Microsoft used the opening developer keynote at TechEd Australia to give the first glance at its new Azure Service Management Software Development Kit (SDK), a tool designed to automate the processes involved with managing individual services and components in Azure deployments.
Project lead Brady Gaster demonstrated two aspects of the SDK, using it to automate site deployment and to automatically deploy a brand new SQL Server instance using an API call. Other elements available through the SDK will include VM deployments, and eventually "everything offered in Azure", Gaster said.
Microsoft hasn't set a target release date for the SDK, but Gaster said the team was aiming to release it "as soon as possible". Being able to automate deployment and management will presumably encourage developers to utilise the free Azure credits offered to MSDN members which Microsoft unveiled at TechEd US in June
Disclosure: Angus Kidman travelled to TechEd Australia as a guest of Microsoft.