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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What’s New in R2 Blog Series: Hybrid IT
As part of the ongoing series on “What’s New in R2,” Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson’s blog has been highlighting how Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 can simplify the challenges associated with configuring and operating a hybrid IT environment. This is important as many customers have reported that they would be using multiple clouds. Anderson calls out some areas that the R2 releases help simplify:
For more information, check out Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog. We encourage customers to download the Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 R2 preview software and start evaluation today!
Windows Azure Notification Hubs and AlwaysOn Availability Groups Now Generally Available
Windows Azure Notification Hubs, a service that allows mobile app developers to deliver personalized push notifications to customers via Android, iOS and Windows devices, quickly, are now generally available. Traditionally, the process of configuring an application backend was time consuming and expensive. With Notification Hubs, the process time is greatly reduced and much easier for developers.
In addition to Notification Hubs, Microsoft announced full support of the AlwaysOn Availability Groups for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and support for SQL Server Availability Group Listeners. AlwaysOn has been a popular feature in SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure for high availability and disaster recovery. Now that AlwaysOn is generally available, Windows Azure customers can create up to four replica databases in one Availability Group, which in the event of a failover on the primary machine means that data will automatically be replicated to the secondary databases – so customers are never without the data they need.
Go to Scott Guthrie’s blog for more information.