Want to know what's being announced about Windows Azure at TechEd 2010 this week in New Orleans? Here's the rundown: the Windows Azure team will discuss the release of the June 2010 version of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK, the production launch (including pricing) of the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) and enablement of the OS auto-upgrade feature. The SQL Azure team is also making several announcements so be sure to read about them on their blog here.
New Windows Azure Tools + SDK
The June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK will include:
- Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM
- .NET 4 support to provide developers with the flexibility to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework
- Cloud storage explorer to make it easier for developers to build compelling services by displaying a read-only view of Windows Azure tables and blob containers through the Visual Studio Server Explorer
- Integrated deployment, which will enable developers to deploy services directly from Visual Studio by selecting 'Publish' from the Solution Explorer
- Service monitoring to help developers track and manage the state of their services through the 'compute' node in Server Explorer
- IntelliTrace support for services running in the cloud to simplify the process of debugging services in the cloud through the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate IntelliTrace feature. For more information see this post.
To download the new Tools + SDK, please click here.
Production Launch of the Windows Azure CDN
As previously announced on this blog, usage of the Windows Azure CDN for all billing periods that begin after June 30, 2010 will be charged using the three following billing meters and rates:
- $0.15 per GB for data transfers from European and North American locations
- $0.20 per GB for data transfers from other locations
- $0.01 per 10,000 transactions
All usage for billing periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged. To help you determine which pricing plan best suits your needs, please review the comparison table, which includes this information.
OS Auto-upgrade Feature
The OS-auto upgrade feature provides developers the flexibility to have the Guest OS for their service deployment automatically upgrade to the latest available release. Developers will continue to retain the ability to manually upgrade to a specific release of the Guest OS as well. Developers can enable the OS auto-upgrade feature either through the Service Management API or through the developer portal. The list of OS releases can be found here.