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.
IBM announced its support for Pivotal's Cloud Foundry last month through a partnership in the continued development of the popular, open source Platform-as-a-Service. The announcement comes as one in a string of backings from IBM for cloud-related open source projects.
Windows Azure SDK 2.1 with VS 2013, VM, Notification Hub, Cloud Services, PowerShell cmdlets Support
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.
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.
Google App Engine developers can now access dedicated cache up to 20GB of memory and split the application in modules providing stateless and secure services.
WSO2 has announced App Factory, a PaaS-enabled DevOps platform for the enterprise providing a set of integrating tools for creating, managing and governing applications along with the necessary runtimes to run those applications in the cloud.
Coverage of Build 2013 continues with the highlights of Day 2's keynote which focused on developers, developers, developers.
Red Hat OpenShift, the open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), introduced a new cloud-hosted commercial edition called OpenShift Online. This gives Red Hat both a private and public edition of OpenShift and fits into Red Hat’s broader strategy of delivering a top-down application stack for the modern enterprise data center.
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.
Apache Stratos has entered incubation with contributors from Cisco, NASA, Citrix and Engine Yard, among others. WSO2 still keeps their open source middleware under their control.
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.
WSO2 has announced today Stratos 2.0, introducing a number of new features, the most important being: support for deploying runtimes written in any language through the use of cartridges, and the possibility to run their PaaS on multiple infrastructures via JClouds.
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.
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.
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.