Last week in cloud computing: Microsoft followed up its Australian Azure launch with a host of new products at TechEd Europe, while AWS centralised its support and added the ability to manage Windows VMs from within System Center.
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- From an Australian perspective, the big news of the week was the official launch of the Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne. The bad news? Just like AWS, you'll pay a premium for using the Australian location, and not all services are available at launch.
- The week also saw TechEd Europe, which was the launch pad for a stack of new Azure enhancements. One which we have already noted was the relaunch/revamp of the Azure marketplace. Other big additions included an Azure version of Microsoft Antimalware, the ability to run SAP apps on Azure using larger machine sizes and customised landing pages for Azure single sign-on. Azure Site Recovery also added PowerShell support, which would be more exciting if Site Recovery was actually available in the Australian data centres.
- Running a stack of Windows instances on AWS? A new add-in allows you to directly control those from within Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager -- particularly handy if you are running a hybrid environment. (Unsurprisingly, VMM already lets you do this for Azure instances.)
- AWS has shifted its support centre into the main AWS Management Console, which should make it less fiddly to access. It also means individual users can sign in using existing corporate credentials, rather than AWS accounts.
- You can now customise Amazon WorkSpaces with "golden images" for easier deployment. Read more here.
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