Category Archives : Announcements

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Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-azure-security-center-and-azure-platform-security-capabilities-2/At Microsoft Ignite we’re sharing the many new capabilities our teams have built to improve security with Azure Security Center and the Azure Platform. We have a long list of new innovations, and this blog provides our general direction and READ MORE

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05

Nov

Accelerating cloud-native application development in the enterprise

Each day more and more organizations experience the benefits of cloud native development. Using products like Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), they’re able to build distributed applications that are more resilient and dynamically scalable, while enabling portability in the cloud and at the edge. Most of all, organizations want to use Kubernetes and cloud native technology to innovate faster in the enterprise where security, governance, and compliance are top of mind. We have been listening and we are happy to share several innovations designed to accelerate cloud native application delivery on Azure, powered by Kubernetes and AKS.

Streamlined developer experience

Git and GitHub have changed the way modern software is written. Pull requests (PRs) are now central to the how development teams collaborate. While PRs are a great way to review specific code changes, it can be difficult to see how that code integrates with the rest of a complex microservices architecture. Dev Spaces with GitHub Actions PR flow for AKS solves this problem by automatically deploying review versions of your pull requests to a sandbox environment where you can easily perform end-to-end testing on any changes in your pull request branch. This speeds the PR testing process, allows team members

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05

Nov

Accelerating blockchain adoption in the enterprise
Accelerating blockchain adoption in the enterprise

The mission for our blockchain investments has remained steadfast since the beginning, with the goal of democratizing complex technologies and creating connections across organizational boundaries to solve shared problems in a trusted manner. With this in mind, our roadmap has been focused on building an open and scalable platform to advance the adoption of blockchain in the enterprise.

We have seen this approach resonate with our customers time and time again. A real-world example powered by Azure blockchain technology is GE Aviation’s next-generation blockchain solution that tracks the genealogy of engine parts to improve productivity and safety for airlines. 

“Microsoft has taken blockchain from an art and transformed it into a science by fundamentally improving each aspect of the software stack. We’ve benefited from the innovation of no-code logic apps for data ingestion, off-chain storage with Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB, and analytics visualization via Power BI. The rich integration of these Azure services with Azure Blockchain Service and Azure Blockchain Workbench have enabled us to get our solutions into the hands of our customers much faster with a lot less complexity.” – David Havera, Blockchain Leader, GE Aviation Digital Group

With this in mind,

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05

Nov

Serverless for the enterprise with Microsoft Azure
Serverless for the enterprise with Microsoft Azure

Cloud computing has opened new paradigms for enterprises to reach higher levels of productivity and scale. At the tip of that spear is serverless computing, enabling developers, teams, and organizations to focus on business logic and leave hosting and scaling of resources to the cloud platform.

At Microsoft Ignite, we’re announcing serverless functions with no cold start and network isolation, PowerShell support for event-driven automation, simplified secrets management across serverless apps, unified monitoring capabilities, and increased language support—including .NET Core 3 and Python 3.7! These capabilities expand the list of target scenarios that would benefit from event-driven architectures and bring serverless to operations teams.

Business-critical apps with no cold start and network isolation

Function as a service (FaaS) platforms present a small delay on their first executions, known as cold start. This makes it challenging to adopt serverless functions for mission critical apps where a few seconds can make a huge difference. To address it, we’re announcing the general availability of the Azure Functions Premium plan.

It brings together the best of both serverless and dedicated hosting; you can leverage fast, dynamic scale while benefiting from network isolation, consistent performance, and more predictable costs.

When coupled with our PowerShell

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05

Nov

Success in the cloud: Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

With thousands of customers deploying more and more applications on cloud platforms, cloud technologies have become increasingly more familiar to businesses. However, the path for successful cloud adoption can be bumpy for enterprises as it requires more than the typical technology deployment steps. Successful cloud adoption requires deeper and broader changes across an organization, including business plans and expectations alignment, process updates, and technical readiness.

In our work with customers, we’ve helped solve some common obstacles to the cloud journey, including proper cloud governance to control costs and ensure security, confusion on the right migration strategy to define a path to the cloud, and a lack of context on how to establish a Cloud Center of Excellence in their organization.

Today, we are announcing the general availability of new content within the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, including Innovate and Manage stages and new resources and assessments to help organizations wherever they are. It brings together best practices from Microsoft solution architects, partners, and customers into a comprehensive and curated set of tools, documentation, templates, and guidance that help organizations shape their cloud strategies, driving towards their desired business goals and outcomes.

Digital transformation is real and is here.

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05

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/enabling-and-securing-ubiquitous-compute-from-intelligent-cloud-to-intelligent-edge/Enterprises are embracing the cloud to run their mission-critical workloads. The number of connected devices on and off-premises, and the data they generate continue to increase requiring new enterprise network edge architectures. We call this the intelligent edge – compute READ MORE

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05

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-iaas-for-every-workload/This week at Microsoft Ignite, we announced several important additions to our Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) portfolio. Many companies, including GEICO, H&R Block, and CONA Services, rely on Azure to run a very diverse set of business-critical workloads, READ MORE

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05

Nov

New Azure investments deliver unprecedented performance for all your business-critical applications

Technology is being infused into every dimension of our lives, from stadiums to operating theaters to refrigerators to cars, technology is at the center of everything we do. It’s no longer just the unicorns that are digital disruptors. Every business is looking to benefit from technology and increase customer connection, satisfaction, and profitability. Organizations like BP, Lufthansa, and Team Rubicon are optimizing and transforming their businesses with Azure Infrastructure, building new applications to connect customer-service, logistics, and service delivery in novel ways that increase employee productivity and better serve their customers.

This week from Microsoft Ignite, we’re highlighting key Azure Infrastructure enhancements that further power our customers’ digital transformation journey.

Increased performance and lower cost for any workload

Azure has the broadest portfolio of compute offerings, ranging from small to the industry’s largest virtual machines (VMs) to purpose-built hardware that is able to support native VMware workloads, enterprise-grade files powered by NetApp, and up to 120 TB SAP scale-out deployments. CONA Services, the service arm for Coca-Cola bottlers, runs a 40 TB mission-critical system on Azure’s purpose-built SAP HANA infrastructure, one of the largest SAP HANA cloud deployments. To complement our compute portfolio, we offer one of the highest performance

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05

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanding-the-azure-stack-portfolio-to-run-hybrid-applications-across-the-cloud-datacenter-and-the-edge/Since announcing Azure Stack in 2017, we’ve set the stage for extending the cloud to customers’ datacenters. The hybrid cloud has been one of the design principles for Azure from the start. Today, customers including the Hong Kong Exchanges and READ MORE

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05

Nov

Growing partner opportunity with Azure innovation
Growing partner opportunity with Azure innovation

At Microsoft Ignite, we are sharing a wealth of new products and business news, across Microsoft’s unique technology stack—spanning on-premises, client, server, and cloud. For Microsoft Azure, we have always believed in building products and programs that help our customers invent with purpose. Our announcements reinforce this belief and deliver on our promises of helping customers be future ready, build on their terms, operate hybrid seamlessly, and do all this with an uncompromising foundation of trust.

To see a full list and details of these Azure announcements, please visit the Microsoft Ignite webpage here

These announcements also unlock tremendous opportunities for you, our partners, to acquire new customers and grow Azure projects within your existing customer base. In this blog, we want to dig deeper in two key announcements, highlight the respective opportunities, resources, and how to take action.

Grow your business with Azure services that now run anywhere with new hybrid capabilities

At Microsoft Ignite, we take a leap forward in enabling customers to move from just hybrid cloud to truly deliver innovation anywhere with Azure.

To give customers the benefits of cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, we’re delivering the ability for customers to run Azure data

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