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Join @ScottGu on Windows Azure at Silicon Valley Code Camp This Weekend
Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will give two Windows Azure sessions at the Silicon Valley Code Camp on Sunday, October 7, 2012. SVCC is the largest code camp in the country, and will be held on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Scott and his team are in charge of the developer platform...
3 Oct 2012
ISV Video: Windows Azure Performance Management, Monitoring Using AppDynamics
Customers seeking to simply migrate their applications to the cloud and use traditional server monitoring tools or legacy Application Performance Management (APM) software quickly find themselves stymied. Such obsolete strategies require manual configuration and instrumentation, and they are incapable...
23 Jul 2012
Developer Preview of Windows Azure AD Provides Single Sign-On, Graph API
Your cloud applications can now take advantage of the same identity system that powers Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Intune. More than 250,000 companies and organizations use Windows Azure Active Directory today to authenticate billions of times a week. With a new developer preview you...
20 Jul 2012
Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd
TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
3 Jul 2012
Windows Azure Training Kit Adds Labs, Presentations on New Features
Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update is now available. 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 of this update include: 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines 11 new...
22 Jun 2012
Setting Configuration to Get Your Windows Azure Diagnostics
Windows Azure Diagnostics enables you to collect diagnostic data from an application running in Windows Azure . You can use diagnostic data for debugging and troubleshooting, measuring performance, monitoring resource usage, traffic analysis and capacity planning, and auditing. After the diagnostic data...
26 Apr 2012
Windows Azure, Dynamics, Office 365 Cloud Security, Compliance Details Shown in STAR Registry
Microsoft has added Windows Azure platform to the Cloud Security Alliance's Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) registry. Cloud service providers post information about their security features. The CSA is a member-driven organization, chartered with promoting the use of best practices for...
6 Apr 2012
New Windows Azure Datacenters Options in US Announced
The Windows Azure team today announced new data center options based in the United States. The announcement was made at Announcing New Datacenter Options for Windows Azure . Datacenter options of “West US” and “East US” are now offered for compute and storage. SQL Azure will...
5 Apr 2012
Getting Acquainted with NoSQL on Windows Azure
NoSQL databases are often employed in public, massively scaled Web site scenarios, where fast fetching of relatively simple data sets matters most. Relational databases get the nod for transactional, atomic writes, indexing of non-key columns, query optimizers, and declarative, set-oriented query...
5 Apr 2012
ISV Video: Auto Dealers Get Quotes Fast with SmartQuote from ResponseLogix on Azure
SmartQuote from ResponseLogix is the leading provider of automotive digital response management software for Internet leads. SmartQuote allows car dealers to provide a relevant quote response within 10 minutes of Internet lead receipt. Jagdish Rajan, VP Technology at ResponseLogix, talks with Architect...
4 Apr 2012
Getting Acquainted with Node.js on Windows Azure
4 Apr 2012
Up-to-Date Information on Windows Azure Now Available in New USCloud Blog
My colleagues are now pooling their blogs into single feed to provide up-to-date news for readers interested in the latest in cloud. US Cloud Connection site is now live with has added the ability to aggregate the Azure-related blog posts. My colleagues will provide details on the latest offerings and...
28 Mar 2012
Harness Power of Windows Azure in Your Windows 8 Metro App
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 helps you create Windows 8 Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure . The idea is to connect your Windows application to data in the cloud. The toolkit makes makes it easy to send Push Notifications to your Windows 8 client apps from...
16 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices
While writing the series of posts, I kept running into more best practices. So here are a few more items you should consider in securing your Windows Azure application. Here are some tools, coding tips, and best practices: Running on the Operating System Getting the latest security patches...
15 Mar 2012
New Windows Azure Pricing Reduces Costs of Storage, Compute
The Windows Azure team has announced additional savings to compute and storage customers. In addition to the SQL storage reductions announced last month, the new plan offers an Extra Small Compute at 2 cents per hour. With these changes, a 24x7 Extra Small Compute instance with a 100MB SQL Azure DB...
14 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 6: How Azure Services Extends Your App Security
Several Windows Azure services help you extend your application security into the cloud. Three services can help you in providing identity mapping between various providers, connections between an on premises data center, and abilities for applications (where ever they reside) to send messages to...
14 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 5: Claims-Based Identity, Single Sign On
Claims-based identity is a simple but powerful way of handling identity and access for your web sites and web services, whether you work on-premises or you are targeting the cloud. You can create more secure applications by reducing custom implementations and using a single simplified identity model...
13 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 4: What Else You Need to Do
So which security threats are mitigated by the Windows Azure environment and which security threats must be mitigated by the developer? The paper, Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Applications , describes what you should consider as key threats that your an application running...
12 Mar 2012
Big Data Hadoop Preview Comes to Windows Azure
Microsoft has announced plans to release an additional limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. Since the first limited preview released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee are using the Hadoop-based service to...
9 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 3: Identifying Your Security Frame
When you are building out your cloud application, security should be front and center in your Windows Azure planning and execution. In part1 one I described the threat landscape and that your application should employ defense in depth. In part 2, I explained that security was a shared responsibility...
9 Mar 2012
Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box
In Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth , I described the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth . In this part, I explain that security with Windows Azure is a shared responsibility, and Windows Azure provides...
8 Mar 2012
Blog Series -- Windows Azure Security Best Practices
In a series of blog posts, I’ll provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . This seven-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best...
6 Mar 2012
ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure
Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create 'boards' which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard...
20 Feb 2012
Deploying Your Applications on Windows Azure
Writing an application is one thing. Your application has been designed, built, and tested. Yet deploying the application can be an adventure in its own right. Successful ISVs build and deploy often, sometimes continuously. And then run tests to be sure the application functions as expected and runs...
14 Feb 2012
MSDN Article: Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure
Excellent article shows how you can use web services hosted in Windows Azure and have it communicate across various devices, such as Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android. And have that service scale to terabytes in size. My colleagues Bruno Terkaly and Ricardo Villalobos wrote the article for MSDN magazine...
6 Feb 2012
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