Windows Azure and Reality of the Hybrid Cloud

Quick note – I left Red Hat back in December and joined Avanade where I now lead a team of product managers and engineers building software and cloud services across cloud computing, mobile solutions, and digital marketing.

Earlier this week I authored a post on Avanade’s corporate blog about the significance of Windows Azure’s general availability of IaaS virtual machines and virtual networking, and how it ushers in a new era of hybrid cloud computing that spans on-premises with public cloud.

You should also check out the Windows Azure announcement and Scott Guthrie’s in-depth technical post.

Red Hat Enters Next Phase of Its Application Server Technology Strategy

The rapid change of technology and rise of cloud computing, mobile devices, and NoSQL is making us re-evaluate what a modern application server needs to provide for our customers and how developer tools and technologies need to evolve to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

Today is an exciting day for us where we’re able to share where our middleware platform and projects are headed that will help lead us to an exciting future.  There’s a press release; the content below provides more context.  Mark Little, our engineering leader provides more insight in posts here and here. Continue reading

Red Hat’s OpenShift + JBoss: The First PaaS Running Java EE 6 Full Profile

Below is a recap of the news you can view on Red Hat’s press blog.  I authored that one as well, but this post injects some personal thoughts and notes that would look awkward going across the news wire…

My blog has been pretty quiet the past few months.  I joined Red Hat back in January, joining their middleware division to lead strategy and planning.  Most of my time has spent working our cloud strategy for JBoss, Red Hat’s open-source enterprise Java application server.  It’s been invigorating to be back working on developer technologies and cloud computing.

Today I’m excited to be able to finally talk about what we’ve been up to the past several months. Continue reading

Cloud Data at MIX: SQL Azure, Windows Azure DataMarket, and OData

Originally posted on the SQL Azure blog

Yet another great MIX event happened last week on April 12-14 and it was a fantastic opportunity to have personal conversations with web developers about how they’re using Microsoft development tools and the Windows Azure platform. For me, MIX was also an opportunity to step back and take in all the investment and progress Microsoft is making in the web, cloud, and mobile.

The dozens of conversations I had onsite this year were different than ones in the past and are indicative about the trend towards the pervasiveness of the cloud in the next generation of existing and new applications. While historically there have been distinct and separate conversations about the web, mobile, and the cloud – these conversations are now closely intermingled with developers creating multi-platform user experiences spanning both device and web, and utilizing the cloud run those applications.

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Migrating My WordPress Blog to Windows Azure & SQL Azure

This week I decided to take on an interesting challenge and see what commonly available applications I could get running on SQL Azure and the Windows Azure platform. I remembered a while ago that WordPress had started making significant investments in partnering with Microsoft, and I was really pleased to run across http://wordpress.visitmix.com. Historically running only on MySQL, WordPress now runs on SQL Server and SQL Azure, utilizing the PHP Driver for SQL Server! The site has great how-to articles of how to install this on SQL Azure, and how to migrate existing WordPress blogs to your new deployment. Continue reading

Recap of CloudConnect, and the Future of Data

I originally posted this on the SQL Azure blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlazure. Re-posting here.

On Wednesday March 9th, I had the opportunity to talk at Cloud Connect about cloud computing, the Windows Azure platform – and I also took some time to talk about what the public cloud is along with some growing trends that will affect and shape the future of the cloud. If you”re interested, you can find the deck here. In our discussions with customers and partners, there are two things that are quickly converging currently separate conversations about cloud, web, data, and mobile devices: Continue reading