released Tools for Microsoft Azure

clip_image0011022222222 Guidance:
Walkthrough:

How to Deploy a Hadoop Cluster on Windows Azure

Architecture:
SQL Azure How-To: Basic Architectural Considerations

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General: Why definitions of cloud are creating 'false' debates
DARPA wants weapons-grade military cloud computing
Microsoft: Salesforce and Microsoft named top platform-as-a-service vendors
Windows Azure: Windows Azure ISV Business Economics Package The Windows Azure Team Wants Your Feedback

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Local:

I registered for the free Microsoft REMIX keynote. You should too here. Here the finalists of the Windows Azure My Concept Rules!

Tim Buntel presents at:

 Melbourne: Introducing Jasco 2SQL - Data migration faster and easier

Well worth checking out RHoK #3 Fri, 06/03/2011 - Sun, 06/05/2011

Global:

TechEd (US) Windows Azure sessions available here

Webinar:
Leveraging DataMarket to Create Cloud-Powered Digital Dashboards

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Like Azure? Mailing list for OzAzure
 
clip_image00132222222 Questions:
Q:

What happens when you VIP Swap on existing production instance?

A:

A VIP swap enables you to swap the staging and production deployments. If you in production and have no staging you cannot VIP swap

Both deployments remain online during the swap process

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee517253.aspx

Windows Azure will stop and upgrade the services contained in each upgrade domain, so if you have distributed your roles in several upgrade domains your service will be responsive in a upgrade process.

Q: Can you use SSIS to extract data from Windows Azure Diagnostic Table storage?

Yes but Diagnostic Tools may be better than using SSIS and generating a report.

There are some old articles on SSIS   or you could use some storage to extract data first

Example tools include