Sunday, February 21, 2010

Time To Embrace The Cloud

You can’t help but notice the big increase in coverage for cloud computing both in IT news sites and developer blogs/forums. With the economic climate having been given a real beating the last couple of years, IT shops are looking into ways to reduce costs (hopefully by avoiding redundancies). Enter cloud computing. It’s a great idea and, frankly, one that is probably going to change the face of IT in the coming years.

As a developer, I accept that it’s only a matter of time before I will need to learn about developing for a cloud architecture. So rather then wait until that moment arrives, I’ve been doing a little bit of reading here and there about Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud offering which was made live a few weeks ago. I thought I’d post some links here to help out (both as notes for myself and to aid other people who might land on this blog).

Channel 9
Channel 9 - Cloud Cover Episode 1

PDC09 Videos
Lap Around The Windows Azure Platform
Development Best Practices and Patterns for Using Microsoft SQL Azure Databases
Scaling out Web Applications with Microsoft SQL Azure Databases
Patterns for Building Scalable and Reliable Applications with Windows Azure
Windows Azure Tables and Queues Deep Dive
Microsoft SQL Azure Database: Under the Hood
Windows Azure Present and Future
Windows Azure Blob and Drive Deep Dive
Windows Azure Monitoring, Logging, and Management APIs
Developing Advanced Applications with Windows Azure
Enabling Single Sign-On to Windows Azure Applications
Building Hybrid Cloud Applications with Windows Azure and the Service Bus
Lessons Learned: Migrating Applications to the Windows Azure Platform
Automating the Application Lifecycle with Windows Azure
The Future of Database Development with SQL Azure
Lessons Learned: Building On-Premises and Cloud Applications with the Service Bus and Windows Azure
Lessons Learned: Building Scalable Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
Lessons Learned: Building Multi-Tenant Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
Introduction to Building Applications with Windows Azure
SQL Azure Database: Present and Future
Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications that Run on Windows Azure
The Business of Windows Azure: What you should know about Windows Azure Platform pricing and SLAs

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.1 (February 2010)
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - December Update
Migrating an Existing ASP.NET App to run on Windows Azure
Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform
OakLeaf Systems