Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Things I learned from Sanjaya Singhal

We draw inspiration from people around us. Over the years my thinking process and professional behavior is defined by the behavior of a few individuals. In this post, I will talk about one such great man who has kept on inspiring me for past 20 odd years since I began my professional career and … [Read more...]

Celebrating The Spirit Of Entrepreneurship: “Prarambh” – A 32 Hour Startup Challenge

Over this weekend (March 7th – 9th, 2014), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Udaipur’s Entrepreneurship Cell “Saksham” organized a 32 hour startup challenge event. The event which was first of its kind in Udaipur was a huge success drawing in over 40 participants from all over the places. I had … [Read more...]

Pulling The Plug On Cloud FileXchange

We at Cynapta have decided to pull the plug on our Cloud FileXchange service :(. Though the service would be up and running for some time but no new work will be done and over the course of next few days, we will gradually start shutting the service down. From my blog post last year: We … [Read more...]

Announcing The Launch Of Cynapta Cloud FileXchange In Public Beta

After 6 months of intense learning and development, I’m pleased to announce the availability of our 1st service Cloud FileXchange (CFX) in public beta today. In this post we’ll talk about what this service is, what it does today and where we’re going with this. I would appreciate if you could try … [Read more...]

Create Pre Signed URL Using C# for Uploading Large Files In Amazon S3

For a change, this would be a technical post which will not be about Windows Azure :). For the service we are building at Cynapta, we had a requirement where we needed to upload large files using a pure browser based interface. For that we used Query String authentication mechanism available in … [Read more...]

Reflections on 2013 & Looking Forward to 2014

First, A Very Happy New Year to all of you. Spoiler Alert: This post is a self-gloating blog post in which I will talk about some of my accomplishments in the past year (or in other words “Tooting my own horn”) so please feel free to stop reading if you're not into such things :). Looking Back … [Read more...]

Windows Azure Storage and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) – Lets Have Some Fun

Recently Windows Azure Storage introduced a bunch of new changes. I wrote a blog post summarizing these changes which you can read here: http://gauravmantri.com/2013/11/28/new-changes-to-windows-azure-storage-a-perfect-thanksgiving-gift/. One of the important changes is the support for Cross-Origin … [Read more...]

New Changes to Windows Azure Storage – A Perfect Thanksgiving Gift

Yesterday Windows Azure Storage announced a number of enhancements to the core service. These enhancements are long awaited and with the way things are implemented, all I can say is that it was worth the wait. In this blog post, we will go over these changes. There are so many changes that if I … [Read more...]

Windows Azure Scheduler Service – Part II: Managing Cloud Services

In the previous post about Windows Azure Scheduler Service, we talked about some of the basic concepts. From this post, we will start digging deep into various components of this service and will focus on managing these components using REST API. As promised in the last post, this and subsequent … [Read more...]

Windows Azure Scheduler Service – Part I: Introduction

Recently Windows Azure announced a new Scheduler Service in preview. In this blog post, we will talk about some basic stuff to get you started. In the subsequent posts, we will drill down into more details. What Let’s first talk about what exactly is this service. As the name suggests, this … [Read more...]