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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.

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.

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.

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.

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