Six Weeks of Windows Azure webinar join links now live #6weeksazure

The webinar join links are now live on the website 


We start at 12pm today (Monday 23rd January) but we will have the meeting open during the morning. Hence I would encourage you to join now to check your PC connects fine.

See you all at 12pm

Eric and the team

Just published my first node.js Windows Azure application

Turned out to be simplicity itself (thanks to this sweet tutorial). Great work team on the Windows Azure SDK for node.js and some lovely Powershell integration.


Which in the management portal shows up as:


Currently running (Thursday 19th Jan 2012) at with the exciting output of:


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We kick off 12pm Monday 23rd of January using Live Meeting 2007 #6weeksazure

Next Monday we start Six Weeks of Windows Azure with:


The 12pm opening session will look ahead at what you can expect from the six weeks and will offer advice on how best to make use of the time. It will also share tips, tools and resources to help you get going from day one. This is a great time to ask us questions about Six Weeks of Windows Azure and ideally should not be missed.

David and I look forward to seeing you there.


Live Meeting and Microsoft World Wide Events registration:

We will be using Live Meeting for all the webinars and hopefully by now you (and your colleagues) have signed up via Microsoft World Wide Events to get access to the webinar information (and timely reminders). If you haven’t then please do so asap – register on Microsoft World Wide Events (live id required).

Please take a few minutes between now and Monday to get Live Meeting 2007 installed on your pc and familiarise yourself with how it works.

If you are registered with World Wide Events then you will have details about how to install the client and join the meeting.

However the following link explains more: Joining a Meeting

I have also created a test Live Meeting you can join (live from today until end of Sat 21st) – join now

No audio?

The issue a very small % of users run into is no audio when they join the Live Meeting. These may help:

Pause for thought – 4 great questions on Cloud Computing

Ashwin Raghavan contacted me via this blog about the dissertation he is working on for his MBA and whether I would be able to answer some questions for him. I thought his questions were bang on. I’ll share my answers later … but for now, ponder on these 🙂

  1. In your view, do you agree with the term ‘Cloud Computing’ being just a rebranding, then how is it different from Legacy systems?
  2. Please highlight a list (top 3 or 4) of benefits and drawbacks of ‘Cloud Computing’ services by priority? Please provide your justification, if any?
  3. What is your general view on UK SMEs technology competitiveness (are they exploiting it well to gain advantage in the business)? What is your stance on ‘Cloud Computing’ rendering competitiveness to SMEs*?
  4. In your view, what do you see to be the list (top 3 or 4) drivers and barriers for UK SMEs? Please add your brief comments on how to overcome the identified barriers?

*In UK, Small and Medium size enterprises (SMEs) are those with a workforce ranging from 0-250 people.

My top 3 improvements in Windows Azure from the December update

In December we announced many improvements to Windows Azure… a month on and I was reflecting upon which were my favourites and which had resonated best with our early adopters. There were a lot to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to three in reverse order:

3. SQL Azure Database Size increased to 150GB

We tripled the maximum database size of SQL Azure from 50GB to 150GB for greater flexibility to meet growing storage needs. For a small but vocal number of companies I met, 50GB was perceived as “probably large enough but not definitely”. 150GB removes that concern. Related, we won’t be charging anything extra once you go over 50GB. That is correct … 150GB for the price of 50GB. Sweet.


  • We released SQL Azure Federations – elastic scalability

2. Improved Subscription Management, Real-Time Usage Visibility and better billing

This area has been clunky since day on. Our early adopters have welcomed new abilities to easily change rate plans without creating a new subscription, cancel unneeded subscriptions and view up to the minute usage and billing details directly from the Windows Azure Management Portal. We also will be moving to single day invoicing each month for customers with multiple subscriptions.

1. Windows Azure team gave Open Source a big hug

The Windows Azure team demonstrated just how much importance we are giving to making technologies other than .NET work great on Windows Azure. My favourite was the work around Node.js – yep, we now have a Windows Azure SDK for Node.js. This download includes Node.js libraries for Windows Azure blob, table, and queue storage for development and deployment of Node.js applications and we made the source code for Node.js client libraries available through GitHub. Check out the Windows Azure Node.js developer center.


  • .NET Windows Azure SDK on GitHub – alongside Java and Node.js.
  • Preview of Hadoop on Windows Azure
  • Updated Eclipse Windows Azure Plugin
  • Simplified using MongoDB on Windows Azure
  • Simplified using Solr/Lucene on Windows Azure
  • Simplified using Memcached on Windows Azure

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Metro UX meets Windows Azure.., via Solidsoft marketing :-)

One of the partners helping us deliver Six Weeks of Windows Azure is Solidsoft.

This graphic made me smile – nice use of Metro UX. Well done folks.


And if you would like to know more about Metro, check out: just passed a little milestone–10,000 views #6weeksazure

Just been checking the stats for and we just crossed the 10,000 views mark. Which should mean lots of folks turn up on day one 🙂

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  • Register today for which starts January 23rd and runs for six weeks with webinars and online surgeries every Monday and Wednesday around technical and commercial topics

One to watch – Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

A new video series has kicked off over on the Trustworthy Computing blog focused on Cloud Fundamentals.

This series is targeted at Chief Security Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, as well as VPs and Directors. If you care about topics such as:

  • Compliance, audit, and certifications
  • Benchmarks and evaluation standards
  • Process transparency
  • Update and system changes
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Risk management and incident response

Then these videos are worth watching. Check out the Introducing the Cloud Fundamentals Video Series before moving on to the detail discussions:

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Industry news…OnLive is expanding to business users… hmmm

The one things that never changes when it comes to “the wonderful world of cloud computing” is… that everything keeps changing.

I have previously posted about my negative first experience with the OnLive service for delivering Windows based games (Cloud Computing is full). Ultimately I never did get on with OnLive – but to be fair to OnLive, the only Windows games I play are first person shooters where the difference between 50ms and 200ms of lag and 30 frames per second and 60 is the difference between winning and losing. However I was incredibly impressed with the tech behind OnLive – delivering rich graphical interfaces to users instantly from a wide spectrum of Windows applications and retaining state correctly between sessions. All wrapped up in an attractive experience.


Well yesterday OnLine Inc announced the release of its new solution to deliver a full hosted Windows desktop to iPad

“OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. OnLive Desktop makes remote feel local.”

We live in interesting times…

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