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know what's being announced about Windows Azure at TechEd 2010 this week in New
Orleans? Here's the rundown: the Windows Azure team will discuss the release of
the June 2010 version of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK, the production launch
(including pricing) of the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) and
enablement of the OS auto-upgrade feature. The SQL Azure team is also making several announcements so
be sure to read about them on their blog here.
New Windows Azure Tools + SDK
2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK will include:
To download the new Tools + SDK, please click here.
Production Launch of the Windows Azure CDN
As previously announced on this blog, usage of the Windows Azure
CDN for all billing periods that begin after
June 30, 2010 will be charged using the three following billing meters and
With 19 locations globally
(United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America), the Windows Azure
CDN offers developers a global solution for delivering high-bandwidth content, enhancing end user performance
and reliability by placing copies of data, at various points in a network, so
that they are distributed closer to the user. Content
types supported by the Windows Azure CDN include web objects (e.g. JPG, CSS,
other components for Internet delivery. The Windows Azure CDN supports HTTP
delivery of public content stored in Windows Azure storage.
All usage for billing
periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged. To help you
determine which pricing plan best suits your needs, please review the comparison table, which includes this
To learn more about the
Windows Azure CDN and how to get started, please be sure to read our previous blog post or visit the FAQ section on
OS Auto-upgrade Feature
The OS-auto upgrade feature
provides developers the flexibility to have the Guest OS for their service
deployment automatically upgrade to the latest available release. Developers
will continue to retain the ability to manually upgrade to a specific release
of the Guest OS as well. Developers can enable the OS auto-upgrade feature
either through the Service Management API or through the developer portal. The list of OS releases can be found here.
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