Cloud technology

First ever Windows Azure Conference in India

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This post is all about my experience at India’s first ever Windows Azure conference. This event was on March 20th and 21st 2014 at Bangalore. This event was to showcase the power of mighty Windows Azure to Developers, IT Professionals, Business Decision Maker, and Service Providers.

Microsoft India has been excellent in conducting this event.

From the day I have heard about Windows Azure I have been soo fascinated with this technology, but I confess that I know only bits of it; this subject is huge by huge I mean really huge. It has soo many features and details hidden to it. BTW this small website of mine is also powered by Windows Azure.

Microsoft like to call Windows Azure as the Cloud OS. Well it is.

So my journey to this conference starts with the registration which I came accross on twitter, I did no long to get registered even I forgot to take permission about this to my boss. I was like I will attend this no matter what happens.

But I was lucky to have got the permission from my boss Jan Mattson to go for this event, even though I had a Sprint planning meeting on the same day.

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The event was divided into basically two main parts Develop and Deploy + Manage; I went for Develop module.
The event started with the key note by Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman of Microsoft India. It was very very interesting to hear him. He showed soo very cool statisctics of Windows Azure. Here is the image of it:

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Some interesting fact which mentioned were:
1. Over 1000 new customers sign up for Azure everyday.
2. 55% of the Fortune 500 use WIndows Azure.
3. Azure Revenue Growing 200% +

Wow that sounds very cool and promising.

Then there was the expected key not by the new CEO of Microsoft Mr. Satya Nadela.

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He has been talking mostly about the future of Cloud and Mobile. So Microsoft is a cloud first company.

But after that comes the CIO of Fortis Hospital who speaks about their partnership with Azure. Yes Fortis uses Azure. Nice real case example of a big organization using Azure.

Then the events get started with Azure Website. They have shown some basic ways how website can be deployed to Azure quickly. Some of the ways they have been showing were:
1. FTP
2. Thru Visual Studio
3. Thru GIT
4. Thru DropBox
5. Thru TFS

In my coming posts I will try to cover these and show some examples on how to do it.

Now the next event was all about Mobile Services provided by Azure. This event was actually in my personal opinion was not planned very well. It had lots of glitches in between. But it was about the services like
1. Push notifications
2. Publishing app with diff platform support etc

To be frank I did not understand much with this event I would rather  read the documentation and learn by myself.

Next event was about Windows Azure Media services.

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They talked about the Live streaming of SOCHI Olympics which was hosted by Windows Azure.

They also talked about various media formats supported by Azure and how the streaming can be smooth by Smooth streaming technology.

Next we had lunch time; ok the food was good (it was free) but then they made us stand under hot sun which was still ok since its free hahaha..

Now the next event was about SQL Azure; well what to say I am not an SQL guy so this was a kind of bad choice of me sitting for this event. But what I liked in that event was how to take the backup of the database using SQL Server Management Studio. But the event was very theoritical and less hand on but still it was good nothing to share about lets move on.

This was the last event Windows Azure Websites Deep Dive.. aah very nice and informative event. They showed some cool stuffs like
1. Kudu Console
2. Remote debugging of Azure website
3. Visual Studio Online
4. Web Jobs
5. Zapier.com (very cool website)

Overall very very informative I liked this session the most.

Above topics are huge and lots of details in themselves. I will talk about these as seperate posts soon 🙂

That’s the end of the first day. Soo much I have learnt from it. Saw so many bright minds on this event got inspired by them to great extent. Very happy to be part of this event

Second day I could not join since taking two days leave from office work was not feasible.

What I get from this? Lots of knowledge which you will see in the coming posts of mine and this very cool Windows Azure Pendrive

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