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Everything that you read these days seems to suggest that you should be moving to the cloud. But where do you start? Which applications and services should you be moving? How do you build the bridge between on-premises and the cloud? And more importantly, what should you be looking out for along the way? In this session, we explore how the Tribune Company has embraced the Windows Azure platform (including Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, and Project codename “Dallas”) to enhance and extend new and existing applications. We explore how they leverage elastic storage, scalable Web and Worker roles, leverage parallel and distributed compute, and handle inter- and intra-organizational communications. This session provides you with specific examples of cloud architectures (with examples) that will help you evaluate the Windows Azure platform for your next project.
Come hear how the Windows Azure Platform provides a scalable compute and storage environment with Windows Azure, secure connectivity with Service Bus and Access Control Service, and a relational database with SQL Azure. Learn about these new services and see several demos that show how to build applications that run in and take advantage of Microsoft’s new cloud platform.
This session covers best practices for using the SQL Azure cloud relational database. We walk through the creation of a departmental application from scratch. We see firsthand how easy it is to provision a SQL Azure Database and start developing against it. We also look at importing and exporting data, and reporting. Time is also spent looking at strategies for migrating your existing applications to the cloud so that you are provided with high availability, fault tolerance and visibility to these often unseen data repositories. Finally we see how the reach of the cloud provides you with opportunities to create a new, differentiated class of applications.
Are you looking to migrate your on-premise applications and database from MySql or other RDBMs to SQL Azure? Or are you simply focused on the easiest ways to get your SQL Server database up to SQL Azure? Then, this session is for you. We cover two fundamental areas in this session: application data access tier and the database schema+data. In Part 1, we dive into application data-access tier, covering common migration issues as well as best practices that will help make your data-access tier more resilient in the cloud and on SQL Azure. In Part 2, the focus is on database migration. We go through migrating schema and data, taking a look at tools and techniques for efficient transfer of schema through Management Studio and Data-Tier Application (DAC). Then, we discover efficient ways of moving small and large data into SQL Azure through tools like SSIS and BCP. We close the session with a glimpse into what is in store in future for easing migration of applications into SQL Azure.
DAT209 | What’s New in Microsoft SQL Azure (00:79:18)
SQL Azure provides a highly available and scalable relational database engine in the cloud. In this demo-intensive and interactive session learn how to quickly build Web applications with SQL Azure Databases and familiar Web technologies. We demonstrate several new enhancements we have added to SQL Azure based on the feedback we’ve received from the community since launching the service earlier this year.
Companies worldwide are enjoying the benefits and efficiencies that can be realized through a well-defined and implement Service-Oriented Architecture strategy. For many, with the recent “go-live” of the Windows Azure platform, intriguing new architectural patterns for distributed, loosely-coupled applications are being made possible, allowing them to fundamentally re-think how they build and consume applications. In this session we explore what it means to realize the benefits of service-oriented architectures on the Microsoft .NET Framework, and see that exposing legacy assets by means of Web services whilst being necessary is not sufficient. We explore various on-premise and off-premise real-world SOA-related capabilities, examine a number of design patterns, and drill-down into what it takes to bridge from on-premise to the Windows Azure platform. Speakers for this session consist of authors from the recently-released “SOA with .NET and Windows Azure” book and also co-authors of the SOA Manifesto.
COS06-INT | Migrating Existing Applications into the Cloud with Windows Azure
Windows Azure provides developers and businesses the benefit of lower TCO through fully automated service management, while providing instant scale out of existing applications. Come learn how to identify which existing LOB and Web apps make good targets for easy migration to the cloud and create a plan to migrate between on-premises to Windows Azure.
COS07-INT | Using Microsoft SQL Azure as a Datahub to Connect Microsoft SQL Server and Silverlight Clients
In this session we demonstrate how the Sync Framework is being used to enable a new series of exciting scenarios made possible by SQL Azure. First, we demonstrate how the Sync Framework is being integrated with SQL Server to make it easy to extend data to SQL Azure in only a few clicks. We then show how customers can drop down to lower levels in the stack in an effort to customize the behavior of that data movement without having to rebuild the application from the ground up. Finally, we demonstrate how the Sync Framework is being enhanced to expand our offline client-side reach beyond traditional Windows Presentation Foundation/Winforms applications by adding support for Microsoft Silverlight, HTML 5, Windows Phone 7, and other devices such as an iPhone.
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