Windows Azure Virtual Machines allow customers to build, manage and scale applications using today’s existing application models, while still enabling them to take full advantage of the economics, scalability and functionality of the cloud. Compatible operating systems and images available in the online gallery at the time of Preview include these:
- Windows Server
Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2012 Eval, Windows Server 2012 RC
OpenSUSE 12.1, CentOS-6.2, Ubuntu 12.04, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
Support for Python and Java
Microsoft is making it easier for developers to create and deploy applications on Windows Azure in the languages and on the platforms of their choice by now providing libraries for Java and Python in addition to our existing support of .NET, PHP and Node.js. Updated language libraries are available under open source licenses on http://GitHub.com. The full software development kit (SDK) with language libraries can be installed as usual from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview, allowing developers to download all tools and emulators needed in a single click.
Microsoft also releasing a major update to the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java that includes a number of user feedback-driven improvements. Among them is a significantly revamped deployment experience contributed by GigaSpaces Technologies Ltd, an established leader in helping enterprises move their Java applications to the cloud, who has recently joined in the development work behind the plugin. Their impressive “publish to cloud” wizard makes it much easier for Windows Azure developers working with Java to deploy their projects to the Windows Azure cloud directly from Eclipse.