The team over in the Azure camp is working full steam ahead. They’ve released some cool new features again. Here’s the short list:

  • ExpressRoute: Dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity with on-premises
  • Web Sites: Backup and Restore Support
  • Mobile Services: .NET support, Notification Hub Integration, PhoneGap support, and Xamarin is working like a treat!
  • HDInsight: Hadoop 2.2 support
  • Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10->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

See ScottGu’s full post here.

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2014/02/20/azure-expressroute-dedicated-networking-web-site-backup-restore-mobile-services-net-support-hadoop-2-2-and-more.aspx 

What better to compliment these awesome new releases than the Visual Studio Online Application Insights. It gives you performance, availability and ysage data on your applications. It’s a great way to get real visibility on your applications.  Check out how to get yoru preview of Application Insights set up here: http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/get-started/find-performance-problems-vs