Category Archives : Hybrid

05

Dec

Microsoft has validated the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 edge server for Azure Stack HCI

Do you need rugged, compact-sized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enabled servers to run your branch office and edge workloads? Do you want to modernize your applications and IoT functions with container technology? Do you want to leverage Azure’s hybrid services such as backup, disaster recovery, update managment, monitoring, and security compliance?  

Microsoft and Lenovo have teamed up to validate the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 for Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI program. The ThinkSystem SE350 was designed and built with the unique requirements of edge servers in mind. It is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and can be easily managed with Lenovo XClarity Controller. The ThinkSystem SE350 solution has a focus on smart connectivity, business security, and manageability for the harsh environment. To see all Lenovo servers validated for Azure Stack HCI, see the Azure Stack HCI catalog to learn more.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350:

The ThinkSystem SE350 is the latest workhorse for the edge. Designed and built with the unique requirements for edge servers in mind, it is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and is easily managed with Lenovo XClarity

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05

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanding-the-azure-stack-portfolio-to-run-hybrid-applications-across-the-cloud-datacenter-and-the-edge/Since announcing Azure Stack in 2017, we’ve set the stage for extending the cloud to customers’ datacenters. The hybrid cloud has been one of the design principles for Azure from the start. Today, customers including the Hong Kong Exchanges and READ MORE

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05

Nov

Bring Azure data services to your infrastructure with Azure Arc

With the exponential growth in data, organizations find themselves in increasingly heterogenous data estates, full of data sprawl and silos, spreading across on-premises data centers, the edge, and multiple public clouds. It has been a balancing act for organizations trying to bring about innovation faster while maintaining consistent security and governance. The lack of a unified view of all their data assets across their environments poses extra complexity for best practices in data management.

As Satya announced in his vision keynote at Microsoft Ignite, we are redefining hybrid by bringing innovation anywhere with Azure. We are introducing Azure Arc, which brings Azure services and management to any infrastructure. This enables Azure data services to run on any infrastructure using Kubernetes. Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale are both available in preview on Azure Arc, and we will bring more data services to Azure Arc over time.

For customers who need to maintain data workloads in on-premises datacenters due to regulations, data sovereignty, latency, and so on, Azure Arc can bring the latest Azure innovation, cloud benefits like elastic scale and automation, unified management, and unmatched security on-premises. 

Always current

A top pain point we continue to hear

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04

Nov

Azure Arc: Extending Azure management to any infrastructure

If you are like many of our customers, you run a mix of applications in your on-premises datacenters, in the cloud and at the edge. We have been on a journey over the last few years to bring you hybrid innovations to meet you where you are. We have invested in individual connected management services such as Azure Monitor and Azure Backup. We have also delivered a consistent platform through Azure Stack Hub, ensuring that investments made in Azure can be used in disconnected environments.

Many enterprises still face a sprawl of resources spread across multiple datacenters, clouds, and edge locations. Our customers tell us that they are looking for a cloud-native control plane to inventory, organize, and enforce policies for their IT resources wherever they are, from a central place.

At Microsoft Ignite this week, we’re taking another major step forward with our hybrid technology. We are announcing Azure Arc, a set of technologies that extends the control plane of Azure out to on-premises, multi-cloud environments and edge. Azure Arc enables customers to have a central, unified, and self-service approach to manage their Windows and Linux Servers, Kubernetes clusters, and Azure data services wherever they are. Azure Arc also

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03

Nov

Azure services now run anywhere with new hybrid capabilities: Announcing Azure Arc

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-services-now-run-anywhere-with-new-hybrid-capabilities-announcing-azure-arc/Enterprises rely on a hybrid technology approach to take advantage of their on-premises investment and, at the same time, utilize cloud innovation. As more business operations and applications expand to include edge devices and multiple clouds, hybrid capabilities must enable READ MORE

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29

Oct

How Hanu helps bring Windows Server workloads to Azure

For decades our Microsoft services partners have fostered digital transformation at customer organizations around the world. With deep expertise in both on-premises and cloud operating models, our partners are trusted advisers to their customer, helping shape migration decisions. Partners give customers hands-on support with everything from initial strategy to implementation – giving them a unique perspective on why migration matters.

Hanu is one of our premier Microsoft partners and the winner of the 2019 Microsoft Azure Influencer Partner of the Year.  Hanu experts rely on expertise with Windows Server and SQL Server, as well as Azure, to plan and manage cloud migration. This ensures that customers get proactive step-by-step guidance and best in class support as they transform with the cloud. 

Recently, I sat down with Dave Sasson, Chief Strategy Officer at Hanu, to learn more about why Windows Server customers migrate to the cloud, and why they choose Azure. Below I am sharing a few key excerpts.

How often are Windows Server customers considering cloud as a part of their digital strategy today? How are they thinking about migrating business applications?

Very frequently we talk to customers that have Windows Servers running their business-critical apps. For a significant number

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01

Aug

Introducing Azure Dedicated Host
Introducing Azure Dedicated Host

We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables you to run your organization’s Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Azure Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. We are extending Azure Hybrid Benefit to Azure Dedicated Hosts, so you can save money by using on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses. Azure Dedicated Host is in preview in most Azure regions starting today.

You can use the Azure portal to create an Azure Dedicated Host, host groups (a collection of hosts), and to assign Azure Virtual Machines to hosts during the virtual machine (VM) creation process. 

Visibility and control

Azure Dedicated Hosts can help address compliance requirements organizations may have in terms of physical security, data integrity, and monitoring. This is accomplished by giving you the ability to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This offering also meets the needs of IT organizations seeking host-level isolation.

Azure Dedicated Hosts provide visibility over the server infrastructure running your Azure Virtual Machines. They allow you to gain further control

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01

Aug

Moving your VMware resources to Azure is easier than ever

Back in April we announced the Azure VMware Solution to deliver a comprehensive VMware environment allowing you to run native VMware-based workloads on Azure. It’s a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) that includes vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and corresponding tools.

The VMware environment runs natively on Azure’s bare metal infrastructure, so there’s no nested virtualization and you can continue using your existing VMware tools. There’s no need to worry about operating, scaling, or patching the VMware physical infrastructure or re-platforming your virtual machines. The other benefit of this solution is that you can stretch your on-premises subnets into Azure. It’s like connecting another location to your VMware environment, only that location happens to be in Azure.

We’ve recently published a new episode of Microsoft Mechanics featuring Markus Hain, Senior Program Manager from the Azure engineering team. In this episode, Markus walks through the experience of coming from an on-premises VMware vSphere environment, provisioning an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, getting both environments to communicate, and what you can do once the service is up and running.

Beyond building out and configuring the environment, Markus explains how the hybrid networking works to connect VMware sites and how

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30

Jul

Run Windows Server and SQL Server workloads seamlessly across your hybrid environments

In recent weeks, we’ve been talking about the many reasons why Windows Server and SQL Server customers choose Azure. Security is a major concern when moving to the cloud, and Azure gives you the tools and resources you need to address those concerns. Innovation in data can open new doors as you move to the cloud, and Azure offers the easiest cloud transition, especially for customers running on SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 with concerns about end of support. Today we’re going to look at another critical decision point for customers as they move to the cloud. How easy is it to combine new cloud resources with what you already have on-premises? Many Windows Server and SQL Server customers choose Azure for its industry leading hybrid capabilities.

Microsoft is committed to enabling a hybrid approach to cloud adoption. Our commitment and passion stems from a deep understanding of our customers and their businesses over the past several decades. We understand that customers have business imperatives to keep certain workloads and data on premises, and our goal is to meet them where they are and prepare them for the future by providing the right technologies for every step along the

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29

Jul

Choosing between Azure VNet Peering and VNet Gateways
Choosing between Azure VNet Peering and VNet Gateways

As customers adopt Azure and the cloud, they need fast, private, and secure connectivity across regions and Azure Virtual Networks (VNets). Based on the type of workload, customer needs vary. For example, if you want to ensure data replication across geographies you need a high bandwidth, low latency connection. Azure offers connectivity options for VNet that cater to varying customer needs, and you can connect VNets via VNet peering or VPN gateways.

It is not surprising that VNet is the fundamental building block for any customer network. VNet lets you create your own private space in Azure, or as I call it your own network bubble. VNets are crucial to your cloud network as they offer isolation, segmentation, and other key benefits. Read more about VNet’s key benefits in our documentation “What is Azure Virtual Network?

VNet peering

VNet peering enables you to seamlessly connect Azure virtual networks. Once peered, the VNets appear as one, for connectivity purposes. The traffic between virtual machines in the peered virtual networks is routed through the Microsoft backbone infrastructure, much like traffic is routed between virtual machines in the same VNet, through private IP addresses only. No public internet is involved. You can peer

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