IT Professional looking to embrace Microsoft's Cloud platform Windows Azure without purchasing additional hardware or software can first test drive application deployment and management scenarios on Azure using a free resource "Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications Evaluation".
With the "Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications Evaluation," the software giant is providing step-by-step guidance on how to put an app in the Cloud and administer it using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.
"System Center enables IT Professionals to use existing skills and tools to monitor and manage apps on Azure without purchasing additional hardware or software. The Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack bridges the gap between System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and applications running on Azure, enabling IT Pros to use SCOM to manage applications on Azure," the Redmond company added.
Customers will need to be already running Windows Server 2008 R2, as Hyper-V is necessary to power the SCOM 2007 R2 VHD. They'll also need to give the virtual machine some 8 GB of RAM.
The following components are included in the Deploying and Managing Azure Apps evaluation:
- "Windows Azure Platform Trial - Sign up for a free trial of Azure platform or use your own account.
- Evaluation Guide - This step-by-step guide walks you through deploying and managing an app on Azure.
- Windows Azure-ready Application - You'll deploy this sample app on Azure.
- System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 VHD - This fully configured VM provides the environment from which you'll deploy the sample app on Azure and demonstrates SCOM's capabilities for managing apps and IT services in a Azure public cloud environment.
- Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack - The WAA MP for SSOM enables you to monitor the availability and performance of apps that're running on Azure.
- Windows Azure Software Development Kit and Tools for Visual Studio - To further explore Azure, these tools extend Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition to enable you to create, build, debug, run, and package scalable services on Azure," Microsoft explained.
You can download Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications Evaluation here.