Microsoft Releases New Windows Azure Pack Along With Service Bus Refresh

Microsoft seems to be doing all it can to help customers enable modern applications on its platforms, whether on premises or on its cloud infrastructure, Windows Azure.

The technology titan has just announced the brand new Windows Azure Pack that enables development of apps that run across clouds. At the same time, Redmond also unleashed a new version of its Service Bus technology.

Brad Anderson of Microsoft went into great detail on how the company is enabling modern applications in a recent and lengthy blog post. Talking about the Windows Azure pack, the corporate vice president of Windows Server and System Center said:

“A major benefit of the Windows Azure Pack is the ability to build an application once and then deploy and operate it in any Microsoft Cloud—private, hosted or public.”

The Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is a collection of Azure technologies that are available for free to Microsoft customers for installation into their datacenters.

It actually runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, and offers organizations and enterprises an option to run a self-service, multi-tenant cloud — quite akin to the public Windows Azure experience.

The software titan also released the second version of its message broker for Windows Server. Service Bus 1.1 for Windows Server brings enhanced cloud messaging capabilities. The initial release version of the Service Bus was released last year.