Microsoft today announced no.of updates related to Azure services. It includes general availability of Redis Cache and Azure Site Recovery, preview of elastic scale preview of Azure SQL database, and more. Read more about them below.
Introducing the Elastic Scale preview for Microsoft Azure SQL Database
Today we are announcing the public preview of Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database. The new Elastic Scale capabilities simplify the process of scaling out (and in) a cloud application’s data tier by streamlining development and management. Based on industry-standard sharding practices, Elastic Scale offers functionality to help you build and maintain applications that can span a few databases or thousands. The new capabilities are provided through .NET client libraries and Azure service templates that you can host, offering more development flexibility to meet the unique needs of your applications. Based on customer engagements, client-side application APIs are ideal for supporting elastic scale as they offer you more development flexibility based on the unique needs of your applications. For more information about Elastic Scale or to download the preview, please visit the SQL Database Elastic Scale webpage.
Microsoft Azure Redis Cache generally available
Azure Redis Cache is a distributed, in-memory, managed cache that helps you build highly scalable and responsive applications by providing you with fast access to your data. Azure Redis Cache is based on the popular open source Redis Cache, and is offered in two tiers: Basic and Standard. It gives you access to a secured, dedicated Redis cache that’s managed by Microsoft. For more information, visit the Cache webpage.
Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is now generally available
Azure Site Recovery can help you protect key on-premises applications by replicating virtual machines to a second disaster recovery site. In June, the service introduced a beta feature – the capability to replicate Hyper-V virtual machines directly to Azure, and to recover them there when needed. Today, this feature enters general availability and is supported in production. Now you can avoid the complexity and expense of establishing and maintaining your own secondary site and use Azure as your disaster recovery location. There are many resources available to learn more about Site Recovery. Visit the Site Recovery web page to learn more.
Instance-Level Public IPs
Instance-Level Public IPs generally available This feature lets you assign public IP addresses to VMs and web or worker roles so they become directly addressable without having to map an endpoint for access. With Instance-Level Public IPs, you can enable scenarios like running FTP servers in Azure and monitoring VMs directly using their IPs. When this feature became generally available, the limit of two IPs per subscription was removed. You’ll incur GA pricing by using this feature, applied to your bill starting December 1, 2014.
Read about all the announcements here.