Category Archives : Events

16

Aug

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

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14

Jul

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

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29

Jun

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

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25

Jun

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)

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24

Jun

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

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22

Jun

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

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15

Jun

Six reasons customers trust Azure to run their SAP solutions

As global organizations across every industry adjust to the new normal, SAP solutions are playing an increasingly vital role in addressing immediate needs and paving a path to a resilient future. Now more than ever, companies are realizing the value of running their SAP solutions in the cloud. While some are using advanced analytics to process their SAP data to make real-time business decisions, others are integrating their SAP and non-SAP data to build stronger supply chains. Whether it’s meeting urgent customer needs, empowering employees to make quick decisions, or planning for the future, customers running SAP solutions in the cloud have been well prepared to face the new reality. Check out how Walgreens delivers superior customer service with SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure.

Many organizations running their SAP solutions on-premises have become increasingly aware of the need to be more agile and responsive to real-time business needs. According to an IDC survey, 54 percent of enterprises expect the future demand for cloud software will increase. As global organizations seek agility, cost savings, risk reduction, and immediate insights from their ERP solutions, here are some reasons many of the largest enterprises choose Microsoft Azure as their trusted partner when moving

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12

May

Learn how to deliver insights faster with Azure Synapse Analytics

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

Many organizations are turning to cloud analytics solutions to quickly create a data-driven culture, accelerate time to insight, reduce costs, and maximize ROI. Join us on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific Time for Azure Synapse Analytics: How It Works, a virtual event where you’ll hear directly from Microsoft Azure customers. They’ll explain how they’re using the newest Azure Synapse capabilities to deliver insights faster, bring together an entire analytics ecosystem in a central location, reduce costs, and transform decision-making.


In technical demos, customers will show how they combine data ingestion, data warehousing, and big data analytics in a single cloud-native service with 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 will also demonstrate how Power BI provides a graphical complement

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28

Apr

Azure + Red Hat: Expanding hybrid management and data services for easier innovation anywhere

For the past few years, Microsoft and Red Hat have co-developed hybrid solutions enabling customers to innovate both on-premises and in the cloud. In May 2019, we announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, allowing enterprises to run critical container-based production workloads via an OpenShift managed service on Azure, jointly operated by Microsoft and Red Hat.

Microsoft and Red Hat are now working together to further extend Azure services to hybrid environments across on-premises and multi-cloud with upcoming support of Azure Arc for OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), so our customers will be able to more effectively develop, deploy, and manage cloud-native applications anywhere. With Azure Arc, customers will have a more consistent management and operational experience across their Microsoft hybrid cloud including Red Hat OpenShift and RHEL.

What’s new for Red Hat Customers with Azure Arc

As part of the Azure Arc preview, we’re expanding Azure Arc’s Linux and Kubernetes management capabilities to add support specifically for Red Hat customers, enabling you to:

Organize, secure, and govern your Red Hat ecosystem across environments

Many of our customers have workloads sprawling across clouds, datacenters, and edge locations. Azure Arc enables customers to centrally manage, secure, and

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19

Nov

Bringing confidential computing to Kubernetes

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/bringing-confidential-computing-to-kubernetes/Historically, data has been protected at rest through encryption in data stores, and in transit using network technologies, however as soon as that data is processed in the CPU of a computer it is decrypted and in plain text. New READ MORE

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