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  • Blog Post: The fastest cloud out there?

    Foresight is a gift some folks have so when our executives decided to give the go ahead to plunder a few billion in building out some datacenters a couple of years back, many of us looked on thinking “what the….” Those datacenters house Microsoft’s cloud services such as Microsoft Online, Bing and Azure...
  • Blog Post: A Yottabyte you say?

    [credit: The Economist]   A lot is the answer as noted above in The Economist . They had a great special report a couple of weeks back on the enormous amounts of data we’re now creating in the digital age. For someone who remembers 5 1/4 inch floppy disks and loading computer games of an audio tape...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure in Oz

    My friends down in Australia know how to put on an event around Azure . slide from the event can be downloaded via @chlong
  • Blog Post: Michael Jordan jumps in to Microsoft’s cloud

      As a kid, that was the logo to have on your shoes (aka sneakers). I was a fully fledged Jordan fanatic and still have several pairs of the famous footwear. Some things never leave you I suppose….well, maybe apart from my ability to jump that is. Well our friends at Nike have a site that if Flash...
  • Blog Post: 10 reasons to use Azure for your cloud apps

    Sometimes it takes a outsider to show you the way and Deb Shinder does a fine job of explaining in plain English why Azure is a good choice for cloud applications. Nothing against our Azure marketing guys as some of my best friends work over there but as a quick fire, easy to consume list of reasons...
  • Blog Post: Azure data centres open Worldwide?

    Dom Green in our Services group here in the UK noticed yesterday that Azure seems to have opened for business in Asia and Europe as of yesterday. Good news.  
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Feature Voting & Discussion Forum

    Got an idea you want to see in Windows Azure? You can now submit and vote directly with the product team via the Windows Azure Feature Voting & Discussion Forum . The current front runners in the voting are Make it less expensive to run my very small service on Windows Azure. Continue Azure offering...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Microsoft Partners

    I think 2010 is going to be a big year for cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform. It’s what I expect to spend a lot of my year working on – helping get the message out to our international sales force on hopefully seeing both developer and business adoption. Microsoft’s Partner community will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure platform dashboard is live

    I think this just went live in the last few days/hours – a dashboard showing current and past status of the Windows Azure Platform services. This is a must have in the services world of course so nothing groundbreaking, but good to see nonetheless.
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure means business

    At the Professional Developers Conference last month, Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia made a series of announcements around Microsoft’s cloud platform that moved us from something of interest to developers to something that I think will catch the attention of CIO’s too. A few things of note App Fabric &...
  • Blog Post: Azure gets an ERP app

    I think it’s great to see such full fledged solutions already out there on Azure. It sounds like Acumatica has a solid solution for ERP and CRM that is both on premise and in the cloud – with their cloud part being Azure based. Nice to see that like some other app stores, we’re not restricting what can...
  • Blog Post: Ruby On Rails on Windows Azure

    At the PDC Matt Mullenweg of Automattic talked about the open source support on Windows Azure – you can now run Wordpress on Azure with MySQL, Apache and PHP. In fact he did a great follow up post on this talking about what was announced. Hot on the heels of that is a post from my old pal Simon Davies...
  • Blog Post: Azure helps Europe to manage environmental change

    Last week at PDC the European Environment Agency announced their latest iteration of their Eye On Earth portal . Their new service is called Air Watch and it provides information on air quality to more than 500 million people across Europe, bringing together both measured and modelled data alongside...
  • Blog Post: Required reading here at PDC09

    lots of ‘em on the Windows Azure stand
  • Blog Post: What does a Windows Azure container look like?

    A lot like this….on site at the PDC in LA today.
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Fasttrack Architecture Review for Microsoft partners

    David Gristwood is churning out more and more good stuff on Windows Azure from Microsoft UK. His team are offering a limited number free half day Fasttrack Architectural / developer Reviews focused on the Windows Azure platform for partners. These will take place at the Microsoft offices in Reading,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure & SQL Server playing together

    A few weeks ago I was hounding the SQL Azure product team for a video that showed how SQL Server and SQL Azure could work together to bring the best of on-premises with the best of the cloud.  Little did I know that the answer lay pretty close to home with my buddy Keith Burns from our DPE group...
  • Blog Post: CloudBerry Explorer for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage in beta

       I got an update from Andy over at CloudBerry that their Explorer for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage is about to go in to beta and you can sign up on their web page. It makes managing files in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage very simple with a Windows Explorer style interface. Good timing with...
  • Blog Post: Why should ISV’s even care about Azure?

    David Chappell has been on a world tour over the last few weeks talking Azure. My pal David Gristwood managed to grab some time with him to talk about Azure as well as Google, Amazon, Salesforce and VMWare. He kicks off with a pretty solid question – “why should ISV’s even care about Azure?”
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure World Tour

      On October 6th we have David Chappell in London to talk about Windows Azure. David is Principal of Chappell & Associates and a prolific speaker, author and consultant. He’s been the keynote speaker for many conferences and events on five continents, and his seminars have been attended by tens...
  • Blog Post: PayPal & Windows Azure

    PayPal is opening up with 3rd party API’s for developers. Seems like a very smart move to me to make the most popular payment system a platform. Even better news for me, it’s already being used in conjunction with Windows Azure.    “The Windows Azure platform provides developers with a scalable...
  • Blog Post: What Is Windows Azure…For Dummies

    Video: What is Windows Azure? The Marx-man gives us the Dummies Guide To Windows Azure. Love it :) I expect Steve will now be enlisted by many of our product teams for their videos!
  • Blog Post: ISV’s and Azure

    Why should an independent software vendor (ISV) care about cloud computing? The answer is simple: Using the cloud has the potential to increase an ISV’s revenues and/or decrease its costs. Running code and storing data on computers in large Internet-accessible data centers owned by somebody else can...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform: Business Model Announced

    Today at our Worldwide Partner Conference we announced the business plan and pricing for the Windows Azure Platform (renamed from the Azure Services Platform). As you may expect, the business model is a consumption based billing approach with very competitive pricing – with promotional discounts for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s interoperable cloud

    A busy week for Azure and more to come next week at Worldwide Partner Conference. Meantime, Mary-Jo Foley provides a good update today on the interop status of Windows Azure. The team there is heads down cranking out code and this week and this week released a whole bunch of stuff   an update to...
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