Category Archives : Hybrid

04

Dec

Cincinnati Children’s has a great app development experience with Azure services

The healthcare industry has started to embrace mobile apps and cloud technologies, and not just to optimize internal operations. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center wants to make visits to hospitals and doctors’ offices easier for patients and families. Cincinnati Children’s serves a diverse population, but people typically have one thing in common—they’re stressed out. Parents are worried about their children, and children can be scared and overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle around them. So the hospital came up with the idea of a mobile digital concierge who could provide basic information and also answer specific questions about a family’s appointments and the child’s procedures.

The Cincinnati Children’s development team didn’t have expertise building mobile apps, but they did have lots of experience developing in .NET. The team also knew it needed a cloud deployment platform that would support the functionality they had in mind and would also grow with them as they expand and scale the app. Cincinnati Children’s was already using Azure DevOps, so it went with Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin for cross-platform app development and chose Azure as its cloud platform. Azure offered a wide variety of services they could use without purchasing third-party

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26

Nov

Customers are using Azure Stack to unlock new hybrid cloud innovation

Over the past week, I visited customers and partners in Europe who want to bring cloud services to datacenters and edge locations to deliver new hybrid cloud solutions. Whether it’s due to latency, regulatory compliance or legacy data and systems, these customers can’t use the public cloud for several scenarios. They look for a true hybrid cloud solution to deliver a consistent experience across their entire digital estate. It was really great to listen and observe how some of these companies are already using Azure Stack and thinking of innovative ways to drive digital transformation using Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge approach.

It’s humbling to see customers across government, manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries in nearly 60 countries around the world use Azure Stack to unlock new scenarios that were not possible before. And this is just the beginning. We are committed to meeting customer needs and continuously delivering new updates and innovation on Azure Stack.

Consistent hybrid cloud

We have designed and engineered Azure Stack to be truly consistent with Azure. Azure Stack brings the agility and innovation of cloud computing to on-premises and edge, so organizations can build modern apps across their full environment with the

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15

Nov

Five lessons for building your roadmap to a secure hybrid cloud future

This blog post is a part of our security series for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month where we discuss how federal CIOs can best prepare for a cloud environment that works securely with your on-premises datacenters.

The need for federal agencies to get their hybrid cloud roadmaps in place has reached a tipping point over the past year, especially as pressures mount to modernize the government’s vast portfolio of aging legacy IT systems and make smarter use of available IT funding.

Agency IT leaders however, face a deeper challenge. Deciding which applications to move to the cloud and which should be rebuilt or replaced to function securely in a hybrid environment. They must do so while planning for a rapidly-changing cybersecurity landscape.

That’s why rationalizing and rightsizing your applications deserves careful attention. This is also why aligning with the right partners who can support your applications, whether in the cloud or on-premises, can be the difference between successful IT modernization versus just lifting-and-shifting to the cloud.

That’s one reason a growing number of agencies are choosing the flexibility and built-in security features of cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure Government. Azure Government gives leaders a flexible way to test out their

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12

Nov

Developing hybrid applications with Azure Stack
Developing hybrid applications with Azure Stack

More and more we hear from our customers that building hybrid applications is necessary for their business. While Microsoft Azure continues to be the platform of choice for building applications, Azure Stack and Azure together enable building hybrid applications. The consistent experience across both makes it easy. You can use Azure services from anywhere, whether at the bottom of a mine, from inside a container on a cargo ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or from the top of Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Andes. Literally, you can run apps that you developed in Azure any place where traditional data centers don’t exist.

You can use Azure Stack close to your operations while using your favorite tools and programming language. Push your apps through dev, test, and into production with a single integrated DevOps pipeline.

Nothing illustrates the power of hybrid apps like the disaster relief prototype my team designed and implemented. This is a great demo of Azure services in a mobile deployment, disconnected in a remote environment. The solution supports data collection and decision making, and we can also see it being tested in areas such as healthcare.

Azure Stack offers capabilities today that make

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25

Sep

Red Hat OpenShift and Microsoft Azure Stack together for hybrid enterprise solutions

Red Hat and Microsoft expand partnership to offer complete combined hybrid cloud solutions – jointly supported and in market today.

This week at Ignite in Orlando, Microsoft and Red Hat demonstrated their solution for hybrid enterprise container platforms – OpenShift Container Platform for Microsoft Azure Stack. This solution has joint support from Microsoft and Red Hat and was first announced earlier this year in May.

Microsoft and Red Hat are both committed to customer solutions that span on-premises and public cloud.  Together, Azure and Azure Stack deliver the industry’s only truly consistent and comprehensive hybrid cloud platform, which enables a unified approach to application development. OpenShift Container Platform is Red Hat’s container application platform, bringing Docker and Kubernetes to the enterprise and creating consistent solutions both on-premises and in the cloud.

OpenShift and Azure Stack present exciting new options for customers who use Microsoft and Red Hat technologies and offer the greatest possible flexibility and consistency where these solutions are run and managed – whether its in the public cloud or on-premises with Azure Stack. OpenShift and Azure Stack enable a consistent application experience across Azure, Azure Stack, bare-metal, Windows and RHEL bringing together Microsoft’s and Red Hat’s developer frameworks

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27

Aug

Sharing a self-hosted Integration Runtime infrastructure with multiple Data Factories

The Integration Runtime (IR) is the compute infrastructure used by Azure Data Factory to provide data integration capabilities across different network environments. If you need to perform data integration and orchestration securely in a private network environment, which does not have a direct line-of-sight from the public cloud environment, you can install a self-hosted IR on premises behind your corporate firewall, or inside a virtual private network.

Untill now, you were required to create at least one such compute infrastructure in every Data Factory by design for hybrid and on-premise data integration capabilities. Which implies if you have ten such data factories being used by different project teams to access on-premise data stores and orchestrate inside VNet, you would have to create ten self-hosted IR infrastructures, adding additional cost and management concerns to the IT teams.

With the new capability of self-hosted IR sharing, you can share the same self-hosted IR infrastructure across data factories. This lets you reuse the same highly available and scalable self-hosted IR infrastructure from different data factories within the same Azure Active Directory tenant. We are introducing a new concept of a Linked self-hosted IR which references another self-hosted IR infrastructure. This does not introduce

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27

Aug

Sharing a self-hosted Integration Runtime infrastructure with multiple Data Factories

The Integration Runtime (IR) is the compute infrastructure used by Azure Data Factory to provide data integration capabilities across different network environments. If you need to perform data integration and orchestration securely in a private network environment, which does not have a direct line-of-sight from the public cloud environment, you can install a self-hosted IR on premises behind your corporate firewall, or inside a virtual private network.

Untill now, you were required to create at least one such compute infrastructure in every Data Factory by design for hybrid and on-premise data integration capabilities. Which implies if you have ten such data factories being used by different project teams to access on-premise data stores and orchestrate inside VNet, you would have to create ten self-hosted IR infrastructures, adding additional cost and management concerns to the IT teams.

With the new capability of self-hosted IR sharing, you can share the same self-hosted IR infrastructure across data factories. This lets you reuse the same highly available and scalable self-hosted IR infrastructure from different data factories within the same Azure Active Directory tenant. We are introducing a new concept of a Linked self-hosted IR which references another self-hosted IR infrastructure. This does not introduce

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20

Aug

Migrate Windows Server 2008 to Azure with Azure Site Recovery

For close to 10 years now, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 has been a trusted and preferred server platform for our customers. With millions of instances deployed worldwide, our customers run many of their business applications including their most critical ones on the Windows Server 2008 platform.

With the end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 fast approaching, now is a great opportunity for customers running Windows Server 2008 to modernize your applications and infrastructure and take advantage of the power of Azure. But we know that the process of digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight. There are some great new offers that customers running their business applications on Windows Server 2008 can benefit from as they get started on their digital transformation journey in Azure. One of the options available to customers is the option to migrate servers running Windows Server 2008 to Azure and get extended security updates for three years past the end of support date, and this offer is available at no additional cost. In other words, if you choose to run your applications on Windows Server 2008 on Azure virtual machines, you get extended security updates for free. Further, with Azure Hybrid Benefit you

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26

Jul

Avoid Big Data pitfalls with Azure HDInsight and these partner solutions

According to a Gartner 2017 prediction, “60 percent of big data projects will fail to go beyond piloting and experimentation, these projects will be abandoned”.

Whether you worked on an analytical project or are starting one, it is a challenge on any cloud. You need to juggle the intricacies of cloud provider services, open source frameworks and the apps in the ecosystem. Apache Hadoop & Spark are very vibrant open source ecosystems which have enabled enterprises to digitally transform their businesses using data. According to Matt Turck VC at FirstMark, it has been an exciting but complex year in the data world. “The data tech ecosystem has continued to fire on all cylinders.  If nothing else, data is probably even more front and center in 2018, in both business and personal conversations”.

However, with great power comes greater responsibility from the ecosystem. There is a lot more than just using open source or a managed platform to a successful project. You have to deal with:

The complexity of combining all the open source frameworks. Architecting a data lake to get insights for data engineers, data scientists and BI users. Meeting enterprise regulations such as security, access control, data sovereignty &

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31

May

Receiving and handling HTTP requests anywhere with the Azure Relay

If you followed Microsoft’s coverage from the Build 2018 conference, you may have been as excited as we were about the new Visual Studio Live Share feature that allows instant, remote, peer-to-peer collaboration between Visual Studio users, no matter where they are. One developer could be sitting in a coffee shop and another on a plane with in-flight WiFi, and yet both can collaborate directly on code.

The “networking magic” that enables the Visual Studio team to offer this feature is the Azure Relay, which is a part of the messaging services family along with Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Hubs, and Azure Event Grid. The Relay is, indeed, the oldest of all Azure services, with the earliest public incubation having started exactly 12 years ago today, and it was amongst the handful of original services that launched with the Azure platform in January 2010.

In the meantime, the Relay has learned to speak a fully documented open protocol that can work with any WebSocket client stack, and allows any such client to become a listener for inbound connections from other clients, without needing inbound firewall rules, public IP addresses, or DNS registrations. Since all inbound communication terminates inside the

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