Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Microsoft Builds Out Azure Networking Capabilities

Microsoft announced a number of new Azure networking capabilities and partnerships aimed at enabling better hyper-scale and enterprise grade applications in public and hybrid cloud environments.

New capabilities and partners include:

  • New ExpressRoute partnerships with Colt Technology Services in Europe, Tata Communications in Asia, and Telstra in Australia.
  • ExpressRoute is now generally available in Australia with a Meet-Me location in Sydney that reaches all Australian Azure regions.
  • New Multi-site ExpressRoute options provide for better disaster recovery
  • Multiple subscriptions sharing the same ExpressRoute circuit.  The circuit owner can issue up to 10 circuit authorizations per circuit and each authorization can support up to 10 VNet links.
  • Network Security Groups now allow for easier subnet isolation in multi-tier topologies.
  • Site to Site Forced Tunneling, which sends network traffic back to on-premises for policy validation to meet compliance requirements. Customers can now, redirect or “force” all Internet-bound traffic from the cloud, back to their premises via a S2S VPN tunnel for inspection and auditing.
  • VPN support for Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS).
  • Support for multiple virtual NICs in a VM
  • Access to VPN operations logs
  • Nested Traffic Manager policies
  • Azure load balancer source IP affinity.
Microsoft also announced the preview of Azure Stream Analytics, a real-time event processing engine powered by the Azure cloud. Azure Stream Analytics aims to uncover insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications, and data. Microsoft said it will be able to both ingest millions of events. Analytic functions can be programmed in a SQL-based query syntax and the system will transparently deal with distribution for scale, performance, and resiliency.

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/networking-enterprise/
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/announcing-azure-stream-analytics-for-real-time-event-processing/

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