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Patrick McClory

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Patrick McClory
Solutions Architect at RightScale
Patrick McClory is a solutions architect and the lead for onboarding and consulting services for RightScale customers using Windows Azure. His primary area of expertise is cross-platform and Microsoft Windows-based deployments. He is a Microsoft Certified Developer and holds a number of other certifications, including SharePoint and SQL Server.

Articles by Patrick McClory

Enabling Cloud-Powered IT Without Headaches

If you’ve read my previous articles on using RightScale to manage Windows Azure cloud infrastructure, you've made sense of your Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and you've automated your development and test environment deployments using Windows Azure virtual machines and RightScale, but that's not the last step in the process of successfully rolling out ongoing updates. In this third and...Read more

Windows Azure VMs with RightScale for Rapid Testing & Validation

With Microsoft's announcement today of the general availability of its IaaS solutions, it's only appropriate that we press on and get technical with how to use Windows Azure within your dev/test workflow. In my article on how to Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC , I talked about strategy for DevOps shops for improving development and test cycles, shared some...Read more

Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC

Whether you have a formalized process that's tailored to your business, or you've chosen one of the Microsoft-provided ALM models within Team Foundation Server , or your process is seemingly ad hoc, it’s worth re-examining your software development lifecycle (SDLC) every once in a while. Integrating Windows Azure IaaS into your development and test process can help you deliver on-time and high-...Read more

Best Practices: Managing Web Application Sessions

Everyone has an opinion about how you should write your application. Whether it's the structure, language, or database (or not!) that you choose, there are plenty of people telling you what you should do, but not how to do it. So I'm going to focus on the application tier and address several issues regarding application session management — one of the trickiest aspects to tackle in high-...Read more

DNS Load Balancing and Using Multiple Load Balancers in the Cloud

Load balancing in general is a complicated process, but there's some secret sauce in managing DNS along with multiple load balancers in the cloud. It requires that you draw from a few different sets of networking and “cloudy” concepts. In this second article in my best practices series (my first post covered how to use credentials within RightScale for storing sensitive or frequently used values...Read more

RightScale Credentials Best Practices

Credentials within RightScale offer a convenient way to store sensitive or frequently used values in an easily manageable interface. It's important to remember that RightScale credentials consist of a Name, Value and Description and are intended to be used as inputs for servers. Credentials are accessible via the RightScale dashboard as name/value pairs where the value is passed into a script or...Read more