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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric - June CTP Released

    We have announced the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure Platform . See...
  • Blog Post: Why the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus Durable Pub/Sub is a Killer Feature!

    In case you haven't heard the recent announcements at Microsoft TechEd this week they included release of a CTP including Durable Message Queues and Publish/Subscribe features to the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus. The advantage of this is that publishers and subscribers do not have to be on-line...
  • Blog Post: Learn about the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service

    One of the newest features to be released as part of Windows Azure AppFabric is the Caching Service.  This service, based on the Windows Server AppFabric Caching service (know in Beta as Velocity), can be very effective when used to improved the performance of SQL Azure and Windows Azure Storage...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service Released as a Production Service

    Today we are excited to announce that the Caching service has been released as a production service .  The Caching service is a distributed, in-memory, application cache service that accelerates the performance of Windows Azure and SQL Azure applications by allowing you to keep data in-memory and...
  • Blog Post: Access Control Service V2–Free Until 2012!

    At our MIX 11 Web Designer and Developer conference in Las Vegas this week we announced the production release of a new version of Access Control service. ACS V2. It adds all the great capabilities that provide a Single-Sign-On experience to applications by integrating with standards-based identity providers...
  • Blog Post: New version of the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service Released.

    A new version of the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control service (ACS) has just been released.  It adds the following capabilities: Federation provider and Security Token Service supporting out of the box Federation with Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo...
  • Blog Post: New Improved Windows Azure AppFabric CTP Released

    There is now a new version of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP, the February release, which introduces updates to the Caching service. This release supports all the features in the previous October release plus: Ability to choose from a set of available cache sizes and provision a cache of the chosen...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for IT Pros

    There is a lot of developer-focused information on the web about the Windows Azure Platform.  This blog post series is one designed for the non-developer IT professional.  I was planning to wait until the series was finished before telling you about it, but it is too good not to share.  ...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure AppFabric Training

    There will be a Windows Azure AppFabric training session on February 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM PST.   You can read more about it here . Also you should be aware that there is an entire Windows Azure Boot Camp series going on.  Even if the session date has already passed you can still access...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Azure Updates from OakLeaf Systems

    The folks at OakLeaf Systems publish a blog listing interesting Windows Azure posts and update it on a daily basis. In the current post: Azure Blob, Drive, Table and Queue Services SQL Azure Database and Reporting Marketplace DataMarket and OData Windows Azure AppFabric: Access Control and Service Bus...
  • Blog Post: David Pallmann on What's New from PDC10, Part 1 - Windows Azure

    If you are an ISV thinking about moving your hosted or customer premises based application to the cloud many of the new features announced at PDC10 can help you accomplish your goals. This is another post and video about the Windows Azure announcements that came out of PDC10 in November.  What makes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – November Update

    There is a newly updated version of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit that matches the November 2010 SDK 1.3 release.  This release of the training kit includes several new hands-on labs for the new Windows Azure features and the new/updated services we just released.     The updates...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure New Features Webcast

    On Wednesday December 30 th there will be an an Academy Live webcast to inform developers of the new November 2010 Windows Azure SDK 1.3 release.       Getting Started with the Windows Azure November 2010 Release   Just a few short weeks ago at the Microsoft Professional Developers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK 1.3 Released with Many New Features!

    Just Released: Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal                                            ...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Windows Azure AppFabric

    Windows Azure AppFabric has an interesting array of features today that can be used by ISVs and other developers to architect hybrid on-premise/in-cloud applications.  Components like Service Bus, Access Control Service and the Caching Service. are very useful in their own right when used to build...
  • Blog Post: Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

    It has been my experience that lots of things are possible and can be done in Windows Azure, however some things are relatively easy, some are doable with difficulty and some are normally to be avoided.  There is starting to be a lot of good guidance in how to do things with the platform as well...
  • Blog Post: Azure MVP Updates Design Patterns Resource

    David Pallmann was the first Windows Azure MVP awardee. He has just updated his Azure Design Patterns web site after a major overhaul. A design pattern is a reusable solution in software design. Design patterns are not invented, but rather discovered by usage in many successful application implementations...
  • Blog Post: VM Role, Extra Small Instance and Windows Azure AppFabric Connect – Coming soon to Windows Azure!

    These new Windows Azure features will be here soon: VM Role is not Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) but it does combine the best of IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service). ISVs and SIs can leverage the VM Role as a transition tool to be used in moving an existing application to the cloud. Extra...
  • Blog Post: Overwhelmed by the Amount of Information on Windows Azure?

    Are you overwhelmed by the amount of Information out there on Windows Azure and looking for a roadmap to get you to the most important information that you need to move your application to Windows Azure? This Windows Azure Development Guidance Map can help. If you’re a Windows Azure developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special Extended to March 31, 2011

    This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of the Windows Azure platform at no charge . The subscription includes a base level of monthly compute hours, storage, data transfers, a SQL Azure database, Access Control transactions and Service Bus connections at no charge. Please...
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