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02

Dec

Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Cloud DBMS Platforms

We would like to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems. Our placement is based on our ability to execute and our completeness of vision and is a testament to our ongoing innovation and integration of a broad data portfolio into a cohesive cloud data ecosystem.

Cloud and data technologies have been the focal point of digital transformation as organizations democratize and modernize their data platforms to turn data into a strategic asset. Our customers have shown tremendous resilience as entire industries have shifted under a landscape of economic uncertainty and they rely on Azure for a full range of use cases. Gartner evaluated these use cases across a wide range of industries and deployment sizes for this Magic Quadrant.

Figure 1: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems1

A strong data ecosystem

In the twenty-five years since SQL Server was first released, Microsoft has consistently delivered value to our database customers, starting by building support for operational, business intelligence, and analytical workloads into a single SQL Server product. With the launch of Azure SQL Database in 2010, we brought that same mindset to delivering a fully

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30

Nov

Digital event: Explore how data and analytics will impact the future of your business

Planning strategic data and analytics initiatives is now critical for helping your organization build the agility and resilience needed to successfully navigate the future. Join us on December 3, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8), for the Shape Your Future with Azure Data and Analytics digital event to explore how data and analytics impact the future of your business—and see how to use Azure to change the way you make strategic business decisions.

Register for the event to:

Hear Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella provide insight into the power of data and analytics and discuss new Azure innovations. Learn from Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, about how Microsoft used data and analytics to transform its own finance organization. Attend a CEO roundtable with Judson Althoff, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Business, and other executives from some of the world’s most successful companies as they talk about how they are using data and analytics to recover, strengthen, and innovate in the face of uncertainty. Dive deep into the latest Azure data and analytics announcements with Rohan Kumar, Corporate

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30

Nov

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – November 2020

Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Customize language in budget alerts Preview new views optimized for resources and reservations What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure Recent changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Customize language in budget alerts

Budgets allow you to get notified as you breach predefined thresholds. You can set up budgets for yourself or for others within your organization to drive accountability and proactively notify teams about potentially

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23

Nov

Achieving 100 percent renewable energy with 24/7 monitoring in Microsoft Sweden

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/achieving-100-percent-renewable-energy-with-247-monitoring-in-microsoft-sweden/Source: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/achieving-100-percent-renewable-energy-with-247-monitoring-in-microsoft-sweden/     Earlier this year, we made a commitment to shift to 100 percent renewable energy supply in our buildings and datacenters by 2025. On this journey, we recognize that how we track our progress is just as READ MORE

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23

Nov

Achieving 100 percent renewable energy with 24/7 monitoring in Microsoft Sweden

Earlier this year, we made a commitment to shift to 100 percent renewable energy supply in our buildings and datacenters by 2025. On this journey, we recognize that how we track our progress is just as important as how we get there.

Today, we are announcing that Microsoft will be the first hyperscale cloud provider to track hourly energy consumption and renewable energy matching in a commercial product using the Vattenfall 24/7 Matching solution for our new datacenter regions in Sweden, which will be available in 2021.

Vattenfall and Microsoft are also announcing that the 24/7 hourly matching solution—the first commercial product of its kind—is now generally available. Vattenfall is a leading European energy company with a strong commitment to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. The solution is built using Microsoft’s Azure services, including Azure IoT Central and Microsoft Power BI.

Today’s announcement builds on last year’s partnership announcement with Vattenfall when the 24/7 Matching solution was first introduced. Since then, the solution has been in pilot in Vattenfall headquarters in Solna and the new Microsoft headquarters in Stockholm, which has seen 94 percent of the total office building energy consumption matched with Swedish wind and 6

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23

Nov

Hybrid and multicloud strategies for financial services organizations

A need for hybrid and multicloud strategies for financial services

The financial services industry is a dynamic space that is constantly testing and pushing novel use cases of information technology. Many of its members must balance immense demands—from the pressures to unlock continuous innovation in a landscape with cloud-native entrants, to responding to unexpected surges in demand and extend services to new regions—all while managing risk and combatting financial crime.

At the same time, financial regulations are also constantly evolving. In the face of the current pandemic, we have seen our customers accelerate in their adoption of new technologies, including public cloud services, to keep up with evolving regulations and industry demands. Hand in hand with growing cloud adoption, we’ve also seen growing regulatory concerns over concentration risk (check out our recent whitepaper on this), which have resulted in new recommendations for customers to increase their overall operational resiliency, address vendor lock-in risks and require effective exit plans.

Further complicating matters, many financial services firms oversee portfolios of services that include legacy apps that have been in use for many years. These apps often cannot support the implementation newer capabilities that can accommodate mobile application support, business intelligence, and

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23

Nov

Guest health feature in Azure Monitor for virtual machines

It is imperative to monitor the health of your virtual machine. But how much time do you spend reviewing each metric and alert to monitor the health of a virtual machine?

We are announcing the preview of Azure Monitor for virtual machines guest health feature that monitors the health of your virtual machines and fires an alert when any parameter being monitored is outside the acceptable range. This feature provides you:

A simple experience to monitor the overall health of your virtual machine. Out-of-the-box health monitors based on key VM metrics to track the health of your virtual machine. Out-of-the-box alerts to notify if the virtual machine is unhealthy.

Virtual machine guest health feature has a parent-child hierarchical model. It monitors the health state of CPU, disks, and memory for a virtual machine and notifies the customer about the changes. The three states—healthy, warning, and critical—are defined based on the thresholds set by the customer for each child monitor. Each monitor measures the health of a particular component. The overall health of the virtual machine is determined by the health of its individual monitors. The top level monitor on the VM groups the health state of all the

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18

Nov

Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview
Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview

If you have opted for Azure Database for PostgreSQL server, you are probably looking for a fully managed, intelligent, and flexible cloud database service that enables you to focus on building applications while offloading critical management tasks such as availability, scalability, and data protection to the service provider. However, some of these tasks—backup being a case in point—may have additional requirements pertaining to your organization’s compliance and business needs that call for a specialized, end-to-end solution.

Azure Backup and Azure Databases have come together to build an enterprise-scale backup solution for Azure Database for PostgreSQL that facilitates flexible and granular backups and restores while supporting retention for up to 10 years. It is an elastic-scale, zero-infrastructure solution that does not require you to deploy or manage backup infrastructure, agents, or storage accounts while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups.

Enhanced capabilities from Azure Backup and Azure Databases Long-term retention in standard or archive tier

Retain backups for up to 10 years in the standard or archive tier according to your compliance and audit needs with recovery points pruned automatically by the built-in lifecycle management capability beyond the specified retention duration.

Customer-controlled, granular backup and restore

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17

Nov

Boost your client performance with Azure Files SMB Multichannel

Lower your deployment cost, while improving client performance with Server Message Block (SMB) Multichannel on premium tier.

Today, we are announcing the preview of Azure Files SMB Multichannel on premium tier. SMB 3.0 introduced the SMB Multichannel technology in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 client. This feature allows SMB 3.x clients to establish multiple network connections to SMB 3.x servers for greater performance over multiple network adapters and over network adapter with Receive Side Scaling (RSS) enabled. With this preview release, Azure Files SMB clients can now take advantage of SMB Multichannel technology with premium file shares in the cloud.

Benefits

SMB Multichannel allows multiple connections over the optimum network path that allows for increased performance from parallel processing. The increased performance is achieved by bandwidth aggregation over multiple NICs or with NIC support for Receive Sides Scaling (RSS) that enables distributed IOs across multiple CPUs and dynamic load balance.

Benefits of Azure Files SMB Multichannel include: Higher throughput: Makes this feature suitable for applications with large files with large IOs such as media & entertainment for content creation/transcoding, genomics, and financial services risk analysis. Increased IOPS: This is particularly useful for small IO

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17

Nov

Azure Hybrid Benefit now generally available for Linux
Azure Hybrid Benefit now generally available for Linux

Coinciding with this week’s Kubecon and Open Azure Day virtual events, today we’re announcing the general availability of Azure Hybrid Benefit functionality for Linux customers, allowing you to bring both your on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) subscriptions to Azure.

During the preview period, over 1,500 Linux virtual machines have already been migrated to Azure using the new Azure Hybrid Benefit capabilities, helping to significantly reduce the costs of running enterprise Linux workloads in Azure.

While previous Bring-Your-Own-Subscription cloud migration options available to Red Hat and SUSE customers allowed them to use their pre-existing RHEL and SLES subscriptions in the cloud, Azure Hybrid Benefit improves upon this with several capabilities that are unique to Azure and makes enterprise Linux cloud migration even easier than before:

Applies to all Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server pay-as-you-go images available in the Azure Marketplace or Azure Portal. You don’t need to provide your own image. Save time with seamless post-deployment conversions—there’s no need for production redeployment. You can simply convert the pay-as-you-go images you used during your proof of concept testing to bring-your-own-subscription

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