Virtual Tech Summit and Windows Azure

I helped out at this virtual event on Dec 2nd and there were some great sessions that will be available on demand until March 2011. http://www.virtualtechsummits.com/Register.aspx?EventID=6 Steve Marx and Getting Started with Windows Azure Development http://www.virtualtechsummits.com/Share.aspx?eventID=6&baseItemID=170&fragment=state=BaseItemID%2524170 Debunking the Myths Surrounding Azure and Cloud Computing: http://www.virtualtechsummits.com/Share.aspx?eventID=6&baseItemID=175&fragment=state=BaseItemID%2524175 Should Your Application Run in the Cloud?: http://www.virtualtechsummits.com/Share.aspx?eventID=6&baseItemID=174&fragment=state=BaseItemID%2524174 Some Real-World…

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I Have a Web App – What to do next?

I see this question pop up quite a bit: “I have a web app that I would like to build…Where would be the best place to start?” Here are some ideas to get you started. Remember, with the Windows Azure platform you pay only for what you use. 1. not a pre-requisite but see if…

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Microsoft Office Live for Small Business–Website Hosting at $15/yr is Almost Free

I wrote about this a while back. For small businesses that are trying to keep costs down really low and who want to save money, there is (almost) free from Microsoft when it comes to website hosting. Nancy has helped us update some initial how-to content with a nice video and an updated document showing…

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Intuit SaaS Apps on Azure Could Go Far

A few months ago Intuit and Microsoft made an announcement regarding the Intuit Partner Platform (IPP) and the Windows Azure platform. The goal was to broaden the selection for small businesses from a variety of SaaS applications to solve their critical business pain points.  To do this, the alliance between Intuit and Microsoft would make…

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WPC, Partners and Some Cloud

The team I work has several sessions taking place at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) July 11-15. Stop on by to not just listen, but interact with your ideas and experiences in the cloud. Plus, feel free to schedule time to chat 1:1 at WPC using WPC Connect http://www.mspartnerconference.com/Topic/List A. Tuesday WPC July 13th…

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Pinpoint Rising

  For those developers looking for ways to reach their customers to tell them about the latest in cloud technologies, www.pinpoint.com looks to be one place to go. I did a search on “Azure” and found quite a few Windows Azure and SQL Azure applications http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/SearchResults.aspx?qs=azure&fl=&catid=&fst=1 These Azure apps do not appear to be run-of-the-mill…

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Developers: Why and How – All In the Cloud

I get asked many times by developers about Microsoft’s “cloud” efforts and technologies and where they might “plug in”. I’ve found this rather simplistic response helps steer developers in the right direction. Developer options in the era of the “cloud”: If you develop on-premise applications – no change here – you might be building super…

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The New Money: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager

A couple of hosting solutions case studies went live recently and they discuss the virtues of leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager. The hosting companies, Decision Logic and Adhost are delivering cloud-based solutions to their customers. These hosters wanted to make sure the technologies used in the foundation of…

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Let Me Test and Dev on Azure at Reasonable Cost

I’ve read a fair amount of requests for a “test/dev” account on Windows Azure and maybe SQL Azure. The Developer Accelerator Offers may address some of those requests. If you sign up for six months, you get Azure usage for test/dev purposes for around US$60 a month. If you want to add SQL Azure to…

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