NZ TechNet Flash: Windows Azure: Open. Flexible. Rock Solid.

21 February 2013   //   Subscribe to the TechNet Flash
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Andrew McMurray

Technical Evangelist


Windows Azure and your infrastructure.

Hi Everyone!

As I’m sure you are all aware, Windows Azure has been available for quite some time now and is a great platform for application development, database hosting and a whole slew of other capabilities. Traditionally, Windows Azure is seen as more of a developer resource than something IT Pro’s are concerned with. However, there have been some major advances in Azure Virtual Machine hosting that bring Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) into the firing line as something you might want to start investigating.

When it comes to VM hosting, Azure has a number of capabilities:

  • Windows Virtual Machines – Easily create Windows Server Virtual Machines in the Cloud
  • Linux Virtual Machines – Full support for certain Linux distributions when running within Azure Virtual Machine services
  • Virtual Networking – Provision and manage Virtual Networks allowing you to migrate workloads to Azure without the pain of retooling IP addresses
  • Storage – Easily provision, attach and manage storage

For those of you interesting in exploring our capabilities further, there are a slew of recorded sessions from TechEd 2012 which you can check out and you can also be sure that we will be covering this technology this year also at the conference. Check out the Azure Virtual Machine landing page for even more information on pricing, and also for links to the VM Depot where you can get community developed preconfigured VM’s for use in Azure, and also the documentation sites for Windows and Linux VM’s for deeper technical information.

Sounds interesting? Sign up for a free 90-day trial to give Windows Azure a try! Also, for local training we have Windows Azure IT Professional camps coming to Auckland and Christchurch, check out the events section below for more details.

Till next time!



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