Windows Azure v1.7 Spring Release Today–New Management Dashboard

Today, Microsoft will be publicly releasing a new version of Azure for public consumption.  The web conference, at http://www.meetwindowsazure.com will be airing at 1 PM PST.  They have already released an update to the Service Dashboard that can be accessed by going to http://manage.windowsazure.com.  I have some images of the new dashboard here that I have gathered and removed any PII from.  Let me know what you think!

Images

You should be able to click any of the images for a full resolution image.

Tutorial

The first thing you get after signing in is the tutorial:

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Landing

After the tutorial completes, you get a screen with services that are active on your account on the left, and a list of ALL services (db/blob/SQL Azure) on the right.  I like the quick access to services across any of my subscriptions:

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Service Information

These are images from a running web site with several roles.  I love how easy they have made many of the features:

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SQL Azure

They have given some great quick functionality for looking at your DB information:

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Storage

Here is the basic information that they give you for any storage accounts you have:

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Adding Services

Super quick and easy to add services with the new UI:

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Conclusion

I am EXCITED!  As you may have seen in the left side of my blog, I am an MCPD in Azure Development, and I must say that I am excited to see Microsoft moving forward with the technology and not letting it stagnate.  After as much as I have fought the other Azure dashboard, I like the friendliness and fluidity of this one.

The important thing to note about ALL of the images above: this is HTML, not Silverlight.  The responsiveness is FAST on all of the actions I completed, and I believe that this is a big step forward for Azure…

So, what do you think?

Print | posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:53 PM

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