You’re back to work and ready to learn the latest new technologies in 2013.  If Windows Azure and cloud services are your thing then these 3 events that are coming up in January should definitely be added to your calendar!

LIDNUG presents Scott Guthrie's 15th Open Q&A, 15th January - Online

Scott has been coming back to LIDNUGs members each quarter for the past couple of years and it's been one of the best sessions to get answers directly from The Gu himself. In this session Scott answers questions on technical solutions, advices on implementations and draws comparisons between methodologies - all in the span of 90 minutes where his sole focus is to answer whatever question that comes in from the attendees.

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The Cloud and Big Data: HDInsight on Azure, 25th January – 10am to 1.45pm - London

This session will cover an overview of Big Data and the Cloud plus how to get started with HDInsight and Azure.

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Hybrid on Azure – A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud, 29th January 12pm till 5pm - Manchester

Cloud solutions are often presented as an all-or-nothing deal, in reality a move to the cloud is very rarely that straightforward and a much more pragmatic approach has to be taken. That is where Hybrid deployments really come into their own, the Windows Azure platform has been built with this in mind and gives infrastructure and software architects an all-encompassing toolkit. Join us in Manchester on January 29th to hear about how you can deploy hybrid cloud solutions across a wide range of common business applications and architectures and discover the benefits not only in terms of performance but also in terms of cost.

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If you’ve not yet tried out Windows Azure get your free 90 day trial here:

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