Author Archives: Neil Mackenzie

About Neil Mackenzie

Azure Architect at Satory Global.

A First Look at Project Orleans

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services is a PaaS offering that simplifies the task of deploying scalable applications. An Azure PaaS deployment comprises two files: a package containing the application assemblies; and a configuration file. This simplicity makes Azure Cloud Services a … Continue reading

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Windows Azure Training Events– San Francisco Bay Area

In March and April 2014, Satory Global is hosting several Developer Camps focused on Windows Azure and Modern apps. These are in San Francisco, CA and Sunnyvale, CA. The camps are a mixture of presentations and hands-on labs, where you … Continue reading

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Queries in the Windows Azure Storage Client Library v2.1

Windows Azure Storage has been a core part of the Windows Azure Platform since the public preview in 2008. It supports three storage features: Blobs, Queues and Tables. The Blob Service provides high-scale file storage – with prominent uses being: … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Code Camp–Windows Azure IaaS Presentation

The Silicon Valley Code Camp, organized by Peter Kellner (@pkellner), takes place in the first weekend in October each year in the nice environment of the Foothills College campus. This year, 4492 people registered to attend and there were 229 … Continue reading

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Windows Azure Developer Camps in Northern California

Satory Global is conducting two free one-day, instructor-led training events in the Windows Azure Developer Camps series put on by Microsoft. These events provide a great opportunity to get started with Windows Azure through a mixture of presentations and hands-on … Continue reading

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Introduction to Windows Azure Media Services

Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS) is a PaaS offering that makes it easy to ingest media assets, encode them and then perform on-demand streaming or downloads of the resulting videos. The WAMS team has been actively proselytizing features as they … Continue reading

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Semantic Logging Application Block (SLAB)

The use of elastically-scalable cloud services makes it more important than ever that service be monitored appropriately so that diagnostic information is available when needed. This can be seen in the way that Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) is a core … Continue reading

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Configuring Windows Azure Diagnostics in Eclipse

The Windows Azure Developer Center provides downloads and documentation supporting the creation of Windows Azure PaaS cloud services in various environments and languages including Node.js, Java, PHP, Python and Ruby. The Java Developer Center contains tutorials demonstrating how to use … Continue reading

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Setting an Endpoint ACL on a Windows Azure VM

A few days ago someone asked for help with a Windows Azure Service Management REST API problem. My first thought was that there was likely a problem with the payload, which can be a fairly complex XML document. Rather than … Continue reading

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Building Resilient, High-Scale Services in Windows Azure

I seem to be always looking for information about building resilient, high-scale services in Windows Azure. Over the last year a number of individuals and teams at Microsoft have done us all a great service by documenting their experiences in … Continue reading

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