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Posted by Kerry GodesSenior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, including Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network. This new service makes it easy for customers to move applications into the cloud on their terms, saving both time and money.
Infrastructure Services is the final puzzle piece in our broader cloud solution. Combined with our existing Platform Services, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider that can offer a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution. Customers have the flexibility to combine their on-premises investments with our cloud based on their unique needs and scenarios.
This release is strengthened by an unrivaled ecosystem of partners. Canonical, OpenLogic, and SUSE are a key part of the Windows Azure Virtual Machines offering, which expands Windows Azure’s Infrastructure Services capabilities by enabling customers to run their own customized Windows Server or Linux images. In addition, you can tap into the Linux resources at VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a community managed repository of pre-configured virtual machines that enables customers to discover and deploy common solutions in just minutes.
If you haven’t heard about the updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services, Microsoft recently announced the addition of support for HTML5 applications, giving companies more options to easily create engaging mobile apps that can quickly scale in the cloud and across devices.
With HTML5, developers can rely on web standards to build mobile apps that reach users across a myriad of devices using a single code base. The Mobile Services cloud backend can be used for both data storage and authentication and the new HTML support extends to pure HTML5 web clients, as well as apps built with cross-platform development tools such as Apache Cordova (previously known as PhoneGap).
Windows Azure Web Sites allows you to quickly deploy sites with support for multiple frameworks and popular open source applications to a highly scalable cloud environment. The recent updates to Windows Azure added Dropbox to the many options for publishing with Windows Azure Web Sites, providing more choice and flexibility for users.
Dropbox is a free service that makes it easy to share your files between multiple computers. Now you can simply copy files to a local Dropbox folder and with a few clicks your web site is live on Windows Azure. If you’d like to see this new deployment option in action, the below video illustrates the simplicity of the process.