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PHP on Windows Azure Session at OSI Days 2010


Last week I presented at the Open Source India Days 2010 in Chennai. My session was about running PHP web applications on Windows Azure. A day before my session, on 19th September, Vijay Rajagopalan from the Interoperability team at Redmond announced the availability of various tools for PHP developers targeting Windows Azure.

This announcement was significant for the PHP community as they now have a serious toolkit to target the Windows Azure platform. While there are many logical choices of Cloud Computing platforms for Java and .NET developers, LAMP developers do not have an ideal PaaS offering to deploy their applications. Through this announcement, Microsoft is providing LAMP developers an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Cloud platform like elasticity, pay-by-use, self-service and programmability.

PHP on Windows Azure

PHP on Windows Azure

My session had 3 parts; Part 1 was introducing the key concepts of Windows Azure including Compute, Storage and the Management services. Part 2 was about packaging and deploying PHP web applications on Windows Azure. The last part of the session was consuming the Azure Storage from a typical hosted PHP application. It was difficult for me to cover all the concepts in the limited 45 minute slot. But I did my best to cover all the aspects and based on what I heard from the audience, the session was well received. One of my demos that I showcased included true Cloud interoperability scenario. I hosted WordPress running within a PHP CGI Web Role hosted on Windows Azure talking to the MySQL instance running within Relational Database Service hosted on Amazon Web Services. My other demos included a Jukebox application that consumed the Azure Storage API. The slide deck that I presented can be downloaded from the talks section of my website.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.