Cloud + Enterprise Release Announcements for September 10, 2014

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud + Enterprise team.

In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud first era.

You expect cloud-speed innovation from us, and we’re delivering across the breadth of our Cloud + Enterprise product portfolio. Below is a consolidated list of our latest releases to help you stay current, with links to additional details if you’d like more information.

In this update:

  • Azure Media Services announces Live Streaming, Content Protection in Public Preview
  • New Enterprise Features for Azure Websites
  • Azure API Management General Availability and Updates
  • Introducing Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure
  • New Azure SQL Database service tiers now generally available with enhanced SLA
  • Azure RMS Sharing Application


Azure Media Services announces Live Streaming, Content Protection in Public Preview

Today we are launching the public preview of our Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings.  The same Live Streaming solution that seamlessly delivered the 2014 Winter Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup to broadcasters globally – including RTMP ingest capabilities –  will now be available in public preview to all customers with the same level of scalability, uptime, and reliability. To protect your premium video content, Azure Media is introducing a Content Protection offering which features both static and dynamic encryption for with a range of industry standard encryption options including PlayReady DRM and Clear Key AES 123-bit encryption. Read the Azure blog for more information.

New Enterprise Features for Azure Websites

Azure Websites is an enterprise-class cloud service for developing, testing, and running corporate websites, business applications, and digital marketing campaigns or host REST-based services to power client applications- all on a global network of datacenters optimized for scale and availability with support for continuous integration and modern developer practices. Today we are announcing the release of a number of new features for Azure Websites aimed at allowing enterprise customers to develop, deploy, and maintain web applications and services. In this release we are rounding out our impressive set of enterprise capabilities with a few new features around Virtual Network Integration, CDN Support, and Scalable WordPress in the App Gallery. For more information, check out the Azure blog.


Azure API Management General Availability and Updates

We are pleased to announce General Availability of Azure API Management service. Companies need a means of publishing and managing access to APIs reliably, securely and at scale. Azure API Management allows businesses to easily set API policies, customize a developer portal, review analytics and more. When a business can publish APIs to internal and external developers, it opens the door to directly monetizing its digital assets, transforming its core product into a platform, and creating new content distribution channels across mobile devices. Since Public Preview launch in May, we’ve added Azure API Management REST API, Delegation, support for OAUTH 2.0, accessibility improvements in the Developer Portal, and full backup and restore of API Management services, drastically improving disaster recovery and business continuity options for our customers. For more information, read the Azure blog.


Introducing Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure

On Thursday September 4, we announced the limited preview of the Migration Accelerator (MA), for Azure. Spawned from the technology of our InMage acquisition, the MA is designed to seamlessly migrate physical, VMware, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads into Azure. It automates all aspects of migration including discovery of source workloads, remote agent installation, network adaptation and endpoint configuration. With MA, you reduce cost and risk of your migration project. Read more in the Azure blog.


New Azure SQL Database service tiers now generally available with enhanced SLA

The new service tiers for Azure SQL Database, our database-as-a-service, gives customers greater price/performance and business continuity for cloud apps while dramatically increasing the number of databases managed by a single resource. During the preview, we actively listened and responded to customer feedback to tune our offerings for general availability. Per the feedback, we have reduced the service tier prices from previously-announced rates, introduced a new performance level, and now offer hourly billing. In addition, we are providing an enhanced service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.99% availability—up from 99.9% with Web and Business editions. GA pricing will take effect for all customers on November 1, 2014. For more information, check out the Data Platform Insider blog.


Azure RMS Sharing Application

The Microsoft Rights Management (RMS) sharing application helps you keep important documents and pictures safe from people who shouldn’t see them, even if you email them or save them to another device. Last week, we released an update to the RMS sharing app. You are now able to share Office documents through a Share Protected button, which sends your email recipients both an RMS protected version of the Office document, and a protected PDF copy of the same file. For more information, check out the RMS blog.