Windows Azure Review of 2013

One of the things I find so exciting about Windows Azure (apart from the challenge of keeping on top of it all) is the rate at which new features are being added. 2013 has seen Azure take a massive jump forward with the general release of infrastructure services opening up the platform to the IT Pro community. We…

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Application Development on Azure

One of the best applications of Azure, and specifically Infrastructure Services, is the ability to spin up test environments quickly and easily, image them for future use, use them to system test your software and then shut everything down. I remember the days of waiting weeks to get new environments setup or grappling with the memory on…

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Azure Billing Alerts, ACLs and More ..

We have just released some major updates for Azure which solve a couple of problems that I see quite often with customers: Billing Alerts: You can now set alerts on your subscription to send you an email when your billing reaches a certain level. This is often requested as customers are worried that the elastic nature…

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Big Week for Azure

This has been a massive last week for Azure. With new releases of VS and .NET framework as well as some price cuts, we also had a major release of Azure. Coupled with all of that there has been a new SDK released with new management capabilities and hooks into Visual Studio. For me, the general…

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Visual Studio 2013 Released

The latest release of our Visual Studio Product has just been released, 2013. With this release you will see some cool new features, including: Better support for multiple frameworks within one application, MVC, ASP etc Better integration with Azure Active Directory Responsive design features Better support for HTML5 and JavaScript frameworks Better cross-browser support Scaffolding…

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Azure Price Cuts and Some New Features

First off support now for Windows Server 2012 R2, which will spin up 30% quicker than other versions. Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported for both VMs and Cloud Services which means you can start to build apps targeting .NET framework 4.5.1 and deploy to Azure PaaS (Cloud Services). For more information on .NET framework…

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Microsoft achieves US FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure

Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a Provisional Authority to Operate from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board. Microsoft Corp. announced Monday 30th September, that its public cloud platform, Windows Azure, has been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management…

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Modern App Development Workshop

Our first in the monthly series of App workshops is on in Microsoft Building 3, Carmenhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18 Ireland on Thursday, October 10th. The event is a full day event starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm In this workshop experts will share and demonstrate how to create mobile apps…

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Latest Azure Updates

Some nice new additions to Azure announced today: Virtual Machines (IaaS) New A5 Image (Available in PaaS also) There is a new virtual machine size that has two cores and 14Gb Ram. Normally you have to go to extra large to get this amount of memory, but the new A5 image is cheaper and allows…

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Trusting the Cloud

Today I met with a number of start-ups within the DIT hothouse. It’s always a pleasure to meet people that are so passionate about their businesses and I try and help these guys as best I can. One topic that came up, one which comes up from time to time, was that of security. Granted,…

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