The Azure Deployment and Management API is Here!
As promised Microsoft announced today some very important enhancements to the Windows Azure Platform. We now have a deployment and management API that developers and third-parties can use to do things like deploy and manage Windows Azure compute and storage components. The old portal still exists, but having an API gives you much more flexibility.
We also announced more flexibility in how you can deploy applications. For instance you can now deploy applications directly to Production without going through Staging if you so desire. For more information see http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/