Today was the Azure day. A lot of news around it and of course the announcement of the commercial availability starting 1.1.2009. Azure will be commercially available for Switzerland on the same date.
Here a brief summary of the new feature in Windows Azure:
Small 1.6 GHz 1.75 GB 225 GB Medium 2 x 1.6 GHz 3.5 GB 490 GB Large 4 x 1.6 GHz 7 GB 1,000 GB Extra large 8 x 1.6 GHz 14 GB 2,040 GB
Small 1.6 GHz 1.75 GB 225 GB
Medium 2 x 1.6 GHz 3.5 GB 490 GB
Large 4 x 1.6 GHz 7 GB 1,000 GB
Extra large 8 x 1.6 GHz 14 GB 2,040 GB
Microsoft Project Dallas
Microsoft codename ‘Dallas’ is a community technology preview (CTP) of a Windows Azure and SQL Azure-powered Information service that provides developers and information workers access to third party premium data sets and web services. ‘Dallas’ also enables self-service business intelligence and analytics over stored data sets using existing Microsoft technologies.
With the power and scale of the Windows Azure platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure Database), Dallas provides developers with the ability to build and manage innovative applications across the desktop and mobile devices by bringing together disparate sets of private and public data, both on premises and in the cloud. Via a single marketplace, Dallas enables developers to access complex data sets to build entirely new analytic and reporting scenarios. And content providers are able to expose their data to millions of developers on a global level enabling new growth and revenue opportunities.
Microsoft SQL Azure Data Sync
Microsoft SQL Azure Data Sync is tooling and runtime to enable data synchronization with SQL Azure. This technology facilitates two key scenarios that are not available with other cloud platforms today, extending current on-premises infrastructure to the cloud, and producing clients with offline/cached-mode support. Extending on-premises data to the cloud allows for information to be easily shared with mobile users, business partners, remote offices and enterprise data sources all while taking advantage of new services in the cloud. This technology provides a bridge, allowing on-premises and off-premises applications to work together. Using cached mode enables developing clients with an improved user experience through lower latency and higher availability. Additionally cached mode provides the benefits of lower network utilization and better server scale through lower load and a better ability to schedule work.
Future features of SQL Azure
Microsoft Project Sydney
A new product to enable enterprises to securely connect on premise servers with services running on Azure. E.g. A web role talking with an on premise SQL. Sydney will come in beta next year.
Finally Velocity and Dublin find an home as app server under AppFabric. The app server will be available next year for Azure too.
Greetings from LA