Category Archives : Events



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




Five reasons to view this Azure Synapse Analytics virtual event

The virtual event Azure Synapse Analytics: How It Works is now available on demand. In demos and technical discussions, Microsoft customers explain how they’re using the newest Azure Synapse Analytics capabilities to deliver insights faster, bring together an entire analytics ecosystem in a central location, reduce costs, and transform decision-making.

This post outlines five key reasons to view the one-hour event.

Learn how to deliver powerful insights with speed and ease

Today, it’s critical to have a data-driven culture in your organization. Analytics play a pivotal role in helping many organizations make insights-driven decisions—decisions to transform supply chains, develop new ways to interact with customers, and evaluate new offerings.

At Azure Synapse Analytics: How It Works, customers showed how they combine data ingestion, data warehousing, and big data analytics in a single cloud-native service using Azure Synapse. If you’re a data engineer trying to wrangle multiple data types from multiple sources to create pipelines or a database administrator with responsibilities over your data lake and data warehouse, you’ll see how all this can be simplified in a code-free environment.

Customers also demonstrated how they give their employees access to unprecedented, real-time insights from enterprise data using Azure Synapse with built-in




The next frontier in machine learning: driving responsible practices

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by artificial intelligence (AI). From supply chain systems to genomics, and from predictive maintenance to autonomous systems, every aspect of the transformation is making use of AI. This raises a very important question: How are we making sure that the AI systems and models show the right ethical behavior and deliver results that can be explained and backed with data?

This week at Spark + AI Summit, we talked about Microsoft’s commitment to the advancement of AI and machine learning driven by principles that put people first.

Understand, protect, and control your machine learning solution

Over the past several years, machine learning has moved out of research labs and into the mainstream and has grown from a niche discipline for data scientists with PhDs to one where all developers are empowered to participate. With power comes responsibility. As the audience for machine learning expands, practitioners are increasingly asked to build AI systems that are easy to explain and that comply with privacy regulations.

To navigate these hurdles, we at Microsoft, in collaboration with the Aether Committee and its working groups, have made available our responsible machine learning (responsible ML)




Stay ahead of attacks with Azure Security Center
Stay ahead of attacks with Azure Security Center

With massive workforces now remote, the stress of IT admins and security professionals is compounded by the increased pressure to keep everyone productive and connected while combatting evolving threats. Now more than ever, organizations need to reduce costs, keep up with compliance requirements, all while managing risks in this constantly evolving landscape.

Azure Security Center is a unified infrastructure security management system that strengthens the security posture of your data centers and provides advanced threat protection across your hybrid workloads in the cloud, whether they’re in Azure or not, as well as on-premises.

Last week Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, shared news of an upcoming Azure Security Center virtual event—Stay Ahead of Attacks with Azure Security Center on June 30, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time. It’s a great opportunity to learn threat protection strategies from the Microsoft security community and to hear how your peers are tackling tough and evolving security challenges.

At the event, you’ll learn how to strengthen your cloud security posture and achieve deep and broad threat protection across cloud workloads—in Azure, on-premises, and in hybrid cloud. We will also talk about how to combine Security Center with Azure Sentinel




Rapid recovery planning for IT service providers
Rapid recovery planning for IT service providers

Azure Lighthouse is launching the “Azure Lighthouse Vision Series,” a new initiative to help partners with the business challenges of today and provide them the resources and knowledge needed to create a thriving Azure practice.

We are starting the series with a webinar aimed at helping our IT service partners prepare for and manage a new global economic climate. This webinar will be hosted by industry experts from Service Leadership Inc., advisors to service provider owners, and executives worldwide. It will cover offerings and execution strategies for solutions and services to optimize profit, growth, and stock value. Service Leadership publishes the Service Leadership Index® of solution provider performance, the industry’s broadest and deepest operational and financial benchmark service.

The impact of a recession on service providers

As we continue through unchartered economic territory, service providers must prepare for possible recovery scenarios. Service Leadership has developed an exclusive (and no-cost) guide for service provider owners and executives called the Rapid Recovery™ Planning Guide, based on historical financial benchmarks of solution providers in recessions, and likely recovery scenarios.

The guide unlocks the best practices used by those service providers who did best in past recessions, as evidenced by their financial performance from