VM Role, Extra Small Instance and Windows Azure AppFabric Connect – Coming soon to Windows Azure!

These new Windows Azure features will be here soon:

VM Role is not Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) but it does combine the best of IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service). ISVs and SIs can leverage the VM Role as a transition tool to be used in moving an existing application to the cloud.

Extra Small Instance is a Subset of the existing Small role size that is priced even lower. This role size provides you with a cost-effective training and development environment, the ability to prototype cloud solutions at a lower cost, and a way to experiment in the cloud before running your service at full scale

Windows Azure AppFabric Connect will give you more flexibility in integrating in-cloud services with your own data center based components. It also allows the integration of your Windows Azure applications and data with your customer’s internal networks in a secure and safe manner. 

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If you would like to be notified when new Windows Azure features are available, as well as when we start accepting registrations for the VM role, Extra Small instance Beta and the Windows Azure Connect CTP, please click here to sign up.

Bill Zack