Category Archives : Announcements

30

Jul

Announcing public preview of Azure IoT Hub manual failover feature

Today, we are announcing the public preview offering for Manual failover. This feature is part of IoT Hub cloud service and allows customers to failover an IoT hub instance from its primary Azure region to its corresponding geo-paired region.

Failures are possible in any software system especially when it’s a distributed system and it is important to plan for failures. The IoT Hub service implements redundancies at various layers of its implementation to safeguard its customers against transient failures and failures scoped within a datacenter. The service offers a high level of SLA using these redundancies. However, region wide failures or extended outages, although remote are still possible.

The IoT Hub service provides cross regional automatic disaster recovery as a default mitigation for such failures. The recovery time objective for this recovery process is 2 – 26 hours. IoT solutions which cannot afford to be down for so long, can now use the IoT Hub manual failover feature to failover their IoT hubs from one region to another in a self-serve manner. The recovery time objective for IoT Hub manual failover is 10 min – 2 hours.

More details about this feature can be found in the article that outlines

26

Jul

Orchestrating production-grade workloads with Azure Kubernetes Service

Happy Birthday Kubernetes! In the short three years that Kubernetes has been around, it has become the industry standard for orchestration of containerized workloads. In Azure, we have spent the last three years helping customers run Kubernetes in the cloud. As much as Kubernetes simplifies the task of orchestration, there’s plenty of setup and management that needs to take place for you to take full advantage of Kubernetes. This is where Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) comes in. With Microsoft’s unique knowledge of the requirements of an enterprise, and our heritage of empowering developers, this managed service takes care of many of the complexities and delivers the best Kubernetes experience in the cloud.

In this blog post, I will dig into the top scenarios that Azure customers are building on Azure Kubernetes Service. After that, we will blow out the candles and have some cake.

If you are new to AKS, check out the Azure Kubernetes Service page and this video to learn more.

Lift and shift to containers

Organizations typically want to move to the cloud quickly and it is often not possible to re-write applications to take full advantage of cloud-native features right from the beginning. Containerizing applications makes

25

Jul

Security Center’s adaptive application controls are generally available

Azure Security Center provides several threat prevention mechanisms to help you reduce surface areas susceptible to attack. One of those mechanisms is adaptive application controls. Today we are excited to announce the general availability of this capability, which helps you audit and block unwanted applications.

Adaptive application controls help you define the set of applications that are allowed to run on configured groups of virtual machines (VM). Enabling adaptive application controls for your VMs. Azure Security Center will allow you to do a few things. First, it recommends applications (EXEs, MSIs, and Scripts) for whitelisting, automatically clustering similar VMs to ease manageability and reduce exposure to unnecessary applications. It also applies the appropriate rules in an automated fashion, monitors any violations of those rules, and enables you to manage and edit previously applied application whitelisting policies.

By default, Security Center enables application control in Audit mode. After validating that the whitelist has not had any adverse effects on your workload, you can change the protection mode to Enforce mode through the Security Center management UI.

You can also change the application control policy for each configured group of VMs through the same Security Center management UI, edit and

25

Jul

Security Center’s adaptive application controls are generally available

Azure Security Center provides several threat prevention mechanisms to help you reduce surface areas susceptible to attack. One of those mechanisms is adaptive application controls. Today we are excited to announce the general availability of this capability, which helps you audit and block unwanted applications.

Adaptive application controls help you define the set of applications that are allowed to run on configured groups of virtual machines (VM). Enabling adaptive application controls for your VMs. Azure Security Center will allow you to do a few things. First, it recommends applications (EXEs, MSIs, and Scripts) for whitelisting, automatically clustering similar VMs to ease manageability and reduce exposure to unnecessary applications. It also applies the appropriate rules in an automated fashion, monitors any violations of those rules, and enables you to manage and edit previously applied application whitelisting policies.

By default, Security Center enables application control in Audit mode. After validating that the whitelist has not had any adverse effects on your workload, you can change the protection mode to Enforce mode through the Security Center management UI.

You can also change the application control policy for each configured group of VMs through the same Security Center management UI, edit and

25

Jul

Azure App Service now supports Java SE on Linux
Azure App Service now supports Java SE on Linux

Lately there have been a whole lot of changes to Java and its vibrant communities. Now shared between Oracle for Java SE and Eclipse Foundation for Jakarta EE (formerly Java EE), Java continues to be the leading programming language by developers and enterprises. As a matter of fact, it is now well-positioned to thrive in the cloud considering how modern application development is trending with over 12 million Java developers worldwide, and digital transformation being top of mind for many IT organizations.

With the sheer volume of Java apps in existence and soon to be developed, Java developers will benefit greatly from cloud services that will enable fast and secure application development while saving time and cost. Couple this with a vast geographic region coverage, it is a cloud solution every developer should experience.

Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce that Azure App Service now supports Java SE 8 based applications on Linux, now available in public preview. This and subsequent time released versions will be supported for an extended period, as well as upcoming LTS versions. Java web apps can now be built and deployed on a highly scalable, self-patching web hosting service where bug fixes and security updates

25

Jul

Azure App Service now supports Java SE on Linux
Azure App Service now supports Java SE on Linux

Lately there have been a whole lot of changes to Java and its vibrant communities. Now shared between Oracle for Java SE and Eclipse Foundation for Jakarta EE (formerly Java EE), Java continues to be the leading programming language by developers and enterprises. As a matter of fact, it is now well-positioned to thrive in the cloud considering how modern application development is trending with over 12 million Java developers worldwide, and digital transformation being top of mind for many IT organizations.

With the sheer volume of Java apps in existence and soon to be developed, Java developers will benefit greatly from cloud services that will enable fast and secure application development while saving time and cost. Couple this with a vast geographic region coverage, it is a cloud solution every developer should experience.

Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce that Azure App Service now supports Java SE 8 based applications on Linux, now available in public preview. This and subsequent time released versions will be supported for an extended period, as well as upcoming LTS versions. Java web apps can now be built and deployed on a highly scalable, self-patching web hosting service where bug fixes and security updates

25

Jul

New recommendations in Azure Advisor
New recommendations in Azure Advisor

Azure Advisor is a free service that analyzes your Azure usage and provides recommendations on how you can optimize your Azure resources to reduce costs, boost performance, strengthen security, and improve reliability.

We are excited to announce that we have added several new Azure Advisor recommendations to help you get the most out of your Azure subscriptions.

Buy Reserved Instances to save over pay-as-you-go costs

Azure Reserved Instances (RIs) allow you to reserve virtual machines (VMs) in advance on a one or three-year term and save up to 80 percent versus pay-as-you go rates. RIs are ideal for workloads with predictable, consistent traffic.

Azure Advisor will analyze your last 30 days of VM usage and recommend purchasing RIs when it may provide cost savings. Advisor will show you the regions and VM sizes where you could save money and give you an estimate of your potential savings from purchasing RIs if your usage remains consistent with the previous 30 days.

Create Azure Service Health alerts

Azure Service Health is a free service that provides personalized guidance and support when Azure service issues might affect you. You can create Service Health alerts for any region or service so that you

25

Jul

New recommendations in Azure Advisor
New recommendations in Azure Advisor

Azure Advisor is a free service that analyzes your Azure usage and provides recommendations on how you can optimize your Azure resources to reduce costs, boost performance, strengthen security, and improve reliability.

We are excited to announce that we have added several new Azure Advisor recommendations to help you get the most out of your Azure subscriptions.

Buy Reserved Instances to save over pay-as-you-go costs

Azure Reserved Instances (RIs) allow you to reserve virtual machines (VMs) in advance on a one or three-year term and save up to 80 percent versus pay-as-you go rates. RIs are ideal for workloads with predictable, consistent traffic.

Azure Advisor will analyze your last 30 days of VM usage and recommend purchasing RIs when it may provide cost savings. Advisor will show you the regions and VM sizes where you could save money and give you an estimate of your potential savings from purchasing RIs if your usage remains consistent with the previous 30 days.

Create Azure Service Health alerts

Azure Service Health is a free service that provides personalized guidance and support when Azure service issues might affect you. You can create Service Health alerts for any region or service so that you

19

Jul

Score one for the IT Pro: Azure File Sync is now generally available!

Azure File Sync replicates files from your on-premises Windows Server to an Azure file share. With Azure File Sync, you don’t have to choose between the benefits of cloud and the benefits of your on-premises file server – you can have both! Azure File Sync enables you to centralize your file services in Azure while maintaining local access to your data.

Visit our product page to learn more about Azure File Sync.

We created Microsoft Azure Files with the goal of making it easy for you to reap the benefits of cloud storage. We know from decades of experience building Windows file server that file shares are useful for more than just application development; file shares are used for everything under the sun. With Azure Files, we are focused on building general purpose file shares that can replace all the file servers and NAS devices your organization has, and today, we are happy to share an important milestone on that journey: the general availability of Azure File Sync! 
 
Azure File Sync grew out of our conversations with thousands of customers about the challenge of balancing the need for local and fast access to their frequently accessed data with the

19

Jul

Score one for the IT Pro: Azure File Sync is now generally available!

Azure File Sync replicates files from your on-premises Windows Server to an Azure file share. With Azure File Sync, you don’t have to choose between the benefits of cloud and the benefits of your on-premises file server – you can have both! Azure File Sync enables you to centralize your file services in Azure while maintaining local access to your data.

Visit our planning guide to learn more about Azure File Sync.

We created Microsoft Azure Files with the goal of making it easy for you to reap the benefits of cloud storage. We know from decades of experience building Windows file server that file shares are useful for more than just application development; file shares are used for everything under the sun. With Azure Files, we are focused on building general purpose file shares that can replace all the file servers and NAS devices your organization has, and today, we are happy to share an important milestone on that journey: the general availability of Azure File Sync! 
 
Azure File Sync grew out of our conversations with thousands of customers about the challenge of balancing the need for local and fast access to their frequently accessed data with the maintenance