TechEd 2010 New Orleans: More on the Cloud

June 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Microsoft, Transcender news | Leave a comment
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So despite my struggles to embrace cloud computing leading up to TechEd 2010, I decided to attend a session entitled “What Does the Cloud Mean for the IT Professional?” with Joey Snow. Snow, a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, did a really good job breaking things down for those of us new to the cloud infrastructure. He spent some time trying to calm our fears (good move!) and helping us to see the good of the cloud (cloud is my friend!). While I am sure there were quite a few in the crowd who still aren’t convinced, one thing that Joey said really spoke to me: We have to change!

Alas, working in the IT industry is all about change. I’ve been working in some IT capacity and held Microsoft certifications since NT 4.0, back when the items were all knowledge-based, multiple-choice items. So I have definitely seen some change over the years. So why stop now? Exactly. That’s why I sat there and let Snow’s session guide my way into change.

Windows Azure allows for hosting Web servers and applications on Microsoft-owned data centers. It is a virtualized and dynamic shared infrastructure that is a pay-as-you-go service. According to Joey, it will save companies time and money. Instead of having to keep a fully functional local data center, you can use Windows Azure’s infrastructure to help manage your services and applications.

As Joey dazzled the crowd with his PowerShell scripts, he explained how the Fabric Controller communicates with every server in the Fabric and performs load balancing and recovery. As Joey showed us Windows Azure deployment, I tried to translate what I learned into how it would affect the Product Development team here at Transcender. As you may remember from Monday, I mentioned that I felt like Microsoft would have a cloud certification. Well I may be a little ahead of myself, but I don’t think it’s too far fetched.

Yes, Windows Azure is just a platform. But a certain amount of knowledge and effort is required to properly deploy the service definition files and service configuration file. As Windows Azure is still in its infancy, I expect that a few Technology Specialist exams will be launched. But because new features in Azure are still being introduced, it may be a while before the Windows Acure actually has an MCITP-level certification.

A fairly decent Windows Azure FAQ is provided at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/

The Windows Azure forum is located at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsazure/thread/de2a7bd7-6642-40b1-81de-eee5d708acf6

Thanks for following another of my TechEd adventures! And, as always, let us know what you think of cloud computing. Does your company anticipate moving into this area?

-Robin

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