New features from Azure Q4 2013 and newer releases focused on advanced topics for the administration of Microsoft Azure. From a backup standpoint, Azure offers Recovery Services to prevent data loss via Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager and Recovery Services. Azure scheduler gives you the ability to schedule jobs that can run internal and external to Azure. Traffic Manager supports both PaaS configurations based upon round robin, failover, and performance metrics. Management Services gives you the ability to set up billing alerts, as well as service alerts for services, storage, and web sites and run queries on the results. Virtual Machine Auto-Scaling has been improved to now give you configurable options for both PaaS Cloud Services, Web sites, and IaaS VMs. Azure BizTalk Services integrates the enterprise and the Azure Cloud by configuring B2B messaging. HDInsight is Azure's solution to bring big data processing to the Azure Cloud. Improvements to Azure Storage include read-only access to geo-replicated storage, improved storage analytics, and allowing the transfer of large amounts of data via physical drive using the Azure Import and Export Service. For Web sites we look at the recent enhancements of AlwaysOn Support, Web Jobs, and Staged Publishing.
Mike spent almost two decades as an FTE with Microsoft in various roles such as Technical Evangelist, Trainer, Solution Integration Engineer, Consultant, and Programming/Writer. Today Mike is a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect with leading Microsoft Azure partner Aditi Technologies. He has been published many times on MSDN and MSJ and speaks at industry conferences.