Since there is such a great Windows Azure-focused event meeting in the area so close to the Boston Azure meeting, we've decided to simply suggest our members go to this other meeting. Note the date (Thu Jan 17) and location (NOT AT NERD - but rather at the nearby new Microsoft Office at One Cambridge Centers (known as "1cc") - which is very easy to find since the entrance is very close to the Kendall Square Red Line stop. Click on this map for more details.)

Note - you CANNOT RSVP for this event through this Boston Azure page. In order to RSVP you must sign up for the NESQL mailing list (http://nesql.org/SignUp/tabid/100/Default.aspx).

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Details for this meeting are here:


Featured Speaker is Microsoft GM Mark Souza

Here is a summary (written by Adam Machanic):

Big Data and Cloud at Microsoft -- Mark Souza, Microsoft

Start Date/Time: Thursday, January 17,[masked]:30 PM
End Date/Time: Thursday, January 17,[masked]:00 PM

Part I - Big Data at Microsoft Corporation (20 min)

This will explain Microsoft’s plans around Big Data. How is it being implemented? What makes it unique? Mark will take you through how Microsoft's BI products integrate, and will share a couple of customer implementation stories. Since the technology is relatively new to Microsoft it will probably be positioned at the[masked] level.

Part II – Microsoft Cloud best practices (40 min)

The CAT teams (Mark manages both the Windows Azure CAT and SQLCAT teams) have implemented 5 of the largest cloud deployments to date. Microsoft has learned a lot about implementing high scale cloud solutions and Mark will share some of these lessons. It is all about scale out, having a good architecture up front and going back to good development behavior that we have lost over the years with traditional client/server applications. It is not easy to build a very large scale out application, but it is definitely doable and Mark will be using real life cases to show you. Level 300-400.

Part III – Q&A on any topic, and maybe a surprise or two! - ????

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My office in Andover has a large conference room and I'd be more than happy to host the MeetUp on January 24th. We've hosted MeetUps here before and it works out well. Plenty of easy parking and were right off 93. Please let me know, [masked]

    January 11, 2013

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