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Cloud Development

premiered December 2, 2010


Some Real World Experience with Windows Azure
In this session, we'll take a look at the real-world experience the SharpLogic team has acquired from building and managing multiple commercial initiatives on the Windows Azure platform. We’ll spend most of the time discussing the lessons learned from the Mobile Tech Summit run in November. This sessions also includes some lessons learned from the world of video encoding and delivery.

Ed Kaim is the chief executive officer of SharpLogic, a technology incubator and consulting firm based in Redmond, WA. Prior to founding SharpLogic, Ed was the Windows developer platform product manager at Microsoft, where has was also responsible for Visual Studio and the .NET Compact Framework. Ed's technical presentation experience ranges from one-on-one briefings for Fortune 100 CEOs to stadiums full of thousands of IT professionals. By the age of 23, Ed had delivered keynote addresses in seven countries on four continents and had presented on stage alongside Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and other industry visionaries.


On Premises Entity Framework and SQL Azure
Visual Studio 2010 makes it very easy to use the Entity Framework with a cloud based SQL Azure database. You can build models against an existing Azure database, use the model-first approach to create an Azure database or model against a local database and then switch your connection string to point to SQL Azure. But when your application is hosted on-premises and going a great distance to the SQL Azure database you will be paying a big cost for latency that will impact the performance of your application. Although latency is a fact of life, there are actually things you can do to reduce that latency when writing your Entity Framework queries. In this session, we’ll first look at different ways to build models that will work with a SQl Azure database and then I will provide guidance for avoiding unnecessary latency costs and performance tuning your queries to get the most out of your distributed system.

Julie Lerman is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching the technology since its inception in 2006. Julie is the author of the highly acclaimed "Programming Entity Framework. She is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences large and small around the world, including TechEd and DevConnections and she writes articles for many well-known technical publications, including authoring the Data Points column in MSDN Magazine.


Getting Started with Windows Azure Development
Steve Marx, Tactical Strategist on the Windows Azure team, will demonstrate how to publish applications and store data in Windows Azure.

Steve Marx is the Tactical Strategist on the Windows Azure team.


Should Your Application Run in the Cloud?
There is a lot of confusion on where to deploy your application. Physical Server? Virtual Server? Cloud? Cloud computing is hot, but different apps have different requirements, and different environments offer different benefits. We will discuss the pros and cons of all solutions available to developers today. Uptime, costs, regulatory issues, security . . . no topic is off topic. We’ll discuss Amazon EC2, Azure, Google App Engine, VMware, Hyper-V, Physical Servers and anything else that comes up.

Steve Evans is an IT Pro with over 10 years of experience. He is a Microsoft MVP in Directory Services, a MCSE, and an accomplished speaker.


Tips & Tricks to Avoid Business Problems and Solve Development Issues in the Cloud
Cloud computing and cloud databases are a hot topic these days, but do you know what they are all about and why? What kind of changes might you need to make to your IT architecture? How will you deploy your code? Jeremiah Peschka and Kevin Kline compare notes on using traditional computing, cloud computing, and on-premise cloud computing to solve a variety of development and business problems.

Kevin Kline is the Technical Strategy Manager for SQL Server Solutions at Quest Software. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, Kevin is a founding board member and past president of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
Debunking the Myths Surrounding Azure and Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is the hot topic at the moment. Everybody has a cloud – Oracle, Yahoo, Google and now Microsoft. However, with the cloud comes challenges – where is the data stored; how does it get there; is it safe; can I store a lot of it? These are just some of the questions that people are asking about the cloud today. Kevin Kline and Jeremiah Peschka will answer many of the most commonly asked questions by IT managers today, such as: What is the cloud? What is SQL Azure and Azure Table Services. Why move to Azure? Hybrid scenarios – storing data locally and in the cloud. How do we handle concerns about the cloud – security, backups, longevity of data.

Kevin Kline is the Technical Strategy Manager for SQL Server Solutions at Quest Software. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, Kevin is a founding board member and past president of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
Migrating to the Cloud
This session provides an outline description of the cloud. It details how to migrate existing applications to the individual parts of the could so their application can make use of the cloud. Presentation will include migrating two-tier, three-tier, and web-based applications to the cloud. It will also detail some of the issues involved with migrating to various cloud offerings as well as l ong-term issues with migrating applications to take full advantage of what the cloud offers.

Peter Ritchie is a software development consultant. Peter is president of Peter Ritchie Inc. Software Consulting Co., a software consulting company in Canada's National Capital Region specializing in Windows-based software development management, process, and implementation consulting.

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