IaaS on Azure

Okay, this post may be a bit of a rant. Things should not be unnecessarily complicated … but they are. I just wanted to launch a VM instance on Windows Azure Virtual Machines to take a look at the Visual Studio 2013 preview. Seems simple enough, right? Just log in to the Azure portal and […]
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Backup to the Cloud

Certainly there are a number of online backup solutions that pre-date the cloud hype of recent years. In particular Carbonite, one of the most popular, has been around since 2005. One of the attractions of cloud computing, however, is the ability to just provision the resources you need and only pay for what you use. […]
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Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket

As I prepare to teach Learning Tree’s Power Excel course in Rockville next week I have been taking a closer look at PowerPivot. Since the course now uses Excel 2013 we have expanded the coverage of PowerPivot which is now included with Excel. In 2010 it had been a separate add-in. So what, you may […]
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Windows Azure Mobile Services

For some time now I have wanted to get started building mobile apps but I just haven’t been able to find the time. This week I decided to explore the Mobile Services in Windows Azure to see if that might offer a path of low resistance. I was pretty happy with what I found there. […]
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Cloud Skills in Demand

According to a recent analysis by CyberCoders cloud computing talents will be the second most sought after IT skill in 2013. Interestingly the analysis specifically calls out AWS and Azure. That these two are included is not a surprise to those of us that have followed the evolution of cloud computing over the past few […]
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