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Video Webcast : Reliability in the Cloud; Windows Azure June 2012 Release; Microsoft StreamInsight

Cloud computing raises important considerations for organizations about how reliable their cloud provider is and what measures they have in place to deal with incidents and events that compromise reliability when they occur.

In this episode of Cloud Fundamentals Video Series, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Director, Tim Rains spoke with David Bills, Microsoft’s Chief Reliability Strategist, about reliability and strategies for dealing with the different types of incidents that may occur.

“Incidents will happen – it’s not a question of if, it’s strictly a matter of when” and customers need to be aware of how their cloud provider is prepared to handle these types of situations, David states.

In this @CloudCover Nathan Totten, Nick Harris, and Michael Washam introduce the newest features of the Windows Azure that Microsoft revealed just two days back. You can read more about the new features here.

Michael shows off the new portal and gives a demo of Windows Azure Virtual Machines and the new PowerShell Cmdlets. Nathan demos Windows Azure Web Sites and the CLI tools for OS X. And finally, Nick shows Windows Azure SDK 1.7 and the tools for Visual Studio 2012 as well as some updates with Windows Azure Cloud Services.

Here is the timeline of this video:

  • New Portal: 00:01:20
  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines: 00:09:00
  • PowerShell Cmdlets: 00:27:45
  • Windows Azure Web Sites: 00:36:42
  • OS X Command Line Tools: 00:57:36
  • Windows Azure SDK 1.7 and Visual Studio Tools: 01:07:40
  • Tip of the Week: 01:23:40

Finally, in the video below, Microsoft shows off “StreamInsight,” a powerful platform that you can use to develop and deploy complex event processing (CEP) applications. “By using Microsoft StreamInsight to develop CEP applications, you can achieve the following tactical and strategic goals for your business:

  • “Monitor your data from multiple sources for meaningful patterns, trends, exceptions, and opportunities.

    Analyze and correlate data incrementally while the data is in-flight — that is, without first storing it–yielding very low latency. Aggregate seemingly unrelated events from multiple sources and perform highly complex analyses over time.

  • Manage your business by performing low-latency analytics on the events and triggering response actions that are defined on your business key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Respond quickly to areas of opportunity or threat by incorporating your KPI definitions into the logic of the CEP application, thereby improving operational efficiency and your ability to respond quickly to business opportunities.
  • Mine events for new business KPIs.
  • Move toward a predictive business model by mining historical data to continuously refine and improve your KPI definitions,” Microsoft informs.

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