Updated Azure Push with Notification Hubs in iOS 8


With Azure Notification Hubs and the new iOS8 Push Notification custom actions, developers can use rich push to provide an engaging user experience.

Try the Azure Notification Hubs Notify Users tutorial or your own WebAPI project and iOS application.

Developers, please use the comment section or GitHub.

Free Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines


Real time protection from the latest threats, on-demand scheduled scanning, and collection of antimalware events to your storage account via Azure Diagnostics at no additional charge.

The Microsoft Antimalware capability in Azure is a single-agent solution built on the same platform as Microsoft Security Essentials [MSE], Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune, and Windows Defender for Windows 8.0 and higher.

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Microsoft Azure Q3 Revenue up 136 Percent

Microsoft (MSFT) officially earned the No. 2 spot behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) in theinfrastructure-as-a-service(IaaS) market earlier this year, and according to the latest quarterly IaaS report from Synergy Research Group, the Redmond company is now showing the strongest year-to-year revenue growth in the biz.

For Q3, Synergy also named IBM as the third largest cloud operator. Big Blue currently claims a 7 percent market share.

Talkin’ Cloud

Azure G-series – Super Fast, Solid State Disks (SSD), up to 32 Cores


The G-series will provide more memory and more local Solid State Drive (SSD) storage than any current VM size in the public cloud. The largest G-series will offer 448 GB RAM and 6.5 TB of local SSD storage. Alongside this massive memory and local SSD storage, the G-series will also provide unparalleled computational performance, using the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family.

VM Size Cores RAM (in GB) Local SSD Storage (in GB)
Standard_G1 2 28 406
Standard_G2 4 56 812
Standard_G3 8 112 1,630
Standard_G4 16 224 3,250
Standard_G5 32 448 6,500


Forget Information, CIOs Should Be Chief Integration Officers


Great read from Barb Darrow, Gigaom,

Chief information officers (CIOs) who feel bloodied by the consumerization of IT and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) waves roiling the corporate landscape had better get a grip because they ain’t seen nothing yet


Satya Nadella – Azure adding 10,000 new customers every week

Azure on a torrent pace...

San Francisco, 10/20/14

Nadella said Azure was also adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350 million active directory user base. Those users combined have stored more than 30 trillion objects so far, according to Nadella.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-satya-nadella-azure-serious-threat-to-amazon-and-google-2014-10#ixzz3HZx0Ijgz

Microsoft Azure platform ‘much more evolved’ than OpenStack says CTO Russinovich


Speaking at TechEd Europe, Russinovich essentially says OpenStack isn’t ready for prime time.

“I think [OpenStack] is an interesting one, but an extremely challenging one to build up. Cloud platform as an open model, especially with the dynamic of lots of companies stacked up trying to leverage it and wanting to take it, and innovate on it. This is at odds with the consistent platform message that OpenStack wants to carry with it.”


Azure Marketplace Divided into 5 Catagories


Azure Marketplace is an online applications and services marketplace that connects startups and independent software vendors (ISVs) to enterprises

To help customers navigate the Azure Marketplace, partner solutions will be categorized by the following application and service type:

  • Virtual Machines
  • Application services
  • Azure Active Directory applications
  • Web applications
  • Data services

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Azure Stream Analytics for real-time event processing

Azure Stream Analytics brings a unique perspective in the overall complex event processing and real-time processing space with the following customer benefits:

  • Low cost: Stream Analytics is architected for multi-tenancy meaning you only pay for what you use and not for idle resources.
  • Faster developer productivity: Stream Analytics allow developers to use a SQL-like syntax that can speed up development time from thousands of lines of code down to a few lines. The system will abstract the complexities of the parallelization, distributed computing, and error handling away from the developers.
  • Elasticity of the cloud: Stream Analytics is built as a managed service in Azure. This means customers can spin up or down any number of resources on demand. Customers will not have to setup costly hardware or install and maintain software.