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  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Azure ExpressRoute, new partnership with Level 3 and exciting updates to other Azure Services

    As we talk with customers and partners around the world, we consistently hear that they are looking for a provider that can help maximize benefits of their on-premises investments and leverage the flexibility of the cloud. This has been the fundamental principle on which we have built our hybrid cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure HDInsight supports preview clusters of Hadoop 2.2

    Following the recent launch of Windows Azure HDInsight last October, we are announcing that Windows Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.2 clusters in preview. Windows Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Azure . Hadoop is a distributed storage...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Reduced Pricing on Storage

    As you may recall from the April announcement , we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage matching AWS’ prices. We’re...
  • Blog Post: Orchard CMS with Azure Cache on Windows Azure websites (WAWS)

    Editor’s note: This post comes from Sunitha Muthukrishna a Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team. If your current OrchardCMS site is running on multiple instances on Windows Azure Websites, then without using some form of distributed cache, caches will become out of sync between...
  • Blog Post: New High Resolution Site Metrics for Windows Azure Web Sites

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Byron Tardif , Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team, and Windows Azure Web Sites Developer Experience partners. One of the key differentiators of a successful website is how much attention a website owner/administrator pays to what his website is...
  • Blog Post: Announcing PCI DSS compliance and expanded ISO certification for Windows Azure, general availability of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager and other updates to Windows Azure

    Today, we are excited to announce two significant milestones that enhance customers’ ability to build secure and compliant applications on Windows Azure. Additionally, we are also announcing the general availability of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager so our customers can enjoy the benefits...
  • Blog Post: AzureDev Community Campaign Winner Announcement

    Today we are excited to announce the winners of the AzureDev community campaign and donate $100,000 to five nonprofits focused on technology education. Introduced at Build 2013, the AzureDev campaign focuses on changing the world through code, regardless of programming language. To kick things off, we...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Websites Development Stacks Support

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Daria Grigoriu , Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team, and Windows Azure Web Sites Developer Experience partners. The Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) team passionately invests in a support model for development stacks that allows your web apps to start...
  • Blog Post: Get Better Acquainted with Azure

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team While our website http://www.windowsazure.com contains a wealth of information, and we keep adding and updating it, you might occasionally find yourself looking for other forms of info. For example...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Network Security Whitepaper

    Download the new Windows Azure Network Security Whitepaper . Windows Azure networking provides the infrastructure necessary to securely connect your virtual machines to one another, as well as bridge between the cloud and your on-premises data center. This white paper seeks to uncover these inner...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) and Intermediate Certificates

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team Using SSL with Windows Azure Web sites is a popular scenario, and while uploading and assigning a cert to your site is usually simple and straightforward (as discussed in our recent blog posts 1 and...
  • Blog Post: Using Django, Python, and MySQL on Windows Azure Web Sites: Creating a Blog Application

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Sunitha Muthukrishna, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites team Depending on the app you are writing, the basic Python stack on Windows Azure Web Sites might meet your needs as-is, or it might not include all the modules or libraries your application may...
  • Blog Post: Securing your Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) with HTTPS and SSL

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. With the rapid increase in identity theft and various forms of cybercrime, security your website with Secure Socket Layer, or SSL for short has become more important and more common. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Public Preview of Read Access Geo Redundant Storage

    As customers increasingly rely on the cloud for business critical solutions, the durability of data and ability to access data during a catastrophic event becomes paramount. Today, we’re excited to announce the public preview of Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage (RA-GRS) that addresses this...
  • Blog Post: IP and Domain Restrictions for Windows Azure Web Sites

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Stefan Schackow, Principal Program Manager Lead on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team Configuring an Azure Web Sites (WAWS) for IP and Domain Restrictions has been one of our most requested asks, and it is now finally available. IP and Domain restrictions provide...
  • Blog Post: Recap: #AzureChat - Virtual Machines and Autoscaling

    Thank you to everyone who joined Corey Sanders and Stephen Siciliano for an #AzureChat . It was great to hear the community’s voice in this live discussion about two of our favorite topics-- Virtual Machines and Autoscaling. Below is a recap in case you missed the chat or want to explore the links...
  • Blog Post: Obtaining a Certificate for use with Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS)

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. With the increase in cybercrime in recent years, securing your website with SSL is becoming a highly sought-after feature, and Windows Azure Web Sites provides support for it. To use it, you need...
  • Blog Post: Expanding Windows Azure Capacity – Brazil

    Earlier today during an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I announced our plans to open a Windows Azure Region in Brazil. We expect the region to come online in early 2014 and are delighted to announce that we will begin to on-board preview customers in the next 4 to 6 weeks. This announcement represents our...
  • Blog Post: #AzureChat - Virtual Machines and Autoscaling

    We’re excited for our next #AzureChat, a Twitter Chat brought to you by the @WindowsAzure team! #AzureChat focuses on different aspects of cloud computing and best practices when developing for the cloud. Want to learn more about a specific cloud service? Looking to hear about tips and tricks...
  • Blog Post: Removing standard server headers on Windows Azure Web Sites

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. Part of the HTTP communication process that occurs between web servers and browsers are the HTTP headers that are included in the request and response. For example, the following are the headers...
  • Blog Post: A Records, CNAME and Using DNS with Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS)

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. When setting up a website, an important part of the game is having the site run on your own domain name. As you probably know, hosting your site on Windows Azure Web Sites allows this for both...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the General Availability of Biz Talk Services, Azure Active Directory and Traffic Manager, and Preview of Azure Active Directory Premium

    In addition to economic benefits, cloud computing provides greater agility in application development which translates into competitive advantage. We are delighted to see over 1,000 new Windows Azure subscriptions created every day and even more excited to see that half of our customers are using higher...
  • Blog Post: Disabling ARR’s Instance Affinity in Windows Azure Web Sites

    Editor's Note: This blog post was written by Erez Benari, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. Setting up multiple instances of a website in Windows Azure Websites is a terrific way to scale out your website, and Azure makes great use of the Application Request Routing IIS Extension...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to WebSockets on Windows Azure Web Sites

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Stefan Schackow, Principal Program Manager Lead on the Windows Azure Web Sites Team. Windows Azure Web Sites has recently added support for the WebSocket protocol. Both .NET developers and node.js developers can now enable and use WebSockets in their applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Community News Roundup #76

    Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly roundup of the latest community-driven news, content and conversations about cloud computing and Windows Azure. Here are the highlights for this week. Articles, Videos and Blog Posts Updating SQL Server AlwaysOn IP in Windows Azure (posted November...
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