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Apr

New solutions for Oracle WebLogic on Azure Virtual Machines

We are announcing a major release for Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on Azure Virtual Machines. The release is jointly developed with the WebLogic team as part of a broad-ranging partnership between Microsoft and Oracle. Software available under the partnership includes Oracle WebLogic, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Database, as well as interoperability between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Azure. This release covers common use cases for WLS on Azure, such as base image, single working instance, clustering, load balancing via App Gateway, database connectivity, integration with Azure Active Directory, caching with Oracle Coherence and consolidated logging via the ELK stack. WLS is a key component in enabling enterprise Java workloads on Azure. Customers are encouraged to evaluate these solutions for full production usage and reach out to collaborate on migration cases.

Use cases and roadmap

The partnership between Oracle and Microsoft was announced in June of 2019. Under the partnership, we announced the initial release of the WLS on Azure Virtual Machines at Oracle OpenWorld 2019. The solutions simplify migration by automating boilerplate provisioning of virtual networks and storage, installing OS/Java resources, setting up WLS, and configuring integration with key Azure services.

Earlier releases focused on a basic set

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31

Mar

Deploy key design principles with enterprise-scale architecture

Tailwind Traders1 is a retail company that is looking to adopt Azure as part of its IT strategy. The IT team is familiar with deploying infrastructure on premises and is now researching what they need to do in order to run their workloads within Azure. They’ve been doing some research and have found the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure and Azure landing zones.

When embarking on any project or new implementation, there are always key design and decision points to be discussed and fully understood. Deploying an enterprise-scale landing zone and subsequent resources to the cloud is no different. The enterprise-scale architecture prescribed in this guidance is based on the design principles that serve as a compass for subsequent design decisions across critical technical domains.

The Tailwind Traders IT team is sitting down to discuss the critical design areas as laid out within the enterprise-scale landing zone documentation. There are several areas that they need to discuss:

Enterprise Agreement (EA) enrolment and Azure Active Directory tenants Identity and access management Management group and subscription organization Network topology and connectivity Management and monitoring Business continuity and disaster recovery Security, governance, and compliance Platform automation and DevOps Subscriptions

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30

Mar

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – March 2021

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:

Prevent exceeding your budget with forecasted cost alerts New cost view for subscriptions What’s new in Cost Management Labs Demystifying cloud economics New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Prevent exceeding your budget with forecasted cost alerts

Staying on top of your costs is critical. Luckily, you can easily set up predefined alerts as you approach your budget in Azure Cost Management and Billing. Now you can define alerts based

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30

Mar

Microsoft named a Leader in Forrester Wave: Function-as-a-Service Platforms

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-forrester-wave-functionasaservice-platforms/Source: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-forrester-wave-functionasaservice-platforms/     Forrester has named Microsoft as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Function-As-A-Service Platforms, Q1 2021 based on their evaluation of Azure Functions with recognition for upping its developer experience game and stateful capabilities. Development experience Azure Functions READ MORE

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30

Mar

Microsoft named a Leader in Forrester Wave: Function-as-a-Service Platforms

Forrester has named Microsoft as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Function-As-A-Service Platforms, Q1 2021 based on their evaluation of Azure Functions with recognition for upping its developer experience game and stateful capabilities.

Development experience

Azure Functions is fully integrated with other Azure services and development tools. Its end-to-end development experience allows you to build and debug your functions locally on any major platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), as well as deploy and monitor them in the cloud. You can build functions using multitude of programming languages: C#, Node.js, Python, JavaScript, Java, and PowerShell.

In their report, Forrester recognized Azure Functions investments in “onboarding, developer tools support, and support for the development and debugging on local machines.”

Stateful workloads in a serverless compute environment

There are some use cases of serverless that need to be stateful—such as long-running workflows, human approved processes, and e-commerce shopping cart applications. Durable Functions, an extension to the Azure Functions runtime that brings stateful and orchestration capabilities to serverless functions. Durable Functions stands alone in the serverless space, providing stateful functions and a way to define serverless workflows programmatically.

Forrester mentioned specifically in the report that “Durable Functions provides stateful capabilities and bindings for

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29

Mar

Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day on April 29

Today, I am thrilled to announce Azure Storage Day, a free digital event on April 29, 2021, where you can explore cloud storage solutions for all your enterprise workloads. Join me to:

Watch demos of the latest innovations from Azure Storage and see how customers are using them. Get help understanding how to map Azure Storage services to your enterprise workloads. Connect with Microsoft product experts to get answers to your storage questions.

This digital event is your opportunity to engage with the cloud storage community, see Azure Storage solutions in action, and discover how to build a foundation for all of your enterprise workloads at every stage of your digital transformation.

The need for reliable cloud storage has never been greater. More companies are investing in digital transformation to become more resilient and agile in order to better serve their customers. The rapid pace of digital transformation has resulted in exponential data growth, driving up demand for dependable and scalable cloud data storage services.

We’ve designed Azure Storage to provide highly scalable, secure, and cost-effective cloud storage services for all of your business apps—including SAP, databases, web apps, HPC, analytics, internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). With

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25

Mar

Scale cloud adoption with modular designs for enterprise-scale landing zones

This post was co-authored by Sarah Lean, Senior Content Engineer, Azure

Tailwind Traders1 is a retail company that is looking to adopt Azure as part of its IT strategy. The IT team is familiar with deploying infrastructure on-premises and is now researching what they need to do in order to run their workloads on Azure. In this blog post, we will walk you through Tailwind Traders’ experience to run its workloads on Azure using Cloud Adoption Framework and Azure landing zones guidance.

What are enterprise-scale landing zones?

In a previous blog post, we followed Tailwind Traders and their cloud adoption journey, where we learned about the Cloud Adoption Framework and Azure landing zones. After researching the different landing zone options—start small and expand, enterprise-scale, and partner landing zones—Tailwind Traders has decided to start with the enterprise-scale architecture.

Tailwind Traders requires an initial implementation of landing zones with fully integrated governance, security, and operations from the start. The enterprise-scale architecture provides prescriptive guidance coupled with Azure best practices, developed largely by Microsoft architects and the broader Cloud Solutions Unit technical community. It follows design principles across the critical design areas for an organization’s Azure environment, like enterprise enrollment, identity, network topology,

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25

Mar

5 reasons Databricks runs best on Azure
5 reasons Databricks runs best on Azure

For any organization running big data workloads in the cloud, exceptional scale, performance, and optimization are essential. Databricks customers have multiple choices for their cloud destination. Azure Databricks is the only first-party service offering for Databricks, which provides customers with distinct benefits not offered in any other cloud. The first-party integration and our unique strategic alliance saves customers time and effort and significantly accelerates time to value. As Forrester notes, “Competitive advantage is no longer about ‘first to market’, it’s [now about] ‘first to value’”1.

Azure Databricks enables customers to be first to value for these five reasons:

Unique engineering partnership Mission-critical support and ease for commerce Azure ecosystem Native security, identity, and compliance Rapid onboarding 1. Unique engineering partnership

The Azure and Databricks engineering teams are constantly working together to deepen the integration of Databricks within Azure to enable rapid customer success. In fact, both engineering teams have spent hundreds of thousands of hours optimizing Databricks for Azure. This collaboration drives a highly performant level of cloud-scale operations that would not be possible without this unique engineering partnership. The engineering teams work together to enhance the performance and scalability, monitor environments and provide business-critical support. Since

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25

Mar

Strengthen and optimize compliance in Azure Security Center
Strengthen and optimize compliance in Azure Security Center

The Regulatory Compliance dashboard in Azure Security Center is an excellent tool for helping organizations understand their compliance posture relative to industry standards. Reporting on compliance with specific standards is obviously critical for regulated customers, though tracking compliance status is also relevant to many other organizations who want to align with industry-defined best practices. Many of our customers use compliance frameworks as the basis of their organizational security model.

Azure Security Center improves your organization’s overall compliance readiness. By performing ongoing assessments, Azure Security Center provides rich, actionable insights and reports to simplify your regulatory compliance journey.

Several significant upgrades have recently been released to the compliance management experience in Azure Security Center, including Azure Security Benchmark integration with Secure Score, a new section for downloading audit certification reports, integration of shared responsibility model details into the product, and Workflow Automation functionality.

Azure Security Benchmark

Azure Security Benchmark is now fully integrated into the regulatory compliance dashboard as the default standard, available to all Azure Security Center customers for free. Azure Security Benchmark comprises the canonical set of controls that Microsoft defines and recommends as a security baseline, aligned with industry frameworks and customized to Azure and cloud environments.

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24

Mar

Expanding our DR scenarios to new zonal capabilities with Azure Site Recovery

Azure provides high availability, disaster recovery, and backup solutions that can enable your applications to meet business availability requirements and recovery objectives. We continue to build upon our portfolio of resilient services by bringing zonal capabilities for improved business continuity and disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location. When an outage occurs at your primary site, you failover to a secondary location, and access apps from there. After the primary location is running again, you can fail back to it. Azure Site Recovery helps ensure business continuity by keeping business apps and workloads running during outages.  

With the zonal disaster recovery capability, we are making it possible to replicate and orchestrate the failover of applications in Azure across Azure Availability Zones within a given region. Zone to Zone disaster recovery options with Azure Site Recovery is on its way to being available in all regions with Azure Availability Zones (AZs). Availability Zones, fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, provide redundant power, cooling, and networking, allowing customers to run mission-critical applications with higher availability and fault tolerance to datacenter failures. Azure Availability Zones will be available in every country Microsoft Azure publicly operates in by the end

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