Thursday, May 7, 2015

Microsoft Builds Azure's Networking Capabilities

Microsoft announced several new Azure networking services and features, including expanded ExpressRoute connectivity to other Microsoft Cloud services like Office 365 and Skype for Business Enterprise Voice.

Some of the new features include:

  • Standard VPN gateway enabling Site-to-Site (S2S) connectivity to a Virtual Network that also has a gateway connected to an ExpressRoute circuit.
  • Virtual Network Enhancements, including user defined routes and IP forwarding, reserved IP-mobility, multiple VIPs per cloud service, and public fully qualified domain names (FQDN) resolution for VM instances in a cloud service.
  • New Network Virtual Appliance partners, including A10, Cisco, F5, Fortinet and NGINX. Appliance types include firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems, WAN optimization, and Application Delivery Controllers (ADC/Load Balancing).
  • Azure DNS, a new service to host DNS domains and provides name resolution using Microsoft’s global infrastructure.

Microsoft's Azure Service Fabric is a microservice application platform that allows developers to decompose their work into logical subsystems that are loosely coupled and can be updated independently.

In this video, Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Office for Microsoft Azure,  talks about how Azure Service Fabric is becoming a key differentiator for the company's cloud initiatives.

Recorded at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

#ONS2015 - Microsoft Azure Puts SDN at Center of its Hyperscale Cloud

To handle its hyperscale growth, Microsoft Azure must integrate the latest compute and storage technologies into a truly software-defined infrastructure, said Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Azure in a keynote presentation at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California. The talk covered how Microsoft is building its hyperscale SDN, including its own scalable controllers and hardware-accelerated hosts.  Microsoft...

More on core technologies for enabling hyperscale clouds

See Brad Booth on Hierarchical SDN, the move toward on-board optics, and Flexible Ethernet for data center operations.