Eastern Cloud Blog

This blog is aimed at our East Region State & Local Government customers. Opinions are our own - be gentle with us.

An Introduction to Microservices with Mark Russinovich

Do you know what "Microservices" are?  If you are a developer or an organization looking to move applications and services to the cloud, microservices allow you to break down applications into smaller, reusable parts.  At its simplest, the microservices design approach is about a decoupled federation of services, with independent changes to each and agreed-upon standards for communication.  Learn more about this by watching This Channel 9 overview video with one of the smartest guys at Microsoft, Mark Russinovich.

Microsoft Mechanics: How to enable consumer logins and access management for your B2C apps

If you struggle with identity management and the user sign-in experience for your consumer applications and websites Azure AD B2C is a new service to help you to reliably and securely maintain user accounts for your B2C apps. Watch the show as lead engineer Alex Simons walks through the tech behind the scenes that makes it all possible and how you can quickly: Connect your existing Web and mobile apps; allow your users to sign-in with social network accounts; configure the service and scale your app to reach millions of consumers globally.

Watch this 10-minute video to learn more about leveraging this highly-available, global, cloud-based identity store to provide a great experience for your customers and constituents.

August Dev Digest for Office 365

Are you taking advantage of all the great dev tools and resources for the Office 365 platform?  The Microsoft team has published their sixth blog post full of tools, tips and training.  Read the blog post or head right over to the Office 365 Dev Center to get started.


Visual Studio 2015 RTM on July 20th

Put a “Save the Date” on your calendar for July 20th!  Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2015 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) on that date.  That release includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6.  MSDN customers will be able to download the new releases the same day. 

Read S. Somasegar’s blog post for more details and links to the release event site where you can watch the event on line.


Build Content Available Online

Couldn't make it to Build?  Don't worry, lots of the content has now been made available for free through out Channel 9 site.  If you are a developer, you should absolutely head over and watch at least the Keynote sessions.

Browse the available sessions here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015/ 

Virtual Event: MSDN & Azure for Development and Testing Agility

You need to support the challenges of agility and scale in your development and testing activities.  How can you develop multiple application versions concurrently?  How can you test at the scale demanded in production?  How can you find answers quickly given accelerated timelines?
Of course, MSDN subscriptions are known for access to Visual Studio and other software you need, but there's much more to help you as a developer.  For example, MSDN includes a monthly credit to use Microsoft Azure to support your development and test agility, with no credit card required.  Add to that Visual Studio Online services, support incidents for those tougher issues, online training options, and a good deal more.  It's all to help you get your applications created and deliver value. 
In this deep dive, we'll show you how to use Microsoft Azure to address dev & test scenarios, Visual Studio Online capabilities, and other MSDN benefits. 

Register today to join us for this session featuring live Q&A!

Starts: Friday, May 29, 2015 9:00 AM
Time zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) => so that’s Noon on the east coast!!
Duration: 1 hour(s)


Organize your Azure VMs & Containers into Dev/Test Labs

Microsoft is introducing a new Azure service to make the management of your test and development environments easier to manage and control.  Running test/dev in Azure provides for improved agility, cost savings and the ability to try new things without huge investments in time and infrastructure.  Azure integrates directly with the dev tools you use today and even offers Visual Studio Online to leverage the cloud for improved code control, load testing and collaboration.

With this service, you'll be able to:

  • Quickly provision development and test environments
  • Minimize waste with quotas and policies
  • Set automated shutdowns to minimize costs
  • Create a VM in a few clicks with reusable templates
  • Get going quickly using VMs from pre-created pools
  • Build Windows and Linux environments

You can sign up now to get into the preview and help fine tune this service.  Check it out at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/devtest-lab/