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.
Azure Web Sites Hi. I'm Mike McKeown, and welcome to the Web Sites module for the Pluralsight course entitled Windows Azure IaaS New Features. In our final teaching module of this course, we'll look at a few updates to Azure Web Sites. Staged publishing allows you to better manage the deployment of your web apps and websites via a staging platform, for which you can put out an initial release, and test it out before releasing it to the public. We'll see a demonstration of staged publishing. AlwaysOn support for websites is a way to keep your website virtual machine up and running so it does not go and time out when it's not being hit by HTTP requests. This is important when you have jobs, or services running within the VM that you want to keep the VM up and running. We'll see a demonstration of how to set that as well. Web jobs allow you to run jobs inside of the virtual machine of your website that may, or may not directly support the role of your website. They can run as cron jobs and be scheduled to run in different ways. I'll show you a demonstration of how to do that. And at the end we'll summarize what we've gone through with this module.