DevOps in the Enterprise

The role of IT in DevOps

Microsoft DevOps News from 2014

There have been tons of new products and tools announcements related to DevOps practices coming from Microsoft in 2014.  There is no way I could cover them all, but below I've included some of the highlights including ones from open source software like Docker as well.
To see all of the new learning resources and content from Microsoft related to DevOps in 2014, check out this post. Stay tuned for monthly news updates on DevOps coming from Microsoft via this blog's "DevOpsNews" tag page.  These news posts will also be linked to DevOps focused episodes of the Edge Show.


  • Resource Manager enables much more effective management of Azure resources as well as infrastructure as code deployments using JSON-based-templates – Went preview in April
  • New Portal helps to enable some end-to-end scenarios related to DevOps practices.  See the interview with engineering at TechEd Europe 2014. – Went preview in April
  • Autoscale service enables easy and potentially free automatic scaling of your compute resources – went GA in April
  • Automation Service is great to automate anything which you can do with PowerShell (which is a lot!) such as automatically provision development environments  – went preview in April and GA in October.
    On a related side note: the Azure scheduler service can also help with automation – which went GA in April

Visual Studio


Chef and Puppet we enabled native support for Chef and Puppet extensions into all of our virtual machines and of course we enable natively using Chef or Puppet to deploy Azure resources.

Jenkins and Hudson have ability to use Azure to process build jobs as slave – September/October

Gradle and Grunt build support for TFS – June

SaltStack and Octopus VM extensions are supported in Azure