Microsoft Azure Spring Cloud is now generally available for public usage. As of now, the Azure Spring Cloud service is available for 10 regions across 4 continents including West US, East US, South Central US, UK South, North Europe, West Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia East.
What is Azure Spring Cloud?
Microsoft and VMWare Inc. had announced their partnership for Azure Spring Cloud in 2019, and now the service is generally available. The Spring Cloud is a fully-managed service offered by Microsoft that aims to simplify and ease the enterprise application building process. As per the Redmond-based IT giant, enterprises can now simply deploy their JARs or codes as Azure Spring Cloud automates the process of wiring the apps to Spring service runtime.
Azure Spring Cloud — Benefits
The Spring application development framework brings a modular approach to application building as it provides businesses with software blocks that can be quickly deployed to build applications. Azure Spring Cloud uses Spring Boot, which takes the hassles of configuring settings away from businesses.
Further, Azure Spring Cloud also automates infrastructure management, thus freeing businesses from the trouble of managing the hardware for their applications. Microsoft has incorporated the feedback from various Java developers regarding the service and prioritized Azure Spring Cloud’s features based on the same inputs. The Redmond-based company is focusing on developers with the launch of Azure Spring Cloud and claims its enterprise customers are very happy with the results.
Here’s what Josh Long, the Spring Developer Advocate at VMware, had to say about the project, “production is the happiest place on earth. I love seeing my applications there. I do not love wearing the pager! Spring Boot and Spring Cloud give me a framework for building resilient, cloud-native software. Azure Spring Cloud builds on the rich ecosystems of Microsoft Azure, Spring, and Kubernetes to deliver a turnkey platform optimized for Spring-based applications and services. Spring and Azure Spring Cloud let me deliver valuable software without worrying as much about the pager. They get me to production.”
New Features for Azure Spring Cloud
The announcement of Azure Spring Cloud’s general availability also saw two new features for the managed service being made available in preview. The two new features are Managed Virtual Network and Autoscale. Talking of Managed Virtual Network, it is a feature aimed at security as it gives users control over inbound and outbound traffic for Azure Spring Cloud while allowing Azure Spring to interact with systems in on-premises data centers or Azure services in virtual networks.
The Managed Virtual Network also works with Azure network resources such as Application Gateway, Azure Firewall, Azure Front Door, and Express Route. The other preview feature — Autoscale — helps with application scaling. Autoscale automates the upscales or downscales the application based on load or schedule, helping with productivity and costs.
Lastly, Microsoft also announced that the coming days will witness Azure Spring Cloud being made available in 10 more regions other than the initial 10 regions. The pricing for Azure Spring Cloud is split into two tiers — Basic and Standard. The Basic tier starts at $1.16/hour with 5v CPU and 10 GB, and the Standard tier starts at $3.28/hour with 16 vCPU and 32 GB. Interested users can read the quickstart posted by Microsoft and learn more details about the service here.
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