Forwarding on a note from my local MS Developer Evangelist Joe Healy about his next series of free presentations coming up in Florida. While the "Tiki Hut" name may sound less than serious, it's intent is to bring free MSDN content to smaller cities that don't usually get a full sized MSDN presentation each quarter. These are free events that run 3-4 hours, some during the day and some are evenings. Free = good, and Joe is a good presenter (as is his partner on the trip Jeff Barnes). Here are the sessions - #2 probably the one of interest to most DBA's, I'm hoping to catch this one myself.
Session 2 – Data Services - OnPremise and Off - In the near future, applications will be developed using a combination of custom application code and online building block services, including data-centric services. In this session we discuss advancements in the Microsoft development platform and online service interfaces to enable seamless interaction with data services both on-premises (e.g., ADO.NET Data Services Framework over on-premises SQL Server) and in the cloud (e.g., SQL Server Data Services). Learn how you can leverage existing know-how related to LINQ (Language Integrated Query), data access APIs, data-binding, and more when building applications using online data.
Session 3 – Architecting for the Cloud using Windows Azure - This session provides a tour of the Windows Azure cloud computing platform, an overview of its various components, and explains how these fit together to provide best-of-cloud experiences. We will explore the architecture that links many of the Microsoft .NET services and lets ISVs and businesses deliver compelling solutions. Learn how to compose these services with SQL Data Services to create applications in the cloud and connect them with on-premise systems. We will also examine the next generation of messaging, data, access control, and directory services, and how they fit together to provide a seamless integration into the cloud.
Full details on his blog,