image For all the IT pros out there, this is a great reference to keep. I have downloaded, installed in all my machines, and made it readily available for me either in office or on the road.

Although mainly developer-focused, this nicely packaged content explains Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution well with labs, samples, presentations, videos, and demos. And there are core scenarios that IT pros should be familiar with in developing and deploying cloud applications to successfully assess the pros and cons of running on-premises IT and in cloud. Make no mistake about it. Cloud is here. And in my view understanding Windows Azure and services is not just about learning a different technology. It is about staying in the game and taking advantage of the opportunity, or becoming obsolete sooner than expected and worrying about losing job. The more you ramp up your skill set with cloud, the clearer and bluer sky you will get. That is what has been happening to me.

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