MSDN has recently seen some significant changes with regards to Azure benefits that were unveiled over the course of the recent Build and Tech Ed conferences. These changes incorporate a level of Azure benefits into all levels of MSDN allowing friction and cost free use of Azure for development and testing scenarios.
There are many potential scenarios Azure can support your development/testing efforts with Azure such as:
These scenarios represent just a small set of example uses where customers are supporting their development and test efforts using Azure, however how do the recent MSDN benefit changes help MSDN subscribers?
For me one of the key announcements from the world of MSDN in these conferences was not so much a technical one, but actually one of a licencing nature. Until these announcements were unveiled, MSDN software was not permitted to be installed and run on a hosted environment (Azure included). This has all changed and now MSDN users can now install MSDN servers and Visual Studio software into Azure. Details of the allowed server software can be seen here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2721672.
In addition to this licencing change were some further announcements that make it extremely cost effective and friction free for MSDN subscribers to complete dev/test scenarios using Azure. Some key benefits for dev/test uses are below:
I’ve always been a huge fan of the MSDN Azure benefits, but I really hope these announcements will provide a friction free way for dev/test teams to accelerate time to market, increase quality and reduce costs.
Getting started with Azure using MSDN benefits will warrant a separate follow-up post, however if you’re raring to get going then get signed up before September 30th 2013 and not only will you be eligible for all these benefits, you’ll also be entered in a prize draw to win an Aston Martin. Sign up here (http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/campaigns/car/) and you’ll be up and running within minutes.