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Here is a roundup of Azure content from this past week ordered by their social sharing volume. I gather the most shared Azure content in Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Microsoft takes a step toward merging Microsoft Account and Azure AD cloud identity services
Microsoft is making available a public preview of a new converged programming model designed to simplify writing apps that work with both Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory.
Study Reveals That Microsoft Azure Is Leading PaaS Over Amazon, Heroku, Etc.
G2 Crowd, a business software review platform, published its Fall 2015 Grid for Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers. Microsoft Azure stood out as a clear leader in the field over the seven competitors who made the grid. Other PaaS providers that landed in the Leaders quadrant included Heroku and OpenShift. G2 selected for and positioned PaaS providers on the grid based on customer satisfaction (user reviews) and scale (market share, vendor size and social impact).
SingleHop Offers Managed Services for Azure through Server Intellect Division
Hybrid cloud users often leverage infrastructure across providers, which has in turn prompted some hosting providers to offer value-added services such as management and support beyond their proprietary infrastructure.
Hanwha to Work With Azure to Build Solar Plant in India
Hanwha Q Cells Co., the South Korean solar panel manufacturer, agreed to work with Azure Power India Pvt Ltd. to build a solar plant in India that will generate enough electricity to supply 18,000 homes.
Microsoft Azure Supports Bigger Backups
The latest round of cloud updates include support for massive data stores, expanded CDN controls and new Azure Files capabilities.
Now Available: Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure!
Veeam® recently announced the Veeam® FastSCP™ for Microsoft Azure beta at Microsoft Ignite. This new release is a standalone tool that lets you copy your files securely onsite to Microsoft Azure VMs (virtual machines) and from Microsoft Azure VMs to your on-site location.
Azure Virtual Machines SLA: A Primer
A huge worry that people have with placing virtual machines in the cloud is that these machines suffer some form of outage and leave businesses in the lurch. We have a lot of control over uptime when we work on-premises, where we can deploy virtualization clusters to get highly available virtual machines, and we can deploy load balancing or failover clustering in conjunction with anti-affinity to achieve highly available services.
Uniquely Identify an Azure VM Even after Deprovisioning
Q. How can I uniquely identify an Azure VM, even if it’s deprovisioned then reprovisioned?
How to View Resources Supported by Azure Resource Manager
Q. How can I view the resources supported by Azure Resource Manager?
Azure API Management Policy Expressions 101 (Channel 9)
Scott talks to Vladimir Vinogradsky in this three-part series on Azure API Management Policy Expressions. This first episode covers the basics and explains the architecture of API Management and where policy expressions fit in. You’ll see how you can use familiar Razor syntax and how API Management compiles your expressions with the Roslyn compiler.