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 have also seen quite a few moves in the open source direction with the introduction of a Hadoop service (HDInsight) as well as the extension of our mobile and notification services to iOS and Android not to mention a new Ruby SDK. Enhancements to monitoring and logging as well as Azure AD and Virtual Networking mean Azure is now a solid offering for larger enterprises that require tighter control over resources.

All in all it has been an exciting year for Azure and the overall Cloud OS strategy for Microsoft and 2014 is looking very exciting too!

Here is a summary of all of the updates this year with some links for further information.

January 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Support: General Availability support with Windows Azure Virtual Machines (enables both high availability and disaster recovery)
  • General Availability Release of Windows Azure Notification Hubs (broadcast push for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android) http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation/services/notification-hubs/
  • Schedule-based AutoScale rules and richer logging support
  • Virtual Machines: Load Balancer Configuration and Management
  • Management Services: New Portal Extension for Operation logs + Alerts

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

Comments (2)

  1. Alexey says:

    Hello!

    Thank you for your post!

    Can you explain that you mean by "•Enhancements to Monitoring and Diagnostics for Azure services" and "•Enterprise Management: Use Active Directory to Better Manage Windows Azure"?

  2. No problem Alexey. With regard the Azure AD enhancements Scott Guthrie has a detailed description

    weblogs.asp.net/…/windows-azure-backup-services-release-hyper-v-recovery-manager-vm-enhancements-enhanced-enterprise-management-support.aspx

    The monitoring enhancements included new sql premium metrics as well as updates to Mobile Services. Again Scott has the full detail:

    weblogs.asp.net/…/windows-azure-new-scheduler-service-read-access-geo-redundant-storage-and-monitoring-updates.aspx

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