Sharing some bits that I found interesting during the last week while reading about cloud computing.

Windows Azure Platform

I found this nice overview of sessions to follow here (http://blogs.msdn.com/billzack/archive/2010/03/13/windows-azure-platform-training-roadmap.aspx). I’m copying the links from that post.

Level 100 – Basic

  • After completing the units recommended for this level, you should be able to articulate the Microsoft strategy for the Windows Azure Platform and the value proposition it brings to you.

    Windows Azure
    Windows Azure Fundamentals (.75h)

    Windows Azure AppFabric
    Windows Azure Platform: Azure AppFabric Fundamentals (.75h)

    SQL Azure
    Microsoft SQL Azure Overview  (.75h)


    Level 200 – Intermediate

  • After completing the units recommended for this level, you should be able to describe the architecture of the Windows Azure Platform, have an understanding of its capabilities and limitations, and understand its deployment scenarios and requirements.

    Windows Azure
    Developing a Windows Azure Application (1h)

    Service Bus
    Windows Azure Platform: Introducing the Service Bus (.5h)

    SQL Azure
    Microsoft SQL Azure Overview for Developers (.75h)

    In addition:

    Download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (Hands on Labs)

    Download the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio

    View PDC 2009 Azure videos


    Level 300 – Advanced

    After completing the units recommended for this level, you should be able to build, deploy and troubleshoot solutions based on the Windows Azure platform.

  • Windows Azure
    Windows Azure Blob & Table Storage (1h)

    Windows Azure – Worker Roles and Queue Storage (1h)

    Windows Azure AppFabric
    Windows Azure Platform: the Access Control Service (.5h)

    SQL Azure
    Microsoft SQL Azure RDBMS Support (.5h)

    SQL Azure Programmability (.5h)

    Microsoft SQL Azure tooling (.5h)

    SQL Azure Security Model (.5h)

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    Other

    Yes, Microsoft and Open Source meet also in the cloud! http://geekcast.fm/archives/cloud-computing-with-windows-azure-cory-fowler-interview/?utm_source=AzureMagic&utm_medium=twitter

    Check out AppFabrik LABS: https://portal.appfabriclabs.com
    AppFabric Labs is a place for us to preview cool new AppFabric technologies for interested customers. We're very excited about the features we put up on Labs, so we want to get your feedback on them as soon as possible. Labs is a developer preview, not a full commercial release, so there is no formal support or SLA in place.

     

    Other Cloud related news

    Power of the great cloud providers is that they can go where taxes are low :-) http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/03/18/washington-data-center-tax-break-passes/?utm-source=AzureMagic&utm-medium=twitter

    Every Cloud Computer has a Silver Lining
    http://blog.kitetail.com/2010/03/14/every-cloud-computer-has-a-silver-lining/?utm_source=AzureMagic&utm_medium=twitter