Cloud Services

Azure App Service–create Web + Mobile + Logic + API apps with ease

March 28, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework, App Service, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Mobile Services, SignalR, Web API, Web API v2.0, Windows Azure Development No comments

Microsoft today announced availability of new azure cloud services named as Azure App Service. Azure App Service. Azure App Service is a replacement of old Azure Websites / Azure Mobile Services, earlier these services were delivered separately and Microsoft has integrated all these capability in to single service and made it easy to configure.

Azure App Service enables you to easily create Web + Mobile + Logic + API Apps easily . Azure App Service is an integrated service that enables you to create web and mobile apps for any platform or device, easily integrate with SaaS solutions.

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Capabilities of Azure App Service includes:

  • Support for .NET, Node.js, Java, PHP, and Python code
  • Built-in AutoScale support (automatically scale up/down based on real-world load)
  • Traffic Manager support (geographically scale your apps around the world)
  • Integrated Visual Studio publishing as well as FTP publishing
  • Continuous Integration/Deployment support with Visual Studio Online, GitHub, and BitBucket
  • Virtual networking support and hybrid connections to on-premises networks and databases
  • Staged deployment and test in production support
  • WebJob support for long running background tasks
  • Built-In API connectors for Logic Apps.

What are you waiting for, sign-into the Azure Preview Portal and Get Started.

Additional References:

Windows Azure Training Kit – May 2013

June 6, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Services, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, Mobile Services, Training-Kits, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has relased the latest Windows Azure Training Kit.

Quoting the details from Microsoft:

The May 2013 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes new content on Windows Azure Media Services as well as updates to use the latest Windows Azure SDK v2.0.

Content Updates:

  • New Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Media Services
  • New Lab: Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage
  • Updated Labs to leverage the latest version of Windows Azure SDK.

Download: Windows Azure TrainingKit – May2013

Windows Azure SDK for .NET–Version 2.0 (for Visual Studio 2010 SP1/2012)

April 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, AppFabric, Azure, Azure SDK, Azure Tools, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile Services, SQL Azure, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Latest version of Windows Azure SDK for .NET – Version 2.0 released by Microsoft.

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure SDK for .NET 2.0 (Offline Installer)

Recommended: Instead of manually downloading the files from above link, it is recommended you use the automated one-click install provided by the Web Platform Installer x64 or x86.

Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio:

DOWNLOAD:  Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2013

Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services – Cloud Backend Solution For Mobile Apps

August 28, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Services, Microsoft, Mobile SDK, Mobile Services, Mobile-Development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Microsoft has introduced a new service in Windows Azure platform – Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications. It allows you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications.

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Image Courtesy: Microsoft Azure site

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Image Courtesy: ScottGu’s blog

Mobile Services are available for Windows 8 apps, but subsequent preview releases will extend support to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Read the Windows Azure blog or Scott Guthrie blog for more information or visit Windows Azure Mobile Services dev center to get started.

Video – Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services by ScottGu

 

References:

Scott Guthrie blog

Windows Azure blog 

Windows Azure Mobile Services dev center

New revamped Windows Azure released and new Windows Azure SDK v1.7(JUNE 2012)

June 8, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure SDK, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, ToolKits, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010, VS2012, WCF, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has made significant changes to existing Windows Azure to make it more user friendly and customer friendly. The new Windows Azure was officially released in an online event Meet Windows Azure (MeetWindowsAzure.com) , in this event ScottGu(Microsoft VP)  has walked us through the new Windows Azure features.

You can have a quick look at ScottGu’s blog for interesting features available in new Windows Azure.

Visit http://www.windowsazure.com to have a quick look at the features of new Windows Azure website.

Development Tools and How to’s for different programming languages

You can download necessary tools for development at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/downloads/

Recommend reading Phani Kumar’s blog on Windows Azure http://allthingsazure.com/ ,  is a good repository of latest information on Windows Azure.

That’s all for now.

 

Microsoft announces Windows Azure Media Services

April 18, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft announced new cloud based media services (called as Windows Azure Media Services)and guidance to better enable content providers and customers to tap into the power of cloud computing, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference.

Windows Azure Media Services is a cloud-based PaaS solution that enables you to efficiently build and deliver media solutions to customers. It offers a bunch of ready-to-use services that enable the fast ingestion, encoding, format-conversion, storage, content protection, and streaming (both live and on-demand) of video. It also integrates and exposes services provided by industry leading partners – enabling an incredibly deep media stack of functionality that you can leverage.

The Windows Azure Media Services ecosystem features several media partners that integrate their technologies for customers to use in their own media solutions. These include high-speed transfers from Aspera; content encoding from Digital Rapids, ATEME and Dolby Laboratories; content security from BuyDRM and Civolution; and video-on-demand streaming from Wowza Media Systems. In addition, Windows Azure Media Services enables full-service media companies such as iStreamPlanet Co. and Movideo Pty. Ltd. to host and offer complete workflow solutions to customers.

Windows Azure Media Services will also support an entire ecosystem of connected devices. With support for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, HTTP Live Streaming and Flash media formats, Windows Azure Media Services will enable customers to reach almost any connected device, from Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows-based PCs to non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS and Android.

For more – read the announcement by Scott Guthrie from Microsoft 

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/04/16/announcing-windows-azure-media-services.aspx

Other source of information

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/Microsoft-Delivers-Windows-Azure-Media-Services-228566/