These updates are pretty significant in the history of Windows Azure. My favorite feature in this release is Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Network. This capability should begin to bring Windows Azure on par with the capabilities currently provided by Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and will provide solution providers and customers with a compelling alternative to AWS to delivering Microsoft-based solutions. At long last, customers and solution providers will be able to deploy solutions such as SharePoint on Windows Azure (a much needed and desired feature) Having delivered solutions on both Windows Azure and AWS, this capability alone will level the playing field and present a compelling alternative for customers and solution providers as they look to the cloud to host/deliver Microsoft-based workloads.
We’ve also made significant updates to the Windows Azure Management Portal, which now sports a more streamlined HTML-5 based interface that can be accessed from a variety of platforms, browsers, and devices.
In addition to the aforementioned features, we’re also releasing the following:
This is a really exciting time for Windows Azure. These new features and updated services will greatly enhance cloud solutions developed/deployed on the Azure platform.
To learn more about these great capabilities, I strongly recommend you register for the Meet Windows Azure event today at 1pm PST and watch/listen as our very own CVP of Windows Azure, Scott Guthrie, discusses the new features in great detail. And knowing Scott, he’ll have a lot of cool demos to show. BTW, the event is being streamed live! Register now!
Join Scott Guthrie as he’ll be doing a keynote in San Francisco this Thursday, June 7th at 1pm (PST) where Scott will showcase a lot of the cool stuff that’s being going on in Windows Azure over the past 12 months and how developers can take advantage of the fruits of that labor. An extra treat is that the event will be streamed live .
Make sure you register for the event.
Great news! We have just released the long awaited Release Preview of Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release candidate of Visual Studio 2012 (formerly Visual Studio 11)! These are MAJOR milestones for Microsoft and is setting the stage for a complete re-imagination of Windows and providing a solid development foundation upon which to build next generation applications for a whole new family of devices to include the latest Windows Phone platform as well as a soon-to-be-launched onslaught of fantastic Windows 8-slate and tablet devices.
No other company on the planet has made the types of investments Microsoft has made in its client technologies, development and management tools, and cloud-based services. We’re betting a lot on the upcoming releases and I for one am extremely excited and optimistic.
Customers and partners alike often ask the question, “How does Microsoft manage its vast network of data centers worldwide that power our 200+ cloud services such as Office 365, Windows Live and Xbox Live, and our cloud platform Windows Azure?”
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the team that builds, manages, and secures Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and today we are launching our new external web site on the Windows Azure platform to address these questions and to more broadly share our cloud infrastructure best practices with external audiences!
The GFS team has a newly revamped website that contains content and tools that that addresses the following:
The resources available via this website have been designed to help customers better understand Microsoft’s data center strategy, and to more broadly share our best practices as we make strides towards more efficient and operationally robust infrastructures.
Check out this great resource if you want a deeper understanding out how Microsoft does what it does in the cloud!