Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: New buzzword: IT-as-a-Service

    In any major industry, like IT, life is constantly evolving, and new buzzwords come and go. Some make it. Some don’t. Some die. Some become part of that industry’s life.  Take “cloud computing”. Anyone in IT knows this term, and the cloud computing definitely appears to stay. Everyone needs it ...
  • Blog Post: What is the Windows Azure platform appliance ?

    On Monday, July 12th, I was at our Nashville office presenting to an internal Cloud training initiative, and this announcement comes out between two of my talks. This is really interesting play that I didn’t see coming. Take a look and see what you think. Windows Azure™ platform appliance is a turnkey...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the numbers

    Ok, I need to vent for a moment. As a Microsoft evangelist, you have to develop “thick skin”. And with all the competitive loving going on, and all the news going on, people come to the conclusion that Microsoft is not doing well. At a local university As an example, I was down at Mississippi State this...
  • Blog Post: Online talk: What’s With All the Cloud Talk?

    June 4, 2010 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm Central Title:  What’s with all the Cloud talk? Abstract What’s the topic of today?  Cloud computing.  Everyone’s talking about it and showing that that thing they did last year or are announcing today is “Cloud Computing.”  Cloud is wonderful because...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Expands Global Availability to 41 Countries

    Starting April 9, 2010, the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be generally available in an additional 20 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet and MSDN Events

    TECHNET EVENTS | REGISTER NOW >> Windows Azure, Hyper-V and Windows 7 Deployment Get the inside track on new tips, tools and technologies for IT pros. Join your TechNet Events team for a look at Windows Azure™ and learn the basics of this new online service computing platform. Next, we’ll explore...
  • Blog Post: PDC Event in Nashville featuring Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

    Mr. Ballmer is a big deal in my world, since he is THE boss. He’s coming to Nashville on January 20th and you can catch him in a couple of places. The Nashville Technology Council is having breakfast with him. And then he’s over to Vanderbilt to kick off a special event that our extended DPE team is...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    Lots of stuff happening this week… Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was announced. There are multiple announcements inside this effort: New lineup of SKU’s Go Live license New logo / new look Beta 2 of .NET 4 Windows 7 Windows 7 launches this week. PowerPivot for Excel 2010 (formerly known as "Gemini"...
  • Blog Post: Bryan Huddleston presenting “cloud” in Nashville

    My Microsoft teammate, Bryan Huddleston, is presenting Taking “IT” to the Clouds at the upcoming Nasvhille Barcamp on OCT 17th. The session list looks fairly interesting.
  • Blog Post: Live Virtual Presentation: Real World Azure

    MSDN Events Present:  Real World Azure Come spend an afternoon with us on September 29th to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has...
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