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  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Site and Features Available Today

    Today we released the new Windows Azure Website with improved billing, management and SQL Azure capabilities. The site is in English today with localized versions planned to roll out next year A highlight of the new features include: Implementation of “Spending caps” where you can eliminate the risk...
  • Blog Post: Increasing your revenue and decreasing costs? Learn how

    Why should an independent software vendor (ISV) care about cloud computing? The answer is simple: using the cloud has the potential to increase your revenues and/or decrease your costs . Running code and storing data on computers in large Internet-accessible data centers owned and operated by another...
  • Blog Post: Save the date for the ISV Discovery Day Spring Edition

    The spring season is back which means there are some great local events coming up where you can see our latest tools and technologies and have the opportunity to network with speakers and other ISVs.  I’m happy to announce that on May 12th , we’re having our spring edition of the ISV Discovery Day...
  • Blog Post: Get skilled up on Microsoft’s Cloud technologies at you own pace and at no cost with Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Looking for a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of the opportunity Cloud computing offers IT professionals? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. MVA guides you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - February 2011 Update

    The February 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes several updates and bug fixes for the hands-on labs.   Most of the updates were focused on supporting the new Windows Azure AppFabric February CTP and the new portal experience for AppFabric Caching, Access Control...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Free Trial Offering Available Today!

    As of today a new Windows Azure trial offering is available through June 30th 2011. This offering consist out a monthly offer of: Compute: 750 hours of an Extra Small Compute Instance 25 hours of a Small Compute Instance Storage: 500MB 10k Storage transactions Data Transfers: 500MB in / 500MB out Relational...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Azure Jump Start Training Videos

    Microsoft Learning hosted the second new and exclusive “Jump Start” virtual training event on December 15-17, 2010. The course was titled “Building Cloud Applications using the Windows Azure Platform” and included 12 hours of expert-led training tailored for application architects and developers interested...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure to SQL Server Synchronization

    In a previous blogpost I already mentioned that you can move your relational data into the cloud by leveraging Microsoft SQL Azure . Some day, however, you may realize that you also need this same data to be available on-premise (for example, field reps may need a local copy on their laptops). Enter...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure raises the bar on cloud databases

    With the Windows Azure platform , moving your application to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing story.  The flexibility of the platform allows you to gradually move your application into the cloud (Software as a Service) or extend your application with new functionality (Software + Services). In...
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