Course title: Cloud Computing with Windows Azure
Date: 26 March 2010
Venue: QA Training, King William Street, London EC4N 7BE
COST: Free of Charge


This intensive one-day instructor-led workshop is aimed at academics with an interest in cloud computing teaching and research, and who want to gain a general overview of Microsoft’s recently announced Azure platform. Delivered through seminar style presentations and demonstrations the workshop will focus on three key services – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services.  

What is Windows Azure?

The Windows Azure Platform is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centres, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities.

Microsoft SQL Azure extends the capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server into the cloud as a Web-based, distributed relational database. It provides Web services that enable relational queries, search, and data synchronization with mobile users, remote offices and business partners. It can store and retrieve structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.

Microsoft .NET Services make developing loosely coupled cloud-based applications easier; .NET Services includes access control to help secure your applications, as well as a service bus for communicating across applications and services. These hosted services allow you to easily create federated applications that span from on-premises environments to the cloud.

At the end of the workshop delegates will:-

· Gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of the Windows Azure Platform

· Understand the role played by the following components:

    • Windows Azure
    • SQL Azure
    • .NET Services

Workshop Outline

· Module 1: Windows Azure Platform overview

· Module 2: Introduction to Windows Azure

· Module 3: Building services using Windows Azure

· Module 4: Windows Azure storage

· Module 5: Building applications using SQL Azure

· Module 6: Introduction to .NET Services

· Module 7: Building applications using the .NET Service Bus


This course is free of charge. If you are interested in reserving a place, please contact Andy Sithers via email ( or on 0118 909 4905.