Modern applications are pushing the boundaries of architecture.  IT Professionals need to keep up with the platform innovations for developers, because it creates new opportunity for architecture and design, testing, benchmarking, implementation, management, security, operations and updates.  Having a strong life cycle background will serve you well in the new world of the cloud.

In this week’s “What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Apps with the Windows Azure Pack”, Microsoft VP Brad Anderson takes a deep dive into the Windows Azure Pack, message queuing, and a number of innovations to support multi-tier application scenarios.

We’ve listened closely to our customers and focused on improving the following 3 core scenarios with the Service Bus 1.1 for Windows Server and the Windows Azure Pack v1:

  1. Application Messaging Patterns with Service Bus - With Service Bus we support basic as well as advanced messaging patterns for use in modern applications. With this release we’ve also added new messaging capabilities, additional protocols, and simplified APIs to enable developers to write better applications faster.
  2. Manage Messaging entities across clouds - Whether you’re developing for the public cloud, private cloud, or a hosted cloud (with your service provider), developers will be able to write applications once and then use it anywhere within these clouds – without needing to recompile.  This can be done by simply changing an entry in the configuration file.
  3. Offering Alternatives with Service Bus - Whether you are an Independent Software Vendor developing software and services for others, an enterprise which deploys home-grown applications, or a developer looking for an easy to deploy messaging component, you can use Service Bus in your topology. With this release we’ve improved the hosting capabilities for enterprises and service providers enabling new hosting topologies.

Spend some time really reading this article.  Some of the concepts and technologies may be totally foreign to you, but you’ll need to start understanding the platform more fully to support the modern applications that are coming.  At the end of the article we’ve provided some links to additional supporting resources.

And for those of you interested in downloading some of the products and trying them, here are some resources to help you

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview download
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview download
  • SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) download
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview download

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