Here you will find a quick synopsis of all news from Microsoft’s Cloud Platform organization as it is released with links to additional information.
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Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP is Announced
As announced at TechEd North America 2011, this week we released the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP, which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure Platform. This release consists of the AppFabric Developer Tools, AppFabric Application Manager, the Composition Model and support for running Custom Code, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).
Today at 11:10AM PDT, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB), will participate in an onstage fireside chat moderated by Eric Savitz, San Francisco bureau chief of Forbes, at the GigaOm Structure event. Satya was recently appointed president in February after almost five years as president of R&D of Microsoft’s Online Services Division. Today marks his first public speaking appearance where he will discuss cloud adoption trends and Microsoft’s go-forward commercial cloud vision.
We’re pleased to announce that System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta is publicly available today. Orchestrator 2012 provides the process automation component of the System Center solution and enables customers to build flexible and cost-effective IT infrastructure.
Orchestrator 2012 is deeply integrated with the System Center solution and offers the following unique benefits:
New Windows Azure Service Management API Features Ease Management of Storage Services
On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of new Windows Azure Service Management API features. The Windows Azure Service Management API enables Windows Azure customers to programmatically manage their deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. These new features allow customers to manage the lifecycle of storage services – specifically to programmatically create, update, or delete storage services using new methods, including: Create Storage Account, Update Storage Account and Delete Storage Account. In addition, customers can use the new version of two existing Windows Azure Service Management API methods to obtain additional information about their deployments and subscriptions.
Today Fujitsu and Microsoft announced the first release of Fujitsu’s Global Cloud Platform service (FGCP/A5), powered by Windows Azure and running in Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan. The service will be launched in August 2011 and is currently in test deployment with twenty customers. This launch marks the first official production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance by Fujitsu, which is the result of the global strategic partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2010. The partnership allows Fujitsu to work alongside Microsoft providing services to enable, deliver and manage solutions built on Windows Azure.
HP and Microsoft have partnered for more than year to jointly deliver optimized hardware and software solutions never seen before with SQL Server and a hardware vendor. HP and Microsoft engineers have worked together for months optimizing new solutions for data warehousing, BI and database consolidation. Today we are proud to announce two new additions to the Microsoft portfolio: