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  • Blog Post: Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Sports New Media

    Sports New Media specialises in offering integrated social media management services to high-profile sports stars and organisations. It wanted to launch a cloud-based social media management tool to minimise upfront investment and rapidly gain market share. For its award-winning Syocial media management...
  • Blog Post: Event: "Apps + Cloud" for the device developer who is too busy to learn (UK)

    18th March – Reading, UK. You’ve got your beautiful new app ready to run on a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, and are ready to hook into an infrastructure cloud service for the back-end. Your main concern is making sure it’s reliable - you can’t risk even a small chance of an outage of your...
  • Blog Post: UK Windows Azure Dev Camps

    Who is this camp for? You’ve probably heard of Windows Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. Maybe you’ve even got as far as trying the introductory lab in the freely downloadable training kit. But now you are at the stage of wanting to get...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro - UK

    Yes – we’re now looking after the IT Pro with Azure! If you just want to register – go here : If you want more info – have a read of the text below, or go to http://azurecampsuk.azurewebsites.net for the same. Here is a video to give you a feel for what a camp is like.   UK Windows Azure Camps We...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps

      Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the cloud and...
  • Blog Post: Video: Cloud Services Talk from UK’s Cloud Day: London, 22nd June

    Anybody who was there knows the demo in the talk I gave timed out. So I’ve done it again and added it to the talk using the magic of video editing! With all the excitement around the IaaS features such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, and then the added cool of Azure Websites, it seemed to me...
  • Blog Post: Video: Complete Overview of the June 2012 Azure Release

    Includes IaaS Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Identity, Service Bus, Cache and so on.
  • Blog Post: Article: Windows Azure June 2012 Training Kit available

    I just heard from James Conard in our corporate headquarters that the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure training kit has been officially released. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features.  Some of the highlights...
  • Blog Post: Article: Writing better SQL with your head in the cloud?

    By Jen Stirrup Want to know how to write better SQL queries? It’s possible to write SQL badly. However, if your application depends on data retrieval and updates, then it is crucial to the performance of your application. Therefore, it is important to write SQL well since it is an essential...
  • Blog Post: Video: The most common issues support sees for Windows Azure

    Markus McCormick, an escalation engineer working in Microsoft support in the UK talks about the most common support issues they see coming in to the support centre. He gives advice on how to avoid these pitfalls. If you are new to Windows Azure – don’t deploy any service in to production without watching...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Online

    We’re going to be running an online version of the popular Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 21st May. We’re very aware that the London and Liverpool bootcamps due to run in Early May are now full so we thought by running a similar, slightly shortened version of the bootcamp through Lync, anybody who didn...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

    Jim Chapman, CEO of Retail Manager Solutions, talks about their move from on-premises software to the cloud and then tells us how Windows Azure has changed their business. Sales cycle times have been dramatically reduced, customers save money and there is less work to do to get a solution up and running...
  • Blog Post: Video: How one company migrated to Windows Azure

    At The Races were running a high-volume website in the UK that was characterized by very peaky predictable bursts. They kn ew when the peaks would occur (specific horse-races in the calendar) and they had a good idea of the numbers of additional users they’d have to handle. What an excellent...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Windows Azure Workshop UK

    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 in such a workshop – could you leave a comment. We...
  • Blog Post: Event: UK Windows Azure Bootcamp roundup

    Over the past few weeks we have run 2 free Windows Azure Bootcamps in the UK: one in London, one in Bristol. London etc.venues at Drummond Gate were our hosts in London and the Mercure Holland Hotel in Bristol. 55 delegates turned up to each event, laptops in hand ready for a day of Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Video: Cloud Computing Platforms Actually Make Businesses More Agile! Find out how…

    As technologists we tend to talk a different language to business people. Trying to give non-technical examples of how, in this case, cloud computing makes a business more agile and able to respond to things that happen in the market, in the industry, with competitors – that kind of thing – can be difficult...
  • Blog Post: Grab yourself a handful of SQL Azure how-to videos

    For a good collection of webcasts and How Do I? videos on SQL Azure, take a trip over to MSDN . Here’s the line up: How Do I: Troubleshoot and Optimize Query in SQL Azure? (6 Minutes 23 seconds) How Do I: Work with Spatial Data in SQL Azure? (4 Minutes 15 seconds) How Do I: Calculate the...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with SQL Azure development

    Join Lynn Langit as she explains how you get started with SQL Azure development. Here’s a quick intro – you can read the full feature on MSDN . It’s long, but good. This article will explain the differences between SQL Server and SQL Azure. You need to understand the differences in detail so that you...
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