Windows Azure: The Microsoft Cloud Platform

Speaker: Casey Watson

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

Unless you’ve been developing under a rock for the last year you’ve no doubt heard the deafening buzz in the development community around “the cloud.” But what is it? How can you take full advantage of it? Where do you begin? The cloud is more than a clever marketing buzzword. Much more.

In this session, Casey begins by guiding the audience on a high-level tour of general cloud-related concepts then takes a deep dive into the two major cloud computing platforms, Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS, through a series of interactive exercises. In this session you will learn the fundamental concepts of cloud computing including the range of execution models that each of these platforms support.

The session will conclude with an audience-driven discussion covering special architectural considerations that should be taken when designing software for the cloud. By the end of the session you should know all that you need to hit the ground running creating massively scalable applications on these incredibly powerful cloud platforms. If you’re curious about the cloud then you owe it to yourself to attend this session.



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Infrastructure in One Hour

Speaker: Alex Soncodi

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Improving Enterprises

This discussion covers the basics of setting up an instance on Amazon’s EC2 platform. We will show you how to create and boot your own AMI micro instance from an official Ubuntu EC2 image and set up the canonical LAMP stack.

Then, for kicks, we’ll set up a Git repository and some update/backup shell scripts for a one-click-update style RAD setup. This discussion is aimed at beginner-intermediate developer/network admin.

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