2014 seems to be the year of the cloud with all of the updates to Azure announced at BUILD and TechEd. There are so many that it can be hard to keep up. So here are a few that you may have missed but are very important for enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service implementations.
Previously you could only connect a VNET to an on-premise network but now you can connect 2 VNETs together within the same region. This can be very useful in creating cross region services for High Availability or even migrating services like Active Directory to another network without taking down the existing network.
Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager is now generally available. Which is no big surprise because it has been in preview for a long time. What is new is that now Traffic Manager supports internal and external resources. Now that you can use external resources you can easily use Traffic Manager for failover and minimal downtime migrations.
For those that are new to Traffic Manager it is basically a special DNS server that serves up specific IP addresses in either a regional, round-robin, or failover usage scenarios. So the failover would not be absolutely immediate but would be based on the TTL of the DNS record.
Antimalware on VM
This feature was announced for preview but it is worth mentioning. Having Antivirus and Antimalware is a constant need for organizations. Now you can choose your security solution in the portal when creating a VM. Microsoft has partnered with Trend Micro and Symantec to provide their solutions on VM images (Trend Micro Deep Security and Symantec Endpoint Protection respectively).
That is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Azure announcements these days. What is more amazing is that the Azure team is on a 3-week release cadence so get ready for more coming soon.
Thanks for reading.