Windows Azure datacentres coming to Australia!

Microsoft is planning to expand the Windows Azure regional datacentres to Australia. There are plans to add two new “sub-regions”, in Victoria and NSW.

This is exciting, because there have been an number of businesses and scenarios where due to regulator requirements on data sovereignty, they were unable to use the Azure locations hosted in other countries.
It is interesting to look at *why* Microsoft is deploying 2 new centres (Victoria & NSW), and not just in NSW. This comes down for the need to provide geo-redundancy, while still giving users data sovereignty in Australia.

This bodes well for any Australian start-up what wants to create a local service. The latency from US servers can cause a slight lag in requests, having their applications servers hosted locally will be great.
There is also the potential for some big name USA companies to start hosting geo-located edge servers here, so that their Australian customers get a more responsive experience. This could easily be done by using the Windows Azure Traffic Manager to manage multiple geo-located computer instances http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/details/traffic-manager/

The official announcement is up on the Australian MSDN blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ausblog/archive/2013/05/16/windows-azure-expands-downunder.aspx

By David Burela

Windows Azure SDK 2.0 released

Microsoft has released the latest version of the Windows Azure SDK, version 2.0.

The top features they are listing are:

  • Web Sites: Visual Studio Tooling updates for Publishing, Management, and for Diagnostics
  • Cloud Services: Support for new high memory VM sizes, Faster Cloud Service publishing & Visual Studio Tooling for configuring and viewing diagnostics data
  • Storage: Storage Client 2.0 is now included in new projects & Visual Studio Server Explorer now supports working with Storage Tables
  • Service Bus: Updated client library with message pump programming model support, support for browsing messages, and auto-deleting idle messaging entities
  • PowerShell Automation: Updated support for PowerShell 3.0, and lots of new PowerShell commands for automating Web Sites, Cloud Services, VMs and more.

The SDK can be downloaded from the Azure Developer portal http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/.

What I find really cool about the Storage Client SDK is how it is available to install as a package from NuGet, and the code is all available from GitHub. Microsoft is changing!
http://nuget.org/packages/WindowsAzure.Storage 
https://github.com/WindowsAzure/azure-sdk-for-net

Community report: Azure global bootcamp

I attended the Windows Azure Global boot camp in Melbourne https://globalwindowsazure.azurewebsites.net/

There were a number of top speakers at the event, and all of the attendees seemed to get a lot from the event. It was great to see just how many people came along to attend the event! You can see in one of the photos I took that the room was packed.

The presenters used the Windows Azure training kit which is available for you to download http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/other-resources/training-kit/ 

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The packed room.

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Mitch Denny presenting