In conjunction with the release of the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio release 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal, also launched beta of the Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role and Extra Small Windows Azure Instance, as well as a CTP of Windows Azure Connect.
"Azure compute instances come in five sizes to enable complex apps and workloads. Each Azure compute instance represents a virtual server. Although many resources are dedicated to a particular instance, some resources associated to I/O performance, such as network bandwidth and disk subsystem, are shared among the compute instances on the same physical host."
If you're interested in joining either of these programs, you can request access directly through Windows Azure Management Portal. Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
Also, "Windows Azure team on December 15, 2010 at 5:30PM at the W Hotel in Seattle, WA, is holding a two-hour session to learn you about the benefits of building your next game on Azure.
During this free session, you'll hear from game developer, Sneaky Games, who've successfully leveraged the cloud and Azure to build and deploy Facebook games such as Fantasy Kingdoms. You'll also hear about how the Azure Platform can help make your company more agile, efficient and flexible while allowing you to grow your business, and enhance your customer's experience."
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