December, 2011

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    ISV Case Study: Cloud Storage Gateway Provides Backup into Windows Azure

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    Whitewater automates enterprise backup to the cloud. The product from Riverbed is a gateway that combines data de-duplication, network optimization, data encryption, and integration with Windows Azure storage services through a single, virtual, or physical appliance.

    imageNo longer do enterprises need to use tape and move the files from disk to disk. Nor does an enterprise need to pay for a traditional disaster recovery site.

    Whitewater cloud storage gateways and public cloud storage provides secure, off-site storage with restore anywhere capability for disaster recovery (DR). Data can be recovered by Whitewater from any location. Public cloud storage offers excellent DR capabilities without the high costs associated with remote DR sites or colocation service providers. With the public cloud and Whitewater cloud storage gateways – any size organization can significantly reduce its business risk from unplanned outages without the large capital investments and running costs required by competing solutions.

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    New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started

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    The new Windows Azure  tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others.

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    Server Side JavaScript Programming Comes to Windows Azure with Node.js

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    Node.js darkA holiday update Windows Azure SDK for Node.js can help get you started with server-side JavaScript on Windows Azure.

    Node.js offers a server side JavaScript programming model ideal for building highly scalable and performant network applications whether on premise or in the cloud. One of its flagship qualities is that it leads you down a path of writing code that is using non-blocking IO thus achieving greater scale. Another is the fact that it is super small and lightweight. It has a very rich ecosystem of modules like express and socket.io which developers can pull in using the awesome node package manager otherwise known as npm. Thanks to the excellent partnership between Joyent and Microsoft we were able to port Node and NPM on Windows to enable a new class of applications.

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    ISV Case Study: Add Geo-location with iLink GIS Framework on Windows Azure

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    Frameworks are pre-built code libraries and well defined business processes that are designed to facilitate software development and implementation of business processes. Developers can use frameworks to speed up the development of solutions and products. iLink Systems provides solution frameworks that are nearly complete solutions of pre-built code that can be used to reduce time to market, support best practices, reduce delivery cost and improve ROI.

    Once a potential need has been pinpointed, these frameworks can be leveraged individually, in parts or in combination with other frameworks. Frameworks are consumable by ASP.NET, Silverlight apps, or Web Services and tie in data from various formats, including Windows Azure data storage and SQL Azure. iLink’s Geographical Information System (GIS) Framework enables to add Geolocation to solutions and products by offering rich visualization of geography sensitive data.

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    New Features, Node.js Support Highlight December Release of Windows Azure

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    WinAzure_rgbA number of updates and improvements have been unveiled today for Windows Azure that will help you to more easily access Azure and unlock the value of cloud computing as a development platform.

    Join us tomorrow when senior Microsoft leaders will  how easy it is for developers to get started with Windows Azure in detail during a broadcast event: Learn Windows Azure. They’ll also show how to build scalable cloud applications using Visual Studio.  The event will include a number of great hands-on demos as well.

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    ISV Case Study: Security-Enhanced, Cost-Effective Hybrid Storage with Windows Azure Storage

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    hybrid storage solution for Microsoft applications and virtualized environmentsEnterprises need cost-effective primary storage for a SharePoint, Fileservers, and Virtual machines. And they are turning to a combination on premises storage solutions with Windows Azure storage. StorSimple’s appliance dramatically reduces storage and maintenance costs while helping organizations simplify data storage environments.

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    ISV Video: Quark Brand Manager Goes Global in the Cloud on Windows Azure

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    imageQuark Brand Manager provides distributed sales and marketing teams the opportunity to easily create, customize and deliver brand-compliant marketing materials on-demand. Quark chose Windows Azure for this new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution.

    Marketing manager for Brand Manager Nick Howard and engineering manager Amit Nayar talk with ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle about how they chose Windows Azure.

    Video Link: Brand Manager Goes Global in the Cloud on Windows Azure

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    Silverlight 5 Released with New Features for Developers

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    Silverlight 5 has been released.

    Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. These are non-trivial features like a full 3d stack, parsing performance improvements, tons of enhancements to binding and much more. My favorite features have to be Implicit Templates and the XNA-Compatible 3d Stack. The official list of features is here, but I've also detailed some below with direct links to learning content (this is adapted from my RC post).

    The best place to go to get the bits is http://silverlight.net/downloads . Make sure you have Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (or Visual Web Developer) and then install the Silverlight 5 Tools. While there, be sure to install the latest version of the Silverlight 5 Toolkit - most of the XNA goodness is in the toolkit and SDK.

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    New Azure Release Supports Open Source Libraries Node.js, MongoDB, Hadoop, Solr, Memcached

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    windows-azure-logo-lgThe December release of Windows Azure brings many cool new features including extensive support of open source libraries. An overview of the support was announced on Port 25 on Openness Update for Windows Azure.

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    ScottGu to Keynote ‘Learn Windows Azure’ Live Event Tuesday

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    windows-azure-logo-lgJoin us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich.

    The entire event is being streamed live by Channel 9. The event begins at 9 am Pacific (noon Eastern) on December 13.

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    PhoneGap Features Support Windows Phone 7.5

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    phoneAll the features of in the new version of PhoneGap version 1.3 are supported on Windows Phone 7.5.

    This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to their users across the various existing and prominent mobile operating systems.

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    Fourth Preview for IE10 Delivers Faster Rendering

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    Internet ExplorerAn updated platform preview of IE10 for the Windows Developer Preview is now available for download. This IE10 preview adds even more support for HTML5 technologies, enabling richer Web applications with significantly improved performance. IE10’s hardware acceleration of technologies like SVG, CSS3 transforms and animations delivers faster rendering than other browsers.

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