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Six Weeks of Azure

Hey guys, have you seen this new Azure mentoring program being offered by Microsoft?

http://6weeksofazure.azurewebsites.net/

It’s a structured 6 week program where Microsoft architects & selected partners will help you and your company design, build & deploy a real solution into Azure.

Check it out if you’re interested – it’s a great service.

Dean

Windows Azure Blob Storage – A Deep Dive

Hello everyone,

Welcome back from the holiday break – I’m sure you’re all pumped for Azure in 2013! 🙂

What better way to warm back into it than with a ‘soup to nuts’ walk-through of the Azure blob storage by the irrepressible Paul Bouwer!

Windows Azure Blob Storage – A Deep Dive

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Overview: Join us as Paul dives into the inner workings of Windows Azure Blob Storage. We’ll be covering the basics and diving into some of the advanced and performance based topics. We’ll look at the various security schemes and get intimate with Fiddler to understand the REST based API that is used to communicate with Windows Azure Blob Storage.

Speaker: Paul Bouwer from Mexia

As usual we’ll have tasty pizzas, cold beer & wine , so we hope to see you all there 🙂

Dean

Achieve Infinite Scale with Hadoop & Re-Platforming Your Virtual Machines

Session #1: Achieving Infinite Scale with Microsoft SQL Server and Hadoop

Overview: The traditional approach to database scalability has been to simply buy a bigger box.  However with the ongoing data explosion that is occurring in organisations today there is a need to re-think how to achieve scalability for the database platform.  In this session we will explore how to extend the scalability of Microsoft SQL Server by using Hadoop and how to achieve scalability as a Hybrid solution using the Azure platform.  With nothing more than a credit card and the Azure platform you will see how it is now possible to create highly-available, infinitely scalable SQL Server environments that support automated deployment and elastic scale.

Speaker: Peter Ward & Phil Jones from WardyIT

Session #2: Re-Platforming Your On-Premises Virtual Machines to Windows Azure

Overview: Creating new virtual machines in Windows Azure is easy, but what if you want to upload a virtual machine image that you already have?  What if you have a number of VM’s that are dependent on each other (i.e. web + SQL)?  Is it easy to upload them as a set?  What changes do I need to make to the application or the OS image? What steps do I need to take to get them up in the cloud?

All of these questions and more will be answered, giving you the knowledge to move your own mission-critical applications into the Windows Azure platform.

Speaker: Dean Robertson from Mexia

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Please RSVP so we order the right about of pizza & beer, and please bring a colleague along 🙂

Introduction to Windows Azure Web Sites

UPDATE: The slides and demos are now available to download.

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Hi everyone,

This is an experimental lunchtime session for the Brisbane Azure User Group, with the hope that the day time events might be more suitable to those members who might not be able to come at night.

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Session #1: Introduction to Windows Azure Websites

Overview: Windows Azure Web Sites is a simple and powerful hosting platform that allows developers to easily build and rapidly deploy web applications on Windows Azure using their favorite languages, frameworks, and tools. This presentation explains how you can use this new technology to build, deploy, and run everything from classic ASP sites to modern ASP.NET MVC 4 web applications using both new and familiar tools including Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, and WebMatrix.

Speaker: Dean Robertson, Technical Director, Mexia

Please RSVP to ensure we order the right amount of pizzas!

Cheers,

Dean

StreamInsight in Azure & Introduction to Azure Websites – 17th Oct 2012

—UPDATE—-

Sorry everyone but the Hadoop session has been moved to November because one of the presenters is unavailable.  So I’ll re-present on Azure Web Sites to fill the spot, and we’ll all get to enjoy the Hadoop session next time.

Dean

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Hi everyone,

This month will be two fantastic sessions on building BigData solutions in the cloud. BigData is the hottest term in IT at the moment so come along to see how Microsoft are tackling this challenge from two different perspectives.

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Session #1: Introduction to Windows Azure Websites

Overview: Windows Azure Web Sites is a simple and powerful hosting platform that allows developers to easily build and rapidly deploy web applications on Windows Azure using their favorite languages, frameworks, and tools. This presentation explains how you can use this new technology to build, deploy, and run everything from classic ASP sites to modern ASP.NET MVC 4 web applications using both new and familiar tools including Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, and WebMatrix.

Speaker: Dean Robertson, Technical Director, Mexia

Session #1: Achieving Infinite Scale with Microsoft SQL Server and Hadoop

Overview: The traditional approach to database scalability has been to simply buy a bigger box.  However with the ongoing data explosion that is occurring in organisations today there is a need to re-think how to achieve scalability for the database platform.  In this session we will explore how to extend the scalability of Microsoft SQL Server by using Hadoop and how to achieve scalability as a Hybrid solution using the Azure platform.  With nothing more than a credit card and the Azure platform you will see how it is now possible to create highly-available, infinitely scalable SQL Server environments that support automated deployment and elastic scale.

Speaker: Peter Ward & Phil Jones from WardyIT

Session #2: Extracting Realtime Business Value with StreamInsight

Overview: StreamInsight is Microsoft’s complex event processing platform that allows business value to be derived from the raw data that typically flows through all systems. StreamInsight is available on-premises and via private CTP on the Azure platform (StreamInsight “Austin”). In this session Paul will introduce StreamInsight and its core concepts and demonstrate how it may be utilised in various scenarios.

Speaker: Paul Bouwer is a Consultant for Mexia and co-organiser of the Brisbane Azure User Group. Paul’s experience in the IT industry spans 15 years and numerous technologies. He has worked in the following industries: Internet Service Provider, Airline, Travel, Telecommunication, Health, SaaS (Software as a Service) and Gaming.  He is excited about Azure as a cloud platform and its feature set. Paul tweets at @pbouwer and blogs at blog.paulbouwer.com.

Windows Azure Service Bus and NServiceBus

Hi guys,

This month will be two fantastic sessions on building integration solutions in the cloud.  If you have some of your software systems running on-premises and some in the cloud, this is the session you do not want to miss.

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Session #1: Introduction to Windows Azure Service Bus

Overview: The Windows Azure Service Bus provides a hosted, secure, and widely available infrastructure for widespread communication, large-scale event distribution, naming, and service publishing.  In this session Dan will provide an overview of the Service Bus and it’s features, and explain how easy it is to use both the “relayed” and “brokered” messaging capabilities.

Speaker: Dan Toomey is a Consultant for Mexia, a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer, and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist in BizTalk Server. During his 12 years of experience in the IT industry, Dan has helped a number of large private and government organisation solve their enterprise integration problems using Microsoft technologies. He founded the Brisbane BizTalk User Group in 2005 and has presented at many of its sessions since then. He’s also presented at numerous Barcamps in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Session #2: Introduction to NServiceBus

Overview: NServiceBus is an open-source service bus for .NET, with v3.0 now supporting the Windows Azure Service Bus for it’s transport layer.  Based on state of the art patterns from SOA and proven object-oriented practices, NServiceBus enables parallel service layer development, version tolerant message schemas, as well as fluent business-process unit testing.

Speaker: Jimmy Pelletier is an NServiceBus trainer, consultant and organiser of the Alt.Net user group in Melbourne.

As usual, please RSVP so we get the right amount of food & beer, and please BRING A COLLEAGUE with you!

Windows Azure SQL Database and SQL Reporting for Developers with Dr. Greg Low

Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of blog post here before the event, but at least here are the slides from the night for you.

Slides – Windows Azure SQL Database and SQL Reporting for Developers

Thanks again to Greg for a fantastic session.

Dean