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What additional services should Azure provide?

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  1. Drop ClearDB and develop a native Azure MySQL compatible database

    Drop ClearDB and develop a native Azure MySQL compatible database with scalability options similar to Google and Amazon.

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  2. Provide the ability to send Emails right from Azure

    Ability to send Emails right from Azure (all roles).

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    completed  ·  Haris Majeed responded

    There are at least three ways to enable e-mail for your Azure applications:

    1.Using a custom on-premise Email Forwarder Service.

    2. Using Email Server’s Web Services APIs

    3.Using a third party SMTP Service

    All are described in more depth here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2010/10/08/adoption-program-insights-sending-emails-from-windows-azure-part-1-of-2.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0

    Please help us understand what scenarios (if any) these patterns don’t address for your applications.

  3. 289 votes
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  4. Offer MySQL as a service natively

    Currently, MySQL service is provided by ClearDB which means that Azure credits can't be used against it, the database is not visible in the current management portal (only in the preview one) etc.

    MySQL is a popular database and I think it would make perfect sense to support it natively, as a "proper" Azure service.

    85 votes
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  5. SMTP and e-mail service

    Provide SMTP and e-mail sending service (just like storage and SQL service) with SPF / SenderID and DKIM support.

    60 votes
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  6. Allow simple Managed Tasks to run distributed within the Cloud and pay for CPU time used (ie NO VMs)

    I would like the ability to have Managed Only Compute Tasks that can be deployed within the cloud that periodically wake up and can process data from the Storage Queues and go back to sleep. These task would NOT be confined to specific VMs but could be share a single VM with other tasks. I pay only for the computation time the task actually uses. And the tasks can be quickly spun up and down not having to wait for VM's to spin up.

    I've thought of building this system on top of the current infrastructure but want to see…

    41 votes
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  7. Offer a clustered PostgreSQL as a Service

    We use PostgreSQL as the "cheap" option for some of our corporate applications.

    We would like to move some to the cloud using a PaaS model both for the applications and databases.

    Amazon and IBM are offering PosgtreSQL as a service. We would love to have the same offering from Microsoft in Azure.

    Thanks in advance!

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  8. Add Lync (SIP / VOIP) Support

    Integrate Skype / Lync with Windows Azure and the Public Switched Telephone Network to allow developers to create Interactive Voice Response systems, Auto Attendants, Call Centers, etc.

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