Category Archives : Announcements

20

Sep

Remote Monitoring Solution allows for root cause analysis with Azure Time Series Insights

With the abundance of data coming from IoT devices and the global nature of business today, it’s essential to be able to understand correlations and track historical trends across your assets.

Imagine managing a fleet of trucks carrying items that need to be maintained at a specific temperature. Occasionally you see a low temperature alert triggered for some of your trucks during their daily scheduled delivery. As an operator, you will need to conduct a root cause analysis to understand why this is happening, if there are recurring patterns, and how to prevent it from happening in the future.

To help you with this, we’re excited to announce that we have now integrated Azure Time Series Insights into the Azure IoT Remote Monitoring solution accelerator. With Time Series Insights, you can gain deeper insights into your time-series sensor data by spotting trends, anomalies, and correlations across real-time and historical data in all your locations. New Remote Monitoring deployments (both Basic and Standard) will include Time Series Insights out-of-the-box* at no extra cost. All messages data from your IoT devices will be stored in Time Series Insights, but your alarms, rules, and configuration settings will remain in Cosmos DB.

With this

18

Sep

Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs now generally available

Financial Services organizations regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and more are required to retain business-related communications in a Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) or immutable state that ensures they are non-erasable and non-modifiable for a specific retention interval. The immutable storage requirement is not limited to financial organizations but also applies to industries such as healthcare, insurance, media, public safety, and legal services.

Today, we are excited to reveal the general availability of immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs to address this requirement. The feature is available in all Azure public regions. Through configurable policies, users can keep Azure Blob storage data in an immutable state where Blobs can be created and read, but not modified or deleted.

Typical applications include:

Regulatory compliance: Immutable storage for Azure Blobs is designed to help financial institutions and related industries address SEC 17a-4(f), CFTC 1.31©-(d), FINRA etc. A technical whitepaper with details on how the feature addresses these regulatory requirements is downloadable now via the Service Trust Portal. The Azure Trust Center contains detailed information about our compliance certifications. Secure document retention:

10

Sep

Introducing Azure DevOps
Introducing Azure DevOps

Today we are announcing Azure DevOps. Working with our customers and developers around the world, it’s clear DevOps has become increasingly critical to a team’s success. Azure DevOps captures over 15 years of investment and learnings in providing tools to support software development teams. In the last month, over 80,000 internal Microsoft users and thousands of our customers, in teams both small and large, used these services to ship products to you.

The services we are announcing today span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality. They represent the most complete offering in the public cloud. Azure DevOps includes:

Azure Pipelines

CI/CD that works with any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any Git repository and deploy continuously. Learn More >

Azure Boards

Powerful work tracking with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting. Learn more >

Azure Artifacts

Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources. Learn more >

Azure Repos

Unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos for your project. Collaborative pull requests, advanced file management, and more. Learn more >

Azure Test Plans

All in one planned and exploratory testing solution. Learn more >

04

Sep

Avere vFXT for Microsoft Azure now in public preview

The Avere vFXT for Azure delivers new possibilities for running high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in the cloud. With this new software solution, you can now easily connect on-premises infrastructure to Azure compute or “lift and shift” file-based workloads in Azure to run between Azure blob in the same manner.

Organizations have long struggled with how they can leverage the cloud for high-performance, file-based workloads. Moving petabytes of data to the cloud is not a quick or simple operation, and organizational buy-in for wholesale moves of these workloads can be challenging. As a result, the majority of these often mission-critical applications have remained in local data centers even as demands for more and faster compute power continue — a problem easily solved with access to limitless cloud compute resources.

The new Avere vFXT for Azure solves the problem of running these enterprise HPC applications in the cloud while leveraging data stored on-premises or in Azure Blob. The Avere vFXT facilitates Edge computing as a virtual high-performance file caching appliance that runs in Azure Compute. With Avere, these critical workloads can access thousands of cores on-demand, increasing business agility by processing smarter and faster without adding extra cost.

For organizations that are

29

Aug

Announcing general availability of Azure IoT Hub’s integration with Azure Event Grid

We’re proud to see more and more customers using Azure IoT Hub to control and manage billions of devices, send data to the cloud and gain business insights. We are excited to announce that IoT Hub integration with Azure Event Grid is now generally available, making it even easier to transform these insights into actions by simplifying the architecture of IoT solutions. Some key benefits include:

Easily integrate with modern serverless architectures, such as Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, to automate workflows and downstream processes. Enable alerting with quick reaction to creation, deletion, connection, and disconnection of devices. Eliminate the complexity and expense of polling services and integrate events with 3rd party applications using webhooks such as ticketing, billing system, and database updates.

Together, these two services help customers easily integrate event notifications from IoT solutions with other powerful Azure services or 3rd party applications. These services add important device lifecycle support with events such as device created, device deleted, device connected, and device disconnected, in a highly reliable, scalable, and secure manner.

Here is how it works:

As of today, this capability is available in the following regions:

Asia Southeast Asia East Australia East Australia

28

Aug

Helping Go developers build better cloud apps faster

As GopherCon kicks off today with nearly 2,000 gophers gathering in Denver, we’re excited to share our latest offerings and announcements for Go developers. Since making the Azure SDK for Go generally available earlier this year, our teams have been hard at work building Go tools and services for Azure, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services. We continue to strive to help Go developers build better cloud apps, faster, with an expanding range of services covering the cloud-native workflow:

Write and test code with Visual Studio Code, the most popular editor amongst Go developers. Debug with visual breakpoints, apply Go formatting on save, and use code completions to increase developer speed and productivity. Host your private Git repositories, then integrate and release apps with Visual Studio Team Services and Azure DevOps Projects. Run code, containers, and apps on Azure Kubernetes Service, a fully-managed Kubernetes cluster, or with Azure App Service. Or, use your favorite Linux distribution on Azure Virtual Machines. Store structured data in managed PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, objects in Blob Storage, and cache items in Redis Cache. You can also use Cosmos DB, a globally-replicated, multi-model database that is compatible with MongoDB. Communicate between microservices with

28

Aug

Helping Go developers build better cloud apps faster

As GopherCon kicks off today with nearly 2,000 gophers gathering in Denver, we’re excited to share our latest offerings and announcements for Go developers. Since making the Azure SDK for Go generally available earlier this year, our teams have been hard at work building Go tools and services for Azure, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services. We continue to strive to help Go developers build better cloud apps, faster, with an expanding range of services covering the cloud-native workflow:

Write and test code with Visual Studio Code, the most popular editor amongst Go developers. Debug with visual breakpoints, apply Go formatting on save, and use code completions to increase developer speed and productivity. Host your private Git repositories, then integrate and release apps with Visual Studio Team Services and Azure DevOps Projects. Run code, containers, and apps on Azure Kubernetes Service, a fully-managed Kubernetes cluster, or with Azure App Service. Or, use your favorite Linux distribution on Azure Virtual Machines. Store structured data in managed PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, objects in Blob Storage, and cache items in Redis Cache. You can also use Cosmos DB, a globally-replicated, multi-model database that is compatible with MongoDB. Communicate between microservices with

23

Aug

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 now generally available in France and Australia

Today, we announce the broader regional availability of the industry-leading performance provided by Azure SQL Data Warehouse (Azure SQL DW). Azure SQL DW is a fast, flexible, and secure analytics platform offering you a SQL-based view across data. It is elastic, enabling you to provision a cloud data warehouse and scale to terabytes in minutes.

Compute Optimized Gen2 tier is now rolled out to three additional Azure regions— Australia Central, Australia Center 2, and France Central. These new locations bring the product worldwide availability count for Compute Optimized Gen2 tier to 22 regions.

Azure SQL DW Gen2 brings the best of Microsoft software and hardware innovations to dramatically improve query performance and concurrency. Our customers now get up to 5 times better performance, on average, for query workloads, 4 times more concurrency, and 5 times higher computing power compared to the previous generation. Azure SQL DW can also serve 128 concurrent queries from a single cluster, the maximum for any cloud data warehousing service.

Begin today and experience the speed, scale, elasticity, security, and ease of use of a cloud-based data warehouse for yourself. You can see this blog post for more info on the capabilities and features

22

Aug

Respond to threats faster with Security Center’s Confidence Score

Azure Security Center provides you with visibility across all your resources running in Azure and alerts you of potential or detected issues. The volume of alerts can be challenging for a security operations team to individually address. Due to the volume of alerts, security analysts have to prioritize which alerts they want to investigate. Investigating alerts can be complex and time consuming, so as a result, some alerts are ignored.

Security Center can help your team triage and prioritize alerts with a new capability called Confidence Score. The Confidence Score automatically investigates alerts by applying industry best practices, intelligent algorithms, and processes used by analysts to determine whether a threat is legitimate and provides you with meaningful insights.

How is the Azure Security Center Confidence Score triggered?

Alerts are generated due to detected suspicious processes running on your virtual machines. Security Center reviews and analyzes these alerts on Windows virtual machines running in Azure. It performs automated checks and correlations using advanced algorithms across multiple entities and data sources across the organization and all your Azure resources.

Results of Azure Security Center Confidence Score

The Confidence Score ranges between 1 to 100 and represents the confidence that the alert should

22

Aug

Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade

Attackers commonly target open ports on Internet-facing virtual machines (VMs), spanning from port scanning to brute force and DDoS attacks. In case of a successful brute force attack, an attacker can compromise your VM and establish a foothold into your environment. Once an attacker is in your environment, he can profit from the compute of that machine or use its network access to perform lateral attacks on other networks.

One way to reduce exposure to an attack is to limit the amount of time that a port on your virtual machine is open. Ports only need to be open for a limited amount of time for you to perform management or maintenance tasks. Just-In-Time VM Access helps you control the time that the ports on your virtual machines are open. It leverages network security group (NSG) rules to enforce a secure configuration and access pattern.

Today we are excited to announce the public preview of configuring Just-In-Time VM Access from the virtual machine blade to make it even easier for you to reduce your exposure to threats.

In one simple click, a Just-In-Time VM access policy is applied to a VM. This will configure a policy that locks down