Windows Azure 2.0 – the smaller changes
On the 7th of June a number of large changes were made to Windows Azure, amongst these big announcements a number of smaller changes were made, which haven’t caught people’s attention quite so much. Here’s what I have found so far:
- 20 storage accounts per subscription (used to be 5).
- The new portal allows you to update Cloud Service Roles independently (you did have to update a whole deployment at a time).
- Blobs can now be copied between storage accounts.
- The service definition schema was updated to include ‘InstanceInputEndpoints’, giving each instance it’s own port number, so you can directly address worker/web roles through the load balancer.
- A ‘LoadBalanerProbe’ allows you to specify a custom URL for the load balancer to inspect the health of your web role.
- The new 1.7 SDK can be installed side-by-side with the 1.6 SDK.
- The 1.7 SDK works with Visual Studio 11.
- UDP is enabled.
- Shared access signatures available for tables and queues.
- Azure Web Sites work with SSL out of the box.