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Jul

Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments. We continue to extend our cloud marketplace, Azure Marketplace and AppSource, capabilities to make it the best place for partners of any type to be discovered, evaluated, and ultimately have their offerings purchased and deployed by our customer base. The event also gives us the opportunity to showcase the investments we’re making to enable these same capabilities within our channel ecosystem both now and in the future. 

Empowering partner-to-partner joint selling

Next year, for the first time in Microsoft’s history, we will be putting partner solutions, applications as well as consulting and managed service offers, in our product catalog alongside our Microsoft products and services. This means our direct salesforce and partner ecosystem will be able to sell first and third-party solutions individually or combined.

For partners with applications and solutions listed in one of our marketplaces, this will enable joint selling opportunities connecting them with thousands of Cloud Solution Providers around the world. In turn, Cloud Solution Providers will

12

Jul

SQL Server 2008 end of support is the first step to tomorrow’s database

Today, Takeshi Numoto blogged about the upcoming SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support. If youve been thinking about what to do with your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases, youre not alone. These databases reach end of support on July 9, 2019, and many organizations have started planning in earnest for this milestone.

Which brings us to Will, a database admin at that development shop downtown. Bucking the job-hopping trends of today, Wills been a stalwart for his company, wrangling data for them since the mid-2000s. He remembers leading the installation of SQL Server 2008. Back then, connections were speedy, requests processed swiftly. Security, efficiency, and good clean design existed in abundancethere was a place for every byte and every byte was in its place. App developers loved Will because he made sure their data was right where they needed it, when they needed it. What an idyllic, peaceful time!

A lot has happened in the decade since. Over the years, Wills information transfer network has grown and evolvedforking and pooling and spidering as it has had to make new, less-efficient references. The schema, once so clear, is now muddied and confusing, obscuring paths for formerly

12

Jul

New IoT and edge capabilities and programs to power partner and customer innovation; simplify journey to business value

https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2018/07/12/new-iot-and-edge-capabilities-and-programs-to-power-partner-and-customer-innovation-simplify-journey-to-business-value/Source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2018/07/12/new-iot-and-edge-capabilities-and-programs-to-power-partner-and-customer-innovation-simplify-journey-to-business-value/     Each year at our Inspire conference, we love hearing from our partners about the cloud solutions they are building, the business momentum they are seeing and the opportunities for growth. We heard early on that IoT’s READ MORE

12

Jul

Azure NetApp files now in public preview
Azure NetApp files now in public preview

Enterprises are rapidly embracing public cloud to take advantage of the scale, agility and economic benefits. However, deploying file-based applications to the cloud has been challenging due to the limited availability of options for highly performant and scalable cloud file services that meet enterprise-grade requirements.
 
Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to enable enterprises to overcome the challenge of deploying file-based workloads to the cloud. Today we’re pleased to announce the public preview of Azure NetApp Files, an Azure native service powered by NetApp’s leading ONTAP technology, which has been long trusted by enterprises to meet their requirements for performance, scalability, data management, security, and hybrid capability.

Over the next few months of the preview, you can expect:

Rich data management: Azure NetApp Files will support multiple protocols, protocol versions, and performance tiers, as well as offer built-in policy-based snapshot functionality, reducing the need for separate data protection solutions. Security: All data in volumes is automatically encrypted at rest and will benefit from Azure’s industry-leading compliance portfolio. Ease of use: Azure NetApp Files is a fully integrated and managed Azure service, accessible through the Azure portal and manageable through Azure SDKs and command-line tools. It eliminates the provisioning and

12

Jul

Latest updates to Azure Database for MySQL
Latest updates to Azure Database for MySQL

Earlier this year, in March, we announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for MySQL, offering the community version of MySQL together with built-in high availability, a 99.99 percent availability SLA, elastic scaling for performance, and industry leading security and compliance in Azure. Since GA, the team has been at work delivering a variety of new features and additional functionality to enhance and extend the value of this service. I am pleased to share with you some details about the new additions to this service based on customer feedback.

Enhanced security with Virtual network service endpoints support in preview

The virtual network service endpoints feature for Azure Database for MySQL is now available in Public Preview for all regions in which the service is available.

Use virtual network service endpoints to isolate connectivity to a logical server from only a subnet or a set of subnets within a virtual network. The traffic to Azure Database for MySQL from your virtual network always stays within the Azure backbone network, preferring this direct route over any specific routes that take internet traffic through virtual appliances or on-premises. There’s no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. Learn more about

12

Jul

Announcing public preview of Azure Virtual WAN and Azure Firewall

Networking trends such as SDWAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) can improve performance by using path selection polices at the branch offices to send Internet-bound traffic directly to the cloud eliminating the backhaul to select breakout points. This traffic can quickly reach Microsoft’s global backbone network with intelligent routing to provide the best network experience.  However, having all branches directly accessing the Internet introduces new challenges such as managing branch connectivity and uniformly enforcing network and security polices at scale. Further complicating network policy management across all the branch offices is the trend of more employees working remotely with ever stricter security, privacy, and compliance requirements polices that vary by country/region.

Network security plays an important role in protecting users, data and applications. Cloud developers and IT teams struggle to stay ahead of security attacks. Cloud native network security solutions better fit the modern dev ops model of building and deploying applications while taking advantage of the economic and scale benefits of the cloud. Customers need turnkey solutions that are easy to deploy, use, and manage that offer high availability and  automatically scale.

To help customers with these massive modernization efforts, we are announcing Azure Virtual WAN to simplify large-scale

12

Jul

Latest updates to Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Latest updates to Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Earlier this year, in March, we announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for PostgreSQL, offering the community version of MySQL together with built-in high availability, a 99.99 percent availability SLA, elastic scaling for performance, and industry leading security and compliance in Azure. Since GA, the team has been at work delivering a variety of new features and additional functionality to enhance and extend the value of  this service. I am pleased to share with you some details new additions to this service based on customer feedback.

Enhanced security with virtual network service endpoints support in preview

The virtual network service endpoints feature for Azure Database for PostgreSQL is now available in Public Preview for all regions in which the service is available.

Use virtual network service endpoints to isolate connectivity to a logical server from only a subnet or a set of subnets within a virtual network. The traffic to Azure Database for PostgreSQL from your virtual network always stays within the Azure backbone network, preferring this direct route over any specific routes that take internet traffic through virtual appliances or on-premises. There’s no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. Learn more about virtual network

12

Jul

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help our customers navigate these technological and business shifts.

At its core, Microsoft is a platform company. That’s why we’re constantly expanding our global reach and adding new innovation to Azure – so all of our customers, everywhere, can succeed. We rely on our vast partner network to help us deliver end-to-end value to organizations of all sizes, all around the world.

I always come back to Microsoft’s mission when preparing for our signature events, and with Microsoft Inspire starting in a few days, I am reminded how powerful it is to work at a company that is rooted in others’ successes. We’ve made it our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a bold ambition and one I take seriously. Together with our partners, we’re working to ensure our customers are successful in the midst of rapid technological innovation.

Today, we’re introducing new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their

12

Jul

Welcome our newest family member – Data Box Disk

Last year at Ignite, I talked to you about the preview of Azure Data Box, a ruggedized, portable, and simple way to move large datasets into Azure. So far, the response has been phenomenal. Customers have used Data Box to move petabytes of data into Azure.

While our customers and partners love Data Box, they told us that they also wanted a lower capacity, even easier-to-use option. They cited examples such as moving data from Remote/Office Branch Offices (ROBOs), which have smaller data sets and minimal on-site tech support. They said they needed an option for recurring, incremental transfers for ongoing backups and archives. And they said it needed to have the same traits as Data Box – namely fast, simple, and secure.

Got it. We hear the message loud and clear. So, I’m here today with our partners at Inspire 2018 to announce a new addition to the Data Box family: Azure Data Box Disk.

How it works

Data Box Disk leverages the same infrastructure and management experience as Azure Data Box. You can receive up to five 8TB disks, totaling 40TB per order. Data Box Disk is fast, utilizing SSD technology, and is shipped overnight, so you can

12

Jul

Lightning fast query performance with Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform for enterprises of all sizes. Today we announced significant query performance improvements for Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) customers enabled through enhancements in the distributed query execution layer.

Analytics workload performance is determined by two major factors, I/O bandwidth to storage and repartitioning speed, also known as shuffle speed. In this previous blog post, we described how SQL DW caches relevant data to take advantage of NVMe based local storage. In this blog post, we will go under the hood of SQL DW, to see how the shuffling speed has improved.

Data movement is an operation where parts of the distributed tables are moved to different nodes during query execution. This operation is required where the data is not available on the target node, most commonly when the tables do not share the distribution key. The most common data movement operation is shuffle. During shuffle, for each input row, SQL DW computes a hash value using the join columns and then sends that row to the node that owns that hash value. Either one or both sides of join can participate in the shuffle. The diagram below