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BREAKING NEWS: Windows Azure Infrastructure Services are in GA today!

“Georgia?”

No!  GA means General Availability!  It’s like RTM, but better. 

Celebrate!  Windows Azure VMs are now a reality!We’ve been talking about Windows Azure virtual machines, and using Azure as “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” (IaaS) for many months now.  We’ve been promoting the heck out of the 90-day free trial of Windows Azure to IT Pros all over the world; but with the caveat that the capability to create (or upload) virtual machines with persistent storage and high availability up in Windows Azure datacenters was still “in preview”.  Well, the preview is at an end.  We’ve “shipped” it! 

Starting today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services are ready for production.

“I can start using it in a supported way, for my production workloads?”

Yes.  You have my permission.  And Microsoft’s. 

“So.. will I see any changes today?”

Well.. one thing that was pointed out to me (Thank you, David Tesar) was that the word “preview” has come off of the screen when you create a new virtual machine…

Sweet!

…so that’s pretty cool. 

Another thing that has changed is that the prices are now official; and are not the same as what they were during preview.  THEY’RE LOWER!  I hope that’s not too much of a shock.  Smile 

And if you’d like a really simple summary of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, check out this video:

“Bring it!”

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.