Category Archives : Cloud Strategy

13

Jul

Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments. We continue to extend our cloud marketplace, Azure Marketplace and AppSource, capabilities to make it the best place for partners of any type to be discovered, evaluated, and ultimately have their offerings purchased and deployed by our customer base. The event also gives us the opportunity to showcase the investments we’re making to enable these same capabilities within our channel ecosystem both now and in the future. 

Empowering partner-to-partner joint selling

Next year, for the first time in Microsoft’s history, we will be putting partner solutions, applications as well as consulting and managed service offers, in our product catalog alongside our Microsoft products and services. This means our direct salesforce and partner ecosystem will be able to sell first and third-party solutions individually or combined.

For partners with applications and solutions listed in one of our marketplaces, this will enable joint selling opportunities connecting them with thousands of Cloud Solution Providers around the world. In turn, Cloud Solution Providers will

12

Jul

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help our customers navigate these technological and business shifts.

At its core, Microsoft is a platform company. That’s why we’re constantly expanding our global reach and adding new innovation to Azure – so all of our customers, everywhere, can succeed. We rely on our vast partner network to help us deliver end-to-end value to organizations of all sizes, all around the world.

I always come back to Microsoft’s mission when preparing for our signature events, and with Microsoft Inspire starting in a few days, I am reminded how powerful it is to work at a company that is rooted in others’ successes. We’ve made it our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a bold ambition and one I take seriously. Together with our partners, we’re working to ensure our customers are successful in the midst of rapid technological innovation.

Today, we’re introducing new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their

12

Jul

Announcing new offers and capabilities that make Azure the best place for all your apps, data, and infrastructure

Just a few months back, I wrote about how we are helping companies move to the cloud with a flexible hybrid approach and cost-effective path to Azure. To help our customers realize even greater savings and simplify the migration to Azure, I’m pleased to share some exciting updates to address these customer needs.

Migrate to Azure with free Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 Extended Security Updates

Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 were hugely popular when they launched nearly 10 years ago and have been deployed in millions of instances worldwide. Our customers continue to run many of their business applications on these servers. With the decade anniversary coming, both these versions are nearing end of support – with SQL Server 2008 end of support in July 2019 and Windows Server 2008 end of support in January 2020. We know many customers want to continue with these servers, and we are here to help ensure all our customers have great options.

Today, we are announcing that we will provide extended security updates for three years past the end of support dates for free when running in Azure. This means customers get the efficiency of running servers in Azure,

12

Jul

Announcing new options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support

It’s incredible how much and how rapidly technology evolves. Microsoft’s server technology is no exception. We entered the 2008 release cycle with a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing, the early days of server virtualization and advanced analytics. Fast forward a decade, and we find ourselves in a full-blown era of hybrid cloud computing with exciting innovation in data, artificial intelligence, and more.

I want to thank our customers for choosing SQL Server and Windows Server to run their business and trusting Microsoft to be their technology partner. I would also like to make sure we support our customers in getting ready for the future and taking maximum advantage of today’s technologies. End of support is quickly approaching for these popular 2008 releases:

Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019. Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.

End of support means the end of regular security updates. With cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. The 2008 family of products was great for its time, but we highly recommend upgrading to

02

Jul

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus VNET Service Endpoints in public preview

This blog was co-authored by Anitha Adusumilli , Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking and Sumeet Mittal, Program Manager, Azure Networking.

Azure Event Hubs, a highly reliable and easily scalable data streaming platform as a service (PaaS) offering has been prolific this year with new features such as Availability Zones and a big investment into Open Source with enabling support for Apache Kafka. Azure Service Bus, a feature cloud messaging PaaS offering that also just offered support for Availability Zones has also been busy. Today, both services are announcing a public preview of Virtual Network Service Endpoints.

This new feature adds to the security and control Azure customers have over their workload environments today. Now, traffic from your VNET to your Premium Service Bus namespaces and Standard or Dedicated Azure Event Hubs namespaces can be kept secure from public Internet access and completely private on the Azure backbone network.

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus are joining the growing list of Azure services that have enabled Virtual Network Service Endpoints.

Important info Offered with Dedicated and Standard Event Hubs pricing plans as well as Premium Service Bus. The feature is offered at no cost, aside from the usual Event Hubs and

27

Jun

Azure simplifies cloud analytics
Azure simplifies cloud analytics

The modern business landscape is ruled by data, with analytics and AI now essential for driving transformation. Customers have benefited tremendously from the performance, flexibility, and low cost offered by Azure for analytics and AI workloads. Today, we are introducing new capabilities in Azure that make it easier to deliver, build, and manage powerful analytics and AI solutions.

First, we are excited to announce the preview of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, the only cloud scale data lake designed specifically for mission critical analytics and AI workloads. Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 combines the scalability and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance offered by the Hadoop file system capabilities.

We are also pleased to announce the general availability of new capabilities in Azure Data Factory. Now, integrating data from multiple sources to validate, enrich, and transform data for insights is dramatically simplified.

This evolution of the Microsoft analytics portfolio makes it easier for customers to integrate disparate data sources, then store and process large amounts of data economically to accelerate their digital transformation.

Taking Azure Data Lake Storage to the next level

Analytics solutions such as Hadoop have been designed assuming they run on scale out

27

Jun

Azure simplifies cloud analytics
Azure simplifies cloud analytics

The modern business landscape is ruled by data, with analytics and AI now essential for driving transformation. Customers have benefited tremendously from the performance, flexibility, and low cost offered by Azure for analytics and AI workloads. Today, we are introducing new capabilities in Azure that make it easier to deliver, build, and manage powerful analytics and AI solutions.

First, we are excited to announce the preview of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, the only cloud scale data lake designed specifically for mission critical analytics and AI workloads. Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 combines the scalability and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance offered by the Hadoop file system capabilities.

We are also pleased to announce the general availability of new capabilities in Azure Data Factory. Now, integrating data from multiple sources to validate, enrich, and transform data for insights is dramatically simplified.

This evolution of the Microsoft analytics portfolio makes it easier for customers to integrate disparate data sources, then store and process large amounts of data economically to accelerate their digital transformation.

Taking Azure Data Lake Storage to the next level

Analytics solutions such as Hadoop have been designed assuming they run on scale out

20

Jun

Azure Event Hubs is now offering support for Availability Zones in preview

Azure Event Hubs makes streaming data effortless because of its simplicity and ability to scale easily. The sheer volume of data that goes through the Event Hubs platform is a testament to how reliable the service is. In fact, by the time you finish reading this sentence, Event Hubs will have ingested over 100 million events globally.

Today, we are adding to the durability of the service and offering support for Availability Zones in public preview for Standard Event Hubs. This new feature adds even greater resiliency and fault tolerance to the top event streaming service. Support for Availability Zones partners nicely with our disaster recovery feature to offer a highly available service that can withstand both a zone outage and a regional one when both are properly utilized.

Event Hubs has customers in Retail, Auto, Finance, and other verticals that use its streaming capabilities for scenarios such as predictive analytics and financial trading. Availability Zones support further enhances our commitment to keeping our customers’ workloads running as smoothly as possible. We hope you try out this new feature.

What regions will this be offered? Central US East US 2 France Central

We’ll be offering support for additional Availability Zones

20

Jun

Azure Event Hubs is now offering support for Availability Zones in preview

Azure Event Hubs makes streaming data effortless because of its simplicity and ability to scale easily. The sheer volume of data that goes through the Event Hubs platform is a testament to how reliable the service is. In fact, by the time you finish reading this sentence, Event Hubs will have ingested over 100 million events globally.

Today, we are adding to the durability of the service and offering support for Availability Zones in public preview for Standard Event Hubs. This new feature adds even greater resiliency and fault tolerance to the top event streaming service. Support for Availability Zones partners nicely with our disaster recovery feature to offer a highly available service that can withstand both a zone outage and a regional one when both are properly utilized.

Event Hubs has customers in Retail, Auto, Finance, and other verticals that use its streaming capabilities for scenarios such as predictive analytics and financial trading. Availability Zones support further enhances our commitment to keeping our customers’ workloads running as smoothly as possible. We hope you try out this new feature.

What regions will this be offered in? Central US East US 2 France Central

We’ll be offering support for additional Availability

06

Jun

Mellanox uses Azure to accelerate network design
Mellanox uses Azure to accelerate network design

What do you do when your networking powers 60 percent of the HPC systems on the Top500 supercomputer list and you have 70 percent market share for 25G and faster network adapters? You continue to push the boundaries of performance to keep your position. But developing high-speed, low-latency networking gear is not an easy process, and you need to have an efficient IT infrastructure to hold your mission.

Journey to the cloud

Mellanox’s journey to running HPC workloads in Azure started a few years ago. At first, they were looking for services like disaster recovery, where they could keep the environment deprovisioned most of the time. Then they started looking at moving services like backups to the cloud. Blob Storage was more attractive to them than managing tape libraries. As they gained comfort with that, they began moving additional services like email and SharePoint.

Mellanox’s users became comfortable using routine services in Azure the performance and stability were attractive, and it allowed IT teams to focus on the areas that add value. When it came time to look at bursting the design environment, Mellanox looked into public cloud options.

Mellanox worked with Univa, a leading provider of HPC scheduling and