Dr. Stephen Hawking has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and has relied on assistive technology. Researchers from Intel Labs collaborated with Hawking on a new solution called ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit) that makes it easier for him to communicate, and navigate the computer and the Internet. ACAT uses various Microsoft open development tools, including Azure, C# and .NET 4.5, and the project was recently open sourced on GitHub so that developers and those with disabilities could customize it to their needs.
Richard Conway and Andy Cross, Azure MVPs from Elastacloud, take you on a tour de force of Big Data as a workload and the available services on Azure for supporting them. The session begins with introductory outlining of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS offerings; from the complexities and power of building a Linux IaaS cluster to the simplicity and bounded capabilities of Cloud Services via HDInsight. The session will continue to give hands on examples of HDInsight, the Hadoop on Azure service and will conclude with a demonstration of Machine Learning with the new AzureML service.