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January Meeting Announcement

The first meeting of the new year will be held on Monday, January 14th from 6pm – 8pm at TechColumbus (1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212).

We are very happy to welcome back Ron Savoia to talk with us about Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features including Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking.

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We are pleased to continue to have Halcyon Solutions joining us this month as a sponsor!  Halcyon supported COCCUG all of 2012 and continues their excellent support for 2013.  Thank you!


We have seen many presentations over the past few years on Azure as a Cloud-based application development platform for developing & deploying “elastic” applications that can easily scale up and scale down as end-user demand/load requires.  With the latest Azure release over the summer, we can now easily spin up “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) Cloud Services in Azure as well, including:

  • Virtual Machines, where you can install any/all Microsoft server product (excluding Terminal Services for now)
  • Local Networks and Virtual Networks where you can extend your corporate network safely and securely over an IPSec VPN to easily deploy other core IT infrastructure services (such as Domain Controllers, AD Federation Servers, DNS, file servers, etc) in a Cloud model

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the Azure IaaS services and walk thru a demonstration of setting up an Azure Virtual Network, then deploying Virtual Machines on that Virtual Network.


Ron is the founder and Managing Partner of Stratus Innovations Group, which is a solutions provider focused exclusively on providing enterprise-class solutions based on a Cloud Computing delivery model.  Prior to forming Stratus Innovations Group, Ron was a Senior Director of Microsoft’s Field Sales & Services organization where he ran various enterprise services & consulting businesses for Microsoft responsibilities incubating the field “Go-to-Market” for Microsoft’s Online Services business around Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS), Office 365 and Windows/SQL Azure Cloud offering.

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