DevOps unleashed with Windows Azure

By now, you have heard of Windows Azure and you may have already begun exploring what’s in it for you. The more pressing question is how you can start using Windows Azure. Developer Operations, or DevOps for short, presents a great opportunity to add Windows Azure to your toolkit. If you have been wanting to setup up a continuous integration (CI) server and make quick work of deploying your applications for testing, Windows Azure has a number of capabilities that will be of interest to you. In Windows Azure, it’s easy to link source code control providers like Team Foundation Server and Git. It’s also easy to build Virtual Machine as part of Windows Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. In this session, John will take you through the steps you need to employ to get started with Windows Azure from a DevOps perspective.

John Petersen

John Petersen has been developing software for 20 years, starting with dBase, Clipper and FoxBase + thereafter, migrating to FoxPro and Visual FoxPro and Visual Basic. Other areas of concentration include Oracle and SQL Server – versions 6-2008. John is the Philadelphia Microsoft Practice Director for CEI America (, a Microsoft Gold Partner. From 1995 to 2001, he was a Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP. Today, his emphasis is on ASP MVC .NET applications. He is a current Microsoft ASP .NET MVP. In 1999, he wrote the definitive whitepaper on ADO for VFP Developers. In 2002, he wrote the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Databases for Que Publishing. John was a co-author of Visual FoxPro Enterprise Development from Prima Publishing with Rod Paddock, Ron Talmadge and Eric Ranft. He was also a co-author of Visual Basic Web Development from Prima Publishing with Rod Paddock and Richard Campbell. In 2004, John graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. He passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar exams and was in private practice for several years.