“Georgia?”

No!  GA means General Availability!  It’s like RTM, but better. 

Celebrate!  Windows Azure VMs are now a reality!We’ve been talking about Windows Azure virtual machines, and using Azure as “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” (IaaS) for many months now.  We’ve been promoting the heck out of the 90-day free trial of Windows Azure to IT Pros all over the world; but with the caveat that the capability to create (or upload) virtual machines with persistent storage and high availability up in Windows Azure datacenters was still “in preview”.  Well, the preview is at an end.  We’ve “shipped” it! 

Starting today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services are ready for production.

“I can start using it in a supported way, for my production workloads?”

Yes.  You have my permission.  And Microsoft’s. 

“So.. will I see any changes today?”

Well.. one thing that was pointed out to me (Thank you, David Tesar) was that the word “preview” has come off of the screen when you create a new virtual machine…

Sweet!

…so that’s pretty cool. 

Another thing that has changed is that the prices are now official; and are not the same as what they were during preview.  THEY’RE LOWER!  I hope that’s not too much of a shock.  Smile 

And if you’d like a really simple summary of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, check out this video:

“Bring it!”