January and February Azure Cloud Events in Boston Area

Are you interested in Cloud Computing generally, or specifically Cloud Computing using the Windows Azure Cloud Platform? Listed below are the upcoming Azure-related events in the Greater Boston area which you can attend in person. Most are offered FREE, and most that cost money are inexpensive.

Since this summary page is – by necessity – a point-in-time SNAPSHOT of what I see is going on, it will not necessarily be updated when event details change. So please always double-check with official event information!

I’ve attempted to list events of interest to the local Azure community – not just topics specific to the Windows Azure Cloud Platform. Know of any more cloud events of interest? Have any more information or corrections on the events listed? Please let everyone know about them by adding a comment.

Events are listed in the order in which they will occur.

January 2012 Events

1. Cloud Mixer + talk featuring Satya Nadella

  • when: Thu 26-Jan-2012
    5:00 – 6:15 – Networking with MassTLC’s Cloud Community
    6:15 – 7:15 – Presentation and Q&A with Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • where: NERD
  • wifi: (usually)
  • food: (perhaps during the networking segment?)
  • cost: FREE,
  • what:First a networking social – get to know other area folks interested in cloud, then the following:The transition to cloud computing has been talked about as one of the most profound shifts occurring in technology in decades. With the huge growth and broad range of computing devices increasingly available, we see a shift in “design point” to a world of connected devices and continuous services. In this talk, Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, will share what he learned running a global online service, Bing, and how these lessons are informing the direction of Microsoft’s cloud strategy.Nadella is one of very few people in the world who can speak first-hand about running an extremely large-scale cloud computing business. Having previously led R&D for Microsoft’s Online Services Division, which includes Bing and MSN, Nadella has practical and deep experience with cloud both from a technical and business perspective. Today, Nadella brings these experiences to bear in his current role, which includes accountability for the overall business and technical vision, strategy, operations, engineering and marketing for Microsoft’s $17+ billion Server and Tools Business.Join us to hear how Microsoft is focused on building a platform that spans public and private clouds to enable businesses to take advantage of this new design point.
  • more info: http://126cloudmixer.eventbrite.com/
  • register: http://126cloudmixer.eventbrite.com/
  • twitter: @MassTLC and #CloudMixer

February 2012 Events

2. Boston Azure User Group meeting: Architecting for Failure: Why Cloud Architecture is Different & Hadoop

  • when: Tuesday February 7, 2012, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • where: Hosted at NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (directions)
  • wifi: Wireless Internet access will be available
  • food: Pizza and drinks expected
  • cost: FREE
  • what: Architecting for Failure: Why Cloud Architecture is different – a talk by Michael Stiefel + a shorter intro talk on Hadoop on Windows Azure (currently in CTP) by Bill Wilder
  • more info: See the Boston Azure cloud user group site for more info
  • register: http://www.meetup.com/bostonazure/events/38945872/
  • twitter: #bostonazure

3. Mass TLC Summit: The Big Data Disruption

  • when: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 8:00 AM to noon
  • where: Hosted at NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (directions)
  • wifi: Wireless Internet access expected
  • food: Pizza and drinks expected
  • cost: Costs money – see registration for details
  • what: (quoted from registration site): “Join us as we take a deep dive into the future outlook of big data and how it is going to impact the tech industry down the road.

    Keynote Speaker:  Living Smarter

Session 1 – Crossing the Big Data Chasm
Moderated by: Mike Stonebraker, Professor, MIT
Panelists to date:
Fritz Knabe, Distinguished Engineer, Netezza
Christopher Ahlberg, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, Recorded Future
This session will explore the hype versus reality of Big Data. Discussion will include the transformational opportunity it represents for the technology industry and offer a true perspective on why One Size Doesn’t Fit All. Panelists will discuss the different tools and approaches for a variety of outcomes.

Session 2 – From Hype to Reality
Moderated by:  Andy Palmer, Startup Specialist
Panelists to date:
Puneet Batra, Chief Data Scientist, Kyruus
This panel session will take a deep dive into the challenges, successes, failures and lessons learned of the early adopters of big data initiatives. The panelists will give insight using their own case studies as evidence of what has and has not worked.

4. Boston Azure User Group meeting: Solving Access Control in the Cloud: from WIF to ACS

  • when: Thu February 23, 2012, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • where: Hosted at NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (directions)
  • wifi: Wireless Internet access will be available
  • food: Pizza and drinks expected
  • cost: FREE
  • what: Solving Access Control in the Cloud: from WIF to ACS featuring Brock Allen – a deep dive into Claims, Windows Identity Foundation (WIF), and the Access Control Service (ACS) from Windows Azure
  • more info: See the Boston Azure cloud user group site for more info
  • register: RSVP here
  • twitter: #bostonazure

March 2012 Events

5. Windows Azure: Focus on your application. Not the infrastructure.

  • when: Thu March 8, 2012, 8:30 AM – noon
  • where: 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA (directions)
  • wifi: not needed
  • food: coffee!
  • cost: FREE
  • what: (quoted from registration site)
    “Microsoft Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure enable you to build, host and scale applications in Microsoft datacenters. They require no up-front expenses, no long term commitment, and enable you to pay only for the resources you use. Windows Azure is about flexibility and adaptability; whether your application can or should run 100% in the cloud, or leverage components on-premise in a hybrid cloud, Windows Azure is the most comprehensive cloud platform.The #1 question we hear, from our customers, is “How can my business benefit from Windows Azure?”.Come join us in Waltham, MA on Thursday, March 8, 2012 to learn the business benefits of Windows Azure and SQL Azure and hear real world customer examples of how Windows Azure improves your business Agility while directly Reducing your Costs.

    The target audience for this event includes BDMs, TDMs, Architects, and Development leads. The sessions are targeted at the 100-200 level with a mix of business focused information as well as technical information.”

  • more info: See the registration page for more info
  • register: RSVP here
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