Windows Azure Interoperability

I was talking to a colleague last week and he asked, “If you deploy an application to Azure, can you move it to a different cloud provider later on?” To answer this question, let’s look at three things. First, what is Azure really? Second, does writing an Azure application lock you into Azure? And third, […]
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A Look Inside a Windows Azure Instance

Exploring an Azure Instance with RDP A Windows Azure instance may seem like a mysterious black box, but it is really just Windows Server running in a virtual machine. Using remote desktop, I accessed an instance that I had previously deployed. Kevin Kell wrote a good article on accessing Azure Instances using RDP, if you […]
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Windows Azure Training in New York

From May 24 to 27, I will be teaching Learning Tree course 2602: Windows Azure Platform Introduction in New York City. The course is filling up fast, but there is still time to sign up. Learning Tree New York City In New York, Learning Tree is located in downtown Manhattan at One New York Plaza. […]
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Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Windows Azure

I haven’t written a blog post for a while because I’ve been programming. So much fun! I’m working on a new Web site using Microsoft ASP.NET Dynamic Data and Entity Framework. ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a bit like Ruby on Rails. It allows Web pages to be automatically generated based on the data they are […]
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Government Should Consider Windows Azure as Part of its “Cloud-First” Strategy

Recently, the United States Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, published a 25 point plan to reform the government’s IT management. Point number 3 states that the government should shift to a “Cloud-First” policy. When describing that point, Mr. Kundra tells of a private company that managed to scale up from 50 to 4,000 virtual servers […]
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