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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 App Controller: managing On-Premise and Cloud together

    A Beta release of System Center App Controller 2012 is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both private and public clouds. The greatest thing about the App Controller is that is enables...
  • Blog Post: P&P: Windows Azure Auto-Scaling Block (Preview)

    Patterns & Practices team is working hard to enhance the Enterprise Library with new functionality. The version Enterprise Library 5.0 will include also guidance on how to auto-scale Windows Azure applications , which really optimizes the dynamic allocation of cloud resources. The beta preview of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics Powered By Windows Azure

    Yesterday some more news were released around the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7” that will run on Windows Azure platform! Here is a short excerpt from the Convergence blog post : “ At Convergence 2011, we announced that we would deliver Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Azure with the next...
  • Blog Post: HPC made easy with Windows Azure and HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2

    Check out this blog post to see what’s new in the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 . Lots of new features that enable seamless transition of HPC workloads on the Windows Azure Platform. Some of the features include: Parametric sweep applications Support for LINQ to HPC beta (formerly known as Dryad) New...
  • Blog Post: Free Ingress for all Windows Azure Customers starting July 1st, 2011

    I just read this Windows Azure   blog post explaining that we a big chance in the pricing for Windows Azure was announced. It will provide substantial cost savings (it is free )  for all the customers with applications that have a lot of inbound traffic or are trying to move large quantities...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Pricing Calculator

    I just had a chance to look at the newly release Windows Azure pricing Calculator … It rocks and is now live here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing-calculator/ . This pricing calculator lets you pick compute, database, storage, bandwidth, CDN and Service Bus capacity based on your needs...
  • Blog Post: Running Hadoop on Windows Azure within minutes!

    Today I came across a blog post featuring the process of how to deploy Hadoop environment onto the Windows Azure platform . For those who are not from the HPC (High-Performance Computing) world, Hadoop is an distributed computing platform, based on a Apache Foundation OSS project that supports data-intensive...
  • Blog Post: New Announcements about Windows Azure @MIX

    A couple of days ago some new announcements were made at the MIX conference in Las Vegas. More specifically the following were announced, of course related to Windows Azure : An update to the Windows Azure SDK that includes a Web Deployment Tool to simplify the migration, management and deployment of...
  • Blog Post: Gartner: 2011 is the Year of the PaaS

    A couple of weeks ago Gartner released a press statement , stating that in 2011 we will see a huge increase in the offerings and adoption of PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions , leading to: “…by 2015, most enterprises will have part of their run-the-business software functionally executing in the...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics on the Windows Azure Platform

    Interesting announcement and an article associated with it, showing that Microsoft is moving to the Cloud big-time: “ Microsoft is moving its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications to its Azure cloud platform , the company announced Monday at the Convergence conference in Atlanta. The...
  • Blog Post: New Eclipse Plugin for Windows Azure Platform

    Last week the availability of the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of a new plugin for Eclipse and Windows Azure Platform was announced . The March CTP of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java , provides Java developers with a simple way to build and deploy web applications for Windows...
  • Blog Post: High-level Overview of SQL Azure Benefits

    This video showcases the numerous benefits and usage scenarios of SQL Azure . It displays how SQL Azure services can be used to create and share cloud powered applications with lots of concrete examples. Definitely worth investing 5 minutes of you time …
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure Companion

    Windows Azure Companion is an amazing way of how you can deploy platform components as well as applications onto the Windows Azure Platform . Initially the CTP has been tested with PHP runtimes, frameworks, and applications, but can be extended to be used for deploying any component or application that...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed: Windows Azure SDK 1.4 is available

    10 days ago it was published that new versions of Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and Windows Azure Management Portal are available to developers. The 1.4 version of the Windows Azure SDK includes new features for both Windows Azure Connect and the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network...
  • Blog Post: Testing Out Hybrid Scenarios on the Windows Azure Platform

    Today after some time I had a chance to play around with the new functionality of the Windows Azure Platform. One thing that interested me a lot was how easy it is actually to deploy an application in a hybrid scenario , which means that a part of the application stays on-premise (in a local environment...
  • Blog Post: Your Business! Your Fame!

    There is an amazing campaign/contest going on in the Central & Eastern Europe markets, driven by my friends in Microsoft DPE team (yes, these are the guys that actually talk to developers ) and what they are looking for is the most innovative solution that would be running on top of Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure + Java = Match Made in Clouds!?

    Today a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java became available on the Codeplex portal. This is one of steps Microsoft is taking towards making Windows Azure platform as interoperable and open as possible. The Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java is an open source...
  • Blog Post: Park Your Tractor Next to My IT-PAC Rack ….

    Ha, sounds funny, right? But the idea is actually taken from this interesting article about how new Microsoft data centers are constructed: “ Microsoft’s High-Tech Modular ‘Tractor Shed’ ”. Fascinating article if you want to know more about the technologies used to build new datacenters quickly, reliably...
  • Blog Post: Goin’ Extra Small in the Azure Cloud

    Windows Azure team just announced that Windows Azure Extra Small Instances are now available as a beta preview to all customers . This smaller instances are ideal for quick and cost-effective training or testing development environment, since it is available at lower cost. For a pricing and resource...
  • Blog Post: Cobol in the Azure Clouds?

    Ha, I just came across this article in the CIO magazine that describes the functionality of the new Visual Cobol R3 by Microfocus and it looks like they are expanding the lifetime of the Cobol programing language (go figure, right? – I thought we had enough issues around year 2000 searching drastically...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Windows Phone 7 With Windows Azure

    A couple of days ago Microsoft Research has posted Windows Phone 7 + Cloud Services SDK , that enables the creation of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) applications that leverage research services not yet available to the general public. The primary goal of this SDK is to support the efforts of Project Hawaii ...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Whitepaper about SQL Azure Architecture

    Were you wondering how SQL Azure architecture actually looks like ? If so then you have to check this whitepaper that explains every detail about the relational database that is part of Windows Azure Platform . Topics covered include the following: The Basics: What is SQL Azure, Subscriptions, … SQL...
  • Blog Post: PDC10 Announcements

    In case you have missed, here is the link to the Windows Azure announcements that were presented last week at PDC10: Key Announcements: Support for more types of new and existing Windows applications will soon be available with the introduction of the Virtual Machine (VM) role . Customers can move more...
  • Blog Post: New Version of Windows Azure Training Kit Available

    A couple of days ago the new version of Windows Azure Training Kit was made available for download . The training kit consists of two versions, depending on your development environment (Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2010). Below are the new things in this release of the kit: Updated all hands...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Gets Additional Open Source (OSS) Tools & Support

    Yesterday some new great tools were just released that enable every developer to fully embrace and leverage the power of the Windows Azure Platform. What was released is a new set of Developer Tools and Software Development Kits (SDKs) for PHP developers who want to build modern cloud applications targeting...
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