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  • Blog Post: Cloudy in New York!

    This year for the second year in a row I presented a talk at Cloud Expo in New  York.  This time I had one of the two General (full-audience) sessions on the first day.  My talk: Patterns for Cloud Computing was attended by about 800 in the main presentation hall and overflow room. ...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Expo New York (June 6-9, 2011)

    I am looking forward to learn latest on the Cloud Computing Spectrum, meet several customers and partners and find ways we can help them by leveraging Microsoft Public & Private Cloud offerings ( Windows Azure , Office 365 , Dynamics CRM Online , Windows Intune , Windows Server Hyper-V ). If you...
  • Blog Post: MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

    The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for free download. To participate, register for the MAP 6.0 Beta Review Program at Microsoft Connect. Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment...
  • Blog Post: All About Clouds at the Microsoft Management Summit

    At the most recent Microsoft Management Summit ( MMS ) the talk was heavily weighted towards the subject of Public and Private Clouds.  You can see videos of the MMS sessions on Microsoft TechNet Edge .
  • Blog Post: Architectural Patterns for Cloud Computing

    Last night I gave a presentation on Architectural Patterns for Cloud Computing to the New York City Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects ( IASA ).  Even though the audience consisted of both software company architects and customer architects I though that you all would...
  • 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 event for cloud based companies interested in Ireland

    We’ve been working with some of our counterparts in Ireland to bring a special event to NYC for cloud-based startups and other companies interested in hearing about business opportunities in Ireland. If you’re interested in attending this event, please read through the event description and send an e...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Survey on Cloud Computing Released

    Microsoft has just released a study of how 2,000 IT Decision makers are adopting and using Cloud Computing. If you are a software company that is interested in the market for your products and services and the impact of the cloud you need to read this study. The study identifies the top cities across...
  • 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: Contemplating a Move to the Cloud?

    [UPDATED with the video link] Are you an ISV contemplating moving your product or service to the cloud? Cumulux is an ISV that has their own line of products and they also have an interesting methodology for helping other ISVs and customers to move their applications and services to the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Hand on Labs on Moving Applications to the Cloud

    Based on the recently published Microsoft Patterns and Practices guide Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform , t hese individual labs correlate with the chapters of the guide, and demonstrate or expand upon the techniques shown in the guide. The labs are designed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for IT Pros

    There is a lot of developer-focused information on the web about the Windows Azure Platform.  This blog post series is one designed for the non-developer IT professional.  I was planning to wait until the series was finished before telling you about it, but it is too good not to share.  ...
  • Blog Post: More Clouds in New York

    In a previous post we told you about how New York City has agreed to consolidate 45 separate Microsoft contracts into one $20 million multi-agency deal that will feature many cloud computing functions. Now Microsoft and the State University of New York (SUNY) have agreed to make the Microsoft Live@edu...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich on Windows Azure

    TechNet Edge recently posted an excellent interview with Mark Russinovich that they recorded at TechEd Europe. You probably already know Mark as one of the authors of the Windows Internals books as well as the founder of Sysinternals and the author of an outstanding suite of windows troubleshooting and...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Webinars for ISVs

    If you are an ISV or a partner you know that you had better be thinking about how your product of service will continue to exist and be successful in the new cloud paradigm. The Windows Azure Team Blog just listed this free three part webinar series for ISVs that covers the benefits, implications of...
  • Blog Post: Drive Demand and Close Sales for your Microsoft Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions

    This Partner event may be of interest to you. Session Overview:  Microsoft builds a variety of effective marketing material and sales tools to help you generate more sales leads. Join this Academy Live Session to learn about the NEW Cloud Power Campaign, as well as the Optimized Datacenter, Business...
  • Blog Post: Journey to the Cloud

    As you can see from the diagram below no company other than Microsoft has so many cloud solutions that you can apply to solving your business needs. What this means for Independent Software Vendors and Partners is that we have truly entered a new generation of Information Technology. No product or service...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Survival Guide

    This is for the ISV who wants to know more about Hyper-V, the basis for Microsoft’s Private Cloud offering, Hyper-V Cloud . Here is a list of  Hyper-V references that is probably much more than you need to know about the subject , but it is very comprehensive. Particularly snazzy is a Seadragon...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Raises the Cloud Database Bar

    In my last post I talked data storage options for cloud applications including SQL Azure.    SQL Azure takes the power of SQL Server to the cloud allowing you to leverage relational data as you do today. See what is being said about SQL Azure and how it fits into the cloud in this Forrester...
  • 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: Roger Heim Connects WCF With Mobile Clients On Connected Show #38

    My friends   Peter Laudati & Dmitry Lyalin host the edu-taining Connected Show developer podcast on cloud computing and interoperability. After a two month break, they’re back! Check out episode #38, “WCF? Droid Does!” .  In an increasingly diverse world of mobile devices, the .NET developer...
  • Blog Post: How Secure is the Microsoft Cloud?

    As an ISV implementing an application running in Microsoft’s Cloud you will be asked how secure it is compared to running the same application in your own data center. The answer of course is that in most cases the security provided by Microsoft in their data centers is greater than the security...
  • Blog Post: An Outside View of Microsoft’s Private Cloud Initiative

    Our thanks to Hanu Kommalapati, Microsoft Senior Principal Architect Evangelist for calling our attention to this article. It gives an objective look at Hyper-V Cloud from a non-Microsoft source. We are including it in-line to save you some time because reading the original requires (free) registration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Announced!

    At TechEd Europe we announced our Private Cloud* solution: Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud . Hyper-V Cloud is a set of programs and offerings that makes it easier for businesses to build their own private cloud infrastructures using the Windows Server platform. For ISVs, System Integrators and customers...
  • 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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