MSDN Flash - January 17, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 1

January 17, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 1

Stefano Mallè

Welcome to a new year with the Swiss DPE Team!

In December, we officially launched the Swiss Cloud Innovation Center here in Wallisellen: providing customers and partners with free technical consulting on the migration of existing and the development of new custom software solutions on Microsoft's Windows Azure Platform.

  In the same month, a new wave of Azure features has been rolled out. This includes:

» Windows Azure SDK 1.3
» Affordable XS instances
» Full IIS: The Web role now provides Full IIS functionality, which enables multiple IIS sites per Web role and the ability to install IIS modules.
» Remote Desktop functionality enables customers to connect to a running instance of their application or service in order to monitor activity and troubleshoot common problems. This also allows the installation and initialization of additional SW components, if required by the solution that will be hosted on Azure.
» WMRole: With the new Virtual Machine Role, it is now also possible to migrate application components to the cloud that would otherwise take too much time and effort to modify into worker and web roles. Further information regarding the special features of the WMRole can be found here (Item 5).

The new Silverlight-based management portal was also introduced, which allows much better access to Azure services and simplifies distribution and monitoring of Azure solutions.

If you would like to learn more about the cloud at a free late-afternoon event followed by aperitifs, visit the Microsoft Expert Talk “Cloud Computing & Windows Phone 7 Development” at the Innovation Center in Rapperswil on March 8, or participate in the MSDN TechTalk: “Ihr Weg zur eigenen SaaS-Lösung - Windows Azure Seminar für ISVs“.

Further links on the topic:
» Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform
» Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio
» Windows Azure blog
» My personal blog


Best regards,

Stefano Mallè
Evangelism Lead - Developer Platform, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH

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