Windows Azure Marketplace Update Adds '12 New Countries, Seller Dashboard, Bing API' and More

Windows Azure Marketplace update released today bring some exciting new features, and commercial availability to 12 new countries. Here are the new features released today:"Integration of a self-publish app catalog in the Seller DashboardAvailability of the Bing API exclusively through the MarketplaceExpanded offers through the introduction of Sample Data, andIntegration of PowerPivot," informs Azure team.Windows […]

Windows Azure Marketplace update released today bring some exciting new features, and commercial availability to 12 new countries. Here are the new features released today:

  • "Integration of a self-publish app catalog in the Seller Dashboard
  • Availability of the Bing API exclusively through the Marketplace
  • Expanded offers through the introduction of Sample Data, and
  • Integration of PowerPivot," informs Azure team.

Windows Azure Marketplace currently serves approximately50,000 users and more than 70,000 subscriptions -- now the new release expands commercial availability of Azure Marketplace to countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Romania, South Korea, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Seller Dashboard Integration

Now ISVs in 38 countries can self-publish catalog apps through the Seller Dashboard. This more direct approach improves ease of use and supports faster time-to market for your apps.

Exclusive Availability of Bing API

Bing API which is currently available through the Marketplace, beginning August 1, will 'only ' be accessible through Windows Azure Marketplace.

Currently all Bing API offers include a free trial amount of 5,000 transactions to help you get started - and already has thousands of users generating millions of transactions using Bing API.

Microsoft also added a new functionality that allows all Anonymous and Authenticated users to see "Sample Data" for selected data offers.

"Sample data is a small subset of data that is being offered as published through the Marketplace. The purpose is to give you better insight into the shape and meaning of data offers, and to reduce the number of steps needed to get meaningful data views. It also gives publishers a great new way to promote and advertise their data," explains Azure team.

Sample Data is available from the catalog and details pages.

PowerPivot Makes BI Stronger

With the launch of the Public Preview of Excel 2013 -- a new PowerPivot integration makes the Business Intelligence stroner. Find a data set, build a query, pull it in and add the power of World Data to PowerPivot!

In addition to above, Microsoft also published a couple of Azure webcasts -- In this video "Windows Azure Storage Updates and a Preview of the Client Storage Library vNext", Jai Haridas -- Principal SDE Manager for Windows Azure Storage -- and Joe Giardino -- SDE for Windows Azure Storage -- show us the new features available in Windows Azure Storage.

Additionally, Joe gives us a preview of the next release of the Windows Azure Storage libraries. Joe demonstrates how to use the future release of the storage libraries in a Windows 8 Metro App.

Windows Azure Performance Management, Monitoring Using AppDynamics

AppDynamic's automatic instrumentation and configuration make it a perfect fit for managing cloud environments with a high rate of change. In addition, AppDynamics' auto-scaling feature allows Windows Azure customers to automatically provision Windows Azure resource based on the performance and throughput of business transactions.

With the release of AppDynamics Pro 3.4.3, Windows Azure customers can now monitor and troubleshoot applications that leverage:

  • Windows Azure Compute
  • Windows Azure Service Bus
  • Windows Azure SQL
  • Windows Azure Storage

AppDynamics is available now on the Windows Azure Marketplace.

In this video cloud solutions architect Neil Mackenzie talks with Stephen Burton of AppDynamics who explains how Windows Azure users can:

  • Monitor the health of their Windows Azure application
  • Troubleshoot performance problems in real time
  • Rapidly diagnose root cause of performance problems
  • Dynamically scale up and scale down their Windows Azure application