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Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Release of MBrace 1.0, a Distributed Programming Framework for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 18, 2015

After several years of development, MBrace 1.0 was released last week. MBrace is a programming model for scalable cloud data scripting and programming with F# and C#. The project consists mainly of code libraries and cloud providers runtime.

SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

Azure Logic Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  May 01, 2015

Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

Best Practices for IoT on Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

Depending on who you ask, IoT is something brand new and revolutionary or just a natural progression of what we’ve been doing for decades. The truth is somewhere in the middle; consumer devices replacing the simplistic, mass produced sensors and expensive aviation-grade components. With this in mind, Kevin Miller of Microsoft offers these basic guidelines for starting an IoT project.

Microsoft Announces Nano Server and Hyper-V Containers

by João Miranda on  Apr 19, 2015

Microsoft continues its push to adapt to the new realities brought about by the containers tsunami, having recently announced the Nano Server, a "minimal footprint" Windows Server, and Hyper-V containers, which provide virtual machine isolation capabilities to containers. The Nano Server has 92 percent fewer critical bulletins and requires 80 percent fewer reboots than a typical Windows Server.

Microsoft Announces Azure Active Directory Plugin for Cordova

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 07, 2015

MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.

Microsoft Consolidates Azure Application Services into App Service

by Janakiram MSV on  Mar 25, 2015

Microsoft attempts to bring web, mobile, API and workflow development under one umbrella called App Services. Along with this, Microsoft also added integration for many 3rd party APIs.

Azure DocumentDB is Available in More Regions with Increased Account Limits

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 04, 2015

Azure DocumentDB, Microsoft’s NoSQL cloud database service is available in newer regions within Asia and US. The account limits are enhanced to support increased capacity units and document size.

Microsoft Enhances Azure SQL Database, Active Directory and Media Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 03, 2015

Microsoft announced new features to Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS and Azure Media Services.

Microsoft Azure G-Series VMs are Generally Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Jan 26, 2015

Azure’s beefy, powerful G-series VM types are now available in East US 2 region.

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