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At my firm Vishwak Solutions as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner we were one of the earliest users of Windows Azure & Office365. Initially we used Azure mainly for providing additional scale in production situations. With Windows Azure adding IaaS recently we are nowadays using it more often for Development & Testing scenarios. For one of our internal data capture applications we were using SQL Azure for standalone Database workload. We created a separate Azure…

On June 7th, Microsoft announced big improvements to their cloud offering – Windows Azure platform. The new features announced included “Free” Websites, Linux Virtual Machines, Media streaming & Big Data (Hadoop on cloud). You can watch the day’s keynote by Scott Guthrie here. Having heard this news, few from local Dev community asked me through social networking on whether they can begin Windows Azure programming using the “free” edition of Visual Studio called as Visual…

Last Friday (24.Sep.2010) I made a presentation on “Windows Azure & MS Online Services” for a program titled “Benefits of using Cloud Computing for your Business Growth” at  Andhra Chamber of Commerce, Chennai organized by Cluster Pulse and Sponsored by Microsoft India. The audience were mostly of CXO & CEO level and members of the Chamber, so I wanted to cut all the marketing fluff  & technical jargons. I covered the need for a Cloud…

From TechEd India 1999, I have been speaking every year the event has happened. This year I presented on “Your Data on Cloud – Windows Azure Storage”. I was told this year TechEd India 2010 attracted several thousand attendees and nearly 21 technical tracks. Thank you all who attended my talk on Day 3, here you can download the Slide Deck (Your Data on Cloud –Azure Storage) I used for this talk.

Last two days I am here in Tech Ed 2010 in Sri Lanka. I enjoy coming to Sri Lanka for two reasons. One, compared to India developer population here is small but they are very eager to learn new technologies. Second, the local Microsoft DPE team is very innovative in their programs and their hospitality is awesome & very Sri Lankan. The last time I made a talk in the country was for DevDay 2007.…