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Ryan Duclos

Ryan Duclos is a Lead Technical Consultant and CSM for Perficient, Inc. (PRFT), where he is passionate about Microsoft development utilizing the .Net Framework, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure technologies. Ryan was a 2014 Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Azure. He lives and works in LA (Lower Alabama!) and loves spending time with his family, as well as being a Community Influencer for Microsoft. Ryan also a passion for Disc Golf and CrossFit! Ryan is a board member for the Lower Alabama .NET User Group and is also involved with the Pensacola SQL Server User Group, as well as other technical communities in his region. In addition, Ryan is a frequent speaker at numerous Code Camps, SQL Saturday & User Group events.

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Attention Nonprofits: Microsoft is donating Office 365 to you

If you qualify Microsoft will donate Office 365 to your organization. Don’t you think you could benefit from Exchange and SharePoint as well as Office applications? Wouldn’t it be great if you could simplify IT administration and work towards your goals as a nonprofit? Well I believe that is what Microsoft is trying to do […]

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Windows Azure SQL Reporting what’s missing?

I’m going to use the theme of an earlier post (Windows Azure SQL Database what’s missing?) and ask the same question on another service offered on Windows Azure. The reason I chose these offerings specifically is because I really like them as a developer. Not having to deal with configuring infrastructure and being able to […]

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Windows Azure SQL Database what’s missing?

Being primarily a developer, I would prefer not having to manage infrastructure. With SQL Database I don’t have too. SQL Database provides most of the features I need when working with a relational database. If SQL Database doesn’t suit your needs, you can have SQL Server running in a VM within Windows Azure. Though again […]

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Windows Azure AutoScale Improvements

A few weeks ago the AutoScale feature was released and it is already getting some great enhancements. AutoScale is still based on CPU usage, though you can now change the scaling based on a schedule. You can set different setting for Week Days, Week Nights, and Weekends. Though you don’t have full control on how the […]

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Windows Azure Cache Preview

Caching capabilities have been available in Windows Azure for a while now, at least for use in cloud services. With the latest improvements to Windows Azure caching is now its own service. Now you can use distributed caching with all your Windows Azure applications, whether your application is a Web Sites, VM, Cloud Service or […]

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Windows Azure SQL Reporting – Calendar Reports

Before I started blogging for Perficient, I had a few posts on a personal blog. One of the post, though outdated, is still referenced quite often. So I thought it might be a good idea to update the post for use with SQL Reporting. The original post was created for SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). […]

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Windows Azure SQL Reporting

I’m not sure why exactly, but I have always loved SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). If you didn’t already know it, I’m here to let you know that Windows Azure has a similar version called SQL Reporting. In everything I see about Windows Azure, SQL Reporting doesn’t seem to be talked about much. SQL Reporting doesn’t […]

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Previews on Windows Azure

The velocity of release for Microsoft development and infrastructure products can be at times overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to keep up. Microsoft has done something to help reduce the time to get the new offerings up and running. On Windows Azure they provide several pre-configured images to allow you to get started using the […]

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What, Windows Azure supports Oracle and Java?

I don’t think it is well-known but it proves that Windows Azure is not just a Microsoft platform. Windows Azure supports Oracle and Java! They don’t have pre-configured images yet, though they’re planned to be available in the near future. For now to work with these technologies you have to configure your own images and […]

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Windows Azure no longer needs a credit card for MSDN subscribers

I talk about Windows Azure at several events, such as: SQL Saturdays, Code Camps and User Groups in my region. One thing I hear about when people sign-up is that they don’t want to supply a credit card just to try the services. Now MSDN subscribers are no longer required to provide payment information. MSDN […]

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Windows Azure AutoScale

If you have used Windows Azure Cloud Services for any length of time, one of the features you would have wanted is AutoScale. AutoScale allows you to scale your applications based on usage and performance. Being able to dynamically scale your applications based on performance and other factors is a now a reality, as AutoScale is […]

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Windows Azure 2.1 SDK (.NET) is now available

If you have used Windows Azure for any length of time, one thing you should have noticed is the rate of change. When I say change, I’m not referring to things being taken away either. The change is almost always improving what already exists or adding more capabilities. The new SDK adds support for the […]

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Windows Azure SQL Database – Premium Option

With the July updates to Windows Azure, some great enhancements have been made to SQL Database. I already talked about one of the great features, “Automated SQL Export.” So now I’ll let you know about another great feature, “Premium Databases.” Since the “Premium” feature is a preview feature you will need to specifically sign up […]

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Windows Azure SQL Database – Automated SQL Export

With the July updates/enhancements of Windows Azure some changes have been made to SQL Database. In this article I’m going to talk about Automated SQL Export. Previously you had to manually export your database for backup. Now you can automate the export/backup schedule. If you need a Windows Azure subscription here is the link for […]

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Windows Azure Web Sites leveraging DropBox deployments

Windows Azure Web Sites have been around for a while now, and one of the great features about them is deployment via source control. You have several options for source control deployment as well: you can use GitHub, CodePlex, TFS or even DropBox to keep your sites integrated and up to date. In this post […]

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Global Windows Azure Bootcamp

On April 27th, 2013, you’ll have the ability to join a Windows Azure Bootcamp on a location close to you. Why? They’re being organized globally, that’s why! Learn about locations, install the necessary prerequisites and get excited! This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The […]

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Windows Azure Marketplace

The Windows Azure Marketplace why would I want to use that? There are several reasons why you may want to use this Marketplace. If the core value of my business was the data I capture an API or an application in which I want to setup a subscription based offering why wouldn’t I want a […]

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