Does Working Effectively with Azure Require New Skills ?

Recently I wrote a post that discussed developing applications for Microsoft’s Azure. This article was stimulated by an interview with Steve Balmer. My views drew a strong healthy response from Microsoft developers, insisting ASP.NET applications can be moved directly to the Azure cloud. Related to my post an article on Information Week had Bob Muglia, […]
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Azure Platform AppFabric Service Bus

Okay, back to Windows Azure and the Azure Platform … My personal opinion is that Azure is a very compelling cloud offering. While certainly not perfect, and not without the need for some developer effort, I continue to believe that Azure is a very attractive option for a variety of reasons. This is particularly true […]
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Amazon EC2 Infrastructure Fosters Platform as a Service Innovation

Commenting last week on Steve Balmer’s claims on the Microsoft Azure platform got me thinking about some of the differences between the main cloud providers. One of the major strengths of Amazon as a cloud provider is the wide range of services it provides ranging from servers, storage, messaging to payment services. Coupled to this […]
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Microsoft Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) Stands Out From the Crowd

In a recent interview with Information Week editors Microsoft’s CEO Steve Balmer sent the message that Microsoft is ‘all in’ when it comes to cloud computing. The message Steve Balmer sent regarding Azure in comparison to other cloud providers was interesting, stating that ‘ There is nobody with an offer like ours (Azure) in the […]
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Application Architectures in Windows Azure, Part 1

Once requirements have risen above the trivial, applications have always benefited from the use of good architectures.  These architectures have evolved, over time, to take best advantage of the technologies which were available.  Well architected applications have the advantage of being easier to maintain and understand than un-architected ones.  In addition well architected applications are easier to […]
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