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In the UK we have seen some fantastic take up around the Windows Azure Platform and we have lined up some great stuff in 2011 to help companies fully exploit the Cloud – but we need you to tell us what you are up to!

Once you tell us about your plans around Windows Azure, you will get access to FREE benefits including email based developer support and free monthly allowance of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric from Jan 2011 – and more! (This offer is referred to as Cloud Essentials and is explained here)

And… we will be able to plan the right amount of activity to continue to help early adopters through 2011.

Step 1: Sign up your company to Microsoft Platform Ready (you will need a windows live id to do this)

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Step 2: Add your applications

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For each application, state your intention around Windows Azure (and SQL etc if you so wish)

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Step 3: Verify your application works on the Windows Azure Platform

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Step 4 (Optional): Test your application works on the Windows Azure Platform

Download the FREE test tool. Test your application with it and upload the successful results.

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Step 5: Revisit the MPR site in early January to get details of Cloud Essentials and other benefits

P.S. You might want some background on the “fantastic take up” bit:

  • We helped over 3000 UK companies deploy test applications during the beta phase of Windows Azure
  • We directly trained over 1000 UK developers during 2010
  • We already have over 100 UK applications profiled on the Microsoft Platform Ready site
  • And in a recent survey of UK ISVs you all look pretty excited around Cloud – 42% already offer their solution on the Cloud or plan to.

 

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Posted on Monday, December 20, 2010 1:52 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: FREE goodies if you are a UK based software house already live on the Windows Azure Platform

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I am interested in this but wondering what the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool actually does? What does it expect my application to do? Could it affect the stability of our application in any way? The Azure side of it is currently only exposed as WCF services. Thanks.
Left by Tom Robinson on Dec 20, 2010 5:19 PM

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The tool is non invasive for testing Azure. It actually (in v1 of the test tool) does little more than check connectivity to your end points (***.cloudapp.net or sql azure server).

You run the test on a client pc. All pretty simple. (Gets a little more complicated if you choose to test tech other than azure)
Left by Eric on Dec 20, 2010 6:33 PM

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Hi Eric,

When I checked the 250 BPOS licenses given in the cloud essentials I was informed by BPOS support that these are for demo and sales purposes only (not for internal use) which lessens their value somewhat. Is this the same for CRM, Intune, and Azure? (I'm sure the details are buried in the legalese somewhere but was hoping you had a quick answer ;)

Cheers

Ian
Left by Ian Blackburn on Dec 21, 2010 10:56 AM

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Hi Ian,
Hmmmm.... not my understanding of the Azure stuff in Cloud Essentials but I will check into it - maybe wont get an answer til post new year though.
Left by Eric on Dec 22, 2010 12:10 PM

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Ian - just skimming the BPOS offer and I can see that it is "internal use rights" which to me means you use them within your own org. Which is what I thought was the case and is what you would want. However I will still check with someone "in the know"
Left by Eric on Dec 22, 2010 12:16 PM

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