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  • Blog Post: Steve Marx Reads The Azure Tea Leaves on Connected Show #36

    Peter Laudati & Dmitry Lyalin host the edu-taining Connected Show developer podcast on cloud computing and interoperability. Check out episode #36, “Steve Marx on Azure” .  In this episode, the one and only Windows Azure Tactical Strategist, Steve Marx , joins Dmitry and Peter to give us an...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Platform Appliance!

    At the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington D.C. today, Bob Muglia outlined our vision for the cloud and explained how we're investing heavily in supporting both customers and partners as they shift to the cloud. For those customers who are looking for more control than a public cloud offering...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Book on Windows Azure

    This free e-book is an excellent collection of articles on the Windows Azure Platform. From the preface: “Developers have been exploring the possibilities opened up by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. This book pulls together great articles from many of those developers who have been active...
  • Blog Post: Federated Cloud Secure Collaboration

    Cloud computing represents a compelling and transformational shift in how Life Sciences industry conducts business. Project such as the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Federated Secure collaboration prove that the technology is finally catching up to the industry demands. This was discussed In a recent Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - Neil Palmer of Sungard on the Business Impact of Cloud Computing and RIA

    In this episode, Hong Choing talks to Neil Palmer, Partner for Sungard Consulting Service about the impact of Cloud Computing and new Rich Internet Application technologies such as Silverlight 4. Hong covers this solution in detail in this blog post . ARCast.TV - Neil...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure CloudLab

    Recently, the Microsoft Research team blogged about a cool project called CloudLab, which was developed by a team of students enrolled in CS210 , Project-Based Computer Science Innovation & Development at Stanford University. During the course, Microsoft External Research challenged students to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit Update

    We have just updated the Windows Azure Platform training kit (June 2010 edition). It is now available and ready for download here . This training kit has everything you need to get started and then dig deep into the Windows Azure platform. The training kit includes lots of Hands on Labs, presentations...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - A.D.A.M migrates from Google Cloud to Windows Azure

    A.D.A.M. www.adam.com , a leading provider of consumer health information and benefits technology solutions to 500+ Hospitals in the US, was looking to use cloud computing to revolutionize its business. In September 2009, they developed an H1N1 Swine Flu Assessment tool using Java/Google Cloud App Server...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure SDK Released

    The latest Windows Azure Tools + SDK has been released. See the download page for new features in the Windows Azure SDK and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. There are some great new features like IntelliTrace, .NET 4 support, a Cloud storage explorer and many others. Bill Zack ...
  • Blog Post: Scaling Up (and Down) Azure!

    Scalability is the ultimate goal of a cloud-based, operating expenditure based application. Not only is it important to be able to scale up quickly to meet increasing demand but it is also important to be able to scale down when demand decreases. The reason for this is that you are paying for active...
  • Blog Post: Tribune Embraces Azure

    Tribune Transforms Business for Heightened Relevance by Embracing Cloud Computing Tribune Company, a giant in the traditional media industry, needed to adapt its business to thrive in a changing market. Specifically, it wanted to make it possible for consumers to choose the content most relevant to...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - Selling Pizza in the Cloud: Domino's and Windows Azure

    When you're one of the busiest pizza companies in the world, how do you scale your web site to meet regular and irregular demand? You move it to the Cloud, of course! In this episode of ARCast, Denny Boynton sits down with Jim Vitek and discusses Domino's approach and appreciation for cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - SOASTA uses Windows Azure to offer CloudTest Solutions

    SOASTA based in California, the company offers both internally installed and cloud-based testing applications. SOASTA developed a cloud-based testing application that it now deploys on the Windows Azure platform. Their CloudTest Service Helps Performance-Testing Firm Simulate Real-World Internet Traffic...
  • Blog Post: Monte Carlo Simulation using Windows Azure

    This project was motivated by an article by Christian Stitch describing an approach for financial option valuation implemented with Monte Carlo simulation using Excel Services. With Windows Azure, we have now easy access to a highly elastic compute capability. This prompted the author to develop a...
  • Blog Post: How fast is Azure?

    The Microsoft Extreme Computing Group regularly publishes an extensive set of benchmarks on all aspects of Windows Azure performance at http://azurescope.cloudapp.net/Default.aspx .  (Note that it is itself a Windows Azure application.) We blogged about this before , but there have been significant...
  • Blog Post: Refactoring to the Cloud

    In talking to customers one of the questions that I get asked repeatedly is how to migrate a legacy application into Window Azure . In the first of this this multipart screen cast series Brian Hitney from Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group explores the basics of migrating existing ASP...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - Accenture: Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Windows Azure

    When most people think of the cloud, they generally look at is as means of building and hosting highly-scalable, highly-available applications to their customers and partners. However, many forward looking companies see the cloud as a way to enable and empower their mobile workforces, giving people the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: We are “All In” Cloud Expo

    Lest there be any doubt that Microsoft is “All In” the cloud, we recently were one of the primary sponsors of Cloud Expo at New York’s Javits Convention Center. Highlight of the expo was a complete Azure Data Center in a box, a 30 foot compute and storage container shipped in and assembled on the...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Publisher Combines Data Across Clouds

    DreamFactory Software is a leading publisher of rich web applications for cloud platforms. The DreamFactory Suite delivers enterprise class project, document and data collaboration software to over 10,000 businesses using different cloud platforms. They like to say they are “cloud agnostic” and...
  • Blog Post: CMO’s Toolkit: Harnessing Facebook Using Cloud Computing

    In this blog post by Jeff Barnes , he tells the story of the highly successful Outback Bloomin’ Onion Facebook campaign that was presented at the Cloud Computing Expo event held last week in NYC.  In the brave new world of Social Networking - one of the great dangers to avoid is ending-up on the...
  • Blog Post: Some Free Windows Azure Training

    Why is Azure important? Have you wondered how cloud computing can bring your ideas to the web faster? Reduce your IT costs? Or be able to respond quickly to changes in your business and customer’s needs? If so, then you need to find out what Windows Azure is all about! What is this Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: A Windows Azure Sample Application: Bid Now

    Remember the DinnerNow sample application? Well, that was a connected web application and was introduced and updated last year before Windows Azure was available. The Bid Now sample application, along with source code, has just been released and available for download. This online auction application...
  • Blog Post: @Home with Windows Azure

    Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil and John McClelland are running a WebCast program that will guide you through the process of building and deploying a large scale Azure application. In less than two hours they will build and deploy a real cloud app that leverages the Azure data center and helps make a...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Scaling Windows Azure

    A key benefit of cloud computing is the ability to add and remove capacity as and when it is required. This is often referred to as elastic scale. Being able to add and remove this capacity can dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership for certain types of applications; indeed, for some applications...
  • Blog Post: Bet Your Life on Windows Azure?

    That is what sailors do that utilize the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's automated alerting system for fishing vessels in the United Kingdom. This is a location-based service infrastructure, code-named GeoPoint, that transmits position data to a centralized tracking and alerting system. It...
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