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  • Blog Post: Want to learn about Windows Azure + Node.js this week? Join Me @ Iselin, NJ 6/6 or Stamford, CT 6/7!

    It’s cloudy in Jersey this week.  That can mean only one thing:  There are THREE great opportunities to learn about Windows Azure this week!  Two with me locally in NJ and CT.  And one online from San Francisco from Scott “The Gu” Guthrie himself! What’s all this buzz about Node.js...
  • 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: Node.js on Windows & Windows Azure at Node.Philly

    On April 23rd, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking at the first Node.Philly event in Philadelphia.  It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed meeting lots of folks who are excited about Node and building solutions with it today!  While this was a one time event, I got the feeling that evening...
  • Blog Post: Rock Paper Azure Challenge - Spring Fling Winners: Weeks 1 & 2

    In April, I announced the the Rock Paper Azure Challenge was back with a new Spring Fling round with winners every Friday through June 15, 2012.  I’m a little late in getting this information posted, but wanted to share the winners for weeks 1 & 2.  Congratulations to the top 3 bots from...
  • 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: Azure, Mobility, and the Enterprise: NYC Windows Azure User Group 4-18-2012

    Tomorrow is the April meeting of the NYC Windows Azure user group.  The group has been picking up the steam throughout the winter with talks by myself on the Azure Platform and Jim Priestley on Real World Azure Solutions.  Tomorrow night, we’re following it up with Ira Bell discussing Azure...
  • 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: Windows Azure + Node.js => anode : An Experiment

    I just saw a pretty cool video posted up on Channel 9. Elad Ben-Israel and Saar Yahalom from Microsoft Israel have been cooking up an interesting experiment in their development lair.  They have built an experimental platform for rapidly prototyping web apps on Windows Azure using node.js. They...
  • 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: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

    Back when Windows 8 was announced at the //build conference in September 2011 , the Windows Azure team released a Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 to make it easy for developers to create Windows Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure.  Earlier this week, they announced...
  • 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 FAQ #145: What Size VM Should I Go With?

    A fresh new entry was recently placed into the treasure trove of “buried” Windows Azure content .  This one is certainly a frequently asked question I get when talking to folks about hosting their applications in Windows Azure’s compute service.  Check out: Real World: Considerations When Choosing...
  • 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 &...
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