Harvey Norman on Azure (Episode 2) and Azure Traffic Manager

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We've got tales from the trenches with episode 2 of the Harvey Norman on Windows Azure story and another look into the capabilities of the Windows Azure Traffic Manager.

Session #1: Harvey Norman on Azure (Episode 2)

Harvey Norman (http://www.harveynorman.com.au/) is one of Australia's best known retail brands but hasn't always had the best reputation for exploiting the potential of e-commerce. This session examines how the Azure platform provided a basis to exploit new business models and supplier relationships and what frustrations were encountered along the way. Then we'll briefly review some of the more recent Azure enhancements that promise to make life for Azure developers easier (or at the very least slightly less migraine inducing).

Presenter: Todd Whitehead (http://au.linkedin.com/pub/todd-whitehead/19/5b9/9b8) is an independent consultant specialising in all things .Net, Azure and Agile related. He has over 20 years’ experience delivering solutions for clients in the travel, banking, retail and government sectors. In his spare time….well he'll let you know if that ever happens.

Session #2: Windows Azure Traffic Manager

This session will explore the different Azure load balancers focusing on the Azure Traffic Manager, followed by a demo of the Azure Traffic Manager configured for multi-datacenter load balancing. We'll also compare Azure's offerings to those by Amazon, CloudFlare and Rackspace, and examine the networking design and capabilities of these different services.

Presenter: Jonathon Rossi (http://au.linkedin.com/in/jonorossi) is a Lead Software Developer with Transmax (http://www.transmax.com.au/), a Brisbane based company providing the leading integrated traffic management system for road authorities across Australia, improving ROI and the safety of motorways and surface streets. He's a young software developer who is always keen to learn new technologies (and have fun along the way), take charge when needed, and has contributed to several open source projects including the Castle Project.