Some Price Reductions for Azure Storage

Honouring our commitment to always provide the best ROI, best service for money, and best in class reliability and availability, we have announced world-wide price reductions in storage. “As you may recall from the April announcement, we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13,…

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Microsoft joins the Open Compute Project Foundation

Today we announced that Microsoft is joining the OCPF. Not only are we joining the project but we are be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft’s cloud server designs. We are bring our best in class design, deployment and management practices that we have refined…

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New and Improved features in Windows Azure

We’ve opened up some more features in Windows Azure, including being able to use Windows Azure Active Directory natively from Windows Azure Mobile Services.  Check out all the details at ScottGu’s blog. Traffic Manager: General Availability Release Active Directory: General Availability Release of Application Access Support SSO to every SaaS app we integrate with Application…

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A Message from Scott Guthrie for Tech Ed AU 2013

Tech Ed is nearly upon us! This year we’ve been working hard to bring you some great Developer content and loads of Private Cloud and Windows Azure content. In fact, I’ve been busy on the Architecture and Trustworthy Computing tracks and the Windows Azure Development Track. I’ve been wrangling some of the best subject matter…

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Azure WebSites is now Generally Available

Lots of major updates today for Windows Azure!! Web Sites: General Availability Release of Windows Azure Web Sites with SLA A 99.9% monthly SLA (Service Level Agreement) for the Standard tier Microsoft Support available on a 24×7 basis (with plans that range from developer plans to enterprise Premier support) The Free tier runs in a…

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New Horizons Windows Infrastructure Azure Seminar

Together with New Horizons, Microsoft have arranged complimentary training all about Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. You will learn about Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Networking, and how to manage it all. This session is a must for IT professionals in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane – but sign up now, because seats will certainly go fast! …

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Whitepaper: Disaster Recovery and High Availability for Windows Azure Applications

  The team have recently released a new whitepaper Disaster Recovery and High Availability for Windows Azure Applications The whitepaper outlines the necessary architecture steps to be taken to disaster-proof a Windows Azure deployment so that the larger business continuity process can be implemented. A business continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under…

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New features for Windows Azure Mobile Services

Wow, the team just released a whole new set of features for Windows Azure Mobile Services that really flesh out the back-end service capability for your iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and HTML 5 Web applications. Here’s the short list: Mobile Services: Custom API support Mobile Services: Git Source Control support Mobile Services: Node.js…

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Lots of Azure Goodness Revealed

Wow, last night I watched the keynote for Tech Ed North America, and I have to say I’m pretty proud of all of the advancements in our products. Not only Azure, but the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2, our management capabilities, and the Windows Core itself. Something else that isn’t always apparent, is the cadence…

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Windows Azure in Australia! How does that change your security outlook?

We are bringing our world class Windows Azure data centres here to Australia. Microsoft has a long history of bringing industry leading technologies to the world. Windows Azure is no different. Today we announced that we will be adding more data centres around the globe. Australia will have two georedundant regions, New South Wales, and…

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