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  • Blog Post: MongoLab offers new options for MongoDB Developers on Azure

    As many of you know, MongoLab is an easy to use, rock-solid, free MongoDB-as-a-Service offering backed by a great support team. MongoLab’s latest paid options in the Azure Store, brought to you by Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., now include larger capacity dedicated clusters of up to 56GB of RAM per...
  • Blog Post: April Updates to the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse– Azure SDK 2.3, Tomcat 8, New Zulu versions, and more!

    Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., has now published the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse (by Microsoft Open Technologies) - April 2014 release . This update accompanies the release of Azure SDK 2.3, which is a pre-requisite. You will be offered the option to install it automatically when you create the first...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial: Finding Virtual Machine Images for Windows Azure in VM Depot

    For users of VM Depot, our repository of community managed Virtual Machines for Azure, we have added significant enhancements to the search feature of the website. With this expanded search capability, it is now easier than ever to find an open source, Linux-based, virtual machine for Windows Azure....
  • Blog Post: Using Chef to Manage Windows Azure Resources

    Chef is an open source DevOps tool built to address hard IT infrastructure challenges. The team at Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has been hard at work collaborating with Chef the company to enhance Windows Azure resource management capabilities. The latest knife-azure release (v1.2...
  • Blog Post: Vagrant and Hyper-V Provides Managed DevOps Work Environments

    MS Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has released code for Vagrant that brings initial Hyper-V support to this very popular DevOps tool. Vagrant managed work environments can be controlled by a single, consistent workflow, to help you maximize the productivity and flexibility of your team. Alongside...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Provisioning of Linux and Windows via Puppet

    Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) is pleased to announce that the release of a new Windows Azure Puppet Module that makes it possible to provision both Linux and Windows virtual machines on Windows Azure using the popular open source DevOps tool, Puppet. Support is provided in the form...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Start-ups with open source, and Windows Azure Accelerators

    In early 2012 Microsoft chose Tel Aviv, as the location for its first start-up accelerator. When the team at Microsoft Research and Development, Israel asked if MS Open technologies, Inc. could speak about open source on Windows Azure at their Cloud Day event I immediately jumped at the chance since...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Big Data Interop – Apache Hadoop on Windows Server & Windows Azure

    As a proud member of the Apache Software Foundation , it’s always great to see the growth and adoption of Apache community projects. The Apache Hadoop project is a prime example. Last year I blogged about how Microsoft was engaging with this vibrant community, Microsoft, Hadoop and Big Data . Today,...
  • Blog Post: Using the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure

    If you need a highly scalable data layer for your cloud service or application running on Windows Azure, the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure may be a great fit. This service, which was announced in preview mode in June and is now in beta, delivers Cloudant’s “database as a service” offering on...
  • Blog Post: MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure

    Do you need to build a high-availability web application or service? One that can scale out quickly in response to fluctuating demand? Need to do complex queries against schema-free collections of rich objects? If you answer yes to any of those questions, MongoDB on Windows Azure is an approach you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Doctrine supports SQL Database Federations for massive scalability on Windows Azure

    Symfony and Doctrine are a popular combination for PHP developers, and now you can take full advantage of these open source frameworks on Windows Azure. We covered in a separate post the basics of getting started with Symfony on Windows Azure , and in this post we’ll take a look at Doctrine’s...
  • Blog Post: Symfony on Windows Azure, a powerful combination for PHP developers

    Symfony, the popular open source web application framework for PHP developers, is now even easier to use on Windows Azure thanks to Benjamin Eberlei’s Azure Distribution Bundle project. You can find the source code and documentation on the project’s GitHub repo . Symfony is a model-view...
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Plugin for Java Developers on Windows Azure

    I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java (by Microsoft Open Technologies), June 2012 CTP . This has been the most ambitious and technically complex update we’ve had, focusing on improving the ease of creating projects, deploying apps to...
  • Blog Post: Gigaspaces Working with MS Open Tech on Java Tools for Windows Azure

    We’re pleased to announce that GigaSpaces Technologies Ltd , an established leader in helping enterprises move their Java applications to the cloud, has joined Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. and Persistent Systems Ltd. in the the development work behind the latest version of the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: SAG Awards Drupal Website Moves to Windows Azure

    The success of the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony was buoyed by the move of its Drupal-based website hosted on internal Linux servers to one hosted on Windows Azure . The SAG Awards site is a highly visible, high-traffic website running on Drupal. Hosting it on Azure provides a scalable...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Node Summit

    We are excited to be attending and participating at Node Summit in San Francisco this week. Among those Microsoft staffers on site are Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie - who participated on a panel about Platform as a Service this morning and also gave a keynote address -...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Libraries for Java Available, including support for Service Bus

    Good news for all you Java developers out there: I am happy to share with you the availability of Windows Azure libraries for Java that provide Java-based access to the functionality exposed via the REST API in Windows Azure Service Bus . You can download the Windows Azure libraries for Java from...
  • Blog Post: Azure + Java = Cloud Interop: New Channel 9 Video with GigaSpaces Posted

    Today Microsoft is hosting the Learn Windows Azure broadcast event to demonstrate how easy it is for developers to get started with Windows Azure. Senior Microsoft executives like Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, Mark Russinovich and others will show how easy it is to build scalable cloud applications using...
  • Blog Post: Openness Update for Windows Azure

    As Microsoft’s Senior Director of Open Source Communities , I couldn’t be happier to share with you today an update on a wide range of Open Source developments on Windows Azure. As we continue to provide incremental improvements to Windows Azure , we remain committed to working with developer...
  • Blog Post: Community Participation

    I'm heading off to Paris this weekend to participate in the annual Open Source Think Tank and Open World Forum events held in that wonderful city next week. I'm really looking forward to chatting with all those folk interested in this space, from enthusiasts to developers and end users. I will...
  • Blog Post: From DrupalCon London: Drupal and Microsoft – It’s Jolly Good!

    It’s been a busy week here in Croydon (just outside of central London), and Microsoft is very proud to be participating in our 5 th DrupalCon. The most exciting bit is the clear progress that’s been made as a result of our engagements with the Drupal community. Last month also marked the...
  • Blog Post: Neo4j, the open source Java graph database, and Windows Azure

    Recently I was travelling in Europe. I alwasy find it a pleasure to see a mixture of varied things nicely co-mingling together. Old and new, design and technology, function and form all blend so well together and there is no better place to see this than in Malmö Sweden at the offices of Diversify Inc...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Supports NIST Use Cases using Java

    We've been participating in creating a roadmap for adoption of cloud computing throughout the federal government, with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) , an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce , and the United States first federal physical science research laboratory....
  • Blog Post: Building Java applications on Windows Azure gets easier with the new version of the Eclipse plugin

    I’m pleased to announce that the June 2011 CTP (Community Technology Preview) of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java is now available for download. As the project manager and designer behind our Java tooling efforts for Windows Azure, I invite you to take a look at our latest release...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft + Joomla at J and Beyond 2011, Trip & Videos

    On May 6-8, 2011 we took part in a major Joomla! event, J and Beyond , that took place in Rolduc Abbey in the Netherlands. It was indeed an exciting opportunity to connect with the community and in an extraordinary venue. Not only was it a medieval spiritual place for worship but it was also a school...
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