Cloudinary Blog

Windows Azure add-on for cloud-based image management

Call us prejudice, but as a hardcore Linux guys, the name Microsoft always caused us to flinch a little. That was our initial reaction when we were approached by the Azure team. We have been integrating Cloudinary with many PaaS providers to make our platform as accessible as possible, and Azure actually made perfect sense. Still, we were a bit hesitant at first as we never considered Microsoft a leading player in the world of rapid web & mobile development. 
 
As you may have figured out, we were very impressed by Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform and the great team behind it. The Windows Azure platform boasts powerful built-in support for modern development frameworks popular among both enterprises and small startup companies. You can deploy your web and mobile applications in Azure's class using PHP, Python & Django, Node.js, Java and of course .NET.
 
 
 
 
With this in mind - we are very excited to announce Cloudinary's add-on for the Windows Azure cloud platform.
 

What does Windows Azure offer? 

Azure is a PaaS that offers cloud-based deployment and hosting for your web-based applications. Azure also offers virtual machines for running your apps, a hosted & managed SQL database, cloud-based storage and more. All of this is smoothly integrated with visual studio and can be managed via a powerful web interface.
 
Last but not least, the Windows Azure Store offers plenty of add-ons to enhance your applications.
 

What do we get when using Cloudinary as an Azure Add-on?

Cloudinary's Azure add-on allows you to easily upload your web application images to the cloud. Your images are stored on a safe and highlighly available location with automatic backups and historical revisions.
 
Once on Cloudinary, you can manipulate and transform your images in the cloud to match your graphic design: resize, crop, alter shape, apply effects, add watermarks and more without installing any software on your side. All your images are automatically optimized and delivered to your website visitors through a fast, world-wide CDN with advanced content caching.
 
Cloudinary is easy to integrate with and offers open-source client integration libraries for your PHP, Python & Django, Node.js, Java and .NET applications.
 
You can register to your Cloudinary account from within the Azure portal using just a few clicks. Registration and integration is free and you can upgrade to a paid plan once your application gains traction and requires larger resource quotas.
 
 
 
 
If you want to see how easy to use and how powerful Cloudinary is, check out this integration guide
 
So whether you are a Microsoft fan or just looking for a great cloud service provider, you should take time to check out Windows Azure. Once there, if you need a cloud-based solution for image uploading, storage, manipulation, optimization and delivery, make sure you add Cloudinary to your list of add-ons.
 

Recent Blog Posts

Serverless Tutorial: File Storage with Webtask and Cloudinary

Media makes up the majority of today's website content. While it makes websites more interesting for visitors, media presents challenges because these images and videos are more difficult to store, deliver and manipulate on-the-fly to suit any given situation.

Read more

ImageCon17: Delivering Responsive Images

By Jason Grigsby

After five years many specifications, some inflamed Twitter battles and other conversations, responsive images have finally landed and there's a sound. Which is really exciting right? People have been climbing for this for quite some time and we've reached a point where they're available in modern browsers. So people were excited, they wanted to go use them it's something that designers and developers have had as a point of frustration for a long time.

Read more
Auto padding images with content-aware color padding

How you present the content of your website can be just as important as the content itself. The images you display need to conform to the graphic design of your site, and every image needs to fit within a predefined size. Although that may be simple enough to achieve when you are dealing with your own images, the task can be more challenging when displaying images uploaded by your users.

Read more

Bounce! Hacking Jazzfest with Social Videos

By Eric Normand
Bounce! Hacking Jazzfest with Social Videos

Last week, I was invited to an exclusive hackathon to build apps for musicians. The app team I was assigned to was tasked with building a video upload site for Bounce videos. Bounce is a style of music that originated in New Orleans. The app would be called BounceDotCom.com and there were plans to have Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, promote it. I knew the organizer could make things happen, so I jumped at the chance.

Read more
Getting a Better React-ion with Progressive Web Apps

This is part 2 of a 3 part series

React has become more popular, as well as more mature, over the last four years since its release by Facebook. It has become one of the go-to technologies for people looking to componentize the front-end of any web application. It also helps that an entire mobile stack is built around React in the form of ReactNative. The components are wonderful, however there can be a burdensome learning curve. But, in the end, there’s the payoff of highly reusable code and a better user experience.

Read more
Build an Image Library with React & Cloudinary

This article was originally posted on Scotch.io

React is a good tool when it comes to building flexible and reusable UI components. However, it's "one of those libraries" that cannot handle all the tasks involved in building a full fleshed UI project. Other supporting tools - such as a recently announced React SDK from Cloudinary - are available to provide solutions that the React core cannot.

Read more