Chris Auld - PDC09 Architecting and Developing for Windows Azure

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At the PDC, we typically have some additional "pre conference" workshops which provide very indepth and hands on access to a few select technologies. Chris Auld, Director of Strategy for Intergen, is preparing a workshop that will be diving deep into the capabilities of Windows Azure. In this episode of The Knowledge Chamber, he shares with me some of the details off what he is planning on covering and why he is so excited about Windows Azure.

You can find more details about this workshop on the PDC09 website here:

Since Chris is still working on the content, you have a chance to let him know things that you'd specifically like to see featured. If you're planning on attending his workshop, please drop a note in the comments and let him know what you'd like to see.



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      Hi All,


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      Great interview - you guys hit on multiple topics that could probably be dedicated to an entire show.  As a developer in a large organization we have developers of every skill level, writing in every language, on multiple platforms...  I'd guess that a lot of large agencies - besides ourselves - *try* to standardize on one technology, but you always have some cross-platform activity.  How will Azure help?  I instantly think of Web services, but will there be other core technologies that will be enlisted to help solve the problem of interoperability and data "sharing" in the cloud?


      Perhaps the most important point...  How can MS convince managers that data/services/etc are totally secure?  I've been reading some about MS Geneva Server to allow disparate agencies to authenticate users from across separate active directory stores, for example.  So, what if I wanted to create a secure app in the cloud that would only be used by a select number of people from agencies, A, B, C, X, Y, and Z, for only a short duration of time, of say 6 months.  The app needs to be secure.  It needs to scale (busy one week, not so busy the next).  And it needs to reach users regardless of their organizations platform, security, etc.  Is Azure the answer?



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      Hi, I can't wait for PDC and I've signed up for your workshop.


      What I'd really like to see is something similar to the following scenario:


      A user needs to perform some heavy calculations (say, correlate 5000 time series).

      The user then sends request to the application (Silverlight?) that forwards 2500 (one for each pair of series) messages to a queue for worker processes.

      Each worker picks up the message and reads a pair of time series from Azure storage (or SQL Azure) and calculates the correlation value.

      How would the workers all return their results to the application and how would the application return it to the client (service bus??) ?


      This is the main area in which I see great potential for a cloud besides the points mentioned in the video.


      See you in november Smiley

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      I hope you got to my session at PDC and got to see the stuff that the folks from Lokad have built. Suggest this would serve your purposes well.





      Director: Intergen Limited - A Fantastic Microsoft Gold Partner in New Zealand
      Director: MedRecruit Limited - Jobs for Locum Doctors in Australia and New Zealand

      Microsoft Regional Director

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      If anyone is interested I'll be doing a revised verion of this session at Microsoft Tech Ed Europe this year.


      You can register here:





      Chris J.T. Auld

      Director: Intergen Limited - A Fantastic Microsoft Gold Partner in New Zealand
      Director: MedRecruit Limited - Jobs for Locum Doctors in Australia and New Zealand

      Microsoft Regional Director

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