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Microsoft is participating in SUSECON Digital 2021 to bring the latest technical integrations and support to SUSE Linux users. In the three-day event, Microsoft will participate in several activities from keynotes and demo sessions to booths.

We will share the latest innovation that enables mission-critical SUSE workloads to migrate and operate in Azure during the event. We will cover the latest advancement of SAP on Azure with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, enabling high-performance computing for specialized workloads, the latest feature updates with SQL on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, running SUSE workloads in hybrid with Azure Arc, and automating management services with Azure Automanage.

On the main stage, Arpan Shah, our General Manager of Azure Infrastructure and Edge, will join Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, Chief Technology and Product Officer of SUSE, for a keynote session, “Bridging mission-critical workloads across hybrid clouds with SUSE on Azure,” to discuss the latest innovations with SUSE. And we will also be featuring Kate Goldenring, our software engineer and contributor of Project Akri, in the edge world keynote to talk about the latest development of the connected edge with Kubernetes. 

Bridge workloads across hybrid clouds

Here’s a preview of what you will hear from us:





The past several months have seen their share of hardship, but despite the challenges, organizations continue to see digital transformation in the cloud as a path to growth. The promises of accelerated innovation, efficient operations, and lower costs among others, have helped many businesses remain viable—if not thrive—and they’re now looking at how they can do even more.

We can do more now because our small team offloads all the heavy lifting to Azure. We can ship more features and ultimately give customers a faster, more secure, more feature-rich product.”—Paul Hill, Principal Cloud Architect, Schneider Electric

Back in October, we held our first digital event for Azure SQL, where customers learned how to boost scalability and resiliency by migrating their mission-critical SQL Server workloads onto Azure SQL. The event was successful and left many ready to take the next steps to continue their transformation journey and innovate in the cloud.

To help with this next step, we are hosting the Azure SQL digital event: Innovate Today with Azure SQL on May 4, 10:00 AM Pacific Time. During this hour-long virtual event, you’ll join Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President Azure Data, and a full team of Azure SQL experts to




This post is co-authored by Rajeev Jain, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Storage, and Henry Yan, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Storage

There’s still time to register for Azure Storage Day, a free digital event on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time. Join us to discover cloud storage solutions for all of your workloads and learn how to help ensure scalability, security, and compliance with the right Azure storage solution for any use case.

Here are five reasons to attend the Azure Storage digital event:

1. Learn about cloud storage trends from the experts

In his keynote session, Tad Brockway, CVP of Azure Storage and Networking, will address the forces currently driving cloud adoption for enterprise storage needs. With businesses looking to the cloud to help manage their rapidly growing data footprints, data storage and management are more critical than ever before. That’s why Azure Storage is designed to be a single destination for cloud storage solutions—there’s a service for every type of enterprise workload.

2. Azure Storage solutions in action

Watch demos for storage solutions and see how they would work in real-world use cases. Hear from product experts about different storage




Customers around the world rely on Microsoft Azure to drive innovations related to our environment, public health, energy sustainability, weather modeling, economic growth, and more. Finding solutions to these important challenges requires huge amounts of focused computing power. Customers are increasingly finding the best way to access such high-performance computing (HPC) through the agility, scale, security, and leading-edge performance of Azure’s purpose-built HPC and AI cloud services.

Azure’s market-leading vision for HPC and AI is based on a core of genuine and recognized HPC expertise, using proven HPC technology and design principles, enhanced with the best features of the cloud. The result is a capability that delivers performance, scale, and value, unlike any other cloud. This means applications are scaling 12 times higher than other public clouds. It means higher application performance per node. It means powering AI workloads for one customer with a supercomputer fit to be among the top five in the world. It also means delivering massive compute power into the hands of medical researchers over a weekend to prove out life-saving innovations in the fight against COVID-19.

This year during NVIDIA GTC 21, we’re spotlighting some of the most transformational applications powered by NVIDIA accelerated




In September 2020, we analyzed the major challenges that IT organizations face when managing current mission-critical infrastructures. Security issues, high costs, and difficulties in updating their environments were top of mind. Conversely, the move to the cloud has been helpful in addressing many of these hurdles. In fact, customers who completed the transition often cite the following benefits:

Improved security and compliance. Better performance and lower latency of mission-critical systems. Faster infrastructure implementation times. Greater agility (due to the opportunity to modernize existing systems while developing new capabilities).

Additionally, when organizations rely on the cloud to run their core business processes, they can capitalize on significant operational advantages. This is particularly true in a climate of uncertainty. That is also why the rate at which organizations continue to migrate their applications to the cloud is not slowing down, and that includes business-critical applications.

A broad range of business-critical applications

We have also observed how the spectrum of mission and business-critical applications has continued to broaden and evolve beyond traditional systems of record. We see this pattern across virtually every industry as they advance their digital transformation initiatives.

During the upcoming webinar miniseries Insights and Practices to Run




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




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.




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




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




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.

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