Securing your Windows Azure Web Sites with SSL

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For this week’s Windows Azure Weekly Update, Microsoft this week announced it has released a preview of group management capabilities for directory administrators. With this free offering as part of Windows Azure Active Directory, directory admins can create security groups “directly in Windows Azure AD in the cloud,” according to Microsoft’s Alex Simons.

Microsoft’s Mark Brown also blogged this week that Windows Azure Web Sites support the ability to secure your site with SSL. Brown’s post includes a complete how-to guide on getting a certificate via creating a Certificate Signing Request and obtaining a Certificate Response file. Brown notes SSL is more important than ever with the “increase in cybercrime in recent years.”

In addition, Microsoft’s Brad Anderson posts an extended blog about how best to plan and implement a hybrid cloud. Focusing on five main steps, Anderson emphasizes that CIOs should not just approach a hybrid cloud deployment in the context of their current IT infrastructure. Instead, he says, CIOs should use the hybrid cloud planning stage to “rethink the way you operate.” Anderson cites “workload requirements, geographic restrictions, infrastructure limitations, cost considerations, non-cost considerations, and relationships” as critical pieces to planning and deploying hybrid cloud. Also, be sure to view this Motifworks recorded webinar, Planning and Implementing Your Hybrid Cloud Deployment, for more on this topic and Windows Azure.

In Windows Azure business news, Microsoft says it will be bringing Windows Azure into Brazil in 2014. Already in Japan, China and Australia, Windows Azure will be accessible via Locally Redundant Storage, preventing data replication outside Brazil.

Lastly, Microsoft’s Adrienne Hall this week blogged about a Windows Azure case study involving a company called Genetec, which provides “Internet Protocol (IP) video surveillance.” Hall says Genetec chose Windows Azure PaaS to build and deploy its video management security software, Stratocast. Through its software solution, Genetec allows its customers to “manage and store” their own videos via Windows Azure, reducing costs and increasing organizational efficiencies.




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