At MIX 2011, Scott Guthrie, discussed how the Windows Azure platform empowers developers to use their existing skills to build, host and scale Web applications in the cloud.
A myriad of new Windows Azure services and functionality were unveiled today. These include:
- An update to the Azure SDK that includes a Web Deployment Tool to simplify the migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web apps and Web sites. This new tool integrates with Visual Studio 2010 and the Web Platform Installer. This update will ship later today.
- Updates to Azure AppFabric Access Control service, which provides a single-sign-on experience to Azure apps by integrating with enterprise directories and Web identities.
- Release of the Azure AppFabric Caching service in the next 30 days, which'll accelerate the performance of Azure and SQL Azure apps.
- A community technology preview (CTP) of Windows Azure Traffic Manager, a new service that allows Azure customers to more easily balance app performance across multiple geographies.
- A preview of the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming capabilities, which allows developers to upload IIS Smooth Streaming-encoded video to a Azure Storage account and deliver that video to Silverlight, iOS and Android Honeycomb clients.
Also announced several offer changes today, including:
- The extension of the expiration date and increases to the amount of free storage, storage transactions and data transfers in the Azure Introductory Special offer. This promotional offer now includes 750 hours of extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Azure service, 20GB of storage, 50K of storage transactions, and 40GB of data transfers provided each month at no charge until September 30, 2011. More info can be found here.
- An existing customer who signed up for the original Azure Introductory Special offer will get a free upgrade as of today. An existing customer who signed up for a different offer (other than the Azure Introductory Special) would need to sign up for the updated Azure Introductory Special Offer separately.
- MSDN Ultimate and Premium subscribers will benefit from increased compute, storage and bandwidth benefits for Windows Azure. More info can be found here.
- The Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft partners now includes 750 hours of extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Azure service, 20GB of storage and 50GB of data transfers provided each month at no charge. In addition, the Cloud Essentials Pack also contains other Microsoft cloud services including SQL Azure, Azure AppFabric,Office 365, Windows Intune and Dynamics CRM Online. More info can be found here.
[Source: Microsoft Press]