Windows Azure releases massive amount of enhancements

On Thursday, Scott Guthrie, acting lead of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Group, posted a blog about “a massive amount of enhancements to Windows Azure” releasing that day.

Available immediately, the new features include:

  • ExpressRoute: Dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity on-premises
  • Websites: Backup and restore support
  • Mobile services: .NET support, notification hub integration, PhoneGap support
  • HDInsight: Hadoop 2.2 support
  • Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10 to more than 200 users
  • Monitoring: Service outage notifications integrated within management portal
  • Virtual machines: VM agent and background information support
  • Active directory: More SaaS apps, more reports, self-service group management
  • BizTalk services: EDIFACT protocol support, service bus integration, backup and restore

Pour a tall cup of your favorite beverage and head over to Scott Guthrie’s post for lots of details and screenshots about the improvements, which enable a bunch of great new scenarios.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff