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Azul Systems Releases Zulu, an OpenJDK Build for Windows Azure At JavaOne

by Charles Humble on  Oct 02, 2013

Following an announcement of their partnership in July this year, Azul Systems and Microsoft Open Technologies have now release a GA version of Zulu for Windows Azure. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2 open source license with the ClassPath Exception, Zulu is an OpenJDK-based JVM for Windows Server on the Windows Azure Cloud.

Developers, Developers, Developers: Rackspace and Others Aggressively Court Key Cloud Consumer

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 06, 2013

Recent research has made it increasingly clear that developers hold the key to cloud adoption, and Rackspace is trying to make themselves an attractive option. The Rackspace Developer Discount program is designed to lower the barrier to entry and follows similar efforts by AWS and Microsoft.

AWS and Microsoft Release Dueling Mobile Notification Services

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 30, 2013

Within days of each other, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released mobile-friendly notification services aimed at developers. Both services make it possible to quickly and cheaply broadcast millions of messages to devices of all kinds. While similar on the surface, each service offers their own unique capabilities.

Windows Azure with SQL AlwaysOn, Notification Hubs, AutoScale, Enhancements to VM and Load Balancer

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 26, 2013

Microsoft recently updated Windows Azure with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn, notification hubs, autoscale, virtual machines in addition to a new portal extension for operation logs and alerts.

Microsoft Continues Ascent to OSS Relevance with Engine Yard for Windows Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 14, 2013 2

At the end of June 2013, Engine Yard announced that they had formed a partnership with Microsoft. The first fruits of that partnership have been released as developers can now run the full Engine Yard platform-as-a-service stack on the Windows Azure cloud. This, coupled with updates to the OSS VM Depot repository, positions Microsoft as a reasonable host for a variety of open source platforms.

Windows Azure SDK 2.1 with VS 2013, VM, Notification Hub, Cloud Services, PowerShell cmdlets Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 02, 2013 1

Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows Azure SDK with support for Visual Studio 2013, service bus notification hub, cloud services, virtual machines including new cmdlets for PowerShell.

Closing the Gap: Latest Windows Azure Release Beefs Up Database, Load Balancing

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 27, 2013 1

Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie announced a range of updates to Windows Azure that fill in platform gaps while leapfrogging market leader AWS in one particular area. The new database export service provides a much-needed backup capability – albeit with controversial pricing – and the updated Traffic Manager delivers a cross-region load balancing experience that appears superior to what AWS offers.

Build 2013 Keynote Day 2 Highlights

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 27, 2013

Coverage of Build 2013 continues with the highlights of Day 2's keynote which focused on developers, developers, developers.

Windows Azure Introduces Per Minute Billing and Monetary Credits for MSDN Subscribers

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jun 25, 2013

Microsoft has updated Windows Azure with per minute billing based on actual usage, monetary credit for different levels of MSDN subscribers including the ability to check credit status from within the management portal.

Multi-Factor Authentication For Windows Azure Hosted Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 21, 2013

Microsoft recently announced preview of Multi-Factor Authentication in Windows Azure. This can be enabled for Windows Azure Management portal, Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365, as well as custom applications.

Windows Azure Extends their MBaaS with Custom APIs and Git Support

by Abel Avram on  Jun 14, 2013

Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.

Microsoft To Developers: Our Cloud is Ideal for Application Development and Testing

by Richard Seroter on  Jun 14, 2013

Last week, Microsoft shipped a series of improvements to Windows Azure that were focused on cost control and lower barrier to entry. While they updated their cloud services – including SSL support for Windows Azure Web Sites and introducing a new integration service – Microsoft’s primary updates were targeted directly at developers who are considering the cloud for their dev and test environments.

Windows Azure Service Bus Gets Better Interoperability With AMQP

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 10, 2013

Microsoft recently announced general availability of AMQP support for Windows Azure Service Bus. The feature has been in preview for about six months now and allows interoperability between applications built on various technologies and different operating systems.

Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK with Task Based Asynchronous API

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 30, 2013

The recently released Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK provides support for task based versions of all asynchronous APIs in addition to performance improvements.

NuoDB 1.1 Targets .NET Developers

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2013 2

NuoDB 1.1 includes a ADO.NET driver, LINQ and EF providers, support for Windows 64-bit and Azure, performance improvements.

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