eWEEKChat Dec. 17: Looking Ahead at Windows Azure in 2014

The main question for this eWEEKchat: How will Windows Azure Cloud continue to evolve in the face of powerful competitors such as Amazon and others?

On Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host a special eWEEKChat event. The topic will be "Looking Ahead at Windows Azure Cloud for 2014."

It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis, and will feature journalist and Microsoft software development expert Bradley Jones of QuinStreet's Internet.com.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Looking Ahead at Windows Azure Cloud in 2014."
Date/time: Dec. 17, 2013 @10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We have two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/

Everybody enjoys hearing about what's likely to happen in the future--not that anybody really knows exactly what's going to take place, that is. Guesses--educated and wild alike--can spark interesting discussions. But it's fun and entertaining to discuss the great things that are likely to happen, especially in the world of IT, where there's never a dull news moment.

It's easy enough to project that cloud computing investment and subscriptions to cloud services of numerous kinds will continue to escalate in 2014. The question we want to discuss in this eWEEKchat is around this: How will Windows Azure cloud continue to evolve in the face of powerful competitors such as Amazon and others?

We'd like to find out how you are using (or not using) Windows Azure, what strengths/weaknesses it possesses, and what new features you'd like to see made available in the coming months and years.

With this in mind, you are invited to join your fellow tech professionals for a special eWEEKchat discussion on Windows Azure and cloud computing overall. If you are using the cloud, come share your knowledge with us.

If you aren't yet in the cloud, here is a chance to see what others are saying and ask your own questions. It all happens Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific.

We will pose questions such as:

--What are the benefits/reasons you expect from leveraging the cloud/Azure?

--What are the workloads/scenarios/features/services you are most interested in running in the cloud and/or Azure?

--What were the most important factors you considered when making your decision to move to the cloud/Azure?

--Why did you choose Azure vs. other cloud providers? Or, if you chose another cloud provider, why?

--If you've not already moved to the cloud, what are the issues or concerns that have kept you away?

--What would you like services such as Windows Azure to offer in the future? Where do you see the cloud going?

A Bit of Background, Should You Choose to Use It

For a bit of background, here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those who use the Internet.

What: A Tweetchat is an online conversation held at a prearranged time following a specific hashtag. In eWEEK's case, we will be using #eWeekChat for all of our Tweetchats. Chatroom real-time links: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat also can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #eWeekChat. A link to the recap (so you can see a record of what everybody tweeted) will be posted on this blog the following Friday, Dec. 20.

Why: The whole idea is to facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing and problem solving. We also want your input on what you'd like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @eweeknews with topic ideas.

Participants will be able to ask questions of eWEEK staff members and special guests or simply add their thoughts to the conversation. The only restrictions are that we stay on topic and that you say what you need to say succinctly (140 characters).

Plan to join us.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...