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    Event: Red Gate/Cerebrata Cloud Tools’ designer at UK Windows Azure User Group on Tuesday 3rd April

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    Anybody who has got involved in developing on Windows Azure will almost certainly have used at least one of the tools in the Red Gate/Cerebrata line-up. Cloud Storage Studio , Diagnostics Manager or Azure Management Cmdlets . Gaurav Mantri, CEO of Cerebrata...
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    Video: UK Tech.days online Azure Conference: day 2

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    Richard Conway and Andy Cross both founders of the UK Windows Azure User Group presented a talk today at the Tech.days online Windows Azure Conference: “10 tools in 10 minutes”. That meant 10 minutes per tool. The video of the session was recorded and...
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    Advanced Windows Azure Workshop UK

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    In today’s TechDays Online Windows Azure conference, Andy Cross and Richard Conway, both founders of the UK Windows Azure User Group, mentioned the possibility of running an advanced one-day Windows Azure workshop in April 2012. If you are interested...
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    Running an illegal website? Use the cloud to check it…

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    John Mannix from Governor Technology talks about http://cookielaw.org , a service that used crowd-sourcing to farm cookies from volunteers who installed an agent on their machines and provided later analysis and gave advice on whether a particular site...
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    Video: Phone developers should use the cloud

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    When you think about the monetization (awful word!) of apps for the phone, you can narrow it down to either: The app is free – it was fun building it, I don’t want to be rich. The app is paid for and entirely standalone. It doesn’t rely on any service...
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    Windows Azure using CNAME DNS records for multiple sites and SSL

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    In the past 3 weeks I seem to have had to answer this question more than any other. I’m not sure why the past few weeks should have had to have this one popping up so much but there you have it. I thought I’d create a little “whiteboard video” to describe...
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    Phone developers should use the cloud

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    When you think about the monetization (awful word!) of apps for the phone, you can narrow it down to either: The app is free – it was fun building it, I don’t want to be rich. The app is paid for and entirely standalone. It doesn’t rely on any service...
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    Video: Business Agility and Cloud Platforms

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    How do you explain a cloud platform’s place in business agility to somebody with a technical background but who is now working in a more business-decision-maker role? Say an IT Manager? MOre than likely he/she was a developer or IT pro in their day. They...
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    The Cloud Skills Debate

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    The notion of computing in the cloud naturally attracts the interest of developers but a number of IT Pros see it as a threat. In a lot of cases the core skills transfer directly to cloud technologies but some IT Pros might want to develop new skills...
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    London Windows Azure User Group

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    The new London Windows Azure User Group got off to a great start on Tuesday evening. I counted, including the latecomers, 44 people which is not at all bad for a brand new group. There were a few guys from the Azure Bootcamp I ran about 10 days ago but...
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    Clouds lift over the recession

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    I joined Microsoft in December 1993. I’m just coming up for my 18th year in the company. I came from DEC. Some of you have never heard of DEC – Digital Equipment Corporation, often referred to as “digital”. At the time they were the second biggest computer...
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    Windows Azure is now ISO 27001 compliant

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    The data centres have enjoyed this certification for quite a while now, as has Office 365, but Windows Azure was trailing behind a little. Well, no longer. The certification was performed by BSI Americas. The Windows Azure core services of Compute, Storage...
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    Quick Report on last Friday’s Windows Azure Camp in London

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    The really nice thing about the venue, One Drummond Gate, is the breakfast. Not a huge traditional English fry-up; just fruit, yoghurt, pastries, croissant and my favourite, porridge (with no sugar or honey!). …and that’s how the day started for pretty...
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    Cloud Security Standards

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    They seem to be random character strings: ISO 27001/IEC 2005, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE-16, PCI DSS, EU DPD 9546 EC… But there is a value behind each one of them, if you understand the story. If we discount the smaller niche cloud players who provide very...
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    Androids, iPhone and Windows Phone–what could they all have in common

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    Yes – I know, touchscreens, apps, keyboards. If you develop apps for any of these platforms that’s great. And if say, your app needs to do something a bit more meaty than the phone’s onboard processor can manage, you’ll almost certainly use processing...
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    Play card games in your stride

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      I recently gave a talk at the UK’s Cloud Circle Security Forum in which I included material on the Security Development Lifecycle and was quite amazed at the number of people who came up to me afterwards and expressed an interest in this formalised...
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    The New Series of the Windows Azure Bootcamp UK Continues in London & Edinburgh!

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    Registration is now open for the November edition of the Windows Azure BootCamp (powered by Tech.Days UK). The Windows Azure Camps are events which will show you how to take advantage of cloud computing. This is a free full day training to get you up...
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    List of all the latest Windows Azure Cloud videos

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    A whole load of new videos are available as a result of the build conference. Here is the complete list of the Windows Azure ones – I hope something here takes your fancy…   Introduction to Windows Azure: the cloud operating system Inside Windows...
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    YES YES YES!

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    Nothing at all to do with technology, but I’m so pleased… I did 10,000 metres on the rowing machine today in 38:28.8. That’s an average pace of 1:55.4. To put that in perspective, if you ever get on the rowing machine and do the standard 2,000 metres...
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    What’s the best cloud platform: IaaS or PaaS?

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    Analysts such as Gartner say the cloud platform business has a PaaS future. But when you look at the market today, it’s the IaaS market that is strong healthy and growing very fast. Let’s stick with the 2 main protagonists of each approach – Amazon for...
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    Think of a disaster, then double it…

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    In the light of the recent story about Amazon’s EC2 cloud platform being zapped by a lightning strike , I was reminded of the forecasters’ maxims – “…calculate the development time, then double it” and “…calculate the required budget, then double it”...
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    Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure

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    Microsoft has developed an iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure, code-named Daytona. Project Daytona is designed to support a wide class of data analytics and machine-learning algorithms. It can scale to hundreds of server cores for analysis...
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    Windows Azure Bootcamp: Complete run-through

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    I’ve created a complete run through of everything in the UK bootcamp, all in order. Click the first video, watch, click the second video, watch etc etc from beginning to end. Click the image to go to the complete Bootcamp run-through. Planky – GBR-257
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    UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: SQL Azure – Session 2

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    The second session of the bootcamp was SQL Azure. Watch this video before you attempt any of the labs. Windows Azure Bootcamp Session 2: SQL Azure from Steve Plank on Vimeo . Have fun Planky – GBR-257
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    UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Session 1, Compute and Storage

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    Here’s the video of session 1. Windows Azure Bootcamp Session 1 from Steve Plank on Vimeo . Planky – GBR-257
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