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Some great featues in the January 2014 Windows Azure update

Access Scott's Weblog to learn details of the latest Windows Azure update on
January 16.

Here is an abbreviated version for your speedy review.

The following are the enhancements that you can see is update:

  • Web Sites: Staged Publishing Support and Always On Support
  • Monitoring Improvements: Web Sites + SQL Database Alerts
  • Hyper-V Recovery Manager: General Availability Release
  • Mobile Services: Support for SenchaTouch
  • PCI Compliance: Windows Azure Now Validated for PCI DSS Compliance
These take effect immediately (either the relese or in the preview item).

Web Sites: Staged Publishing Support:
Staged site publishing can be enabled. The staged site URL is different from that
of main site. This is very helpful in site/app development before going to
production and deployment from staging to production can be instantaneous for
content as well as configuration.

Web Sites: Always On Support
Now 'AlwaysOn' has come to the Web Sites as well. With this enabled you can see
if anything needs attention as the site is pinged periodically to verify that
the site is running smoothly.

Monitoring Improvements: Web Sites + SQL Database Alerts
There is nothing like enough monitoring, the more you can monitor the better you are
prepared to handle problems. The two new improvements introduced with this
update are:
  • Metrics updated every minute for Windows Azure Web Sites
  • Alerting for more metrics from Windows Azure Websites and Windows Azure SQL Databases
Now you can create alerts to 6 different services:
  • Cloud Service
  • Mobile Service
  • SQL Database (New Today!)
  • Storage
  • Virtual Machine
  • Web Site (More Metrics Today!)
Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager: General Availability Release

This release to production is ready including enterprise SLA.

Mobile Services: Support for SenchaTouch

You need to add an extension from SenchaTouch. SenchaTouch is a well know HTML/JavaScript-based development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps and web sites. With today’s addition, you can easily use Mobile Services with your SenchaTouch app.

Windows Azure Now Validated for PCI DSS Compliance

Windows Azure is now validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA):Neohapsis.

All Microsoft Datacenters appears to be covered from looking at the Here is a screen shot of what is covered:

Have a good week end!


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