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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    The New, Improved Windows Azure Trial

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    Last week was a big step forward for Windows Azure. There was storm of new technology announcements, highlighted at the Learn Windows Azure event (held in Redmond, streamed live, and available for viewing on Channel 9 ): Node.js support Updates...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Windows Azure Trial Account Spending Limit

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    A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a number of new features for Windows Azure including a revamped subscription process making it easier than ever to try out the platform. In pointing out the risk-free nature of the offers in a previous post ...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    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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  • US ISV Evangelism

    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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  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    New Developer Centers on WindowsAzure.com

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    On December 10, 2011, a new version of WindowsAzure.com went live.  There are many improvements and a ton of new things to check out.  My teammate Jim O’Neil recently covered a key improvement in getting started with The New, Improved No-Risk...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Photo Mosaics Part 8: Caching

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    My previous post in this series - on the use of the Service Bus within the Azure Photo Mosaics application – for all intents and purposes completed the explanation of all of the application features, but there’s an alternative implementation that I had...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure Dev Camps - Fall 2011 Series Re-Cap

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    Well, five cities and two weeks on the road and the East Coast Windows Azure Dev Camps have come to a close. The tour started in Raleigh, NC on 12/5, and then made its way through Farmington, CT (Hartford), New York City, Malvern, PA (Philly), and Chevy...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Congratulations to the Rock Paper Azure Fall 2011 Sweepstakes Winners

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    It’s Friday night!  That means the Rock Paper Azure Challenge’s Fall 2011 Sweepstakes has drawn to a close and someone has won a $5,000 trip to Cancun, Mexico!  At 6pm EST this evening, we closed the Fall Sweepstakes round to new bot entries...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    RockPaperAzure Fall Sweeps–The End Game!

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    Peter, Brian and I just finished up our five-city Azure DevCamp series , each with its own on-site RockPaperAzure round – thanks to all of you that came out to take part.  For the rest of you (and for them as well), the clock’s a-tickin’ toward the...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Digesting The Latest Windows Azure Release Details

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    I feel like I’m on technology overload this week.  Fresh off of a 5 city US east coast tour delivering the Windows Azure Dev Camp events , I got to listen into Scott Guthrie’s “Learn Windows Azure” live online yesterday.  During the eight hour...
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