Introducing the New Windows Azure at the Hartford Code Camp

On Saturday June 23rd I presented an updated version of my Windows Azure 2.0 Platform Overview at the Hartford Code Camp. Since there were quite a few major Windows Azure announcements on June 7th this was a major update of my existing presentation. In fact I was updating it until the night before the presentation. Read more of this post

Software as a Service Development Lifecycle and the Cloud

October 2011 I coauthored a whitepaper on the subject of the software as a Service Development Life Cycle (SaaS DLC).  It was published at—an ‘independent online community focused on change and innovation in enterprise software development, targeted primarily at the technical architect, technical team lead (senior developer), and project manager’.

Bill Zack—Software as a Service Development Life Cycle and the Cloud

The SaaS Development Lifecycle (SaaS DLC) is an adaptation of the traditional iterative software development process with additional important phases added. These additional phases—Evaluation, Subscribing, and Operations—are less prominent and implicit for on-premise deployments. However, the activities performed during these phases become critical success factors for a SaaS development and deployment. Read more of this post

Building Cloud-Portable and Cloud-Burstable .NET Applications with Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services

Building Cloud-Portable and Cloud-Burstable .NET Applications With Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services


Cloud-burstable applications are those built using an application deployment model in which an application runs in a private cloud or corporate data center and bursts into a public cloud (or clouds) when the demand for computing or storage capacity spikes.

Cloud-portable applications are applications that can take advantage of multiple clouds in order t0 prevent lock-in and/or make the applications more resilient in the face of cloud outages.

Slalom Consulting's Bill Zack

Bill Zack serves as a Senior Architect with Slalom Consulting in New York where he drives cloud strategy, architecture, and execution on both Windows Azure and Amazon Web services. Bill served as President of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) for over 7 years.


It should be pretty clear why we want to build applications that are cloud-burstable. It would be a great advantage to be able to overflow our resource requirements into the cloud (or clouds). The advantage of this is that the company only has to pay for for extra compute and storage resources when they are needed. Read more of this post


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