Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now generally available
Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – Virtual Machines and Virtual Network- help you meet growing business needs by providing on-demand, scalable infrastructure. These services enable you to extend your data centers and workloads into the cloud while using your existing skills and investments. Here are some things you can do with these new services:
• Bring your Windows or Linux-based application to the cloud as-is.
• Extend your existing identities to apps running in Virtual Machines by simply connecting to your on-premises Active Directory.
• Quickly build sandboxes for Test & Dev to enable rapid innovation.
• Spin up Microsoft SharePoint farms in minutes without major upfront investment.
• Extend data marts into the cloud when running SQL Server in Virtual Machines.
Learn more at our Infrastructure Services page and get started today by visiting the Windows Azure Management Portal.
Take advantage of the new Windows Azure Backup preview
Windows Azure Backup helps you protect important server data off-site with automated backup and restoration. You can manage cloud backups from familiar backup tools in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, or the Data Protection Manager component of Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
With incremental backups, only changes to files are transferred to the cloud. This helps ensure efficient use of storage, reduced bandwidth consumption, and point-in-time recovery of multiple versions of the data. Backups are stored in Windows Azure and are “off-site,” reducing the need to secure and protect on-site backup media. For more details, check out ScottGu’s blog.
Windows Azure Active Directory: Ready for Production with over 265 Billion Authentications & 2.9 Million Organizations Served
We’re excited to share that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has reached general availability and is now ready for production use. Windows Azure Active Directory is the world’s largest cloud based, enterprise quality, internet scale Identity and Access Management Solution. With this latest release, existing Windows Azure customers who log in using a Microsoft Account can now add a Windows Azure AD tenant and use it to manage access to Azure for their employees with either Microsoft Accounts or Azure AD accounts. Get your ownWindows Azure AD cloud directory today.