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Microsoft has open-sourced its new C# compiler and Azure now incorporates the open source Chef and Puppet configuration managers

By , IDG News Service |  Cloud Computing

Now enterprises can use their AD directories to authenticate mobile users, providing a single sign on option for employees and partners that allows them to use the same password for desktop and mobile device access to an organization's resources.

This AD support has also been incorporated in the Microsoft's Office365 hosted Office service.

On the data side, Azure's SQL Server service now offers more space and a higher promised service level agreement. Users now can store up to 500GB of data, rather than 150GB. Microsoft is also guaranteeing that the service will remain in operation for at least 99.95 percent of the time.

The company has also added a backup service that allows users to revert the database back to an earlier state any time in the prior 31 days. This "roll-back" feature would be valuable to a database administrator who accidentally deletes data or makes some other mistake that could cause irreparable loss of data.

Microsoft has also updated its HDInsight Hadoop service to run the latest version of Hadoop, version 2.2, and to incorporate the Hadoop YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) scheduler that can be used to process jobs based on streaming data.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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