Pop-up labs in Windows Azure

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I recently came across these two excellent videos about the concept of a pop-up lab in Windows Azure using the IaaS approach of provisioning your own virtual machines. The “pop-up” part of this is that the lab is built, then turned off and de-allocated while not in use. Scripts are used to turn the lab back on, returning your lab environment in about 7 minutes.  There’s been some changes to Azure billing now that make these videos a bit out of date, but the good news is it just simplifies thing…

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TechEd - Building Robust Windows Azure Applications with P&P Guidance

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This session was presented byMahesh Krishnan from Readify (@MaheshKrishnan) and focused on building robust Windows Azure apps, but in particular the benefits of elasticity. To me one of the most appealing things about cloud based apps is the ability to scale up / down as needed to meet demand, so this session was a good choice. In addition to that Mahesh showed us the application block from the enterprise library for dealing with transient errors.  Scalability Here is a pretty comprehensive au…

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TechEd - Introduction to Windows Azure websites

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I confess I haven’t kept up with the latest on Windows Azure websites, so attending the AZR212 session – Introduction to Windows Azure websites was well worth it. Some interesting things I learnt about the whole Azure platform for websites: It’s not just for .NET, you can run PHP and MySQL based apps if you wanted to There’s an App gallery for things like WordPress There will be a free offering even after the service goes live (general availability) It’s really easy to get started – write some c…

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