Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Released : Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012

      Today we shipped the  Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update .   The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features, in particular Windows Azure Web Sites and Windows Azure Virtual Machines which we announced...
  • Blog Post: Released : Windows Azure Platform Training Kit –January Update

      Today we have released the January 2010 update to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (off line) & Training Course (on-line). The Kit & Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how...
  • Blog Post: How does Microsoft Secure it Cloud Infrastructure?

    David and TechNet EDGE team have just published a screencast on Microsoft’s security of our cloud infrastructure. The interview is with John Howie and Mark Estberg who are part of Global Foundation Services Online Services Security and Compliance group, and they talk about how Microsoft secures it's...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure : Storage API updates

    A number of new storage features for blobs has been pushed to the cloud in the latest July SDK.  Probably the most exciting feature is the ‘ Shared Access Signature ’ (aka leased blobs).  This feature allows you to generate one-time, temporally bound URIs that you can give out to untrusted...
  • Blog Post: White House mulls making NASA a center for federal cloud computing

    There was an interesting article last week where the Obama administration was considering NASA as a prototype for its outsource plans and support for the cloud. It is a good read, but in the end, it highlights the confusion in the industry around cloud computing and what this really means ( to different...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows Azure Management Tool (MMC)

      Ryan in the team has just release the Windows Azure MMC .  This tool was created to manage storage accounts in Windows Azure and makes it simple to help debug, create, and explore your storage solutions.  Features Manage multiple storage accounts (makes it easy to manage all your accounts...
  • Blog Post: Open Source PHP Project for Windows Azure

    I have just been browsing an interesting project on codeplex which will provide PHP developers with a SDK to enable them to easily access the features of Windows Azure. In particular, enabling developers to access Blogs, Tables and Queues. There will also be helper classes for HTTP, AuthN/Z and REST...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer maps out Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

    Here is an article from the NY Times today which has a doodle from Steve Ballmer which outlines the Microsoft Cloud Platform. You can see the full article here. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/steve-ballmer-maps-microsofts-cloud-y-future/ The general view is that this is not that complicated...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit – February Update

    Want to know how to architect applications for Windows Azure and the rest of the Azure Services Platform? Need to get detailed training on all these Azure technologies? Well here goes…. We have just released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit to the Microsoft download center. The first...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Datacenter Vision

    Last week there was a lot of discussion about some of the thinking about a future generation of data centers which become a lot more flexible, cost effective and quick to install and get on-line in the right locations. You can click on the video to see the simulation of what is being planned. Video:...
  • Blog Post: Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground

    Eugenio Pace and Gianpaolo Carraro from the architect team have just published and article in the latest Architect Journal ( #17) which is entitled " Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground " which talks about the possibilities of the moving IT assets from the on-premise data centers into the cloud, and...
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Signs Off with some great Demos

    If anybody says that demos do not make a great presentation, there wrong. Through my career at Microsoft, a great, simple demo have always helped crystallize the message that I was conveying. Today at TechED Developer 2008 Bill Gates provided one of his final appearances at Microsoft and my team was...
  • Blog Post: The Race to the Cloud

    As predicted from TechCrunch yesterday, Google has announced the pricing model for their App Engine pricing, plus a few other features which are coming down the pipe a little later in the year. With the following pricing ( together with AWS ), this sets the base rate for commodity computing. 500MB storage...
  • Blog Post: Building the Microsoft Data Center

    When we are adding 10,000-20,000 servers to your data center every month, you need to have a pretty good architects and a plan for how you can reduce the carbon footprint. Secondly, have you ever heard about container-based data centers??? Read on. Mike Manos on Data Centers Adam has a cool interview...
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