Windows Azure has been a huge success across the enterprise, and on Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled a huge list of new features for it. The new features and support/push enhancements will make Windows Azure users happy and make Windows Azure a exciting new tool for them in the enterprise.
Taking a look at the latest updates to the Windows Azure updates have a similar feature set. They all focus on automation for their users and programs, has a tight integration with the Bing ecosystem, and gives users real-time updates if they choose.
SQL Server AlwaysOn
The general availability release of SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups support was announced first. Now users with multi-databases can have multi-database failover on their projects, and the stack is available with Windows Azure Virtual Machines. As it is tightly integrated with SQL, it gives readable secondary replicas and configurable failover policies for administrators.
The notification hubs in Windows Azure starting today, allow for broadcast push notifications to Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android mobile devices. Now, this mobile push allows for cross-platform notifications, they are highly personalized, are assigned by device token management, have efficient tag-based multicast and pub/sub routing, scale across the largest of databases, and are usable from any backend.
Autoscale Support Added
Windows Azure will now include AutoScale support, and it allows for scalable webs sites, cloud services, mobile services, and virtual machines. Azure can be configured to scale the sites automatically and do so to load applications efficiently and quickly. Rules can be setup to determine when to scale and how often to scale. In addition, Azure now includes an AutoScale History to see logs on how the scaling has worked for administrators.
One of the last points made on the Azure post by Microsoft, was that all virtual machines now include a built-in load balancer support starting today. It is available for no charge, and makes for easier load balancing across virtual machines for users.
Overall, Azure announced a number of updates that should please IT and administrators. Azure has constantly made improvements to its ecosystem, and this round of updates should please Azure enthusiasts.