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Cloud Burst 2013 2013

The Sweden Windows Azure Group Developer Conference
September 19 – 20, 2013


CloudBurst is a Windows Azure developer conference run by the Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG).

The event was recorded and the videos are available on Channel9!

The event features two days of sessions from Windows Azure community and industry leaders and provides real-world content for Windows Azure developers and those wanting to explore the platform. The focus will be on developing Windows Azure applications and real-world cloud-based solutions. After the sessions on Thursday there will be a chance to chat the presenters and other attendees. All sessions at CloudBurst are presented in English.

The event is free to attend, lunch and refreshment will be provided. Drinks and light refreshments will be available after the sessions on Thursday. CloudBurst is made possible by the generosity and passion of the presenters and the organizers and also through the financial support from the event sponsors.

Organizers for SWAG are the two Swedish Windows Azure MVPs Alan Smith and Magnus Mårtensson.

(Logos and graphical design by our good friend Maarten Balliauw.)


Two days packed with great sessions!

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Time Session / Happening
Conference Day 1
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Intoduction of the conference. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 The State of Windows Azure
Mark Brown - Windows Azure Community Manager
10:15 - 11:15 Cloud is the new Black... and all that Jazz!
Magnus Mårtensson - Windows Azure MVP
11:30 - 12:30 Windows Azure though the eyes of an IT Pro and how to cope with Developers and Business Stakeholders
Mike Martin - Windows Azure MVP
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 How it’s made: MyGet.org
Maarten Balliauw - Windows Azure MVP
14:30 - 15:30 Getting your Nerd on with Windows Azure data services
Scott Klein - Windows Azure Technical Evangelist
15:45 - 16:45 Big Data for the Win!!
Andy Cross - Windows Azure MVP
16:45 - 19:00 Mingle & Beer. More information to follow.
Conference Day 2
08:00 - 08:50 Doors open!
08:50 - 09:00 Intoduction of Day 2. (Please be on time!)
09:00 - 10:00 Connecting the Cloud with your local applications
Sam Vanhoutte - Windows Azure Insider
10:15 - 11:15 Bursting to the Cloud in 1 Hour
Patriek Dorp, van - Windows Azure MVP
11:30 - 12:30 DNN Cloud Services – Under the Hood
David Rodriguez - Windows Azure Insider
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Handling Big Data in Windows Azure Storage
Alan Smith - Windows Azure MVP
14:30 - 15:30 Dependable Cloud Architecture
Michael Wood - Windows Azure MVP
15:45 - 16:45 Windows Azure Store
Björn Eriksen - Architect Evangelist


The following World Leading Windows Azure Presenters are speaking CloudBurst 2013!

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SWAG would like to thank all the presenters for contributing their valuable time and their knowledge, as well as all those involved in organizing and promoting the event.

Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw - Windows Azure MVP

Maarten Balliauw is a Technical Evangelist at JetBrains. His interests are all web: ASP.NET MVC, PHP and Windows Azure. He's a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows Azure and an ASPInsider. He has published many articles in both PHP and .NET literature such as MSDN magazine and PHP architect. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events such as MIX (Las Vegas), TechDays, DPC, ...

How it’s made: MyGet.org

Ever wonder how some applications are built? Ever wonder how to combine components of the Windows Azure platform? Stop wondering and learn how we’ve built MyGet.org, a multi-tenant software-as-a-service. In this session we’ll discuss architecture, commands, events, access control, multi tenancy and how to mix and match those things together. Learn about the growing pains and misconceptions we had on the Windows Azure platform. The result just may be a reliable, cost-effective solution that scales.

[ @maartenballiauw | Blog ]

Mark Brown

Mark Brown - Windows Azure Community Manager

Mark has been a developer since 1991 and a web developer since 1995 building the first generation of e-commerce dot-com sites. Mark joined Microsoft in 2000 and worked across the company with a focus on web. Mark worked on web application security teaching developers to write more secure apps. On the Bing Maps team Mark helped ASP.NET developers actually enjoy writing JavaScript and create cool sites and visualize spatial data with maps. On Microsoft’s Web Platform team Mark ran the marketing for IIS and ASP.NET, launched the Web Platform Installer and WebMatrix and drove Microsoft’s outreach to the PHP community. These days Mark works on Windows Azure as its Community Manager to help grow and nurture the highly specialized group of Azure MVP’s and its larger group of Azure Insiders. Mark and also runs all of marketing for web workloads on Windows Azure where he continues to help developers build web applications for the cloud.

The State of Windows Azure

Windows Azure has grown tremendously since its first release in 2009. The last 15 months especially have seen an enormous amount of activity to make available more core computing services and higher level services across the Windows Azure platform. We have also “cloud-enabled” things like Active Directory and BizTalk while simultaneously releasing updates to the entire platform on a schedule never before seen at Microsoft. In this session we will get an update to the State of Azure with the very latest releases that have come for Windows Azure as well as a look to the future for where we are headed as a cloud platform.

[ @markjbrown | Blog ]

Andy Cross

Andy Cross - Windows Azure MVP

Andy Cross is an author, software consultant, cloud architect and co-owner of Elastacloud. His passion for distributed computing, big data and high performance compute sees him building massively scalable system utilising the limitless potential of the cloud. Andy’s specialism in the Cloud realm is big data, computation distribution, runtime diagnostics and service elasticity. He is a Windows Azure MVP, Insider, co-founder of the UK London Windows Azure User Group and a Microsoft DevPro Community Leader.

Big Data for the Win!!

Liberate yourself from the shackles of limited data processing. Embrace unstructured, semi-structured and structured data. Express your logic in best of breed technologies. Utilise thousands of cores of compute to learn how to win the Internet. Andy will explain different data structures and paradigms that can be effectively used to express them. Using Windows Azure, he will provision and interact with Hadoop, Mahout and Neo4j to mine massive data sets, learn and express meaning from them. Although embracing non-Microsoft technologies, this will be presented from a familiar place; hosted on Windows Azure and consumed with C#.

[ @andybareweb | Blog ]

Patriek Dorp, van

Patriek Dorp, van - Windows Azure MVP

Patriek van Dorp is a Technology Consultant for Microsoft technologies at Sogeti in The Netherlands. Over the last 5 years, he has specialized in Cloud Computing and Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform, Windows Azure. Patriek is passionate about bringing different technical communities with different skill sets together and introducing them to the Windows Azure platform. He co-founded the Dutch Windows Azure User Group this contributed to him receiving the MVP award for Windows Azure for three years in a row now.

Bursting to the Cloud in 1 Hour

Because applications seldom stand on their own, developers are more often facing challenges that cover skills of both Developers and IT Pros. In order to overcome these challenges, both expertises need to evolve towards each other. DevOps are born! This session will show developers how they can extend an existing on-premises infrastructure to the Cloud to facilitate their Cloud applications. The whole process will take no longer than 1 hour and can all be done from the comfort of Visual Studio.

[ @pvandorp | Blog ]

Björn Eriksen

Björn Eriksen - Architect Evangelist

Björn is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Sweden. With his background as Systems Architect and developer he has a broad focus on the Microsoft platform. His specialties are Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Windows Azure Store

The Windows Azure Store allows developers who are building applications using the Windows Azure open cloud platform to easily discover, purchase, and use app services and data sets which enhance their Windows Azure development experience. Find out the what, how and why in this session about Windows Azure Store.

[ @bjorn_eriksen | Blog ]

Scott Klein

Scott Klein - Windows Azure Technical Evangelist

Scott Klein is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, focusing on SQL Server and Windows Azure data services, including Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows Azure Storage, and SQL Server in a VM. Scott has been working with SQL Server for over 20 years. Prior to Microsoft Scott was one of the first 4 SQL Azure MVPs. Scott is the author of over 1/2 dozen books, including Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure by APress. He can also be found speaking at conferences and events around the world, such as TechEd, TechDays, SQLConnections, SQL PASS, and SQL Saturdays.

Getting your Nerd on with Windows Azure data services

As cloud computing becomes more popular and cloud-based solutions the norm rather than the fringe, the need to understand the different data services that the cloud has to offer is more critical to application developers. This action-packed and demo-filled session will show you now to grab Microsoft’s different Windows Azure data services by the horns use them to build knock-your-socks-off applications and have fun while doing it!

[ @SQLScott | Blog ]

Magnus Mårtensson

Magnus Mårtensson - Windows Azure MVP

Magnus Martensson is the first Windows Azure MVP in Northern Europe. In his work as Technical Lead and Software Architect consultant he aids ISVs and other customers to take off and be successful in the Cloud as well as assists with project effectiveness and development process streamlining. Magnus is also a passionate international speaker and trainer and the next gig he would love to book is Yours!

Cloud is the new Black... and all that Jazz!

In this session join a true Cloud enthusiast in pondering the opportunities in the Cloud. Let’s talk about what makes the Cloud unique compared to non-cloud predecessors. We will look at the nature of Cloud Computing – service oriented with a focus on statelessness, low coupling, modularity and semantic interoperability. How does this relate to the Modern App? How do I get going if I’m not a ‘Cloud enabled Developer’ today and is this urgent? We’ll talk about how to embrace the change. The session will underline the concepts with demos of services in the Windows Azure Platform.

[ @noopman | Blog ]

Mike Martin

Mike Martin - Windows Azure MVP

Mike is Microsoft Lead Consultant and Architect at Crosspoint Solutions (part of the Cronos group), a company with a strong focus on BI, Data and CRM. Mike is mainly focused on the complete Microsoft product stack and therefore very flexible to work with. He’s been active in the IT industry for over 15 years and has performed almost all types of job profiles, going from coaching and leading a team to architecting and systems design and training. Today he’s primarily into the Microsoft Cloud Platform and Application Lifecycle Management. He’s not a stranger to both dev and IT Pro topics. In January 2012 he became a crew member of AZUG, the Belgian Windows Azure User Group. As an active member he’s both involved in giving presentations and organizing events. Mike is also a Windows Azure MVP and Windows Azure Insider. Mike likes helping out in the community and introducing new & young people into the world of Microsoft and technology.

Windows Azure though the eyes of an IT Pro and how to cope with Developers and Business Stakeholders

The Job of an IT Pro is changing in every aspect. Windows Azure is there as an extend to your domain. Hence Windows Azure even gives you opportunities in areas you might not even have been involved yet. In this session we hand you some practical tips for the SDLC and really focus on those areas that you need to master to better understand the people you have to work with in your everyday environment. Topics here are maintenance and deployment of applications, and the set up of environments.

[ @TechMike2kX | Blog ]

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez - Windows Azure Insider

David Rodriguez, is a happy Spanish guy living and working in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) where he was born. He is one of the lucky ones who has the opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies at DNN as the Lead Engineer on the Cloud Team. He has more than 15 years development background mostly based on Microsoft technologies, designing and architecting highly scalable systems like reservation systems for airlines companies. He has been working with Windows Azure since it was on CTP, migrating on-premise systems to the cloud. He is also the author of the DNN Azure Accelerator, an open source project available on CodePlex to deploy DNN on Azure as a cloud service. Because of all this love for web and cloud technologies he finally landed at DNN Corp. to technically lead their voyage to the cloud.

DNN Cloud Services – Under the Hood

DNN’s “Evoq in the Cloud” service delivers DNN Evoq applications via Windows Azure. The service uses Windows Azure Table Storage, Message Queues and Web Worker roles to handle provisioning and maintenance of their customer sites. DNN developed a ‘Device Pool,’ where deployed devices are kept ready to be assigned to customers. Once a customer creates an account, the device is assigned to the customer and 30 seconds later, the customer has their new website or community platform, fully installed and ready to go. In this session David Rodriguez, DNN Cloud Team Lead Engineer, will share their DNN Cloud Services implementation details and how they architect the final solution on Windows Azure Platform.

[ @davidjrh | Blog ]

Alan Smith

Alan Smith - Windows Azure MVP

Alan is from England and resident in Stockholm where he works as a consultant for Active Solution, a company specializing in Windows Azure and .NET development. He has been in the IT industry since 1995 and delivering training courses since 2005. Between courses he acts as a mentor and coach to other developers and teams, sharing his knowledge of Windows Azure to improve their project development. He also works closely with Microsoft, taking part in technology preview programs, attending software design reviews and providing feedback to development teams. Alan has an active role in the developer community running a local Windows Azure user group as well as playing a leading role in organizing the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp and the CloudBurst conference in Sweden. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and user groups in Sweden and around Europe and has held the Microsoft MVP award for nine years, currently as an MVP for Windows Azure.

Handling Big Data in Windows Azure Storage

Windows Azure Storage provide massively scalable storage services with local and geo-redundancy. Organizations can store terabytes of data off-site and in a reliable, highly available and cost efficient manner. For those of you wishing to explore the capabilities of Windows Azure Storage there are bound to be a number of questions that will arise. Can a blob storage container really handle millions of blobs effectively? How efficient is a Table Storage query when the table contain over a billion entities? How can these data volumes be uploaded reliably and effectively? How can the usage and billing of a data intensive solution be monitored? This demo-intensive session will answer these questions and show how big data scenarios can be effectively implemented using Windows Azure Storage. The Windows Azure Storage API will be covered in depth, along with techniques to increase the speed and reduce the cost of uploading data to Windows Azure. A solution storing the 4.3 million articles that make up the English Wikipedia content and providing a simple text index search will be used as a case study.

[ @alansmith | Blog ]

Sam Vanhoutte

Sam Vanhoutte - Windows Azure Insider

Sam Vanhoutte is CTO and Product Manager with Codit. Based in Belgium, Sam is a Microsoft BizTalk Virtual Technology Specialist and has extensive experience in building integrated enterprise, ESB and SOA solutions. Because of the specialized focus on integration on Microsoft technology, Sam is part of Microsoft’s Connected Systems and Azure Advisory boards and is a Windows Azure Insider. Sam is also co-founder and member of the board of the Belgian BizTalk User Group, which was founded during the summer of 2013. While managing and architecting the online integration platform “Codit Integration Cloud”, Sam has been focusing on Cloud integration with the Windows Azure platform the last years, focusing on the Windows Azure Service Bus and BizTalk Services technology.

Connecting the Cloud with your local applications

In the new scenarios where cloud is getting used, integration becomes very important. Luckily, the Windows Azure platform provides a lot of different capabilities and services to make a secure link between your local systems and the Windows Azure services or machines. In this session, an overview will be give of the different technologies and the scenarios to which these technologies are best applicable. The following technologies will be demonstrated and discussed: * Connectivity on messaging level: Service Bus Messaging * Connectivity on service level: Service Bus Relay * Connectivity on data level: SQL Data Sync * Connectivity on network level: Windows Azure Virtual Networking * Connectivity on security level: Active Directory integration

[ @SamVanhoutte | Blog ]

Michael Wood

Michael Wood - Windows Azure MVP

Michael Wood is a Senior Application Developer for Resurgent Capital Services. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group founding, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he's not living up to that title he's an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group in the States as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure.

Dependable Cloud Architecture

Felix Baumgartner jumped from over 128,000 feet to break a world record for sky diving. An image was posted to a Facebook account after his landing and in 40 minutes it had logged over 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments, and 29,000 shares. The Pottermore website, digital home to one of the world’s greatest known Wizards, saw a billion (with a “B”) page views just two weeks after it launched and was signing up new users at a rate of 25,000 per day. Whether you need this level of instant scalability, or you are simply wanting to be ready for it when your own idea takes off the cloud allows you to create solutions that can scale easily and have high availability, however, these do not come automatically. You need to know how best to leverage a cloud platform to achieve these capabilities successfully. This presentation focuses on architecture patterns and coding techniques that help provide reliable cloud solutions. While the content for this presentation can be applied to many cloud platforms the examples will be given using Windows Azure.

[ @mikewo | Blog ]


Thank you for helping us out!

Hosting a two-day conference with leading international presenters and keeping attendance free would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the presenters, organizers, and financial contributions from organizations. The conference would not be possible without the following invaluable organizations (in alphabetical order) for helping with financial support and logistics.

Would you like to sponsor SWAG and among other things have your logo appear here? Contact us below!

Traveling to CloudBurst

CloudBurst 2013 will be held at the Microsoft offices in Akalla, Finlandsgatan 36, 164 93 Kista.

Traveling to Microsoft Sweden from Stockholm City

Travel cards are required for the subway and can be purchased from the Pressbyran shops by the stations. A travel card with 16 coupons can be purchased for 220 SEK. From T-Centralen, take the blue subway line to Akalla, which takes around 20 minutes. At Akalla station, leave from the exit at the rear of the train. The Microsoft offices are about 3 minutes’ walk from the station exit.

Travelling to Stockholm by Air

Stockholm Arlanda international airport is about 40 km north of Stockholm city and about 25 km north of the conference location. From Arlanda to and from Stockholm city:
  • Taxi, around 35 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
  • Arlanda Express airport train, around 20 minutes, 260 SEK.
  • Airport Bus, around 40 minutes, 99 SEK.
From Arlanda to the conference location:
  • Taxi, around 25 minutes, fixed fair around 450 – 550 SEK.
Bromma airport is about 10 km west of Stockholm city.

Accommodation in Stockholm

It is recommended to stay in Stockholm city rather than around the conference location. Stockholm has a number of hotels around the city. The presenters will be staying at Comfort Hotel Stockholm, Kungsbron 1 11122 Stockholm.


Any questions or suggestions? Contact the event organizers Alan and Magnus!

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All sessions at CloudBurst are presented in English!

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