Cloud Computing

Notes from Azure Global Bootcamp

Last Saturday I attended Global Azure Bootcamp which was held in Microsoft Tampa office, hosted by Blain Barton of Microsoft. With presentations from Dan Patrick of Opsigility, Alex Melching and Blain himself, Azure bootcamp was a great primer/refresher to the Azure offerings. I especially enjoyed the Post-Build-conference offerings, announcements and demos pertaining to the new Azure-AWS parity. Great stuff!

Here are Some Random Notes/Links from the Talk!

  • Azure Quickstart Templates (must see!)
  • What is Azure Resource Manager
  • Microsoft OMS -
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Overview -
  • VorlonJS – A Journey to DevOps: Infrastructure as Code with Microsoft Azure and Resource Manager
  • Azure Readiness -
  • AWS Direct Connect -
  • Secure Cloud Interconnect -
  • Peak 10
  • Cloud Providers -
  • Creating and deploying Azure resource groups through Visual Studio -
  •  Docker Swarm -
  •  ExpressRoute: Connecting Private and Public Clouds through -

Microservices by Martin Fowler @ Goto Conference

An interesting portrayal of Microservices by Martin Fowler.


The term "Microservice Architecture" has sprung up over the last few years to describe a particular way of designing software applications as suites of independently deployable services. While there is no precise definition of this architectural style, there are certain common characteristics around organization around business capability, automated deployment, intelligence in the endpoints, and decentralized control of languages and data.


Cloud Computing and CQRS Resources

MSDN Blogs: Cloud Architecture Series - CQRS Part 1 (Bruno Terkaly)

MSDN Magazine: CQRS on Windows Azure (Mark Seeman)

Book: Exploring CQRS and Event Sourcing: A journey into high scalability, availability, and maintainability with Windows Azure (MS Patterns & Practices)
And a few backgrounders:
CQRS - a new architecture precept based on segregation of commands and queries (Marco Heimeshoff, Philip Jander)

CQRS Starting Page (Rinat Abdullin)

The Best Way to Learn CQRS, DDD, and Event SOurcing (Rinat Abdullin)

MSDN: CQRS Journey Project

Slides: CQRS: Command/Query Responsibility Segregation

Slides: CQRS and Event Sourcing, An Alternative Architecture for DDD (Dennis Doomen)

When to Avoid CQRS (Udi Dahan)
CQRS is Too Complicated (Rob Ashton)
"I think the main problem with DDD and CQRS is that they are misappropriately used.  The vast majority of systems do not  need this level of sophistication. What is more worrying is that .NET has adopted CQRS as their new and shinny. 
I shudder at people using either for CRUD but I suspect it does happen."
--Paul Cowan
courtesy of David Lazar

Caltech Event - Big Data, Big Opportunities: Predicting the Future One Byte at a Time

Big Data Event @ Caltech

Event Abstract:

It’s raining data. Actually, it’s more like a hurricane.

Every website, email, SMS text, mouse click, download and online purchase generates data, a lot of data.

This data is being assembled into massive data sets and used by scientists, researchers, companies and the government to develop new products, predict epidemics, understand consumer behavior and formulate public policies.

Entrepreneurs are pursuing these “Big Data” opportunities in what is becoming the 21st century equivalent of the gold rush.

Our speakers will share their views on the opportunities and challenges entrepreneurs face in building a Big Data venture.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Baxter Lecture Hall
Networking: 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Baxter Lecture Hall

Details and registration here.


CloudCamp LA 2012, CQRS and NoSQL

Cloud camp LA happened couple of weeks ago at the coresite campus in downtown LA. The highlights of the evening were Dave Nielsen's intro, Lynn Langit's NOSQL session, Bret Statham's CQRS (Command Query Responsibility Segregation) talk and coresite's datacenter tour.

Slides from Bret's lightning talk can be downloaded here.

NoSQL for the SQL Server DBA

View more PowerPoint from Lynn Langit

I have attended cloudcamps organized by Dave Nielsen in the past but this particular event wasn't as organized as the one at Microsoft campus couple of years ago (and through no fault of his own). Dave is a Co-Founder of CloudCamp and author of the book PayPal Hacks. The event started late and hence the unconference style sessions and panels were cut short and disrupted. Lots of echo so it was hard to hear and topics which came out of un-conference discussion weren't quite diverse and well organized even for an unconference. However, the data center tour was fun!

and a much nicer write-up by morphlaps on CloudCamp LA – Why Open Source (and OpenStack) Matters To the Enterprise

I get to meet Jason Woloz who is heading up the Cloud security alliance LA chapter. The first meetup is coming soon.









CloudCamp in LA - Wed April 11th

CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged you to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.

CloudCamp LA
Location: CoreSite Data Center 900 North Alameda Street ** Free parking for participants in CoreSite's lot accessible from Bauchet Street. Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Note: CoreSite has offered to provide tours of the data center to interested attendees at 7:30pm and 8:15pm

6:00 pm Food, Drinks & Data Center Tours
6:30 pm Kick-off
6:45 pm Lightning Talks

  • "The Economically Unstoppable Cloud" - Dave Nielsen of CloudCamp
  • "Cloud Computing Risk Mitigation via Contract Negotiation & Vendor Management" by Thomas Trappler, Director of Software Licensing, UCLA
  • "Why the Enterprise should care about Open Source in cloud" by Winston Damarillo, CEO, Morphlabs
  • "Why Data Center Matters when Deploying Your Own Cloud" by Regis Malloy, VP Strategic Alliance, CoreSite

7:15 pm Organize Breakout Sessions

  • "SQL & BigData" by Lynn Langitt
  • "Cloud Security Alliance" by Jason Woloz
  • "Intro to Cloud for non-techies" by Dave Nielsen
  • "The future of Cloud Computing" by Dave Nielsen

7:30 pm Breakout Sessions Round 1

Unconference Session Topics TBD
Data Center Tour (round 1)
8:15 pm Breakout Sessions Round 2

Unconference Session Topics TBD
Data Center Tour (round 2)
9:00 pm Wrap-up

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