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  • Blog Post: Blog Series -- Windows Azure Security Best Practices

    In a series of blog posts, I’ll provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . This seven-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best...
  • Blog Post: Dive Into the Cloud with Getting Started, In Depth Tutorial on Windows Azure Site

    A new set of tutorial shows you how to get started with Windows Azure . The tutorial begin with explaining how to get the latest tools and how to deploy your first sample application, build an application with ASP.NET MVC, and how to build a code first data application with SQL Azure. Sections show...
  • Blog Post: Azure Team Introduces Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

    A Windows Azure AppFabric Application is any n-tier .NET application that spans the web, middle, and data tiers, composes with external services, and is inherently written to the cloud architecture for scale and availability. Build AppFabric Applications using AppFabric Developer Tools, run them in...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Service Bus Enhancement, New Application Manager, Dev Tools Coming to Windows Azure AppFabric

    Windows Azure AppFabric has released enhancements to Service Bus as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP May release, and an upcoming release of the AppFabric Developer Tools and Application Manager as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP June release. Announcements were made on the team blog...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Kit Adds WP7 Authentication, Traffic Manager, SQL Azure Reporting

    The April Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. You can download the kit from Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - April Update . April Update ...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: StorSimple Integrates On-Premises, Cloud Storage with Windows Azure

    ISV StorSimple provides a hybrid storage solution that combines on-premises storage with a scalable, on-demand cloud storage model. StorSimple integrates with several cloud storage providers, including Windows Azure. Dr Iam Howells, CMO for StorSimple, talks with Developer Evangelist Wes Yanaga about...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric Release of Caching, Single Sign-on for Access Control Service

    Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, has announced the first release of Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service and a release of a new version of the Access Control Service. The announcement was made at his keynote during MIX11. The Windows Azure AppFabric Caching is a...
  • Blog Post: Identity Training Kit and Course Updated for AppFabric, Windows 7 SP1

    The latest update for the Identity Training Kit and Course include refactoring instructions to match the look and feel of the newest Windows Azure AppFabric portal and for Windows 7 SP1 . The February 2011 release of the Identity Developer Training Kit contains hands-on labs and resources. The identity...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Videos

    Here are 12 great HD Windows Azure platform videos posted out on Channel 9. These are recordings from the “Building Cloud Applications using the Windows Azure Platform” virtual training event. If you missed here are session recordings below: Session 01: Windows Azure Overview Session 02: Introduction...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform 30 Day Pass

    We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass , so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required . Sign up for Microsoft Platform Ready to get access to technical, application certification testing and marketing support . Use this Promo Code : DPWE01 Sign...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Access Control Service Sample Demonstrates Support for OAuth 2.0, Windows Identity Foundation

    ACS (Azure Access Control Service) that is part of Windows Azure AppFabric recently added support for the OAuth 2.0 protocol . OAuth is an open protocol that is being developed by members of the identity community to to allow third party applications access to data without providing passwords. A sample...
  • Blog Post: Cloud, Server, Tools Lead Application Platform Announcements at PDC

    Cloud Roadmap Announced for Windows Azure Platform At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Roadmap Includes Virtual Machine Role, SQL Azure Reporting, Windows Azure Marketplace, and More

    At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to take full advantage of the underlying platform. These...
  • Blog Post: Benefits for Windows Azure Extended for MSDN Subscribers

    The Windows Azure Platform benefits offered as part your MSDN subscription have been extended from 8 months to 16 months. In addition new Azure benefits have been announced. Benefits are available under BizSpark , Ultimate, and Premium MSDN Subsciptions. Not all subscriptions qualify. For Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Training Kit Online, Downloadable

    We have just released a full online (and downloadable) training kit for Windows Server AppFabric . This kit is comprised of the 4-day technical training course that explains all about the new capabilities in Windows Server AppFabric. It includes the lab exercises and the full HD streaming of recordings...
  • Blog Post: Update to Azure’s AppFabric Access Control Service Supports Multi-Vendor Single Sign On

    Support for identity providers such as Google, Facebook, LiveID and OpenID is being added to Windows Azure AppFabric . The Access Control Service (ACS) allows you to integrate Single Sign On and centralized authorization into your web application. It works with most modern platforms, and integrates with...
  • Blog Post: Download Free Windows Azure Book

    A new book, "Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume 1" is now available as a free PDF download . You can also view the book on slideshare.net (requires Slideshare login to download). If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can buy the book from lulu.com here . Sections include...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit Updated for Visual Studio 2010

    The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has been updated. The kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. The June release...
  • Blog Post: Roadmaps Announced at TechEd for Client, Server, Cloud

    Roadmaps for the first service packs (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric, Big Maps, and Microsoft Unified Communication Server, and Windows Client were announced at Tech Ed North America today. Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 SP1 Beta...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Candidate Ships

    Windows Server AppFabric Release Candidate was announced today at Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event . The final availability will follow in June. Windows Server AppFabric provides improved speed, elastic scale and high availability for Web applications through new, distributed caching...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2010 Goes Beta, Supports Windows Server AppFabric

    The first public beta for BizTalk Server 2010, which supports Windows Server AppFabric is now available. It is scheduled to release to manufacturing in the third quarter of 2010. Abhay Parasnis, general manager, Business Platform Division at Microsoft, said “With Windows Server AppFabric and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric Goes Live

    Windows Azure platform AppFabric April Release is now live. Windows Azure AppFabric provides a way for you to bridge between hosted, cloud, and on-premises computers. Windows Azure platform AppFabric was previously known as .NET Services part of the Windows Azure. In addition to improvements in stability...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric Goes Commercial April 9

    Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be commercially available on a paid and fully SLA-supported basis on April 9. You can find our pricing for AppFabric here . You can also go to the pricing section of our FAQs for additional information as well as our pricing blog post . For more information, see...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric CTP Updated

    Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is available at the Microsoft Download Center at Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 . First publicized at PDC 2009, Windows Server AppFabric is a set of application services focused on improving the speed, scale, and management of Web, Composite, and Enterprise applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure platform AppFabric Update

    The Service Bus and Access Control features of the Windows Azure Platform, once known as .NET Services, are now known as “Windows Azure platform AppFabric”. Of course, they are still on track to be commercially available this January alongside Windows Azure and SQL Azure. This update reflects our vision...
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