Category Archives : Cloud Strategy

25

Jan

Compliance assessment reports for Azure Stack are now available

A few months ago, we announced we were performing a compliance assessment on Microsoft Azure Stack, today we are happy to share that the compliance assessment is done and available to you.

Knowing that preparing compliance paperwork is a tedious task, we precompiled the documentation for our customers. Since Azure Stack is delivered as an integrated system through hardware partners, we are in a unique position to perform a formal compliance assessment of Azure Stack that applies to all our customers. This resulted in a set of precompiled compliance documents that customers can now use to accelerate their compliance certification process.

We are glad to announce that Coalfire, a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and independent auditing firm, has audited and evaluated Azure Stack Infrastructure against the technical controls of PCI-DSS and the CSA Cloud Control Matrix, and found that Azure Stack satisfies the applicable controls.

In the assessor’s words:

“It is Coalfire’s opinion that Microsoft Azure Stack integrated system, reviewed between July 2017 and October 2017, can be effective in creating a PCI DSS compliant infrastructure and to assist in a comprehensive program of compliance with PCI DSS version 3.2.”

“It is Coalfire’s opinion that Microsoft Azure Stack as deployed

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25

Jan

Azure Standard support now offers the highest value support for production workloads amongst major cloud providers

Our Azure customers have three common needs from their cloud support plan:

A fixed monthly cost that is affordable and simple to forecastFast response time for critical casesA plan that covers their entire organization and eliminates guesswork in how many support plans are needed and who can use them

We are pleased to announce important updates for Azure Standard support. With these changes, Azure now offers the most cost effective and predictable support offering amongst major cloud providers.

Azure Standard support now includes:

A significant price drop to a fixed cost of $100 USD per month, so forecasted support costs are completely predictableFaster initial response time, now at 1 hour for critical casesContinuing our current offering of unlimited 24×7 technical and billing support for your entire organization

Get Azure Standard support now >>

Click here for more details, eligibility, and frequently asked questions.

Azure is continuously improving and expanding the range of options to help you accelerate your cloud journey. From the built-in Azure Advisor service that provides free, proactive, and personalized best practice recommendations, to direct connection with Azure engineers through multiple levels of Azure support. There are also unique support options for different types of

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15

Jan

Announcing the extension of Azure IP Advantage to Azure Stack

Azure IP Advantage now covers workloads deployed to Azure Stack. As customers rely on Azure Stack to enable hybrid cloud scenarios and extend the reach of Azure to their own data centers or in hosted environments, they increasingly need to navigate unfamiliar IP risks inherent in the digital world. The Azure IP Advantage benefits, such as the uncapped IP indemnification of Azure services, including the open source software powering these services, or the defensive portfolio of 10,000 patents, are available to customers innovating in the hybrid cloud with Azure Stack.

Customers use Azure Stack to access cloud services on-premises or in disconnected environments. For example, oil and gas giant Schlumberger use Azure Stack to enhance its drilling operations. Customers such as Saxo Bank also use Azure Stack in sovereign or regulated context where there is not an Azure region, while reusing the same application code globally. With Azure Stack, customers can rely on a consistent set of services and APIs to run their applications in a hybrid cloud environment. Azure IP Advantage IP protection benefits now cover customers consistently in the hybrid cloud.

With Azure IP Advantage, Azure Stack services receive uncapped indemnification from Microsoft, including for the open source

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12

Dec

How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs
How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs

A few years ago, the Microsoft SQL Server product team introduced a new cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Azure SQL Database, which shares the SQL Server code base. Running a cloud-first service required significant changes to the legacy SQL Server engineering model which took years of investment in order to fully enable. With these engineering model changes came big benefits which positively impacted both Azure SQL Database and SQL Server.

Even if you are a SQL Server database administrator who isn’t using Azure SQL Database today, you’ll still be seeing benefits from Microsoft’s investments in the cloud. This blog post will review how engineering model transformations, driven by cloud requirements, resulted in several improvements in how we build, ship and service SQL Server. 

Features arrive faster

In the earlier days of SQL Server (2005 through 2012), SQL Server had roughly three-year long engineering cycles. For each planned release of SQL Server, a significant amount of planning would go into the up-front design, using a waterfall-like software development process coordinated across different teams. This included the generation of functional specification documentation by program managers, design specifications by developers and automated testing code developed by testers. 

Once SQL Server finally shipped, customers could take years to

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07

Dec

Partners enhance Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/partners-enhance-kubernetes-support-for-azure-and-windows-server-containers/Yesterday, Microsoft made some exciting announcements about new serverless and DevOps capabilities we’ll be contributing to the community. We announced Virtual Kubelet, the next version Kubernetes connector for Azure Container Instances, Open Service Broker for Azure, which makes it easier READ MORE

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