Wow, last night I watched the keynote for Tech Ed North America, and I have to say I’m pretty proud of all of the advancements in our products. Not only Azure, but the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2, our management capabilities, and the Windows Core itself. Something else that isn’t always apparent, is the cadence at which we are releasing these major updates.
The advancements we’ve announced make the Windows stack the absolute best IT stack for serving enterprise workloads. The advancements in storage alone were really impressive. Windows Server was already the fastest server based disk IO. Now, with tiered storage, from a remote file server we can achieve 124,123.90 IOs/Sec. We can even do a live migration of a running virtual machine on deduped (de duplicated) storage faster than on non-deduped storage. For example they demoed a SQL Server with 8GB of RAM running under heavy load completing a live migration in 22 seconds on deduped storage. That is a whole new level of fast.
But the best part for me was the Azure goodness. I am rapidly becoming a Scott Guthrie fanboy. We’ve released several new features, added to the management portal and made improvements across the board.
We made some very nice improvements to the billing and especially the MSDN benefits.
In conjunction with Teched North America we launched a major revamp of the Windowsazure.com site. We’ve taken the site from being “features focused” to “solution focused”. The new solution pages include benefits, scenarios, and getting started sections for each solution. Additionally, each scenario within a solution includes a customer perspective and several case studies so you can find out how Azure is being used in real-world scenarios.
Here are some of the updates you’ll see on the site:
So if you haven’t yet, start your FREE TRIAL and if you are an MSDN subscriber, Scott Guthrie mentioned something about being able to win an Aston Martin if you activate your benefits then build and deploy an app by September. Watch his blog for details.