Windows Azure Holiday Goodness: Service Release - December 2011
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Recently several Windows Azure December updates are announced to improve ease of use, interoperability, and overall value. Here are my favorites and see
here for complete details.
Simplified Risk Free 90-Days Free Trial
Eliminating usage above free quota limits that lead to overage charges; see below MonthlyAllocations
Compute (750 small compute hours)
Storage – Relational (1G Web Edition)
Storage – Non-Relational (20GB with 50K transactions)
Bandwidth (Unlimited Inbound, and 20GB Outbound)
Default Monthly Spending Limit of $0 USD
A Windows Live ID and credit card are required for proof of identity. There is no obligation topurchase at the end of the free trial.
Usage Cap (Spending Limit)
Experience Cloud without worry of excess charges (charged at
Standard Rates)beyond your monthly usage limits View real-time usage and billing details directly from the Windows Azure ManagementPortal
Usage Cap is applicable for all offers including 90-Days Trial, MSDN Subscriptions,BizSpark
Receive automatic credit during signup based upon your eligibility (MSDN Subscription, BizSpark, …)
The new portal has a Metro-style user interface with new features including new workspaces with the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes / keys, and query performance statistics.
SQL Azure Federation and Increased Database Size
scale out Databases elastically and manage with greater ease using a new shardingpattern
Increased Databases Size limit from 50 GB to 150 GB
Windows Azure SDK for Node.js
Libraries for Windows Azure Storage (Blob, Table, Queue)
Windows Azure PowerShell for Node.js, providing command-line tools for development anddeployment of Node.js applications
Source code for Node.js client libraries is also available on GitHub
Apache Hadoop Based Distribution for Windows Azure
The Developer Preview is available by invitation, with following highlights:
Install and setup Hadoop on Windows Azure in hours instead of days thanks to a new setof installers that simplify setup and deployment.
Hive ODBC Driver and Hive Add-in for Excel enable data analysis of unstructured data through familiartools including Excel and PowerPivot.