Category Archives : Announcements

17

May

Announcing the preview of Windows Server containers support in Azure Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes is taking the app development world by storm. Earlier this month, we shared that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was the fastest growing compute service in Azure’s history. Customers like Siemens Healthineers, Finastra, Maersk, and Hafslund are realizing the benefits of using AKS to easily deploy, manage and scale applications without getting into the toil of maintaining infrastructures.  As the community and adoption grows, Kubernetes itself is evolving, adding more enterprise-friendly features and extending to more scenarios.  The release of production-level support for Windows Server containers is a true testament to the evolution.

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for versions 1.13.5 and 1.14.0.  With this, Windows Server containers can now be deployed and orchestrated in AKS enabling new paths to migrate and modernize Windows Server applications in Azure.

Our customers have applications running on Linux and on Windows.  The ability to manage Windows and the latest Linux containers side by side in the same Kubernetes cluster with the exact same APIs, tools and support is what you have been asking us to support, which opens an abundance of new scenarios. For example, you can now add Windows node pools to

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14

May

Premium files redefine limits for Azure Files

Premium files sets new scale and performance bar for Azure Files, providing more power to developers and IT pros.

Today, we are excited to share that Azure Premium Files preview is now available to everyone! Premium files is a new performance tier that unlocks the next level of performance for fully managed file services in the cloud. Premium tier is optimized to deliver consistent performance for IO-intensive workloads that require high-throughput and low latency. Premium shares store data on the latest solid-state drives (SSDs) making it suitable for a wide variety of workloads like file services, databases, shared cache storage, home directories, content and collaboration repositories, persistent storage for containers, media and analytics, high variable and batch workloads, and many more. Our standard tier continues to provide reliable performance to workloads that are less sensitive to performance variability and is well-suited for general purpose file storage, development/test, and application workloads.

Provisioned performance – Dynamically scalable and consistent

With premium files, you can customize the performance of file storage to fit your workload needs. Premium file shares allow you to dynamically scale premium shares up and down without any downtime. The premium shares’ IOPS and throughput instantly scale based on changes

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13

May

Azure SQL Database Edge: Enabling intelligent data at the edge

The world of data changes at a rapid pace, with more and more data being projected to be stored and processed at the edge. Microsoft has enabled enterprises with the capability of adopting a common programming surface area in their data centers with Microsoft SQL Server and in the cloud with Azure SQL Database. We note that latency, data governance and network connectivity continue to gravitate data compute needs towards the edge. New sensors and chip innovation with analytical capabilities at a lower cost enable more edge compute scenarios to drive higher agility for business.

At Microsoft Build 2019, we announced Azure SQL Database Edge, available in preview, to help address the requirements of data and analytics at the edge using the performant, highly available and secure SQL engine. Developers will now be able to adopt a consistent programming surface area to develop on a SQL database and run the same code on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge.

Azure SQL Database Edge offers:

Small footprint allows the database engine to run on ARM and x64 devices via the use of containers on interactive devices, edge gateways, and edge servers. Develop once and deploy anywhere scenarios through a common

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07

May

Generally available: Azure Red Hat OpenShift
Generally available: Azure Red Hat OpenShift

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/generally-available-azure-red-hat-openshift/

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06

May

Introducing new product innovations for SAP HANA, Expanded AI collaboration with SAP and more

For many enterprises modernizing ERP systems is key to achieving their digital transformation goals. At Microsoft we are committed to supporting our customers by offering the single best infrastructure choice that exists for SAP HANA, bar none. 

In terms of raw capabilities we not only have the largest number of SAP HANA-certified offerings (25 configurations that span virtual machines and purpose-built bare metal instances from 192GB to 24TB), but also the widest footprint of regions with SAP HANA certified infrastructure (26 with plans to launch 8 more by end of 2019). We also support some of the largest deployments of SAP HANA in the public cloud, such as CONA Services.

We, in partnership with SAP, are very happy to announce multiple enhancements to SAP on Azure at SAPPHIRE NOW. We will offer our customers even more choices in infrastructure giving them greater VM memory, even more options around bare metal instances and business continuity.

In addition to this we are announcing deeper integration between SAP and Azure around AI, data protection and identity integration. These integrations will help our joint customers accelerate their digital transformation with the power of the cloud.

Here’s what’s new:

6 TB and 12 TB VMs

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06

May

Announcing new Marketplace revenue opportunities

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/announcing-new-marketplace-revenue-opportunities/

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06

May

Partnering with the community to make Kubernetes easier

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/partnering-with-the-community-to-make-kubernetes-easier/

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06

May

Analytics in Azure remains unmatched with new innovations

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/analytics-in-azure-remains-unmatched-with-new-innovations/

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06

May

Accelerating DevOps with GitHub and Azure
Accelerating DevOps with GitHub and Azure

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerating-devops-with-github-and-azure/

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06

May

Get high-performance scaling for your Azure database workloads with Hyperscale

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/get-high-performance-scaling-for-your-azure-database-workloads-with-hyperscale/

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