As you move workloads into Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VM), there is another skillset you must master...VM optimization. In this deep dive session you will learn how to configure and tune your virtual machines in Windows Azure for optimal performance and availability. Anders and Pete will take you through optimizing disk configuration, optimizing I/O performance, as well as how to choose the right VM size in Windows Azure. Discussion will then move into high availability in Windows Azure for a variety of popular application workloads, including Internet Information Server (IIS), MS SQL Server and SharePoint. If you are interested in maximizing your Windows Azure IaaS investments, this session is not to be missed!
When you scale your applications, distributed cache is a must-have tool. Microsoft Azure Managed Caching and Redis Cache are the newest dedicated distributed cache solutions for Azure, but they are not the only option. In this session we will explore the caching options available to us in Microsoft Azure, including some non-MS solutions, such as Memcached and Couchbase. We will compare features, availability, deployment strategies, and of course, performance.
Graphically intensive user interfaces are growing increasingly more common in modern apps, and on the Windows platform, DirectX is a key enabler for this trend. Whether you use DirectX to create an interactive UI for a Windows Store app or to build a 3D game, having the right tools will make your job easier. In this video, we take a tour of what’s new in Visual Studio 2013 for building DirectX apps, including refreshed project templates, samples and feature additions to Graphics Diagnostics.