Cloud services are usually managed in two interfaces available. Traditionally, they are managed in either a web-based graphical interface or a command line terminal interface. Each of these interfaces provide their own utility. Different users prefer different interfaces for different tasks or whichever suits best for them. There are many Azure users who use both the interfaces in order to manage their applications on Azure. That’s where the problem arises. Switching between these interfaces requires switching between applications and a terminal, a context switch that slows users and makes it harder to accomplish their goals. Whereas, in some cases such as mobiles or tablets, a terminal interface itself may not be available, thus making the user switch devices.
According to the latest blog from the tech giant Microsoft, this software master has come up with a solution.
The new Microsoft Azure Cloud Console comes with an integrated workflow. It allows users to build their applications on Azure using graphical and command line tools, even on devices which does not have command line installed within them. The shell is integrated in the portal so that the users can quickly drop in a command line experience while simultaneously viewing their cloud resources in the graphical web interface.
The key features of this experience are:
■ Automatic authentication to the command line tools from your existing web login
■ All Azure command line tools, as well as relevant command line utilities pre-installed
■ Personalized, persistent workspace that preserves your code, configuration and activity across cloud shell sessions.
Brendan Burns–the Partner Architect at Microsoft writes in the blog–“The terminal is a fully featured experience featuring not only the Azure command line tools, but also standard editors and tools you would expect. Further, the cloud shell preserves context for you”.
Additionally, the users can continue where they left off in the next cloud session as the files gets saved to the disk are persisted in Azure’s cloud. It is not even necessary for the users to be on the same device and network in order to continue the session.