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Windows Azure PoC for the RNLI

There can be no arguing that Microsoft has to be one of the best companies to work for and I realize that I'm very lucky to what I do. Earlier this year I got to help build a WPF User Interface for the amazing Aston Martin DBS as part of a proof of concept in the Microsoft Technology Centre in the UK.

Just recently I got to go back to the MTC and work on another proof of concept, but this time for the RNLI and their chosen Microsoft Partner, Active Web Solutions. Even better it was working on the then top secret Windows Azure platform (at the time it was known internally as Red Dog, hence the red shoes during the keynote at the PDC recently).

My focus during this PoC was on getting operational information out of the system (yes, more logging!) so that we could undertake post-mortem on activities and understand what was really going on in the cloud. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun and I'm genuinely excited about the Azure platform.

However, there are going to be challenges for Architects and Developers as they build systems in the cloud and these were what made the PoC really interesting.

My good friend Neil Kidd, who was the architect for the Proof of Concept, and Richard Prodger (Technical Director at AWS) talk about the MOB Guardian system and the challenges they faced in this video on channel 9:

Cloud services scale life critical system

It's definitely worth watching this if you're interested in Azure and want to get ahead in understanding the unique challenges and opportunities utility computing with Azure presents.

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Josh Post By Josh Twist
3:35 AM
01 Nov 2008

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