Java at Microsoft – A great selection of cloud options for Java developers

By Brian Benz, Senior Technical Evangelist, MS Open Technologies

Are you working with Java and want to know where to start on Microsoft Azure? Are you already on Azure but want to take you Java applications to the next level? We have good news for you! Microsoft Azure has developed numerous resources just for Java developers who want to work with the Cloud. Here’s a full list of what we currently have to offer…

Find the full list under Java at Microsoft – A great selection of cloud options for Java developers | Microsoft Azure Blog.

New Azure services that maximize IT investments and developer agility

Today, we are excited to announce updates to our hybrid strategy with new functionality in Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery, which will enable Availability on Demand. With the general availability of Azure API Management Premium, customers can now deploy and manage APIs with enterprise level features.

Within the announcement

– New Back up and Disaster Recovery services enable Availability on Demand

– Azure API Management Premium simplifies high availability and massive scale for APIs

– Azure Active Directory enhancements that protect and enhance access to cloud resources

– Azure App Service powers the creation of intelligent web and mobile apps

via New Azure services that maximize IT investments and developer agility | Microsoft Azure Blog.

zkipster – Checking in with ease with a digital guest list app and help from the cloud

App provider zkipster exists for one purpose: to give invited guests a fast, seamless experience when they check in at events. To ensure that happens and to meet growth needs, zkipster moved its environment to Microsoft Azure. Now, the company is enjoying massive growth, getting guests into global events efficiently, and developing innovative new features.

“In 2014, we expanded our client reach from 60 to more than 85 countries, and we saw a 97 percent increase in global check-ins using our app. We saw that growth also because of the scalability of the Azure platform.“
David Becker, zkipster, Co-Founder

via Customer Story.

SQL Server 2014 is Certified for SAP Applications On-Premises and in the Cloud

As of March 11 2015, SAP has certified support for SAP NetWeaver-based applications on Microsoft SQL Server 2014.  Now you can run even more of your Tier-1, mission-critical workloads on SQL Server.  And, the ability to run SAP on Microsoft Azure means that it can be accomplished with low total cost of ownership (TCO).

[…] With SAP’s certification, you can also run SAP in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines with SQL Server 2014. Azure enables SAP customers to reduce TCO by leveraging Microsoft infrastructure as system needs grow, rather than investing in additional servers and storage. With Microsoft Azure, customers can leverage development and test environments in the cloud that can be spun up and scaled out as needed. SQL Server 2014 also introduced Disaster Recovery to Azure using an asynchronous AlwaysOn secondary, which can make Azure a part of your SAP disaster recovery plan.

via SQL Server 2014 is Certified for SAP Applications On-Premises and in the Cloud – SQL Server Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure

The topics explored in this book include:

  • Getting started with Azure: Understand what cloud computing is, visit the management portals, and learn about billing.
  • Websites and Cloud Services: Learn about Azure Websites, from deployment to monitoring, and gain an understanding of the web and worker roles used in Azure Cloud Services.
  • Virtual Machines: Explore the basic features of Azure Virtual Machines, including how to create, configure, and manage them.
  • Storage: Read about the basics of Azure Storage, including blobs, tables, queues, and file shares.
  • Virtual Networks: Learn the basics of virtual networks, including how to create one, and why a virtual network might be necessary. This also covers site-to-site and point-to-site networking, as well as ExpressRoute.
  • Databases: Explore two relational database options available in Azure: Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Azure Active Directory: Explore basic features of Azure AD, including creating a directory, users and groups, and using the application gallery.
  • Management Tools: Explore three common tools for working with Azure: Visual Studio 2013 and the Azure SDK, Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and the Cross-Platform Command-Line Interface
  • Business Scenarios: Explore four common scenarios for utilizing Azure features: development and test, hybrid, application and infrastructure modernization, and Azure Mobile Services.

Get it on Microsoft Virtual Academy

via MSDN Blogs.

Microsoft + GitHub: Free Tools for Student Developers

For all student developers, you may like the offer below. BTW, it offers you enough free azure for 10 web sites and 10 services for your mobile apps…

When we launched the new Visual Studio Community 2013 edition last year, we talked about students being one the audiences this product is really great for.  Free access to the tools that professional developers use every day is a great resource for students to learn, code and build the next great app.

GitHub is the home of a strong open source community, including hundreds of Microsoft projects, and students are a critical part of this community.  Recently, GitHub announced the GitHub Student Developer Pack, a collection of resources for students to get started with access to great developer tools and services offerings from dozens of partners.

Today, GitHub and Microsoft are making Visual Studio Community 2013 available as part of the GitHub Student Developer Pack.

Through the Student Pack, student developers can access Visual Studio, as well as great free offers for Azure and Visual Studio Online.

  • Visual Studio:  All the tools, designers and debuggers you need for your next project – with support for web, mobile, desktop and cloud apps using C#, Node.js, Python, F#, VB and more.  Visual Studio 2013 Community is free for students and other non-enterprise developers.
  • Visual Studio Online: Tools for planning, backlogs, tracking bugs and running builds and continuous integration – all in one place.  Visual Studio Online accounts are free for up to 5 users.
  • Microsoft Azure:  Host apps in the cloud on a platform that supports any OS, any language and any framework.  Microsoft Azure subscriptions include 10 free web sites and 10 free mobile services.

That’s just the start though.  Students can also get free access to many more Microsoft tools and developer offerings through DreamSpark, including SQL Server, training courses and Windows Store developer accounts.  Along with the GitHub Student Developer Pack, we’re making it easy for students to discover and access the offerings available through DreamSpark.

Go ahead and get started today.

via Microsoft + GitHub: Free Tools for Student Developers – Somasegar’s blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.