Showing posts with label Azure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Azure. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Microsoft's Azure Arc brings hybrid management

Microsoft unveiled Azure Arc, a set of technologies that unlocks new hybrid scenarios by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure.

Azure Arc, which is currently in preview, extends Azure management capabilities to Linux and Windows servers, as well as Kubernetes clusters across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge infrastructure.

Microsoft said Arc brings a consistent and unified approach to managing different environments using established capabilities such as Azure Resource Manager, Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell, Azure portal, API, and Microsoft Azure Policy. A key benefit is bringing the pace cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, deployment in seconds, and dynamic scalability on any infrastructure. Customers can deploy Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale on any Kubernetes cluster. From the Azure portal, customers get a unified and consistent view of all their Azure data services running across on-premises and clouds and can apply consistent policy, security and governance of data across environments.


“We are excited to see Microsoft bringing Azure data services and management to any infrastructure”, said Erik Vogel, Vice President for Customer Success, Hybrid Cloud Software and Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Through our partnership with Microsoft we hope to deliver a true as a Service experience across environments to help manage both the databases and the underlying infrastructure, and offer a consistent experience across on-premises and the cloud.”

Microsoft also announced Azure Stack Edge, a managed AI-enabled edge appliance that brings compute, storage and intelligence to any edge. Customers will be able to take advantage of new capabilities including Virtual Machine support, a GPU based form factor, high availability with multiple nodes, and multi-access edge compute (MEC). The company is also introducing a new rugged series of Azure Stack Edge form-factors designed to provide cloud capabilities in the harshest environment conditions supporting scenarios such as tactical edge, humanitarian and emergency response efforts.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Microsoft launches Azure Ultra Disk Storage

Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Ultra Disk Storage — a new, high-performance managed disk promising sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding Azure Virtual Machines and container workloads.

The new storage service is aimed at applications like SAP HANA, top tier SQL databases such as SQL Server, Oracle DB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, as well as NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra.

Ultra Disk Storage specs

  • Sizes ranging from 4 GiB up to 64 TiB with granular increments
  • It is possible to dynamically configure and scale the IOPS and bandwidth on the disk independent of capacity.
  • Up to 300 IOPS per GiB, to a maximum of 160K IOPS per disk
  • Up to a maximum of 2000 MBps per disk

Ultra Disk is now available in East US 2, North Europe, and Southeast Asia.

With the introduction of Ultra Disk Storage, Azure now offers four types of persistent disks—Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

LinkedIn to transition its workloads into Azure

LinkedIn, which is a business subsidiary of Microsoft, will migrate away from private data centers into the Azure public cloud.

The strategic shift was confirmed on the LinkedIn Engineering blog in a posting by Mohak Shroff.

LinkedIn currently serves 645million users and the company boasts that someone is hired due to their LinkedIn profile every eight seconds.

https://engineering.linkedin.com/blog/2019/building-next-infra

Monday, July 15, 2019

Microsoft intros Azure Networking Managed Services Provider program

Microsoft introduced a new Azure Networking Managed Services Provider (MSP) Program to enable partners such as networking focused MSPs, network carriers, and systems integrators (SIs) to offer cloud and hybrid networking services around Azure’s growing portfolio of Azure Networking products and services.

New Azure Networking services include Virtual WAN, ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, and Azure Front Door (SSL offload, application acceleration and global HTTP load balancing at the edge close to end users).

A newly launched Azure Lighthouse service provides a single control plane to view and manage Azure at scale for service providers. Azure Lighthouse enables the Azure Networking MSPs to onboard customers via managed services offers on the Azure marketplace or natively via ARM templates.

To do so, Azure Networking partners will deliver Virtual WAN CPEs and hybrid networking services such as ExpressRoute to enterprises that are building cloud infrastructures.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/enhancing-the-customer-experience-with-the-azure-networking-msp-partner-program/


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Microsoft enters strategic partnership with ServiceNow

Microsoft and ServiceNow announced a broader strategic partnership intended to significantly enhance the integration and optimization of the companies’ products, platform and cloud capabilities.

In addition, ServiceNow will house its full SaaS experience on Azure in addition to its own private cloud.  ServiceNow will first be available through Azure Regions in Australia and Azure Government in the United States, followed by additional markets in the future.

“There is an enormous opportunity for customers — including in the public sector — to apply the power of the cloud to become more efficient and responsive,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our partnership combines ServiceNow’s expertise in digital workflows with Azure, our trusted cloud, so that customers can accelerate their digital transformation, while meeting their security and compliance needs.”

“Expanding our strategic global relationship with Microsoft enables ServiceNow to more fully leverage and integrate our platform and products with Microsoft’s leading enterprise technology and capabilities,” said John Donahoe, president and CEO of ServiceNow. “Together, ServiceNow and Microsoft will help our enterprise and government customers accelerate their digital transformation, creating great experiences and unlocking productivity.”

ServiceNow form strategic partnership with Google Cloud

ServiceNow and Google Cloud announced a strategic partnership for delivering native support for ServiceNow’s IT Operations Management (ITOM) in Google Cloud Platform. The partnership will also deliver real-time language translation in ServiceNow’s IT Service Management  (ITSM) solution leveraging Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities.

This partnership aims to make the Now Platform truly multi-cloud with the ability to support customers wherever their workloads reside - on-premises and across the major cloud vendors.

The companies said they are also working on additional AI and ML capabilities around document, speech and image understanding.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Microsoft Azure adds intelligent edge capabilities

Microsoft Azure announced new intelligent edge capabilities"

Azure SQL Database Edge – A small footprint database engine optimized for the edge, with AI built-in. The new offering brings support for Arm and x64-based interactive devices and edge gateways. It provides low latency analytics on the edge by combining data streaming and time-series, with in-database machine learning and support for graph data. It also delivers a common programming surface area across Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises, and Azure SQL Database Edge. Azure SQL Database Edge support both cloud connected and fully disconnected edge scenarios.

IoT Plug and Play –  a new, open modeling language to connect IoT devices to the cloud without writing code. IoT Plug and Play enabled devices are listed in the Azure IoT Device Catalog

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/intelligent-edge-innovation-across-data-iot-and-mixed-reality/

Monday, April 29, 2019

T-Systems launches Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division has begun offering Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure.

T-Systems is reselling the Microsoft cloud portfolio. T¬Systems will handle all complex and critical cloud operations. T-Systems will offer its services in almost all Azure regions while providing networking connectivity. In 2018, for example, T Systems moved the entire SAP landscape from Zuellig Pharma Singapore to Microsoft Azure.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Azure Premium Blob Storage goes live

Microsoft announced general availability of Azure Premium Blob Storage, which is a new performance tier for block blobs and append blobs, complimenting the existing Hot, Cool, and Archive access tiers.

Premium Blob Storage is aimed at workloads that require very fast response times and/or high transactions rates, such as IoT, Telemetry, AI, and scenarios with humans in the loop such as interactive video editing, web content, online transactions, and more.

Micosoft said Premium Blob Storage provides lower and more consistent storage latency, providing low and consistent storage response times for both read and write operations across a range of object sizes, and is especially good at handling smaller blob sizes.

Premium Blob Storage is initially available in US East, US East 2, US Central, US West, US West 2, North Europe, West Europe, Japan East, Australia East, Korea Central, and Southeast Asia region.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-premium-block-blob-storage-is-now-generally-available/

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ribbon's Session Border Controller available in Microsoft Azure

Ribbon Communications' Session Border Controller (SBC) Software edition Lite (SWe Lite) is now being offered in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

The SWe Lite is a virtualized enterprise SBC that delivers Unified Communications (UC), collaboration and security capabilities. In addition, Ribbon's SBC SWe Lite delivers high-performance and capacity in Microsoft Hyper-V and is one of a select few solutions that is fully certified to deliver secure voice services for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing and Skype for Business.

"Making our SBC SWe Lite available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace not only is another major step forward in our cloud investment strategy, but more importantly it helps our customers evolve their communications capabilities to the cloud quickly and conveniently," said Kevin Riley, Chief Technology Officer for Ribbon. "

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Azure adds Availability Zones, promises 99.99 uptime SLA

Microsoft Azure announced the expansion of Availability Zones into two additional regions, North Europe and West US 2.

The company also announced an expanded list of zone-redundant services including Azure SQL Database, Service Bus, Event Hubs, Application Gateway, VPN Gateway, and ExpressRoute.

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require a rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security, and is connected to national backbone networks via local telecom carriers’ high-speed fiber-optic networks

Azure offers a 99.99 percent uptime SLA when virtual machines are running in two or more Availability Zones in the same region.

Microsoft said this expanded coverage enables customers operating in the Europe and Western United States to build and run applications that require low-latency synchronous replication with protection from datacenter-level failures. With the combination of Availability Zones and region pairs, customers can create a comprehensive business continuity strategy with data residency in their geography of choice.

Azure’s global footprint consists of 54 regions with more than 100 datacenters serving customers in over 140 countries. Microsoft’s overall strategy is to ensure that customers have broad options for ensuring business continuity. Availability Zones offer additional resiliency capabilities for customers to build and run highly available applications. Azure, with more global regions than any other cloud provider, has been designed to provide first-class resiliency.

Microsoft pegs Azure revenue growth at 76%

Citing continued demand for cloud services, Microsoft reported record quarterly revenue of $29.1 billion, up 19%, while diluted earnings per share were $1.14, up increased 36%.

"Our record results for Q1 reflect our commitment to long-term strategic investments and consistent execution to drive revenue growth and operating margin expansion,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $9.8 billion and increased 19% (up 18% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 17% (up 16% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 36% (up 35% in constant currency)
  • Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 16% (up 17% in constant currency) with continued growth in Office 365 consumer subscribers to 32.5 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 33% (up 33% in constant currency) with record levels of engagement highlighted by LinkedIn sessions growth of 34%
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 20% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51% (up 49% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $8.6 billion and increased 24% (up 24% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 28% (up 28% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 76% (up 76% in constant currency)
  • Enterprise Services revenue increased 6% (up 6% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $10.7 billion and increased 15% (up 15% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 3% (up 3% in constant currency) driven by OEM Pro revenue growth of 8%
  • Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 12% (up 12% in constant currency) driven by an increased volume of multi-year agreements
  • Gaming revenue increased 44% (up 45% in constant currency) with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36% (up 36% in constant currency) mainly from third-party title strength
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 17% (up 17% in constant currency)
  • Surface revenue increased 14% (up 14% in constant currency)



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Arista integrates with Microsoft Azure Stack

Arista Networks' Any Cloud software platform is now supported in Microsoft Azure Stack.  This includes the virtualized Arista vEOS Router combined with CloudVision with Cloud Tracer functionality.

Arista's vEOS Router leverages a cloud-grade routing stack and IPsec VPN tunnels to reliably and securely interconnect workloads across multi-cloud deployments. As a virtual network appliance, it runs identically in both Azure Public Cloud and on premises Azure Stack as well as other major cloud platforms. Arista said this approach provides a consistent and familiar operational experience via its industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI), open APIs, value added-extensions, cloud-grade routing, telemetry, and orchestration tools in both on-premises and public cloud locations as well as across multiple clouds. Arista vEOS Router provides improved scaling and visibility for enterprise customers adopting hybrid cloud deployment architectures with a single-image routing stack.

“Arista has had a long-standing relationship with Microsoft. The combination of Arista EOS with both Azure and Azure stack brings the best of secure connectivity and cloud principles to top enterprises around the world,” said Jeff Raymond, Vice President EOS Software and Services for Arista Networks."

Natalia Mackevicius, Director, Azure Stack, Microsoft Corp. said, “As Microsoft expands the footprint of Microsoft Azure, we are pleased to have Arista Networks join us as an ISV partner with cloud networking platforms now available for Azure Stack in the Azure Marketplace. Since 2010, Arista and Microsoft have collaborated to bring our mutual clients the benefits of Azure and Azure Stack in cloud networking environments.”

Arista vEOS Router includes Arista A-Care support and is sold as a monthly subscription. vEOS Router is available now in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for Azure Public Cloud and Azure Stack. The complete Any Cloud platform, including CloudVision and vEOS Router is available for most common hypervisors (Linux KVM and VMware ESXi) and for public cloud platforms including Azure, AWS, GCP and other clouds.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Microsoft rolls out big upgrades to Azure networking

Microsoft announced major upgrades to Azure networking capabilities, including the launch of ExpressRoute 100Gbps Direct, ExpressRoute Global Reach, and the general availability of Azure Virtual WAN.  There are also enhancements to Azure Virtual Networks and DNS. The Azure Networking Fall 2018 update comes as part of the company's #MSIgnite conference underway this week in Orlando, Florida.

Here are the highlights:

Azure ExpressRoute Direct 100Gbps connectivity -- a first for a global cloud provider. ExpressRoute Direct with 100G connectivity provides massive data ingress for scenarios such as telemedicine, content distribution, and IoT. The service allows 100 Gbps of network traffic to be directed at Azure Storage and Azure Virtual Networks. The traffic can be on a single 100G ExpressRoute Circuit or the 100G can be subdivided by the customer's business units in any combination of 40G, 10G, 5G, 2G, and 1G ExpressRoute circuits. Microsoft notes that because ExpressRoute is for mission-critical workloads, ExpressRoute Direct, like ExpressRoute, provides physical connectivity via two physical routers in an active-active configuration.

ExpressRoute Global Reach – allows enterprise customers to connect two ExpressRoute circuits together. This allows sites that are already connected to ExpressRoute to now privately exchange data via their ExpressRoute circuits. Customers can thereby use Microsoft's global network to privately send traffic between their sites, for instance between London and Tokyo if both sites are currently served by ExpressRoute. ExpressRoute Global Reach is available in the following locations: Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States with Korea and Singapore coming soon. As Microsoft adds locations, it becomes more like a global carrier.

Big expansion of the Azure Virtual WAN ecosystem. Microsoft is now recommending that Office 365 customers use local Internet breakouts to get onto Microsoft’s global network as quickly as possible and take advantage of the Office 365 distributed edge node ecosystem. The company has previously announced virtual WAN partnerships with Citrix and Riverbed. This has been expanded to include Virtual WAN solutions from 128 Technology, Barracuda, Check Point, NetFoundry, and Palo Alto. Coming soon Azure will include Virtual WAN solutions from CloudGenix, Nuage Networks, Silver Peak, Versa Networks, and VeloCloud.

New Zone Redundant VPN and ExpressRoute Gateways -- customers are now able to deploy Azure VPN and Azure ExpressRoute gateways in Azure Availability Zones, thus making them physically and logically separate within a region to protect on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures.

Enhanced Azure Container Networking Interface (CNI) --a plugin brings Azure Networking capabilities to containers by utilizing the same SDN stack that powers Azure VMs. Containers can now connect to peered VNets and to on-premises over ExpressRoute or site-to-site VPN and access services such as Storage and SQL protected by VNet Service Endpoint. Network Security Group (NSG) and User Defined Routing (UDR) rules can be applied directly to containers. Azure CNI is utilized by the Azure Kubernetes Service.

Azure Firewall enters general availability status -- this GA, offers fully stateful network and application level traffic filtering for VNet resources, with built-in high availability and cloud scalability delivered as a service. Customers can protect their VNets by filtering Outbound, Inbound, Spoke-Spoke, VPN and ExpressRoute traffic.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Georgia Tech establishes Azure ExpressRoute with Internet2

Georgia Tech has established a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute circuit in partnership with Internet 2.

A blog posting by Adam Smith, IT Service Delivery Lead, Georgia Tech discusses the challenges of turning up the Azure service while incorporating external private address space, routing issues, and cloud network architecture.


Internet2 is the advanced technology community founded by the leading higher education institutions in the U.S.
https://www.internet2.edu/blogs/detail/16404

Friday, August 3, 2018

Microsoft Azure adds size-flexible, Virtual Machine Instances

Microsoft announced instance size flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, a new feature that makes reserved instance purchasing and management even simpler by applying reservation discounts to different This means users no longer have to deploy the exact same VM size to get the benefit of purchased Azure Reserved Instances (RI) as other VM sizes within the same VM group also get the RI discount.

Instance size flexibility will be enabled by default for any existing Azure Reserved Instance with shared scope.

https://azure.microsoft.com

Monday, July 16, 2018

Microsoft Azure Service Fabric Mesh enters beta

Microsoft announced the public preview release of Azure Service Fabric, which is its new distributed systems platform for managing scalable microservices and container-based applications for Windows and Linux.

Microsoft describes Service Fabric as a foundational technology for its core Azure infrastructure, as well as other Microsoft cloud services such as Skype for Business, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Dynamics 365, and many more.

Azure Service Fabric Mesh will be a fully-managed service that enables developers to deploy and operate containerized applications without having to manage VMs, storage or networking configuration, while keeping the enterprise-grade reliability, scalability, and mission-critical performance of Service Fabric.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-service-fabric-mesh-is-now-in-public-preview/

Azure Kubernetes Service enters general availability

Microsoft announced that its Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available in ten regions across three continents. Microsoft expects to add ten more regions in the coming months.

The new Kubernetes service features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, easy scaling, and a simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators. Users are able to control access to their Kubernetes cluster with Azure Active Directory accounts and user groups. A key attribute of AKS is operational visibility into the managed Kubernetes environment. Control plane telemetry, log aggregation, and container health are monitored via the Azure portal.

Microsoft also announced five new regions including Australia East, UK South, West US, West US 2, and North Europe.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Microsoft Azure adds Virtual WAN and Firewall capabilities

Microsoft is introducing two new services that significantly increase the reach and security of its cloud service:  Azure Virtual WAN (wide-area network) and Azure Firewall.

Azure Virtual WAN is a networking service providing optimized and automated branch to branch connectivity for connecting to and through Azure using a distributed connectivity model. It provides mechanisms to connect traditional customer routers on-premises as well as an expanding ecosystem of new Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) systems from Microsoft partners. Microsoft said its Virtual WAN allows customers to seamlessly connect their branches to each other and Azure using last mile Internet. It also enables customers to construct a hub and spoke network in Azure to more easily route traffic to virtual appliances such as firewalls and Azure network security services.  Microsoft's current Virtual WAN partners include Citrix and Riverbed.

Azure Firewall is a cloud-native network security service that protects Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability. Customers can centrally create, enforce, and log application and network connectivity policies, spanning Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs), IP Addresses, ports and protocols across subscriptions and virtual networks. Azure Firewall policies can be fully integrated with customers’ DevOps model while enabling them to manage security risks and achieve compliance requirements for managing resource access and protection in the cloud.

Microsoft has also updated its Azure Data Box, which is its data storage appliance for physically transferring large data sets from a customer location to the Azure cloud. The Azure Data Box will now be offered in Europe and the United Kingdom. A new Azure Data Box is an SSD-disk based option with up to five 8TB drives, totaling 40TB, for a recurring or one-time data migration.

This week Microsoft is hosting its Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-public-preview-of-azure-virtual-wan-and-azure-firewall/

What is Azure Virtual WAN (preview)?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Microsoft enables Azure IoT Hub automatic device management,

Microsoft announced commercial availability of Azure IoT Hub automatic device management.

Automatic device management automates many of the repetitive and complex tasks of managing large device fleets over the entirety of their lifecycles.

Microsoft said the release provides the ability to perform IoT device configuration at scale including updating settings, installing software, and updating firmware with reporting and conflict resolution automatically handled.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automatic-device-management-module-identity-and-module-twin-are-now-generally-available/

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Microsoft Azure hit by multiple disruptions

Microsoft Azure was impacted by multiple disruptions and failures on 20-June-2018.

Azure Data Factory, Data Factory V2, Data Movement, SSIS Integration Runtime, and Data Movement & Dispatch experienced errors, including but not limited to pipeline execution errors, in regions across North America, North Europe, West Europe, the UK, Brazil, Australia, Southeast Asia, and eastern Japan.

Media reports indicate the problem was acute for some users in the North Europe region.

The @AzureSupport Twitter feed indicated the services were recovered 11 hours after the disruption was first acknowledged.

Azure Government services were not impacted.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes to extend across Azure and on-prem

Microsoft and Red Hat announced an expanded alliance to enable enterprises to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises using the Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes platform.

Red Hat OpenShift on Azure is a fully-managed service that provides the flexibility to reely move applications between on-premises environments and Azure with a consistent platform.

The companies said they can enable applications to connect faster, and with enhanced security, between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking. From the containers, enterprises will be able to access other Microsoft Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB.

A preview of Red Hat OpenShift on Azure is expected in the coming months. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure and Azure Stack are currently available.

“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications. Today, we’re combining both companies’ leadership in Kubernetes, hybrid cloud and enterprise operating systems to simplify the complex process of container management, with an industry-first solution on Azure,” stated Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.

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