As other news about Azure spring 2012 roadmap are getting public, I am now at liberty of discussing them.
Here are the highlights:
- As I discussed in a previous blog, Windows Azure will support Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), i.e. stateful VM roles.
%99.9 availability for single instances ; this is interesting since so far we had to have at least two instances of a service to get the %99.9 SLA. This is very likely related to the new ability of Azure to transfer VM state from one server to another (see previous item)
UDP support! We’ve noticed a high demand for this feature and the lack of support was a show stopper for gaming platforms.
File shipping via Hard Drives, especially useful for Media customers who previously had to upload their terabyte of movies
Better on-premise Active Directory support ; I do not know if this is through Azure Connect (IPSec VPN tunnelling through Azure) or Azure AppFabric Access Control with ADFS or something entirely new.
SQL Azure Reporting Services, in CTP for a while, Azure-side report processing, same tooling than on-premise
So Azure continues its maturing process, getting more and more features and hence enabling more and more scenarios.