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Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day on April 29

Today, I am thrilled to announce Azure Storage Day, a free digital event on April 29, 2021, where you can explore cloud storage solutions for all your enterprise workloads. Join me to:

Watch demos of the latest innovations from Azure Storage and see how customers are using them. Get help understanding how to map Azure Storage services to your enterprise workloads. Connect with Microsoft product experts to get answers to your storage questions.

This digital event is your opportunity to engage with the cloud storage community, see Azure Storage solutions in action, and discover how to build a foundation for all of your enterprise workloads at every stage of your digital transformation.

The need for reliable cloud storage has never been greater. More companies are investing in digital transformation to become more resilient and agile in order to better serve their customers. The rapid pace of digital transformation has resulted in exponential data growth, driving up demand for dependable and scalable cloud data storage services.

We’ve designed Azure Storage to provide highly scalable, secure, and cost-effective cloud storage services for all of your business apps—including SAP, databases, web apps, HPC, analytics, internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). With




Digital event: Extend to the cloud with Azure VMware solution

Find out how to easily shift your VMware workloads to the cloud on your own terms and modernize your investments. Join us on March 23, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8), for the Extend to the Cloud with Azure VMware Solution digital event—delivered in partnership with Intel and VMware—and get to know Microsoft Azure VMware Solution: a cloud service that lets you run VMware natively on Azure.

Join industry experts and VMware users at this free digital event to:

Learn how to cost-effectively shift your VMware workloads, skills, and tools to the cloud. Find out how to optimize and scale your Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads on Azure. See demos of Azure VMware Solution in action and hear about new and upcoming product features. Join interactive and technical sessions on deployment, migration, disaster recovery, and connecting to other Azure services. Plus, ask the experts your questions and network with your peers in the live chat and moderated roundtables.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and sessions for you at this event to help you learn how to easily shift your VMware workloads to the cloud on your own terms.




Automate application lifecycle management with GitHub Actions
Automate application lifecycle management with GitHub Actions

In 2021, each month we will be releasing a monthly blog covering the webinar of the month for the Low-code Application Development (LCAD) on Azure solution. LCAD on Azure is a new solution to demonstrate the robust development capabilities of integrating low-code Microsoft Power Apps and the Azure products you may be familiar with. 

This month’s webinar is ‘Develop Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) processes with GitHub Actions and Power Apps.’ In this blog, we will highlight what LCAD on Azure is, the three most prevalent products in the webinar and use cases, and provide supporting documentation for you to learn more about the webinar’s content. 

What is Low-code Application Development (LCAD) on Azure?

Low-code application development (LCAD) on Azure was created to help developers build business applications faster with less code, leveraging the Power Platform, and more specifically Power Apps—helping them scale and extend their Power Apps with Azure services. 

For example, a pro developer who works for a manufacturing company would need to build a line-of-business (LOB) application to help warehouse employees track incoming inventory. That application would take months to build, test, and deploy, however with Power Apps, it can take hours to build, saving time and resources.

However, say the warehouse




Digital event: Explore how data and analytics will impact the future of your business

Planning strategic data and analytics initiatives is now critical for helping your organization build the agility and resilience needed to successfully navigate the future. Join us on December 3, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8), for the Shape Your Future with Azure Data and Analytics digital event to explore how data and analytics impact the future of your business—and see how to use Azure to change the way you make strategic business decisions.

Register for the event to:

Hear Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella provide insight into the power of data and analytics and discuss new Azure innovations. Learn from Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, about how Microsoft used data and analytics to transform its own finance organization. Attend a CEO roundtable with Judson Althoff, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Business, and other executives from some of the world’s most successful companies as they talk about how they are using data and analytics to recover, strengthen, and innovate in the face of uncertainty. Dive deep into the latest Azure data and analytics announcements with Rohan Kumar, Corporate




Empowering developer velocity and efficiency with Kubernetes

Welcome to KubeCon North America! It seems only yesterday that we were together in San Diego. Though we’re farther apart physically this year, the Kubernetes community continues to go strong. Here in Azure, we’re thrilled to have seen how both our open-source efforts as well as the Azure Kubernetes Service have enabled people and companies like Finxact, Mars Petcare, and Mercedes Benz, to scale and transform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In today’s environment, customers are looking to Azure and Kubernetes to enable application platforms and patterns that make it faster to build new applications and easier to iterate the applications that they’ve already built. Kubernetes on Azure is a reliable and secure foundation for this cloud-native application development. At the same time, the pressures of the current environment mean that it is also critical to be as efficient as possible and we are excited to see the ways that the Azure Kubernetes Service has empowered people to improve their operational and resource efficiency. Over the last few months our Microsoft teams have built amazing technology that enables our customers to be more efficient and I am excited to share some of that with you today.

Empowering people with




Open Azure Day: A VIP Linux and OSS speaker line-up in one event
Open Azure Day: A VIP Linux and OSS speaker line-up in one event

The Linux and open-source landscapes are changing rapidly. With so many companies embracing remote work and operations this year, we’re seeing more organizations running large-scale, mission-critical Linux and open-source workloads than ever before.

IT teams need technical resources that can keep up—now. Even organizations that had already begun moving to the cloud are now finding that they need to accelerate and expand their cloud adoption. They need secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions that they can trust, but they also need to keep their costs down. Microsoft Azure checks all those boxes, and you can learn more at the Open Azure Day digital event.

We know that today’s Linux and open-source professionals want customizable cloud solutions they can use with the tools they already love. We know they need meaningful support from software vendors to streamline their cloud adoption while keeping their operations running smoothly as they make the move. And we know they don’t want to get locked into having to work with just one particular vendor.

Working in close collaboration with Linux partners, Azure provides this much-needed choice and flexibility in hybrid cloud deployments. In fact, Linux is the fastest-growing platform on Azure and accounts for




World Cities Day 2020: Committing to sustainable urban environments

October 31 is World Cities Day, established to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. This year’s theme ‘Better City, Better Life: Valuing Our Communities and Cities’ is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities, addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. This is an important moment for people from across the globe to come together on these urgent issues for society.

Microsoft has continued to grow its focus and commitment around the critical issues surrounding sustainability. We know that sustainability is one of the most essential ways to ensure a thriving future for many generations to come. And we know that sustainable development requires an integrated approach that tackles environmental concerns, along with economic and societal development.

For World Cities Day this year, we are celebrating how many of our technology partners are driving impact around climate action. This has also been the focus of our #BuildFor2030 campaign that has highlighted solutions that enable a more inclusive economy by creating opportunities and positive




Compete. Learn. Win. Sign up for the Azure SQL Championship Today

The last six months have seen an unprecedented acceleration in digital transformation. There has never been a more important time for database administrators (DBAs) and developers to prepare for an increasingly cloud-centric future. However, we’d like to make this interesting and fun. That’s why we’ve partnered with PASS, a worldwide community of over 300,000 data professionals, to create an interactive learning experience that allows you to test your talent and build your skillset for the future—all while earning to chance to win prizes. Sign up now for the Azure SQL Championship, starting October 12, 2020.

Here are three great reasons to compete:

1. Learn about Azure SQL the fun way

Who says that learning about virtualized instances of SQL Server can’t be exciting? The Azure SQL Championship is different from a webinar or training session. Enjoy special videos from SQL experts like Bob Ward as he introduces the challenges and provides helpful hints for participants. Be sure to watch for the daily quizzes and trivia to earn badges and climb the leaderboard! If you’ve meant to learn more about Azure SQL, this is a fantastic way to start.

2. Win recognition and prizes

A little competition never hurt anyone. Complete




Build resilient applications with Kubernetes on Azure

Welcome to KubeCon EU 2020, the virtual edition. While we won’t be able to see each other in person at KubeCon EU this year, we’re excited that this new virtual format of KubeCon will make the conference more accessible than ever, with more people from the amazing Kubernetes community able to join and participate from around the world without leaving their homes.

With everything that has been happening, the last year has been an up and down experience, but through it all I’m incredibly proud of the focus and dedication from the Azure Kubernetes team. They have continued to iterate and improve our Kubernetes on Azure that provides enterprise-grade experience for our customers.

Kubernetes on Azure (and indeed anywhere) delivers an open and portable ecosystem for cloud-native development. In addition to this core promise, we also deliver a unique enterprise-grade experience that ensures the reliability and security your workloads demand, while also enabling the agility and efficiency that business today desires. You can securely deploy any workload to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to drive cost-savings at scale across your business. Today, we’re going to tell you about even more capabilities that can help you along on your cloud-native journey




Azure Partner Zone brings new resources and special events for Partners

On July 1, 2020, the Microsoft Azure team launched a new experience for Azure Partners on Azure Partner Zone. The site will feature the latest news, resources, and content to help partners stay abreast of emerging trends, learn about new products and features, and find the tools needed to build a thriving Azure practice.

In addition to the new web experience for Azure Partners, engineering and marketing teams across Azure will be hosting special events for partners, designed to help build, scale, and secure your Azure practice. The most recent event was with industry experts, Service Leadership Inc, aimed at helping our IT Service Partners prepare and manage a new global economic climate. The webinar illustrated likely upcoming macro-economic scenarios, likely Service Provider revenue and profit paths through recovery, and suggested actions for Service Providers to maximize revenue, profit, and safety. Access to the event recording is available on Partner Zone.

The next event is an exclusive pre-Inspire workshop for Microsoft Partners on Monday, July 20. This full-day, eight-session series is an interactive experience for partners designed to help you build and scale managed services on Azure.  Hear from leadership about the future of Azure and learn how you can