Microsoft’s Windows Azure is a platform that we can use to build a web application, running and storing its data under the company’s datacenters. The same platform has now received a number of enhancements.
Updates to Windows Azure
All of these improvements are now live in production and available for use, beginning today. These new capabilities include:
Windows Azure Mobile Services now supports the ability to easily schedule background jobs (aka CRON jobs) on a pre-set timer interval, running independently of a device accessing the service. The job scheduler functionality ensures a user that his experience doesn’t get disrupted irrespective of the task and allows him to perform a variety of useful scenarios without having to create or manage a separate VM.
Microsoft has increased the scaling capabilities of Windows Azure Web Sites services. Earlier, a web-site could only be scaled up to run across 3 shared instances or 3 reserved VMs but, now developers can scale websites to six shared instances and up to 10 reserved instances (small/medium/large). Besides this, Windows Azure now includes a new custom create workflow that allows for the configuration of source control settings as part of the site creation.
In addition, Azure mobile services has now been extended to different geographical locations, including Northern Europe. Previously, Windows Azure Mobile Services was only supported in the US East and US West regions. Other services that have received some enhancements include,
- SQL Data Sync (support in the new HTML portal)
- ACS Management (support in the new HTML portal)
- Media Services (job and task management, blob storage support, reserved compute)
- Virtual Network enhancements
- Subscription Filtering Support
You can get a complete report on them on ScottGu’s blog.