Category Archives : Cloud Strategy

15

Jul

Enhancing the customer experience with the Azure Networking MSP partner program

We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and allow our partners to complement our offerings. In support of these efforts we are sharing the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) program along with partners that deliver value added managed cloud network services to help enterprise customers connect, operationalize, and scale their mission critical applications running in Azure.

Azure Networking MSP Partner Program enables partners such as networking focused MSPs, network carriers, and systems integrators (SIs) to use their rich networking experience to offer cloud and hybrid networking services around Azure’s growing portfolio of Azure Networking products and services.

Azure’s Networking services are fundamental building blocks critical to cloud migration, optimal connectivity, and security of applications. New networking services such as Virtual WAN, ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, and Azure Front Door further enrich this portfolio allowing customers to deploy richer applications in the cloud. The Networking MSP partners can help customers deploy and manage Azure Networking services.

Azure Networking MSPs

Azure MSPs play a critical role in enterprise cloud transformation by bringing their deep knowledge and real-world experience to help enterprise customers migrate to Azure. Azure MSPs and the Azure Expert MSP program make it easy for customers

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14

Jul

Advancing Microsoft Azure reliability

Reliance on cloud services continues to grow for industries, organizations, and people around the world. So now more than ever it is important that you can trust that the cloud solutions you rely on are secure, compliant with global standards and local regulations, keep data private and protected, and are fundamentally reliable. At Microsoft, we are committed to providing a trusted set of cloud services, giving you the confidence to unlock the potential of the cloud.

Over the past 12 months, Azure has operated core compute services at 99.995 percent average uptime across our global cloud infrastructure. However, at the scale Azure operates, we recognize that uptime alone does not tell the full story. We experienced three unique and significant incidents that impacted customers during this time period, a datacenter outage in the South Central US region in September 2018, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) challenges in November 2018, and DNS maintenance issues in May 2019.

Building and operating a global cloud infrastructure of 54 regions made up of hundreds of evolving services is a large and complex task, so we treat each incident as an important learning moment. Outages and other service incidents are a challenge

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09

Jul

Migrate to Azure HDInsight in as little as 12 weeks
Migrate to Azure HDInsight in as little as 12 weeks

Recent announcements in the open source ecosystem have led customers of prominent open source analytics technology companies to explore options with Microsoft Azure and to this end, we now have new and compelling offers aimed at helping on-premises open source analytics workloads to migrate to Azure! We are always trying to find ways to make it easier for our customers to move to the cloud and with this offer, our customers can now realize even greater savings and accelerate migration.

Azure HDInsight is an easy, cost-effective, fully managed and fully supported open source cloud-scale analytics service that can process massive amounts of data securely. We are pleased to offer customers who want to migrate their on-premises analytics workloads to the cloud, the HDInsight migration accelerator program which offers the following benefits:

Mitigate risk – Engagement led by Microsoft engineering and bolstered by custom accelerators enabling rapid migration of on-premises workloads to Azure HDInsight with minimal risk. Get to production fast – Accelerated timeline of 12-17 weeks due to a structured engagement starting with an assessment all the way till go-live.

3. Discounted – A limited-time offer to take advantage of end-of-financial year discounts!

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09

Jul

CGG speeds geoscience insights on Azure HPC

A leader in geosciences, CGG has been imaging the earth’s subsurface for more than 85 years. Their products and solutions help clients locate natural resources. When a customer asked whether the cloud could speed the creation of the high-resolution reservoir models that they needed, CGG turned to Azure high performance computing (HPC).

CGG is a team of acknowledged imaging experts in the oil and gas industry. Their subsurface imaging centers are internationally acclaimed, and their researchers are regularly recognized with prestigious international awards for their outstanding technical contributions to the industry. CGG was an early innovator in seismic inversion, the technique of converting seismic survey reflection data into a quantitative description of the rock properties in an oil and gas reservoir. From this data, highly detailed models can be made, like the following image showing the classification of rock types in a 3D grid for an unconventional reservoir interval. These images are invaluable in oil and gas exploration. Accurate models help geoscientists reduce risk, drill the best wells, and forecast production better.

The challenge is to get the best possible look beneath the surface. The specialized software is compute-intensive, and complex models can take hours or even days to render.

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08

Jul

Thanks for 10 years and welcome to a new chapter in SQL innovation

Tomorrow, July 9, 2019, marks the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. These releases transformed the database industry, with all the core components of a database platform built-in at a fraction of the cost of other databases. We saw broad adoption across applications, data marts, data warehousing, and business intelligence. Thank you for the ten amazing years we’ve had together.

But now support for the SQL Server 2008 and R2 versions is ending. Whether you prefer the evergreen SQL of Azure SQL Database managed instance which never needs to be patched or upgraded, or if you need the flexibility and configurability of SQL Server hosted on a Azure Virtual Machine with three free years of Extended Security Updates, Azure provides the best choice of destinations to secure and modernize your database.

Customers are moving critical SQL Server workloads to Azure

Customers like Allscripts, Komatsu, Paychex, and Willis Towers Watson are taking advantage of these innovative destinations and migrating their SQL Server databases to Azure. Danish IT solutions provider KMD needed a home for their legacy SQL Server in the cloud. They had to migrate an 8-terabyte production database to the cloud quickly and without interruption

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08

Jul

Azure Data Box Heavy is now generally available

Our customers continue to use the Azure Data Box family to move massive amounts of data into Azure. One of the regular requests that we receive is for a larger capacity option that retains the simplicity, security, and speed of the original Data Box. Last year at Ignite, we announced a new addition to the Data Box family that did just that – a preview of the petabyte-scale Data Box Heavy

With thanks to those customers who provided feedback during the preview phase, I’m excited to announce that Azure Data Box Heavy has reached general availability in the US and EU!

How Data Box Heavy works

In many ways, Data Box Heavy is just like the original Data Box. You can order Data Box Heavy directly from the Azure portal, and copy data to Data Box Heavy using standard files or object protocols. Data is automatically secured on the appliance using AES 256-bit encryption. After your data is transferred to Azure, the appliance is wiped clean according to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

But Data Box Heavy is also designed for a much larger scale than the original Data Box. Data Box Heavy’s one petabyte of raw

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20

Jun

New to Azure? Follow these easy steps to get started

Today, many organizations are leveraging digital transformation to deliver their applications and services in the cloud. At Microsoft Build 2019, we announced the general availability of Azure Quickstart Center and received positive feedback from customers. Azure Quickstart Center brings together the step-by-step guidance you need to easily create cloud workloads. The power to easily set up, configure, and manage cloud workloads while being guided by best practices is now built right into the Azure portal.

How do you access Azure Quickstart Center?

There are two ways to access Azure Quickstart Center in the Azure portal. Go to the global search and type in Quickstart Center or select All services on the left nav and type Quickstart Center. Select the star button to save it under your favorites.

Get started

Azure Quickstart Center is designed with you in mind. We created setup guides, start a project, and curated online training for self-paced learning so that you can manage cloud deployment according to your business needs.

Setup guides

To help you prepare your organization for moving to the cloud, our guides Azure setup and Azure migration in the Quickstart Center give you a comprehensive view of best practices for

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20

Jun

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise iPaaS

Microsoft accelerates application development with Azure Integration Services

Personal computers revolutionized the way work was done. New software unlocked unprecedented levels of productivity, and for a time, business flourished. As the personal computer exploded in popularity, more and more software was created. For the individual, this was a golden age. For the enterprise, this was also a golden age … with an asterisk.

As it was when you add more people to an organization, so too it was with software. Making software work cooperatively with other unrelated software ended up being a very tricky problem to solve. The more software that was added, the more that overhead was introduced. This was an unfortunate consequence. The cost of doing business increased, meaningful results decreased, and organizational productivity plummeted.

Large businesses and enterprises were locked in this pattern, until a new category of software was created, integration software. And for many years, on-premise integration tools, such as Microsoft BizTalk Server, helped mitigate the issue created by the rapid proliferation and adoption of new software.

And then one day, everything changed. The cloud was born, and with it, the need for new ways to connect everything together.

The adoption of cloud-native integration platforms

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18

Jun

First Microsoft cloud regions in Middle East now available

This blog post was co-authored by Paul Lorimer, Distinguished Engineer, Office 365.

Azure and Office 365 generally available today, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform available by end of 2019

Today, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 are taking a major step together to help support the digital transformation of our customers. Both Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from our first cloud datacenter regions in the Middle East, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, offering the next generation of intelligent business applications and tools, are anticipated to be available from the cloud regions in UAE by the end of 2019.

The opening of the new cloud regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai marks the first time Microsoft will deliver cloud services directly from datacenter locations in UAE and expands upon Microsoft’s existing investments in the Gulf and the wider Middle East region. By delivering the complete Microsoft cloud – Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 – from datacenters in a given geography, we offer scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services for organizations while helping them meet their data residency, security, and compliance needs.

Our new cloud regions adhere to Microsoft’s

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13

Jun

Customers get unmatched security with Windows Server and SQL Server workloads in Azure

Customers such as Allscripts, Chevron, J.B. Hunt, and thousands of others are migrating their important workloads to Azure where they find unmatched security. While understanding cloud security is initially a concern to many, after digging in, customers often tell us the security posture they can set up within Azure is easier to implement and far more comprehensive than what they can provide for in other environments.

Azure delivers multiple layers of security, from the secure foundation in our physical datacenters, to our operational practices, to engineering processes that follow industry standard Mitre guidelines. On top of that, customers can choose from a variety of self-service security services that work for both Azure and on-premises workloads. We employ more than 3,500 cybersecurity professionals and spend $1 billion annually on security to help protect, detect, and respond to threats – delivering security operations that work 24x7x365 for our customers.

Let’s look at some examples of how Azure delivers unmatched security for your Windows Server and SQL Server workloads.

The broadest built-in protections across hybrid environments with Azure Security Center

Customers can get the broadest built-in protection available across both cloud and on-premises through Azure Security Center. This includes security recommendations for virtual

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