Microsoft Updates Windows Azure, Improves Open Source Interoperability

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted December 13, 2011

Microsoft recently rolled out its fourth-quarter service release of Windows Azure, offering open source interoperability improvements, expanded database capacity and simplified pricing. As reported on, Microsoft has been collaborating with 10Gen, a company that develops the open source MongoDB database. MongoDB now runs on Windows Azure with this latest platform release. MongoDB can be used with Node.js, and both solutions can be easily installed on Windows Azure.


"On the open source interop front, the community technology preview of Hadoop on Windows Azure, promised back in October at PASS, is now available for limited testing. The preview includes Hadoop JavaScript libraries, an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) driver, an Excel plug-in for Hadoop's Hive data query layer, plus the promise of speeded-up deployment (measured in hours rather than days). This Windows Azure preview running Hadoop is limited to 'select Microsoft customers' based on their data use scenarios. Applicants have to fill out a form at the Microsoft Connect portal to get considered.

"Microsoft added a software development kit (SDK) for Node.js that's licensed under the 'Apache 2 open source license,' according to Microsoft's announcement. Node.js, which uses Google's V8 JavaScript engine, lets users write JavaScript applications that execute on the server side. The SDK can be accessed from GitHub."

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