Self-service is core to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Back in the virtualization days, you had to wait for someone to create a VLAN for you, carve out a LUN, and find space on a host. If Microsoft Azure ran that way, we would have needed to hire more and more admins as our cloud business grew.
Do it yourself
A different approach was required, which is why IaaS is important. Azure’s IaaS gives the owner of the subscription everything they need to create virtual machines (VMs) and other resources on their own, without involving an administrator. To learn more visit our documentation, “Introduction to Azure Virtual Machines” and “Introduction to Azure Stack virtual machines.”
Let me give you a few examples that show Azure and Azure Stack self-service management of VMs.
Creating a VM is as simple as going through a wizard. You can create the VM by specifying everything needed for the VM in the “Create virtual machine” blade. You can include the operating system image or marketplace template, the size (memory, CPUs, number of disks, and NICs), high availability, storage, networking, monitoring, and even in guest configuration.
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Quality assurance matters to manufacturers. The reputation and bottom line of a company can be adversely affected if defective products are released. If a defect is not detected, and the flawed product is not removed early in the production process, the damage can run in the hundreds of dollars per unit. To mitigate this, many manufacturers install cameras to monitor their products as they move along the production line. But the data may not always be useful. For example, cameras alone often struggle with identifying defects at high volume of images moving at high speed. Now, a solution provider has developed a way to integrate such existing systems into quality assurance management. Mariner, with its Spyglass solution, uses AI from Azure to achieve visibility over the entire line, and to prevent product defects before they become a problem.
Quality assurance expenses
Quality assurance (QA) management in manufacturing is time-consuming and expensive, but critical. The effects of poor quality are substantial, as they result in:
Re-work costs Production inefficiencies Wasted materials Expensive and embarrassing recalls
And worst of all, dissatisfied customers that demand returns.
Multiple variables across multiple facilities
Too many variables make product defect analysis and prediction difficult. Manufacturers need
We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From February 1 to February 15, 2019, 50 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:
Attunity Replicate: Attunity Replicate integrates data in real time to Azure targets, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Event Hubs, and it helps load, ingest, migrate, distribute, consolidate, and synchronize data.
Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT): The Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) from QS solutions provides insight into security vulnerabilities through automated scans and analyses.
Fortinet FortiSandbox Advanced Threat Protection: FortiSandbox for Azure enables organizations to defend against advanced threats natively in the cloud, alongside third-party security solutions, or as an extension to their on-premises security architectures.
InterSystems IRIS for Health Community Edition: InterSystems IRIS for Health provides the capabilities for building complex, data-intensive applications. It’s a comprehensive platform spanning data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics.
KNIME Server: KNIME Server offers shared repositories, advanced access management, flexible execution, web enablement, and commercial support. Share data, nodes,
Protect your stuff
In this post, we’ll cover the concepts and best practices to protect your IaaS virtual machines (VMs) on Azure Stack. This post is part of the Azure Stack Considerations for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery white paper.
Protecting your IaaS virtual machine based applications
Azure Stack is an extension of Azure that lets you deliver IaaS Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Consuming IaaS services from Azure Stack requires a modern approach to business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR). If you’re just starting your journey with Azure and Azure Stack, make sure to work through a comprehensive BC/DR strategy so your organization understands the immediate and long-term impact of modernizing applications in the context of cloud. If you already have Azure Stack, keep in mind that each application must have a well-articulated BC/DR plan calling out the resiliency, reliability, and availability requirements that meet the business needs of your organization.
What Azure Stack is and what it isn’t
Since launching Azure Stack at Ignite 2017, we’ve received feedback from many customers on the challenges they face within their organization evangelizing Azure Stack to their end customers. The main concerns are the stark differences from traditional virtualization. In
IT organizations are under more pressure than ever to do more with less, they are expected to drive competitive advantage and innovation with higher quality while managing smaller teams. This shift to the enterprise cost-to-value equation has created a transformative inflection point across every business domain, underpinned by new enabling technologies and development paradigms. Organizations must now adapt by adopting rapid and strategic transformation while simultaneously working diligently to keep the lights on, and all with the important goal of reducing costs. When done right, three clear benefits appear:
Going cloud native means more than simply offloading datacenter costs and complexity. It means software architecture that is loosely coupled can allow features and bug fixes to be shipped whenever and wherever they need to be by smaller development, QA, release, and production support teams. DevOps is more than a facelift on release management. New pipeline tools coupled with new design and development patterns spur a cultural shift occurring inside IT organizations. DevOps is a revolution in how software is created and supported. Modernizing existing legacy applications and infrastructure doesn’t require a massive, time consuming, and expensive re-write. Through the judicious application of microservices, new development, and delivery methodologies, the elephant
In February, Microsoft shared an ambitious vision to continue innovating as a technology provider and to improve the experience for solution developers and service providers when engaging with Microsoft. Our partners are delivering more innovation in AI, expanding their business through more co-selling opportunities, and leveraging distribution options through our commercial marketplaces such as Azure Marketplace and AppSource.
Today, we’re very excited to begin rolling out an initial set of platform changes which open new opportunities for our partners to go to market with Microsoft. This work sets the stage for more enhancements coming this winter and spring that continue to drive partner business acceleration. Get a sneak peek on our public marketplace roadmap.
Microsoft makes Azure Marketplace offers available to CSP channel partners
Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner program is the largest channel program in the industry with more than 60,000 channel partners serving millions of Microsoft customers worldwide. Starting today, ISVs can choose to make their transactable Azure Marketplace offer available for distribution through the CSP channel. Partners in the CSP program will be able to sell, deploy, and bundle Azure services with Azure-optimized ISV software from the marketplace to better serve customers and grow their managed
We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From January 16 to January 31, 2019, 70 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:
Admin Password Manager for Enterprise: Admin Password Manager for Enterprise simplifies password management while helping customers implement recommended defenses against possible cyberattacks.
Appiyo BPM – Simple lightweight process engine: Appiyo’s compute engine helps you implement simple business processes and API integration scenarios. It can be used for enterprise linkage to conversational BOTs and for IOT scenarios and document management.
Attendize Open-source ticket selling system: Attendize offers a wide array of ticket and event management features, including mobile-friendly event pages, attendee management, data export, real-time event statistics, and support for multiple currencies.
AVReporter Azure: The AVReporter energy management software contains desktop, web, and mobile interfaces; reports and graphical elements; alerts; ready-to-use dashboards; and more.
Celebrus Enterprise Customer Data Platform: Celebrus captures a complete picture of customer behavior and experience, creating events and profiles in real time for 1-to-1 personalization and streaming analytics.
We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From January 1 to January 15, 2019, 67 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:
Akumo Software: Akumo Software’s platform extends datacenter environments between virtualized or cloud-based infrastructure. It provides a consistent and simple way to cost-effectively manage an on-demand datacenter.
BlogEngine.NET on Windows Server 2016: BlogEngine.NET is a lightweight, simple, user-friendly blog engine that can be an excellent alternative to WordPress. Easy to modify and extend, it is specifically designed for .NET developers.
BlogEngine.NET on Windows Server 2019: BlogEngine.NET is a lightweight, simple, user-friendly blog engine that can be an excellent alternative to WordPress. Easy to modify and extend, it is specifically designed for .NET developers.
Conductor4SQL Central Server: This virtual machine comes with all the components required for using Conductor4SQL, including Windows Server 2016, Microsoft SQL Server 2017, Microsoft Power BI Desktop, and Conductor4SQL.
Dell EMC NetWorker Virtual Edition 18.2: Dell EMC NetWorker software provides fast, efficient backup and recovery for enterprise applications and
A network virtual appliance (NVA) is a virtual appliance primarily focused on network functions virtualization. A typical network virtual appliance involves various layers four to seven functions like firewall, WAN optimizer, application delivery controllers, routers, load balancers, IDS/IPS, proxies, SD-WAN edge, and more. While the public cloud may provide some of these functionalities natively, it is quite common to see customers deploying network virtual appliances from independent software vendors (ISV). These capabilities in the public cloud enable hybrid solutions and are generally available through the Azure Marketplace.
What exactly is the network virtual appliance in the cloud?
A network virtual appliance is often a full Linux virtual machine (VM) image consisting of a Linux kernel and includes user level applications and services. When a VM is created, it first boots the Linux kernel to initialize the system and then starts up any application or management services needed to make the network virtual appliance functional. The cloud provider is responsible for the compute resources, while the ISV provides the image that represents the software stack of the virtual appliance.
Similar to a standard Linux distribution, the Linux kernel is integral to the NVA’s image and is provided by the ISV often
E-commerce merchants all over the world are innovating every day to offer customers the best user experience. To keep customers coming back, the buying experience should leave only good impressions, from beginning to end. To achieve this, merchants want to examine every step—especially the payment checkout. So, payment processors need to complement and support the innovations of the merchants. And the final experience needs to be as intuitive and seamless as possible, so it does not break the checkout flow; it should support the brand experience and leave customers with a pleasing memory. Helping a merchant craft a seamless payment experience is the domain of Newgen.
Solution key features
Guru is Newgen’s fully integrated portal that enables merchants to have a complete view of their payments, generate reports, capture/void transactions, and perform refunds. It is a fully managed SaaS solution which comes as a value addition with Newgen’s Payment Gateway—a cutting edge payment technology for merchants. The solution competes in the market with these key features.
Intelligent transaction routing: Newgen’s engine automatically routes transactions taking into account the country, credit provider, volume and ratio (selecting the best destination based on the transaction amount), currency, and transaction fees. Using machine