Another great PDC10 video. This time on the new updates to the Azure platform.
In this video Mohit Srivasata walks us through the new management features that allow us to use tools that we already know (and love) to manage Azure.
If you’ve used Azure at all you’ll be familiar with the Web and Worker Roles. This release of the Azure platform extends the continuum of roles from Web/Worker Role to the new Admin Web/Worker Role and VM Role.
The Admin Web/Worker Role allows us to configure extra services and components on top of the out-of-the-box Web/Worker Role – for instance if the Web/Worker Role would do except there’s a COM component you need to register that’s preventing you from moving to the platform, the Admin version will give you that flexibility.
The new VM Role provides even more flexibility, and lets us build a virtual machine in VHD format and upload it to Azure. In this Role, we control everything about the OS. Whilst it’s not the pure-play Azure services model, it completes the offering in terms of competing with Amazon EC2.