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    Azure and Phone … Better Together

    We had an excellent time presenting today’s Windows Phone Camp in Charlotte. Thank you to everyone who attended. Here are some resources and major points of today’s “To the cloud…” session. First, here is the slide deck for the presentation.  To...
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    Firestarter: Transforming IT with Cloud Computing

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    As a fitting complement to last Fall’s Windows Azure Firestarter series put on by my colleagues Brian Hitney , Peter Laudati , and myself, East Region IT Professional Evangelists, Bob Hunt and Yung Chou , will be kicking off the new year with their own...
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    Use the Windows Azure CDN for Assets

    The most common response to running stuff in the cloud (Azure, Amazon in particular) is the that it’s too expensive for the little guy.   And generally, hosting VMs when a small shared site of something similar will suffice is a tough argument...
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    Practical Azure #21 - HDInsight

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    “Big Data” is undeniably one of the more prevalent buzzwords of the last year or two, and given the scalability inherent to the cloud, it’s a natural fit for Windows Azure. Microsoft's specific foray into this burgeoning technology is the HDInsight service...
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    Big Data in Windows Azure–On-line Presentation

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    If you haven’t checked in on what Microsoft is doing in the Hadoop and Big Data arena yet, now’s your chance! I’ll be presenting as part of the on-line Windows Azure User Group , tomorrow, July 11th from 4-5:30 (ET).   Registration is free , so I...
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    Rock, Paper, Azure Deep Dive: Part 2

    In part 1 , I detailed some of the specifics in getting the Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA) up and running in Windows Azure.   In this post, I’ll start detailing some of the other considerations in the project – in many ways, this was a very real migration...
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    Antimalware in the Windows Azure

    On most (or perhaps even all?) of the production servers I’ve worked on, antivirus/antimalware detection apps are often not installed for a variety of reasons – performance, risk of false positives or certain processes getting closed down unexpectedly...
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    Fun with the Service Bus (Part 2)

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    In Part 1 , we looked at a scenario using the Service Bus as a WCF relay endpoint that allowed clients on the web to communicate with a WCF service hosted on my local machine.  The workflow looks something like below, where a publically available...
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    SQL Data Services: Look at Us Now!

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    Being the data and services geek that I am, I’ve spent a fair amount of time of over the last couple of months working with ADO.NET Data Services as well as the SQL Data Services portion of the Azure Services Platform . SQL Data Services is built on top...
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    Folding@home with the SMP Client in Windows Azure

    Want to run @home with Azure for another team or use a more powerful CPU? For the true geeks out there, running the Folding@home client involves tweaking, high performance computing, and knowing the difference between the GPU and CPU clients.  We...
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