Windows Azure: New Virtual Machine, Active Directory, Multi-Factor Auth, Storage, Web Site and Spending Limit Improvements
This week we released some great updates to Windows Azure. These new capabilities include:
- Compute: New 2-CPU Core 14 GB RAM instance option
- Virtual Machines: Support for Oracle Software Images, Management Operations on Stopped VMs
- Active Directory: Richer Directory Management and General Availability of Multi-Factor Authentication Support
- Spending Limit: Reset your Spending Limit, Virtual Machines are no longer deleted if it is hit
- Storage: New Storage Client Library 2.1 Released
- Web Sites: IP and Domain Restriction Now Supported
All of these improvements are now available to use immediately. Below are more details about them.
MSDN Subscribers: Windows Azure Aston Martin Sweepstakes through Sept 30th
Earlier this summer we announced a number of great changes to Windows Azure that make it a fantastic cloud environment to use for Dev/Test scenarios. These Dev/Test capabilities work great even for scenarios where you are building apps that ultimately will still be deployed using on-premises servers.
Some of the dev/test changes we announced for Windows Azure included:
- No Charge for Stopped VMs
- Pay by the Minute Billing
- MSDN Use Rights Support on Windows Azure
- Heavily Discounted MSDN Dev/Test Rates – up to 97% discount off standard rates
We also introduced a new MSDN Monthly Monetary Credit program – which allows you to use up to $150 per month of free monetary credits on Windows Azure for dev/test scenarios. These credits renew every month – enabling you to use $1000+ of free dev/test capacity every year.
Windows Azure: New Distributed, Dedicated, High Performance Cache Service + More Cool Improvements
This morning we released some great updates to Windows Azure. These new capabilities include:
- Dedicated Cache Service: Announcing the preview of our new distributed, dedicated, high performance cache service
- AutoScale: Schedule-based auto-scaling for Web Sites and Virtual Machines and richer AutoScale history logs
- Web Sites: New Web Server Logging Support to save HTTP Logs to Storage Accounts
- Operation Logs: New Filtering options on top of Operation Logs
All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note: some are still in preview). Below are more details about them.