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  • Blog Post: Looking for Good Windows Azure Guidance?

    For some excellent Windows Azure guidance from the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Group don’t miss: Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform And for a free Windows Azure Pass cloud account...
  • Blog Post: Building a Startup in a Weekend with BizSpark & SQL Azure

    This article is syndicated from http://bizspark.com . BizSpark™ is Microsoft’s program for helping startups succeed with software (including Azure benefits ), support & visibility. To learn more and sign up, go to: http://bizspark.com . On the 30th anniversary of the 1st AIDS case ever documented...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Startups: Get 90-days of free training from Pluralsight

    Wow, great new offer for BizSpark Startups from Pluralsight … Pluralsight provides high-quality training solutions for Microsoft .NET developers that can fit any schedule or budget. The revolutionary Pluralsight On-Demand! training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection...
  • Blog Post: MyWebCareer Session at MIX11

    Yesterday at MIX11, Nip Zalavadia from MyWebCareer gave a great overview of how they used Azure to build their startup. Check it out... Windows Azure from Startup to Scale As a consumer web startup, you spend a significant portion of your time raising awareness of your brand and driving traffic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Essentials now includes Windows Intune

    Last week Microsoft released Windows Intune and I immediately heard from some of the startups I work with, “Microsoft should offer Windows Intune to BizSpark Startups.” Well, good news. Startup and other partners can now get access to Intune through Microsoft Cloud Essentials , a Microsoft Partner Network...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Case Studies on Azure

    Hot on the heels of the case study we blogged about last week , it turns out the BizSpark team has put together a page with case studies featuring BizSpark companies on the Azure platform. You can check it out at the link below. BizSpark Case Studies: Azure Please note that I’m actively looking for US...
  • Blog Post: MyWebCareer Case Study on Microsoft.com

    I just found out that Microsoft has completed a case study on MyWebCareer . MyWebCareer is one of the BizSpark One companies that I work closely with on the East Coast. This is an awesome story of how a startup can build a business in Azure that would have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars and many...
  • Blog Post: NYC Startup dotbox is Startup of the Day

    Congratulations to dotbox ! Awesome to see another of our East Coast startups make BizSpark Startup of the Day. I love the design of their site and the work they’re doing in the ecommerce and social media space. (Check out their clients list if you want to see who they work with.) I would also note the...
  • Blog Post: Space still available for Cloud Ireland next week in NYC

    Startups (and established software companies) looking to do business in Europe are encouraged to attend the Cloud Ireland event in NYC on March 24th. The link below will take you straight to the registration page for the event and to more information. You're invited to Cloud Ireland in association with...
  • Blog Post: NYC Startup StyleSalt is SOTD

    Very chic startup StyleSalt is BizSpark Startup of the Day today. I love this site. They’re built on .NET and Azure. Check out the interview for some details. BizSpark Startup of the Day – StyleSalt The BizSpark startup of the day is StyleSalt, based in the US. Below you will find an interview with Misty...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Power on Ignition Showcase

    For those ISVs that want to come up to speed quickly on Microsoft’s Cloud initiatives, here is a summary of the Cloud related posts that have appeared in the Ignition Showcase blog recently.  The posts are categorized by: General Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud 1. General Cloud An ISV in the Age...
  • Blog Post: Lost finding information about Windows Azure?

    If you are an ISV overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of information available about Windows Azure here is an outstanding index to the information on Windows Azure Platform in the MSDN library.   This index guides you to the best information on how to: Build a Windows Azure Application Use the...
  • Blog Post: Sending Email from Azure

    On-premise applications often have a need to send email. For instance an order entry system might have to send an email request to an external vendor to drop-ship all or part of an order.  An event registration system might have to send email confirmations and reminders of an upcoming event. ...
  • Blog Post: Have Data, Will Store in Azure. But Where and How?

    Data is the most important asset in most software applications built today.  This holds turn for consumer and corporate applications of all types.  There are also many options regarding where to store the data and how it will be persisted.   Some of these storage options include local...
  • Blog Post: Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

    It has been my experience that lots of things are possible and can be done in Windows Azure, however some things are relatively easy, some are doable with difficulty and some are normally to be avoided.  There is starting to be a lot of good guidance in how to do things with the platform as well...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Azure?

              Of course SharePoint does not work in Windows Azure (yet), but there are ways to integrate with and leverage SharePoint capabilities with Windows Azure.   Here are some resources that illustrate how to do this. (See Steve Fox’s blog for more...
  • Blog Post: Azure MVP Updates Design Patterns Resource

    David Pallmann was the first Windows Azure MVP awardee. He has just updated his Azure Design Patterns web site after a major overhaul. A design pattern is a reusable solution in software design. Design patterns are not invented, but rather discovered by usage in many successful application implementations...
  • Blog Post: VM Role, Extra Small Instance and Windows Azure AppFabric Connect – Coming soon to Windows Azure!

    These new Windows Azure features will be here soon: VM Role is not Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) but it does combine the best of IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service). ISVs and SIs can leverage the VM Role as a transition tool to be used in moving an existing application to the cloud. Extra...
  • Blog Post: Overwhelmed by the Amount of Information on Windows Azure?

    Are you overwhelmed by the amount of Information out there on Windows Azure and looking for a roadmap to get you to the most important information that you need to move your application to Windows Azure? This Windows Azure Development Guidance Map can help. If you’re a Windows Azure developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure – Program Controlled Scaling

    Software as a Service applications need to make a profit. In order to make a profit you need to effectively allocate the appropriate resources on an as-needed basis. Since Windows Azure is a pay-as-you-go service you pay for all the resources that are allocated to your application whether they are being...
  • Blog Post: Diagnostic Viewer Prototype for Windows Azure

    David Aiken is a Windows Azure Technical Specialist at Microsoft Corporation . He has created a Windows Azure Diagnostic Viewer that will be useful to any ISV developing and deploying an application into Windows Azure. This tool, currently available on the web as a prototype , can be used to view...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special Extended to March 31, 2011

    This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of the Windows Azure platform at no charge . The subscription includes a base level of monthly compute hours, storage, data transfers, a SQL Azure database, Access Control transactions and Service Bus connections at no charge. Please...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Release Candidate (RC) Now Available For Download

    As you adopt Windows Azure to develop and deploy applications and services, we know that integrating the management of those applications into your customers' existing management console is an important requirement. We are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) of the Monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0

    Moving to the cloud? Use this free toolkit to help your customers build a private cloud infrastructure. The Microsoft System Center team is pleased to announce the launch of System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) . Download SSP Now! The System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Hybrid On-Premise/In Cloud Application

    If you are an ISV that has an application that currently runs on-premise and are thinking of moving parts of it into Windows Azure to leverage the scalability and fault-tolerance of the cloud you should be aware that Windows Azure now provides a number of ways to build applications that integrate on...
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