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Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK 3.0 Beta Boosts Application Development on the Cloud

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jun 30, 2014

The recently released 0.3.0 beta preview of Microsoft Azure WebJobs SDK has added support for Azure Service Bus, Cancellation Tokens, WebJobs Shutdown Notifications besides improved function discovery and host of other features.

PuppetLabs Announces Deeper Integration with Microsoft Azure

by Carlos Sanchez on  Apr 30, 2014

Following previous announcements on Puppet modules targeted to manage Windows and Linux machines running in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, PuppetLabs, the company behind popular DevOps tool Puppet, has announced at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference new integration points for Windows and Azure users.

Microsoft Azure Web Sites Ready to Take on Public PaaS Leaders

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 22, 2014 1

With the software update announced last week, Microsoft nearly closed the gap between it and other leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings. With refined pricing, free SSL support, global DNS load balancing, and the introduction of Java support, Azure Web Sites appears to be a strong competitor for Heroku, Google App Engine, OpenShift Online, Cloud Bees, and Engine Yard.

What’s New in Azure Networking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.

Highlights from Build 2014’s Second Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

Today felt like a day of housekeeping. Mostly it was about promoting products from preview/beta to production status. There were some big revelations around opening sourcing Roslyn the formation of the .NET Foundation, but even these were just doing what the community has been asking for all along.

RightScale: Top 9 Public and Top 6 Private Clouds

by Abel Avram on  Apr 02, 2014

RightScale, a service provider across multiple clouds, has published the results of their annual State of Cloud 2014 survey conducted in February of this year. This article highlights some of the most significant findings.

Microsoft Beefs Up Cloud Identity Services as Part of Mobile Push

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 31, 2014

As part of launching an Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft announced that Azure Active Directory Premium was set to hit General Availability. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium extends the free identity management and single sign-on service with additional group-management capabilities, rebranding options, security analytics, and more.

Amazon Responds to Recent Google Cloud Price Cuts

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2014 1

Google announced major price cuts for some of their cloud services including Compute Engine, Storage and BigQuery. But their price advantage lasted for only for 24 hours because the following day Amazon slashed the prices for some of their services – EC2, S3, RDS, ElasticCache and MapReduce.

Espresso Logic DBaaS Now Wraps SQL Stored Procedures in RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2014

Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.

ActiveReports 8 Adds Maps, HTML5 Viewer, Advanced Barcodes and Windows Azure Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 12, 2014

ComponentOne has released ActiveReports 8 with support for maps, RSS14Stacked, RSSLimited and MicroPDF417 barcodes, Windows Azure under both partial and full trust environments in addition to a HTML5 viewer which enables you to build applications optimized for various mobile devices.

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

Automate All Things! Support for DevOps Tool Puppet Added to Windows Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 19, 2013

Want to do DevOps automation in a Microsoft world? Typically that meant using Microsoft-provided tools like PowerShell and System Center instead of the popular open source tools that have been slow to support the full Microsoft product stack. That’s beginning to change as developers and system administrators can now use tools like Puppet to provision and manage resources in Windows Azure.

Release of BizTalk Services Signals “Cloud First” Transition for Microsoft Integration Platform

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 26, 2013 1

After a long incubation period, Microsoft released its cloud-based integration tool called Windows Azure BizTalk Services. While reiterating their commitment to their on-premises integration tools, Microsoft has said that it will push innovation to its cloud platform first.

Project Monaco Brings Visual Studio to the Web

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 13, 2013

Microsoft has released Visual Studio Online which brings a form of the its popular software development IDE to the web. As part of this release small teams of developers can use this service for free, and use it from non-Windows based clients.

Windows Azure SDK 2.2 Adds Visual Studio 2013, Integrated Sign-in and Filter Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 11, 2013

Microsoft has released Windows Azure SDK 2.2 with support for integrated sign-in, Visual Studio 2013 in addition to the ability to filter subscriptions/regions. The latest update also provides a set of pre-configured VM images of VS 2013 available within the Windows Azure Management Portal for use by MSDN subscribers.

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