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Moving Your Application to the Cloud Vol 14-9 | April, 2011
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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Cloud computing and Window Azure in the MSDN Flash Newsletter, so here we are with this edition of the newsletter talking about moving your application to the Cloud. Many are often discouraged from moving to the Cloud because of the thought of having to reengineer their solutions or applications to support the Cloud. Fortunately, that’s not the case as there are different ways in which you can take advantage of the Cloud.

Moving Your Solution or Application

In Moving Your Solution to the Cloud , I talk about solutions or applications that are designed for Windows Azure and those that are compatible with Windows Azure. Wherever you are on your product roadmap, don’t let that be a barrier to you realizing the development, infrastructure, and cost benefits of the Cloud and of Windows Azure. Having said that, it’s important to understand which areas of your solution or application can and cannot be modified easily to leverage Windows Azure. The best way to do that — give it a try!

Before you go ahead, make changes to your solution, and start testing those changes, you’re going to want to try it out on a simple application. This will give you an idea of the effort involved in moving to the Cloud.

My Challenge To You

I’m convinced that you’ll be surprised how easy it is to move to the Cloud, leveraging the skills and knowledge that you already have and the tools that you already know, so I challenge you:

1. Activate your FREE Windows Azure Pass today. On the Windows Azure Pass site, select Canada as your country and enter CDNDEVS as the promo code. Within 3-4 days, you'll receive an email advising you that your Windows Azure account has been activated.

2. Choose an adventure - If you’d like to go through the full experience of migrating and deploying an app, follow the steps in Migrating and Deploying a Simple Cloud App . If you’d like to only go through the deployment experience, follow the steps in Deploying a Simple Cloud App .

3. Take a screenshot of the Windows Azure Management Portal showing your application deployment in production. Click here for an example.

4. Send your screenshot to cdnazure@microsoft.com .

If your screenshot is one of the first 500 that are sent, you’ll be enjoying a few coffees or teas on me with a *$20 Tim Hortons gift card that I’ll be sending you! In addition, all submitted screenshots (excluding residents of Quebec) will be entered in a draw to win a copy of Visual Studio Professional with MSDN or Expression Web Professional . To find out more, click here for the full details and contest rules of your Windows Azure challenge.

I’d love to see as many people take part in the challenge as possible. If you know any other developers, please challenge them as well! My goal is to have every developer in Canada deploy at least one application to Windows Azure! As always, if you have any questions or need some help, please feel free to send me an email , a message on Twitter , or connect with me on LinkedIn . I’d be more than happy to help.

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Events & Webcasts for Canadian Developers

Get in the Cloud: Azure at the Movies

Join ObjectSharp and Microsoft in Toronto on May 5th, 2011 for a Half-Day in the Cloud! Learn to provide stability and elasticity for your web based solutions as we build to leverage Windows Azure. Technologies including Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio and PowerShell will be in the Air as we rain data down from the Cloud. This is one summer blockbuster event that cannot be missed!
IE9 & WP7 Developer Bootcamp — May 11 9am — 5pm in Ottawa

Click here to learn more about this all day session.
IE9 & WP7 Developer Bootcamp — May 17 9am — 5pm — Edmonton

Click here to learn more about this all day session.
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* The offer for a $20 Tim Hortons gift card is good only in Canada. Offer good only to the first 500 MSDN Canada Newsletter subscribers that qualify for the offer. In order to qualify for the offer, each MSDN Canada Newsletter subscriber must trial Windows Azure through the Windows Azure Pass, Introductory Special Offer, or their own MSDN subscription benefits. Then they must deploy an application into their own Windows Azure environment and send an e-mail to cdnazure@microsoft.com by midnight on May 31st, 2011 that includes a screenshot of the Windows Azure Management Portal showing their application deployment in production status. Screenshot must include their name which is located in the top right hand corner of the Windows Azure Management Portal. Limit one gift per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer expires at midnight on May 31st, 2011 while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes and charges beyond the term of the trial, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Any gift returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of your gift. We reserve the right to substitute a gift of equal or greater value.
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