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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box

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    image[5]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 your application with security features than you may have employed in your on premises application. But then, it also exposes other vulnerabilities that you should consider. And in the end, you should be proactive in your application development to secure your application.

    This section is meant to provide an overview of what Windows Azure provides. For more in depth information, see Global Foundation Services Online Security. The Global Foundation Services team delivers trustworthy, available online services that create a competitive advantage for you and for Microsoft’s Windows Azure.

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    Hybrid Cloud Combine Windows Azure, Private Clouds

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    imageHybrid applications and environments combine software running on public cloud platforms, such as Windows Azure, with software running on premises. Developers and customers using this model get both the cloud benefits of low cost, ubiquity, scale, etc. along with the control, flexibility, security, etc. of their on-premises platforms.

    There’s a steady flow of helpful materials on using Windows Azure in hybrid solutions being published by the Azure team, Microsoft’s technical evangelists, and the community of developers using Windows Azure. Recently I noticed some posts that I think are especially helpful.

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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth

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    imageEvery conversation I have with developers about moving their application to the cloud revolve around two main issues.

    1. One is business. What are the economies of scale around moving your app to the cloud?
    2. And close on its heals, come the questions around security. “How secure is the cloud, especially Windows Azure? What benefits does Windows Azure provide? What do I need to do to secure my application?”

    And also, often unstated, “How do I make my user experience as easy as for users as it is for on-premise applications?”

    This post describes the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth in partnership with Windows Azure.

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    SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing, Sets Performance Records, Offers Increased ROI

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    sql_logoMicrosoft SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights.

    Microsoft’s modern data platform SQL Server 2012 is launching today, with evaluations available and general availability starting April 1.

    Thousands of customers have evaluated SQL Server 2012 and are using it to manage any data, any size, anywhere.

    Microsoft’s data platform enables customers to unlock simple, actionable insights from their most complex data.

    • Demonstrating proven capabilities – Hundreds of global, industry-leading customers such as Volvo Car Corporation, Revlon, the Home Shopping Network, Sanofi Pasteur, Klout, and LG Chemical are deploying SQL Server 2012 to manage and analyze data of all sizes and types.
    • Setting new performance records – Microsoft and partners also announced today that SQL Server 2012 has demonstrated several new performance benchmarks through partner- and Microsoft-led testing that underscore SQL Server’s ability to scale across the enterprise.
    • Highlighting increased ROI – Microsoft has released results from a new Forrester Consulting commissioned Total Economic Impact (TEI) study on the potential benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2012. The study reports a potential Return on Investment (ROI) of up to 189 percent with a 12-month payback period.
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    Blog Series -- Windows Azure Security Best Practices

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    image[5][3]In a series of blog posts, I’ll provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure. This six-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 practices around the requirements of your application. I’ll also show ways for you to incorporate user identity and some of services Azure provides that will enable your users to access your cloud applications in new says.

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    Tips, Resources For Moving Your Database to SQL Azure

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    imageEarlier this month Microsoft significantly reduced the cost of SQL Azure. SQL Azureis a great way to move your applications to the cloud.

    Two recent blog posts provide a good starting point for learning about how you can migrate to SQL Azure:

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    Register Today to Join in the SQL Server 2012 Launch March 7

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    sql_logoYou are cordially invited to be a part of the Virtual Launch Event for Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Attendance is free and open to both partners and customers. All you need to do is register here.

    Hear from Microsoft executives about new functionality being released. If you are unable to attend the event, the Virtual Launch Event will remain available on-demand for 90 days.

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    Get Visual Studio 11 ALM Virtual Machines, Hands-on-Labs, Demos

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    Visual StudioA virtual machine for you to try out the new Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM is now available. It includes hands-on-labs / demo scripts.

    Brian Keller explains in his post Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts that you can use the virtual machine to  roll up your sleeves and start learning about the many capabilities we announced at TechEd North America last year.

    Brian Keller writes, “You can download and install the beta of Visual Studio 11 (and Team Foundation Server 11, .NET Framework 4.5, etc.) and even use it in production with our “go live” support. But if you would like a fast way to understand what is new for application lifecycle management in this release, this virtual machine is pre-configured with all of the necessary software and sample data for you.”

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    Western US Dev Camps Showcase Cloud, HTML5, Phone, Students

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    Mostly hosted on University campuses across the West Region, these DevCamps provide both student and professional developers the opportunity to choose a technology and start learning and building applications for it. Camps covering the web, phone, and cloud platforms will be presented simultaneously.

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    Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers.  Attendees learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what they’ve learned.

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    Test Applications Running in 256MB With Preview of Windows Phone SDK

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    Windows PhoneA technical preview of Windows Phone SDK update gives you access to the 256MB emulator to let you determine how your apps install and run on new lower memory Windows Phone devices shown at Mobile World Congress 2012.

    The SDK supports a new series of lower cost devices like the affordable Nokia Lumia 610. These phones will open the door to new price points and customer segments in several high growth markets.

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    Last Chance TechEd North America Early Bird Discount Expires Tomorrow

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    techEdHeaderLogo[1]The $200 Early Bird Savings will expire in only a few more days (February 29) for TechEd North America.  Please help us capitalize on our biggest registration driver by reminding your customers of the substantial savings.

    Take advantage of the $200 Early Bird Savings ending February 29.

    Join in the Pre-Conference Seminar to help get the most out of your conference experience.

    TechEd North America is in Orlando, FL June 11-14.

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    Visual Studio 11, .NET Framework 4 Beta Offers Fast, Collaborative, Focused Development

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    Microsoft has announced the beta of the “Visual Studio 11” and .NET Framework 4.5 will be available February 29. It includes a “go live” license, and a new free edition for small team collaboration.

    The beta of the next version of Visual Studio  simplifies common workflows, reduces user interface complexities and streamlines application lifecycle management, improving collaboration for developers and teams.

    This is developer tool to help integrate cross-functional teams and help you accomplish your goals more efficiently. It helps you write software with greater integration between applications, across devices and among services.

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    Give Your App High Availability, Disaster Recovery Using AlwaysOn SQL Server 2012

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     Have you wanted to offer your customers disaster recovery/high availability? But providing that capability seems like a big programming challenge. Instead, SQL Server 2012 introduces AlwaysOn where you can offer added value with a straight forward code change in your connection string.

    AlwaysOn by design looks similar to database mirroring, but is actually a combination of both databases mirroring and clustering. The goal is to maximize the database availability and also give benefits of disaster recovery.

    Using AlwaysOn, you can increase application availability and get a better return on your hardware investments through a simplified high availability (HA) deployment and management experience.

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    New MSDN Magazine Article: Supporting Mobile Device Applications Using Restful Services Running on Windows Azure

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    Abstract This article is about scalability and interoperability, two characteristics that are required in architectures to support the diversity of today’s popular mobile platforms, which potentially have millions of users. Figure 1 depicts this diversity, a common—yet challenging—scenario for today’s developers. Supplying Web-based services to mobile devices is a daunting task, requiring distinct and diverse tooling, languages and IDEs. Beyond this diversity is the need...
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    Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

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     ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing.

    This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012.

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    ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

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    GlassboardGlassboard 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, they looked for a platform that offered scale, worry-free operation, replicated data, and privacy for their apps on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and Office 365. The Glassboard team chose the Windows Azure platform for these capabilities.

    This article provides and overall architecture of the Glassboard backend in Azure.

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    Price Reductions for SQL Azure, 100MB Database Option Announced

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    The Windows Azure team has announced lower pricing for SQL Azure and a new 100 MB database option. The announcement was made Announcing Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option.

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    Deploying Your Applications on Windows Azure

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    windows-azure-logo-lgWriting 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 at as expected at scale.

    Windows Azure provides proven methods for moving your application from the developer, into a testing environment in the cloud, and then switching it live for your users.

    You are able to provision the required components in the Windows Azure Management Portal, upload the service package, and configuring the service. You test your application in a staging environment and then promote it to production once you are satisfied that it is operating according to your expectations.

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    Register Today for TechEd -- Discount Available Through February

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    imageMicrosoft TechEd North America 2012 is a unique opportunity for you to gain comprehensive knowledge across the breadth of Microsoft products, solutions, and services.  The event is in Orlando, FL June 11 –14.

    Save $200 if you register for TechEd before February 2012.

    TechEd also offers you an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas with your peers and participate in stimulating conversations about your most challenging technical questions. Register today so you don't miss out on any discounts you may be eligible for.

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    Learn Node.js in Bootcamps

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    Node.js darkReady to learn Node.JS?

    Node Bootcamp is a free event for developers and designers who want to learn Node.JS from the ground up with hands-on instruction from Node experts at Microsoft and Cloud9.

    You will not need any prior Node experience is necessary to attend. 

    At Node Bootcamp you’ll learn how to build your first Node application from scratch, how to work with popular Node.JS development tools and editors, how to work with popular 3rd party Node frameworks like Express and Socket.IO, and how to deploy your applications to production hosting environments. 

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    Learn About Windows Azure for Technical Decision Makers, Developers, Architects

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    windows-azure-logo-lgWindows Azure is a wide open and flexible cloud platform built for you. Microsoft is hosting events in the Western US to help you learn more and to begin your applications with a solid understanding of what Azure is.

    • Azure Discovery Events
    • Azure Foundation Workshops
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    New Wiki Provides SQL 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book

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     A new Wiki serves as a launching point for the many offerings for developers and IT Pros to discover and learn the new features of SQL Server 2012.

    Rather than announcing new bits of content on various blogs, we will simply update the SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cookbook wiki so there is one place to find all the latest information about early adoption content assets.

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    MSDN Article: Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure

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    WinAzure_rgbExcellent 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 Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure.

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    Kinect for Windows Ships for Commercial Use – How to Get Started on Kinect for Windows

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    clip_image002Kinect for Windows consists of the Kinect for Windows hardware and Kinect for Windows SDK, which supports applications built with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. The newly release Kinect for Windows SDK version 1 offers improved skeletal tracking, enhanced speech recognition, modified API, and the ability to support up to four Kinect for Windows sensors plugged into one computer.

    Version 1.0 of the Kinect for Windows SDK and runtime are now available for download, and distribution partners in our twelve launch countries are starting to ship Kinect for Windows hardware, enabling companies to start to deploy their solutions.

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    30 to Launch

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    With great devices hitting the market and the broadly acclaimed user interface based on Metro design principles, Windows Phone is setting the new cool for mobile computing. Take advantage of the excitement and create a cutting edge application - fast. Really fast. 30 days fast. Starting Jan 31, you will have access to a weekly schedule with useful videos and guidance from experts to keep you on track. In Week 2, you have a chance to request a token* to register for App Hub if you do not...
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