Michael Stephenson

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Just some thoughts on light weight integration
I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about how the integration world is changing and how integration products are changing to reflect this. While "back in the day" we had the large enterprise integration products which were a big deal in the 1990's and through the 2000's but things are taking a different direction these days. Today integration is very much about light weight integration, API's, making it simpler, making it cheaper. While these things are all completely valid reasons ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2014 12:17 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

Real-world WABS - Part 1
Ive done a video about some thoughts about using windows azure biztalk services in the real world.

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Love to hear peoples thoughts

Posted On Sunday, March 9, 2014 2:04 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

Flowing a Windows Identity through Azure Service Bus Queues
Ive recently written a whitepaper about how you could flow the details of a Windows Identity through Windows Azure Service Bus Queues and then use that on-premise to act as that user when accessing downstream resources.The paper shows a walk through of setting up a complex scenario involving protocol translation, and kerberos multi-hop delegation to get the message from a queue with the identity associated and then to flow the identity through 2 WCF hops and then to impersonate the user when accessing ......

Posted On Friday, January 24, 2014 12:05 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

Keeping up with the Jones’s in the Cloud
Been meaning to blog about this topic for a while and it's an area that I've been wondering if it will come up in the future as a governance challenge for organizations using the cloud. Let's consider the problem from the pre-cloud days in an enterprise scenario. The Challenge in the past Imagine that I am writing a WCF service which is running on premise to integrate with a line of business application. In the code I am using .net 4.0 developed with Visual Studio 2010 and I choose to reference a ......

Posted On Friday, January 24, 2014 9:56 AM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

Considerations for Logging in Hybrid Integration Solutions
As many of my readers will know, I've been doing a lot of work around Hybrid integration solutions over the last few years involving Windows Azure Service Bus and various other technologies. One of the challenges which comes up in any architecture is how do you manage and implement logging. Well if you consider that we are now often building globally distributed applications in various data centers which we own, or data centers which we rent from cloud providers, this logging challenge is now even ......

Posted On Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:20 AM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

Developer Lab in Windows Azure
Ive just published a video about a little project I've been working on where we have been creating developer labs in Windows Azure IaaS.In the video I will discuss some of the reasoning behind why this was a great solution for us and some of the considerations we had to make.Love to hear anyone's thoughts on this and if anyone else is doing similar stuffhttp://www.youtube.com... ......

Posted On Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:47 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows Azure ]

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