Recently Microsoft added improvements in Microsoft Windows Azure as well as new features and functionality. New improvements listed in Windows Azure:
- Two new Windows Azure Datacenter (Japan East and Japan West)
- Oracle software General Availability in Windows Azure
- Traffic Manager Update Support Windows Azure Web Sites.
- New Compute Intensive Instances (A8 and A9) for PAAS
- ExpressRoute (Preview)
- VM agent for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
- Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10->200 users
New Windows Azure Datacenter
Microsoft added two new Datacenter in Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture).
10 Windows Azure Datacenter across the geographical region:
Please see service availability by region.
Oracle software General Availability in Windows Azure:
Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server and Java are now generally available in Microsoft Windows Azure. Oracle software licenses are included with the VM images and can be accessed in the Windows Azure Management Console. When logging in, administrators can click New, then select Compute, followed by Virtual Machine and then From Gallery and select Oracle images:
•Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle Database 11g R2 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
•Oracle Database 11g R2 Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
•Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
•Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
Combined Oracle Database/Weblogic VM Images
•Oracle Database 12c and WebLogic Server 12c Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle Database 12c and WebLogic Server 12c Standard Edition on Windows Server 2012
•Oracle Database 11g and WebLogic Server 11g Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
•Oracle Database 11g and WebLogic Server 11g Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2
Check out Oracle pricing in Windows Azure
Traffic Manager Update Support Windows Azure Web Sites
Windows Azure Traffic Manager now supports Azure websites as endpoints, in addition to cloud services. With this update, customers can get the benefits of load balancing or redirection of web traffic across multiple regions using the performance, failover or round-robin Traffic Manager rules.
For more information, visit:
New Compute Intensive Instances (A8 and A9)
Initially New high performance computer instance is only available for Cloud Services (PAAS) deployment and in Europe West region. These instances include an additional 40Gbit/s InfiniBand network that provides remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology for maximum efficiency of parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications. The InfiniBand network can be used for high performance applications that require a low latency and high throughput communication between compute instances.
For FAQ, visit:
Windows Azure ExpressRoute is in PREVIEW . It enables dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity between Azure datacenters and your on-premises IT environments. Using ExpressRoute, you can connect your existing datacenters to Azure without having to flow any traffic over the public Internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises and Azure can also yield significant cost benefits.
When creating a new Virtual Network, you now have the option to configure ExpressRoute when selecting the Site-To-Site VPN option:
With ExpressRoute, you can establish connections to Azure at an ExpressRoute location (Exchange Provider facility) or directly connect to Azure from your existing WAN network (such as a MPLS VPN) provided by a network service provider.
ExpressRoute is available in the US from Microsoft’s partnering service companies, including AT&T, Equinix and Level3.
VM agent for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Hanu bloggers Pravin Desai has covered the topic in-depth in his blog post:
Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10 to 200 users
Each Windows Azure subscription now supports the inclusion of up to 200 co-administrators per account, up from 10 persons.