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The Developer's Cloud Face-off: Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon EC2

  • Nov 21, 2011 · 7:00 PM

PaaS, IaaS – Why should you care?

As it turns out, if you’re a developer wanting to simplify how you build web applications and are thinking of cloud-based virtual machines that can run multiple programming models, you do need to care.

In Platform-as-aService (PaaS), developers are able to create new online applications in a platform provided by the PaaS provider. Windows Azure is an example of a PaaS service model where developers are provided the tools to easily build applications without the need for owning internal hardware and software—all you need is a Web browser.

In an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) service model, organizations have access to computing power and storage capacity using a cloud provider’s hardware. This allows them to have control over the infrastructure and run applications in the cloud at a reduced cost. Amazon Web Services offer several IaaS cloud hosting products that can be purchased by the hour.  

Join us for a fun and engaging night of intellectual discussion as we learn the difference between Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2, their trade-offs, and where they may converge in the future. A representative from both sides will present for ten (10) minutes each followed by a Q&A session.


About Our Speakers

Windows Azure

Marcus Wendt is the program manager for Composite C1, a user friendly open source .net CMS that work out of the box and allow developers to build features using their favorite web language whether it be ASP.NET MVC, Razor Web pages, ASP.NET Web Form or XSLT.

The relatively new CMS quickly became the best rated CMS on the open source portal CodePlex and the 6th best rated project among the 25.000+ projects there. Composite C1 is available at the Windows Web App Gallery and at

One year ago the developers at Composite began focusing on Windows Azure. With its “Platform as a Service” approach, scalability and developer tooling and cost efficiency Windows Azure stood out as a platform that would allow both Composite and third parties to deliver both large scale hosting and cost effective multi tenancy hosting at a global scale.

In migrating a complex web application like Composite C1 to Windows Azure and developing a variety of deployment options Composite have gained unique insights into the strengths of Windows Azure and the pitfalls of cloud computing.

So far the focus on Windows Azure have generated commercial add-ons and a free tool available at allowing developers to quickly move an on premise Composite C1 solution to Windows Azure.

You can read more about Composite C1 at

Amazon EC2

Sean Hull is the founder and senior consultant at Heavyweight Internet Group in New York City. 

He has over two decades experience as a technology consultant, advisor, author and speaker & entrepreneur at clients such as Nielsen, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, NBC Universal, iVillage, Zagat Survey, Rent The Runway, ideeli and Kaplan Test Prep.  These hypergrowth companies handle five to fifteen million unique visitors per month. 

Sean specializes in high traffic website scalability challenges, performance, business continuity, security and data architecture, with an emphasis on MySQL, Linux, and Amazon EC2 deployments.  He can be reached at [masked] or


About Our Sponsor

Serve by American Express is sponsoring this event at the Citrus Lounge in Seattle. You'll each get a drink ticket good for beer or any Citrus Lounge signature drink. We will have the back room all to ourselves with lounge chairs and sofas and a flat screen above the fireplace for our speakers' presentations.

This will be fun so don’t miss it and tell all your friends about it!


About the Prizes

Door prizes will be raffled off to the first 20 to RSVP and show up so what are you waiting for?

I will also be raffling off five (5) free copies of my book Office 365 for Dummies due for February 2012. You have to be present to participate in the raffle so don't forget your business cards!



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  • A former member
    A former member

    The speakers were a trouper for being willing to speak to our group despite the time zone difference (very early morning for Marcus in Denmark and late in the evening for Sean in NY); good turnout

    November 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed myself! It was a great meetup, they get better & better!

    November 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Events like this make Seattle a nice city.

    November 21, 2011

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