Category Archives: Azure

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

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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.

SpeakerDan 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!

Two days of FREE Hands-On Azure Training – Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Hi guys, we just wanted to tell you that Microsoft are running FREE Windows Azure Platform Foundation events towards the end of June, and are intended to provide developers with a foundational knowledge of the Windows Azure Platform.  The target audience for these events include developers, architects, and development leads, with the sessions targeted at the 300 level with developer focused information.

Melbourne

Date:  18-19th June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office
Melbourne
4 Freshwater Place,
Southbank
Melbourne

Register here!

Brisbane

Date:  21st – 22nd June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office

Brisbane
Level 28, 400 George St
Brisbane

Register here!

Sydney

Date:  28th – 29th June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office

Sydney
1 Epping Rd
North Ryde

Register here!

Attendee Pre Requisites

Because this is a facilitated training event based on the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit, Microsoft ask that you:

[The latest kit based on the June 2012 platform update hasn’t been released yet – sorry].

 

Fees

This event is brought to you by Metro – Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program and is free of charge.  However, delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Introduction to SQL Azure – 21st March 2012

This months Brisbane Azure User Group will be a fast-paced session all about SQL Azure.

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SQL Azure Overview

  • What is it?
  • Why would you use it?
  • Perspectives on IaaS/PaaS/SaaS
  • How much does it cost?
  • Provisioning an Instance of SQL Azure

Deployment and Management

  • How to deploy a database to Azure
  • Getting data in (and out)
  • Azure database management
  • Current limitations

Applications

  • Windows Azure Apps
  • On-Premises Apps
  • Data Source for SSIS & SSAS
  • Lightswitch
  • SQL Server Reporting Services

About the Presenters

Rod Colledge is a SQL Server MVP and Technical Director (Business Intelligence) with StrataDB, a leading provider of SQL Server solutions for the Corporate, Government and Education sector in Australia. He’s an Author and contributor to 3 books including the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives series, and is currently working with Microsoft on the development of the SQL Server 2012 certification exams. In his spare time, Rod enjoys interpretive line dancing, underwater poetry readings, and breeding pocket dogs for Hollywood celebrities.

Matthew Warwick is Microsoft Certified Professional with over 10 years industry experience working with Microsoft technologies in the .Net and Business Intelligence space. He’s a senior developer with Mexia, a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in enterprise integration. Matt’s an all-round top bloke who’s main claim to fame was being caught out catching the bus during the London Marathon. He denies the claim, and is proud of his 2nd place finish.

As usual we’ll have beer, wine, softdrinks and nibbles. Please RSVP so we can organise the catering, and we really hope to see you there!

A Lap Around the Windows Azure Platform with David McGhee – 15th Feb 2012

Please join us for the inaugural Brisbane Azure User Group meeting on the 15th Feb 2012!

https://register.eventarc.com/event/view/7421/tickets/a-lap-around-the-windows-azure-platform-with-david-mcghee

This group has been formed to represent the rapidly growing Azure community in Queensland, aimed at providing a place for us to meet, learn, discuss and discover the amazing Windows Azure platform.

For this launch event we are very lucky to have David McGhee (Windows Azure Technical Specialist, Microsoft) up from Sydney to take us on a lap around the Windows Azure platform.

As this is the launch event we’ll only have one main technical session, followed by drinks and nibbles. Future meetings will have the standard format of 2 x 45 minute technical sessions, allowing us to regularly deep dive on the Windows Azure platform throughout 2012.

Please RSVP so we can organise the catering, and we really hope to see you there!

The BAUG Organisers