Microsoft Windows have designed a computing service platform that allows the connection of a large number of computers through a network termed as Windows Azure. Of late, Microsoft has introduced a list of advanced features for Windows Azure, which makes it more sophisticated. These features include availability of SQL server, which serves as the database for storing and retrieving data, notification hubs, and autoscale improvements.
The most interesting fact regarding these features is that they have some common themes, and those, which focus on systems automation, which enables its use with Bing, the search engine. This is because Bing uses Windows Azure notifications to send news updates to its users. The SQL server AlwaysOn support provides a multiple database and configuration failover policies, which allow the switching over to another computer system when the initial application fails. Hence, the SQL server AlwaysOn Availability could be termed as a disaster recovery service that was released with the SQL Server 2012. According to Microsoft, Azure now supports the complete SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups technology stack with Windows Azure Virtual Machines, which also includes enabled support for SQL Server Availability Group Listeners. The Windows tech support has all the vital information regarding the features of the SQL Server 2012.
Windows Azure also has replicas for backup, which assure the most effective disaster recovery, and is available all over the world. Similarly, it is also providing on-premise SQL servers which can be backed up in Windows Azure. This helps in the smooth running of the program even if the data center experiences a failover. As part of this license, notifications of these features have released which have been specifically designed for mobile app developers who send push notifications simultaneously. These push notifications are sent without any time lag, and they possess features to handle localization, multiple platform devices, and user personalization. This notification feature is being effectively used by Bing to send out news updates. The users can always contact the Windows tech support to get more information on these updates.
As mentioned earlier, Windows Azure also possesses additional autoscaling features, which help in the optimization of performance and cost. The fact is that almost every week, Windows Azure comes up with an update on its new feature, and this has resulted in its supremacy over others like the Amazon Web Services and Google, regarding the improvements in their existing cloud computing services.