Cloud Platform Release Announcements for January 8, 2015

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform 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 Platform 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:

  • Introducing Preview of Microsoft Azure Key Vault
  • New G-series for Virtual Machines Generally Available
  • First Docker image now available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace
  • Microsoft Azure RemoteApp General Availability and Licensing

 

Introducing Preview of Microsoft Azure Key Vault

Microsoft Azure Key Vault offers an easy, cost-effective way to safeguard keys and other secrets in the cloud using Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). Protect cryptographic keys and small secrets like passwords with keys stored in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). For added assurance, import or generate your keys in HSMs certified to FIPS 140-2 level 2 and Common Criteria EAL4+ standards, so that your keys stay within the HSM boundary. Key Vault is designed so that Microsoft does not see or extract your keys. Learn more on the Azure blog.

 

New G-series for Virtual Machines Generally Available

The G-series provides more memory and more local solid state drive (SSD) storage than other Azure virtual machine (VM) sizes. In addition to massive memory and local SSD storage, the G-series also provides unparalleled computational performance using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family, ideal for your most demanding applications.

The G-series is currently available in the West US region. For more information, please visit the Virtual Machines webpage. For a comprehensive look at pricing, please visit the Virtual Machines Pricing webpage.

 

First Docker image now available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Today we made available a new Gallery item in the Azure Marketplace makes it possible to deploy an Ubuntu virtual machine with Docker pre-installed in just one click, via the Azure Docker VM Extension. Customers can now easily login to Microsoft Azure marketplace, select a Docker gallery item and provision an Azure VM as a Docker engine running on Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

To learn more, check out the Azure blog.


Microsoft Azure RemoteApp General Availability and Licensing

On December 11, 2014 we announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp. With this application delivery service, you can deploy Windows apps in the cloud and access them from any device. Enterprise Agreement (EA) price lists for Azure RemoteApp have been available as of January 1, 2015. If you are interested in annual per user commitments, Azure RemoteApp plans will be available for purchase in Enterprise Agreements starting February 1, 2015.