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Microsoft Azure Administration New Features (March 2014)

by Mike McKeown

Recently released features surrounding Microsoft Azure Administration.

What you'll learn

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.

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About the author

Mike spent almost two decades with Microsoft in various roles such as Technical Evangelist, Trainer, Consultant, and Programming/Writer. Today Mike is a Microsoft MVP and Senior Cloud Solutions Architect with leading Microsoft partner Aditi Technologies. He has written many articles you can find on MSDN and MSJ. Microsoft recently published his whitepaper on High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure. Mike is active in community groups and likes to blog about the Cloud at michaelmc... more

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