Java on Azure @ The NYC Windows Azure User Group – 5/16/2012: Cloudify: The PaaS Jailbreaker

I’m excited to announce the line up of this week’s NYC Windows Azure User Group for this month on Wednesday, May 16, 2012!  The group has lined up not one, but TWO great speakers to keep you informed on interesting uses of Microsoft’s cloud platform: Windows Azure.

First off, Bill Zack from Slalom Consulting will kick off the meeting with a warm up talk featuring a quick overview of the Windows Azure Platform.  Next up, our main speaker, Shay Hassidim from GigaSpaces, will talk about running Java on Windows Azure with his company’s Cloudify solution (aka: The PaaS Jailbreaker!). 

Shay is also keynoting another great event that GigaSpaces will be hosting the next day at Microsoft the next day on Thursday, May 17, 2012.  (more on that in my next post!)

Since the user group has kicked off last fall, we have mostly focused on .NET topics on Azure.  But Windows Azure is so much beyond .NET!  I’m excited to see the group cover some of these other topics.  Future meetings will be focused on mobile apps and also other non-.NET solutions on Azure (Node.js, PHP, etc).

Here’s the scoop for Wednesday night:

NYC Windows Azure User Group – May 2012 Meeting

Microsoft NYC Offices - 1290 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10104
Microsoft NYC Offices - 1290 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10104


Microsoft NYC Offices
1290 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10104


Wednesday, May 16, 2012
6:00pm – 8:30pm



Session 1: Windows Azure Platform Overview

Presented by: Bill Zack

Perhaps you've heard of Azure but aren't sure how it differs from other clouds. You will leave with an understanding of the platform's features and use cases.

Bill will provide a quick introduction to the entire Windows Azure Platform and its key features such as Compute, Storage and Database plus assorted Windows Azure middleware features such as Service Bus, Access Control, Traffic Manager, Connect and Media Services.

Session 2: The PaaS Jailbreaker

Presented by: Shay Hassidim

The session will cover the following:

  • The Difference Between PaaS and DevOps
  • Putting DevOps & PaaS togatehr
  • What Makes a Cloudify a PaaS Jailbreaker?
  • Quick Introduction to Cloudify Recipes

About Shay:

Shay has been with GigaSpaces since the inception of the company, charting the Technology Direction and Product Evolution from Caching, to Elastic Application Scaling to fully functional Hybrid Cloud Platform solution.  Shay studied at Ben-Gurion University with a concentration in advanced computational science and programming.  Shay leads GigaSpace’s developer community and shares the vision of Next Generation IT infrastructure platform in  a consultative practice of innovation creation for fortune 100 level financial customers in the North East.

Hope to see a bunch of you on Wednesday night!!!!