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  • Blog Post: The DevOps PaaS Infusion: Taking Any App To The Cloud–Windows Azure & Cloudify 5-17-2012 in New York City

    Wanted to share another great event around the cloud going on in New York City this week!  On Thursday at the Microsoft office in NYC, Gigaspaces, Aditi, C24, Cisco, and Microsoft will be hosting an event to explore the opportunities created by emerging cloud technologies.  The event will feature...
  • Blog Post: Java on Azure @ The NYC Windows Azure User Group – 5/16/2012: Cloudify: The PaaS Jailbreaker

    I’m excited to announce the line up of this week’s NYC Windows Azure User Group for this month on Wednesday, May 16, 2012! The group has lined up not one, but TWO great speakers to keep you informed on interesting uses of Microsoft’s cloud platform: Windows Azure. First off, Bill...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Dev Camps – Spring 2012 Series – 5/24, 30, & 31

    Our next round of Windows Azure developer events on the US east coast is happening later this month!  Last fall, Brian, Jim, and I brought the Windows Azure Dev Camp series to 5 locations in the east .  Now, we’re bringing the Azure Dev Camps to three more locations:  Atlanta, New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch Azure Challenge Events in NYC and Philadelphia

    My colleagues on the Microsoft Startup Evangelism team are throwing a Windows Azure App Challenge in both NYC and Philly during the month of May. I’ll be doing the “NJ Turnpike shuffle” to help out in both cities. Join us over 3 weeks to build your Azure app! If you are looking to...
  • Blog Post: Wade Wegner on Managing Concurrency with Multiple Instances: May 2nd, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a great presentation from Jim Priestley on migrating a real world e-commerce site to Azure.  Jim shared his experiences and lessons learned migrating PLCCenter.com to the cloud.  There was a lot of insight regarding performance of SQL Azure and...
  • Blog Post: Top 7 Concerns of Migrating an ASP.NET Application to Windows Azure

    This post is part of a series called “ Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer ” written by Rachel Appel , Adam Hoffman , and Peter Laudati . You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US DPE Azure Connection site. In the previous post of this series , I covered how...
  • Blog Post: Take the Rock Paper Azure Challenge: Spring Fling Edition

    I’m excited to announce that the Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back again for a spring fling!  If you want to learn about Windows Azure and have some fun doing it, your opportunity is here.  With a free 90-day trial , anyone who lives in the US (who is not a Microsoft employee) can take the...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: Async Patterns For The Cloud

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/12/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fifth screencast in the @home series: Async Patterns In The Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March 15, we hosted...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure: Using the Folding@home SMP Client

    My teammate Brian Hitney has just posted a new article on some minor updates we have made to the @home with Windows Azure application.  Two minor changes have been implemented to allow new options for Folding@home “pros”: You can now use Stanford University’s Folding@home SMP client to achieve better...
  • Blog Post: New: Windows Azure Trust Center

    A couple of new Windows Azure announcement were made today.  As my colleague Bruce Kyle covered earlier, the Windows Azure team announced the availability of two new datacenters in the US:  East US & West US.  For what I assume are security purposes, the exact location of these data...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: – Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud - 4/5/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/5/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fourth screencast in the @home series: Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Saturday: April 21, 2012 @ Iselin, NJ

    I’m happy to announce that on Saturday April 21, 2012, the New Jersey SQL Server user group will be hosting a “SQL Azure Saturday” event!  This will be a FREE full-day event on SQL Azure & data in the cloud related topics.  The event is something that I have been working with the group...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure: Webcast – Diving into Azure Storage Options–3/29/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/29/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our third screencast in the @home series: Diving into Windows Azure Storage Options ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March...
  • Blog Post: Real World Azure: April 4th, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a successful kick off meeting at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ.  The group kicked off with me delivering an overview of Windows Azure and introducing the platform.  This month, Vineet Kumar , the group’s organizer has managed to line up another...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: How Do I Get Started On My Developer Workstation?

    This post is part of a series called “ Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer ” written by Rachel Appel , Adam Hoffman , and Peter Laudati . You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US Cloud Connection site. Whether you’re looking to build a new ASP.NET application...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure : Can I Deploy Multiple Instances?

    During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project.  On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.  I wanted to use this post to more widely answer a FAQ we have...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Intro to @home with Windows Azure – 3/15/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/15/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our first screencast in the @home series:  an introduction to the @home with Windows Azure distributed computing project ! This is the first in a series where we’ll dive into various aspects of Windows Azure – in this first webcast, we...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Service Disruption on February 29, 2012: Post-Mortem

    On February 29th, Windows Azure experienced a service disruption that impacted the Service Management interface and some customers of the Windows Azure Compute service. The issues were triaged and resolved by the early morning of March 1st.  At that time, Bill Laing, the Corporate VP of Server &...
  • Blog Post: Less Lincolns: Windows Azure Extra Small VM Now Only $0.02/hour!

    Less than a month after significant price drops were announced for SQL Azure , yesterday the Windows Azure team lowered prices on compute & storage !  The price of hosting an application in an extra-small VM has dropped 50% from four Lincolns an hour to two!  Translation: the starting cost...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with SQL Azure: Resources

    Earlier this month, SQL Azure prices were drastically reduced , and a new 100mb for $5 bucks a month pricing level was introduced. This news has certainly gotten some folks looking at SQL Azure for the first time.  I thought I’d share some resources to help you get started with SQL Azure. Unlike...
  • Blog Post: NJ Windows Azure User Group Kick Off: Thursday March 1st, 2012

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced that new Windows Azure user groups had formed in both New York City and Central Jersey (Iselin). These groups are a great (free) opportunity to come on out and learn about the new fad: cloud computing! This Thursday, March 1st, I’ll be speaking at the kick...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing: Soup to Nuts Webcast Series with Mike Benkovich

    My colleague, Mike Benkovich , is hosting a series of webcasts that provide a great on-ramp for getting started with Windows Azure.  In this latest “Soup to Nuts” series, Mike will walk you through putting Windows Azure through its paces.  The webcasts are an opportunity to learn “live” from...
  • Blog Post: WOW! Watch Out For Falling Prices: SQL Azure Price Drop Explained

    Monday night I spoke at the Microsoft Business Intelligence NYC user group on SQL Azure Reporting.  Wednesday night I was at the NYC Azure user group doing an update on the new features & services that came online in December 2011.  In between, there was a bit of a bombshell for fans of...
  • Blog Post: Two Upcoming Azure Events in NYC: February 23, 2012 + February 27, 2012

    Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking at the new NYC Windows Azure User Group .  There was a good turnout, so I want to say thanks to everyone who attended!  Before the main presentation started, I announced two Windows Azure-related events coming up in New York City the next two weeks...
  • Blog Post: Azure Update On February 15, 2012 @ NYC Windows Azure User Group

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced that new Windows Azure user groups had formed in both New York City and Central Jersey (Iselin). These groups are a great (free) opportunity to come on out and learn about the new fad: cloud computing! Next Wednesday, February 15, I’ll be speaking at the NYC...
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