PDC Day 1 – Windows Azure

PDC Day 1 – Windows Azure

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Windows Azure was the big topic on day 1 of the PDC conference in LA. Ray Ozzie opened the conference with a keynote position Windows Azure and Microsoft’s “three screens and a cloud” vision.

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I particularly liked the introduction of SQL Azure Data Sync to connect on-premises data to SQL Azure and Windows Azure storage.

I also like the ability to map custom domains and the Windows Azure CDN. I ran a little experiment of this myself setting up two links:

  1. http://letme.workit.co.nz – US Server
  2. http://seeyou.workit.co.nz – CDN enabled

Test both links and after a few of you hit it the second one should begin to load faster off the Australian edge cache.

A big surprise was the announcement of Microsoft “Dallas”

Microsoft code-name “Dallas” is a Windows Azure- and Microsoft SQL Azure Database-powered information service that brings together data and imagery from leading commercial content providers and authoritative public data sources, under a unified provisioning and billing framework.

Developers can sign up for the free invitation-only Microsoft code-name “Dallas” CTP, which will be commercially available in 2010.

With the Azure platform set to start commercial operation in New Zealand on the first of Feb next year now is the time to start looking at this technology.

Beginning January 2010, new customers will be able to sign up for an offer to access services on the Windows Azure platform. Usage during the month of January will be at no charge, so you can see your exact usage while still enjoying free service.


On February 1, 2010, we will begin charging customers for using the Windows Azure platform.

If you want access to the platform sooner I recommend that you come along to the Azure unplugged event in December where Mike & Ryan will be distributing CTP tokens to developers.

Below are just some of the resources that have been updated at the PDC.

  • Learn how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure + SQL Azure in this self-paced course.
  • Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
  • Windows Azure Getting Started Guide
  • Windows Azure Case Studies
  • Windows Azure @ PDC
  • Windows Azure platform PDC Fact Sheet

    At the time of writing a number of Azure sessions are also available to download:

    SVC01
    Lap Around the Windows Azure Platform
    Manuvir Das
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC13
    Windows Azure Present and Future
    Manuvir Das
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC14
    Storing and Manipulating Blobs and Files with Windows Azure Storage
    Brad Calder
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC16
    Developing Advanced Applications with Windows Azure
    Steve Marx
    WMVHigh

    SVC17
    Enabling Single Sign-On to Windows Azure Applications
    Hervey Wilson
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC20
    Bridging the Gap from On-Premises to the Cloud
    Yousef Khalidi
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC30
    Lessons Learned: Migrating Applications to the Windows Azure Platform
    Wade Wegner
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC32
    Lessons Learned: Building Scalable Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
    Simon Davies
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC37
    Introduction to Building Applications with Windows Azure
    David Lemphers
    WMV
    WMVHigh

    SVC50
    Building Java Applications with Windows Azure
    Steve Marx
    WMV
    WMVHigh

    SVC51
    Developing PHP and MySQL Applications with Windows Azure
    Mohit Srivastava, Tushar Shanbhag
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC52
    SQL Azure Database: Present and Future
    Dave Campbell, Tony Petrossian
    WMV
    WMVHigh
    Slides

    SVC54
    The Business of Windows Azure: What you should know about Windows Azure Platform pricing and SLAs
    Dianne O'Brien
    WMVHigh
    Slides