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Windows Azure Insider March 2014 – The Windows Azure Service Bus and the Internet of Things Part 2

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dn605869_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)After an overwhelming number of email messages, feedback and comments based on our previous Windows Azure Insider column, this month Bruno and I continue the conversation around the Internet-of-Things and Windows Azure, incorporating a hands-on approach to using the Service Bus to control an Arduino device using a Windows Phone client. We had a lot of fun building it, and we hope that you enjoy it and find it helpful.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn605873.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider February 2014 – The Windows Azure Service Bus and the Internet of Things

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dn574789_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)This month, for the MSDN Magazine Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I write about one of the hottest topics in the industry: The Internet of Things (or IoT). We talked to some of the IoT experts inside the Windows Azure group, including Clemens Vasters and Abhishek Lal, and put together a two-piece article that involves a thorough analysis of the concepts behind it, architecture patterns, opportunities in different verticals, and a simple implementation of these ideas using an Arduino device and Service Bus queues.

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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn574801.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider December 2013 – Meet the Demands of Modern Gaming with Windows Azure

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dn532197_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)For the December 2013 issue of the Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I write about how the public cloud can be used to create a robust backend to support multiplayer games for mobile devices, combining the power of Virtual Machines (IaaS) with Cloud Services (PaaS).

The article can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn532200.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider The Digital Government Issue – Choose a Cloud Network Government-Compliant Applications

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msdngovernment2013MSDN Magazine recently released a special issue about the tools, technologies and services that the government is using to digitally interact with citizens. Bruno and I contributed with an article that talks about the current state of cloud adoption for government institutions, explaining the different hybrid models for deployment (PaaS + IaaS) and services (public + private).

The article can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn520239.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider November 2013 – Migrating Database Workloads to the Cloud

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msdnnov2013 In the November 2013 issue of the Windows Azure Insider column for MSDN Magazine, Bruno and I talk about the different techniques and technical requirements that you should keep in mind when migrating SQL Server databases from on-premises to the cloud, providing guidance for Virtual Machine specifications and tools.

The article can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn463783.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider September 2013 – Hadoop and HDInsight: Big Data in Windows Azure

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dn385701_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)For the September edition of the Windows Azure Insider MSDN magazine column, Bruno and I write about Big Data, the benefits of the MapReduce model, and HDInsight, the Windows Azure component that offers Hadoop-as-a-Service in the public cloud. We also show how to perform simple analytics against a public dataset using Java code and and Hive.

The full article can be found here.

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Windows Azure Insider July 2013 – Meter and Autoscale Multi-Tenant Applications in Windows Azure

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dn296502_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)This month, for the MSDN Magazine Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I follow up on the topic of creating multi-tenant solutions in the cloud, particularly focusing on metering and auto-scaling, which are crucial tasks for properly maintaining applications that serve multiple resources sharing compute and storage resource. The full article can be found here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn296509.aspx

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Windows Azure Insider June 2013 – Architecting Multi-Tenant Applications in Windows Azure

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dn201737_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)One of the biggest challenges that companies face when migrating applications to Windows Azure is going from a single to a multi-tenant approach, which means that some of the compute and data resources are shared by their customers. We take a look at four different areas affected by this process:

- Identity and security
- Data isolation and segregation
- Metering and performance analytics
- Scaling up and down while maintaining SLAs

Since these topics encompass multiple concepts, we will cover the first two in the article for June 2013, which can be found here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn201743.aspx

We will continue with the last two in July 2013.

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PowerPoint presentations for the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp in Denver, CO April 2013

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Logo_Microsoft_PowerPoint_2013PowerPoint presentations used last April, during the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp in Denver, CO USA, can now be downloaded from this Skydrive location.

The following files are included:

- GWAB Denver Intro.
- Windows Azure Platform overview.
- Windows Azure Compute overview.
- Windows Azure Storage overview.
- Windows Azure Messaging overview.
- Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks overview.

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Windows Azure Insider May 2013 – Geo-Protection for Video Blobs Using a Node.js Media Proxy and MongoDB

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dn198231_cover_lrg(en-us,MSDN_10)For the May 2013 edition of the MSDN magazine Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I cover a common scenario that developers and companies face when trying to distribute video files around the world: protecting content from being accessed in specific countries. The solution is based on a Node.js server running on Windows Azure Web Sites, which can be scaled as more traffic is detected. The information that correlates originating IP addresses and world countries is stored in MongoDB, and hosted by MongoLab as-a-Service. Finally, Windows Azure Storage tables are used to save restrictions and logs. This is a good example of combining multiple frameworks to achieve highly-scalable solutions in the cloud that solve day-to-day problems.

The full article can be found here.

Your comments and feedback are appreciated. Enjoy!

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