Category Archives : Events

08

Nov

The smart way to a smarter city: Three critical considerations

The concept of smart buildings is generating lots of excitement, but what’s the transformation to intelligent cities look like at ground level for those in charge of making it happen? This post is the first in a series of three illustrating how Internet of Things technology can change urban areas for the better—for those who run them and those who live in them. First up, a rundown on the most common barriers to adoption for administrators embarking on the journey to a smarter city.

From traffic management to sewer maintenance to building management and infrastructure, cities around the world are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the lives of citizens and visitors. Networks of sensors connected to the cloud provide insights that make urban areas safer, more adaptive, and more economically robust. McKinsey estimates that the economic impact of IoT in cities could be as much as $1.6 trillion per year by 2025.

However, creating genuine impact with IoT isn’t easy. Cities are complex places, with layers of different IT systems; citizens, data, and infrastructure whose security needs protection; inflexible budgets; and intermeshing operations. Choosing the right platform is a lot more complicated when you don’t have the

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05

Nov

Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for MySQL at PASS SUMMIT!
Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for MySQL at PASS SUMMIT!

This blog post was authored by Debbi Lyons, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Marketing.

Get inspired by our industry-leading keynote speakers on the Microsoft data platform at PASS Summit 2018! There has never been a more exciting time for data professionals and developers as more organizations turn to data-driven insights to stay ahead and prepare for the future. For those wanting to know more about Azure SQL Database and migrating your SQL Server databases without changing your apps, we’ve got some great sessions for you.

Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, fully managed relational cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility. Learn about managed instances to accelerate app development and simplify maintenance using the SQL tools you love to use. 

Azure Database for MySQL provides a fully managed, enterprise-ready community MySQL database as a service. The MySQL Community edition helps you easily lift and shift to the cloud, using languages and frameworks of your choice. Azure Database for MySQL enables popular open source frameworks and languages, and it features tight integration with Azure Web Apps.

Below are three must attend sessions!

Introducing Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

In this session, we will talk about our newest offerings

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30

Oct

Microsoft @ DevCon4
Microsoft @ DevCon4

At DevCon in 2015, I announced support for Ethereum on Microsoft Azure. It was a humble beginning consisting of a private Ethereum network and a corresponding “Hello World” smart contract. Now in 2018, Azure supports all the major blockchain platforms and can deploy a wide variety of network configurations from a lab environment to more sophisticated consortium networks targeted at production workloads.

Since that time, we have engaged with hundreds of customers across every industry and every corner of the world. We have learned a lot about what business scenarios are viable and what it truly takes to deliver an end to end blockchain solution.

A key learning has been what it takes to build and establish blockchain networks. We strive to improve the overall lifecycle of these networks with better management capabilities, governance frameworks, and integrations with the cloud services needed to build dapps. One of the most impactful observations we have shared with the broader community is a requirement for untrusted networks to support robust applications with multiple participants using varying trust model’s privacy for its participants and potentially outcomes.

The previous statement might seem simple at first, but it’s quite complex if you examine some of the

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30

Oct

Your guide to Azure Stack, Azure Data Box, and Avere Ignite sessions

On behalf of the Azure Stack team, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Ignite 2018 attendees for the overwhelming response to our series of Azure Stack, Azure Data Box, and Avere sessions. Now, we’re thrilled to share the sessions on-demand to everyone, everywhere.

Before diving into the session videos below, I encourage you to learn more about the Azure solutions enabling a new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge computing. Read an excellent overview from Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, and visit our new Future of Cloud webpage.

Azure Stack

These sessions are packed with information, use cases, and guidance to help you understand the principles of Azure Stack. Explore use cases for implementing the solution and get started.

To help you zero in on content relevant to your interests and expertise, follow our two learning paths—four sessions tailored for operators and four sessions for developers (with a special session for CSPs), then explore over 12 additional sessions that drill down into topics that may interest you.

To learn more about Azure Stack, visit the Azure Stack website, view the documentation, download the development kit, and explore real-world stories of Azure Stack

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22

Oct

Expanding the HashiCorp partnership
Expanding the HashiCorp partnership

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to speak at HashiConf ’18. It’s always awesome to work with Mitchell, Armon, and the talented engineers at HashiCorp because I believe that we share the same focus on building pragmatic, open-source, and enterprise-ready tools for the cloud. With that strong vision and partnership in mind, I’m excited to describe some of the work that we have done since our announcements at last year’s HashiConf, to bring together the best of HashiCorp’s user focused experiences with the strengths of the Azure cloud.

Our engineering teams have collaborated to expand the resources and services supported by the Terraform provider for AzureRM and added several new integrations with HashiCorp Vault. For this post, I thought it would be beneficial for readers to see the great strides that we’ve made in our partnership with HashiCorp by reviewing some of the major milestones that we hit this year.

Terraform updates in Azure Cloud Shell

Honestly, Cloud Shell is one of my favorite features in Azure. A cloud-based workspace accessible from anywhere and on any device means that I can easily create, monitor and update my cloud resources regardless of where I am. For some time now, we have

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21

Oct

Microsoft and SWIFT make Azure cloud native payments a reality
Microsoft and SWIFT make Azure cloud native payments a reality

Today at Sibos 2018, the world’s premier financial services event, Microsoft and SWIFT announced a cloud native proof of concept (POC) to host SWIFT infrastructure and enable cloud native payment transfers on Microsoft Azure. Together, the two companies are working to facilitate the future deployment of SWIFT messaging solutions in the cloud, enabling faster, more efficient and secure operations for banks, corporates, service bureaus, and other payments ecosystem players.

SWIFT is the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services used and trusted by more than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories. Today, enterprises and banks conduct these transactions by sending payment messages over the highly secure SWIFT network, leveraging on-premises installations of SWIFT technology. The proof of concept creates a bank-like wire transfer experience with the added operational, security and intelligence benefits the Microsoft Cloud offers.

“This is a big step forward in demonstrating the potential of the cloud in improving back-office operational efficiency. SWIFT continually seeks to reduce and remove friction and eliminate operational inefficiencies within the financial services payment ecosystem,” said Arnaud Boulnois, head of customer platforms at SWIFT. “Cloud adoption continues to increase within the financial services industry, and we are thrilled

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16

Oct

Accelerating AI in healthcare: Security, privacy, and compliance

Healthcare is drowning in data. Every patient brings a record that could span decades, with x-rays, MRIs, and other data that can affect every decision. Providers and payers bring their own collateral to the table. Skills, policies, and certifications are just the start. Complying with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) present additional burdens on any process. But there is a remedy: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (machine learning) are powerful tools that can change the way healthcare organizations deal with the tsunami of healthcare data.

Use cases where AI can help vary from diagnostic imaging to predicting the patient length of stay, and even chatbots. But these initiatives must avoid breaches, ransomware, and other privacy compliance issues.

Join this upcoming webinar live on October 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, bringing you thought leaders from across the healthcare industry including:

Andrew Hicks, VP, Healthcare Assurance Services at Coalfire Mitch Parker, Executive Director, Information Security, and Compliance at IU Health David Houlding, Principal Healthcare lead at Microsoft

Each presenter will provide practical advice on how to address security, privacy, and compliance with AI solutions in healthcare.

Key takeaways: AI in healthcare trends and risks

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15

Oct

IoT SWC 2018: IoT solutions for the built world
IoT SWC 2018: IoT solutions for the built world

It’s amazing to see how IoT is transforming our customers’ businesses—from optimizing operations and reducing unplanned downtime with companies like Chevron, to powering new connected vehicle experiences as we recently announced with Volkswagen.

Beyond business transformation, IoT has the potential to create more efficient and vibrant cities and communities by providing new insights and approaches to transportation and traffic, energy reduction, construction, utilities, parking, and so much more.

We are continuing to simplify the customer journey for secure, scalable IoT solutions for the cloud and the edge with a large set of announcements last month, including the general availability of Azure IoT Central at our Ignite 2018 conference, and more just last week about bringing intelligence to the edge in Windows IoT.

This week at IoT Solutions World Congress, we look forward to connecting with companies across industries and inspiring them with new possibilities for IoT, from creating Digital Twins of physical environments to taking advantage of Vision and AI on edge devices. We’ll also be talking about how we’re breaking down common barriers to entry in IoT by addressing security from the start with solutions like Azure Sphere and Azure Security Center for IoT, and empowering organizations to provision

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02

Oct

Spark + AI Summit Europe – Developing from cloud to the edge

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by data, cloud, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This week at Spark + AI Summit Europe, I talked about how Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations that help our customers navigate these technological and business shifts.

The driving force behind powerful AI applications is data – and getting the most out of AI requires a modern data estate. Organizations are using their data to extract important insights to drive their businesses forward and engage their customers in ways that were simply not possible before. One such example is the Real Madrid Football Club, one of the world’s top sports franchises with 500 million fans worldwide. Real Madrid built a global digital sports platform to engage one-on-one with fans, implement personalized promotional campaigns, and use data to track and analyze fan behaviors, among many other capabilities. This data-driven strategy has led to a 400 percent increase in installed fan base, and a 30 percent increase in digital revenue growth for the club.

“We used to pull data from just five sources before, but now we pull from more than 70 sources using our Microsoft Azure platform. This has enabled

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01

Oct

Ansible 2.7: What’s new for Azure
Ansible 2.7: What’s new for Azure

Ansible 2.7 will be released 4 October 2018. Here I would like to share with you what are upcoming for Azure in Ansible 2.7. In total, 21 new Azure modules were added. In 2.7 you now have the ability to natively automate the deployment and configuration of below Azure resources.

Azure Web Apps: Create and configure your Azure Web Apps hosting web applications, REST APIs, and mobile backends using Ansible.

azure_rm_appserviceplan azure_rm_appserviceplan_facts azure_rm_webapp azure_rm_webapp_facts

Azure Traffic Manager: Create and configure Azure Traffic Manager to distribute traffic optimally to services across global Azure regions using Ansible.

azure_rm_trafficmanagerendpoint azure_rm_trafficmanagerendpoint_facts azure_rm_trafficmanagerprofile azure_rm_trafficmanagerprofile_facts

Azure Database: Create and configure an Azure Database for SQL/MySQL/PostgreSQL server using Ansible.

azure_rm_mysqldatabase_facts azure_rm_mysqlserver_facts azure_rm_postgresqldatabase_facts azure_rm_postgresqlserver_facts azure_rm_sqlfirewallrule

Azure Route: Create and configure your own routes to override Azure’s default routing using Ansible.

azure_rm_routetable azure_rm_routetable_facts azure_rm_route

Azure Applicate Gateway: Create and configure an Azure Application Gateway to manage web traffic using Ansible.

azure_rm_appgateway

Azure Autoscale: Create and configure Azure autoscale to help applications perform their best when demand changes using Ansible.

azure_rm_autoscale azure_rm_autoscale_facts

Additional facts module for VM and ACR: Get information about virtual machines or Azure container registry for further configuration using Ansible.

azure_rm_virtualmachine_facts azure_rm_containerregistry_facts Automate Azure Web Apps using

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