Category Archives : IT Pro

20

Jun

New to Azure? Follow these easy steps to get started

Today, many organizations are leveraging digital transformation to deliver their applications and services in the cloud. At Microsoft Build 2019, we announced the general availability of Azure Quickstart Center and received positive feedback from customers. Azure Quickstart Center brings together the step-by-step guidance you need to easily create cloud workloads. The power to easily set up, configure, and manage cloud workloads while being guided by best practices is now built right into the Azure portal.

How do you access Azure Quickstart Center?

There are two ways to access Azure Quickstart Center in the Azure portal. Go to the global search and type in Quickstart Center or select All services on the left nav and type Quickstart Center. Select the star button to save it under your favorites.

Get started

Azure Quickstart Center is designed with you in mind. We created setup guides, start a project, and curated online training for self-paced learning so that you can manage cloud deployment according to your business needs.

Setup guides

To help you prepare your organization for moving to the cloud, our guides Azure setup and Azure migration in the Quickstart Center give you a comprehensive view of best practices for

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13

Jun

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/three-ways-to-get-notified-about-azure-service-issues/Preparing for the unexpected is part of every IT professional’s and developer’s job. Although rare, service issues like outages and planned maintenance do occur. There are many ways to stay informed, but we’ve identified three effective approaches that have helped READ MORE

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06

Jun

How to optimize your Azure environment
How to optimize your Azure environment

Without the right tools and approach, cloud optimization can be a time-consuming and difficult process. There is an ever growing list of best practices to follow, and it’s constantly in flux as your cloud workloads evolve. Add the challenges and emergencies you face on a day-to-day basis, and it’s easy to understand why it’s hard to be proactive about ensuring your cloud resources are running optimally.

Azure offers many ways to help ensure that you’re running your workloads optimally and getting the most out of your investment.

Three kinds of optimization: organizational, architectural, and tactical

One way to think about these is the altitude of advice and optimization offered: organizational, architectural, or tactical.
At the tactical or resource level, you have Azure Advisor, a free Azure service that helps you optimize your Azure resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. Advisor scans your resource usage and configuration and provides over 100 personalized recommendations. Each recommendation includes inline actions to make remediating your cloud resource optimizations fast and easy.

At the other end of the spectrum is Azure Architecture Center, a collection of free guides created by Azure experts to help you understand organizational and architectural best practices and

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14

May

Azure Firewall and network virtual appliances
Azure Firewall and network virtual appliances

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-firewall-and-network-virtual-appliances/

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14

May

Premium files redefine limits for Azure Files

Premium files sets new scale and performance bar for Azure Files, providing more power to developers and IT pros.

Today, we are excited to share that Azure Premium Files preview is now available to everyone! Premium files is a new performance tier that unlocks the next level of performance for fully managed file services in the cloud. Premium tier is optimized to deliver consistent performance for IO-intensive workloads that require high-throughput and low latency. Premium shares store data on the latest solid-state drives (SSDs) making it suitable for a wide variety of workloads like file services, databases, shared cache storage, home directories, content and collaboration repositories, persistent storage for containers, media and analytics, high variable and batch workloads, and many more. Our standard tier continues to provide reliable performance to workloads that are less sensitive to performance variability and is well-suited for general purpose file storage, development/test, and application workloads.

Provisioned performance – Dynamically scalable and consistent

With premium files, you can customize the performance of file storage to fit your workload needs. Premium file shares allow you to dynamically scale premium shares up and down without any downtime. The premium shares’ IOPS and throughput instantly scale based on changes

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01

May

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure – part 3

This is the third blog in a three-part blog post series on best practices in migrating SAP to Azure.

BWoH and BW/4HANA on Azure

Many SAP customers’ compelling events in their migration of SAP HANA to the cloud have been driven by two factors:

End of life first-generation SAP HANA appliances causing customers to re-evaluate their platform. The desire to take advantage of the early value proposition of SAP Business Warehouse (BW) on HANA in a flexible TDI model over traditional databases and later BW/4HANA.

As a result, numerous initial migrations of SAP HANA to Microsoft Azure have focused on SAP BW to take advantage of SAP HANA’s in-memory capability for the BW workload. This means migration of the BW application to utilize SAP HANA at the database layer, and eventually the more involved migration of BW on HANA to BW/4HANA.

The SAP Database Migration Option (DMO) with System Move option of SUM, used as part of the migration allows customer the options to perform the migration in a single step, from source system on-premises, or to the target system residing in Microsoft Azure, minimizing overall downtime.

As with the S/4HANA example my colleague Marshal used in “Best practices in

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25

Apr

Get ready for Global Azure Bootcamp 2019
Get ready for Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

Early this Saturday morning—while it’s still Friday in many parts of the world—people will gather at several locations in New Zealand to kick off Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 to learn about Microsoft Azure and cloud computing.

Truly global

Throughout the day, thousands more will attend these free events to expand their knowledge about Azure using a variety of formats as chosen by each location. As Saturday makes its way around the globe, more people will gather in groups of 5 to 500 at hundreds of other locations to do the same until the final locations on the west coast of North America get underway. Chances are, there’s a location near you. Check out the map to find your local event.

Global Azure Bootcamp is a 100 percent community-driven event driven by MVPs, regional directors, and user group leaders around the world working in collaboration to deliver the largest one-day, global Azure event.

Learn more about Global Azure Bootcamp from this recent episode of Azure Friday, in which Scott Hanselman spoke with Global Azure Bootcamp co-founder and Azure MVP, Magnus Mårtensson:

Get ready for Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

Science lab

This year, the organizers teamed up once again with the

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25

Apr

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure – part 2

This is the second blog in a three-part blog post series on best practices in migrating SAP to Azure.

Journey to SAP S/4HANA from SAP Business Suite

A common scenario where SAP customers can experience the speed and agility of the Azure platform is the ability to migrate from a SAP Business Suite running on-premises to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud. This scenario is a two-step process. The first step being migration from enterprise resource planning (ERP) on-premises to the Suite on HANA in Azure, and then converting from Suite on HANA to S/4HANA.

Using the cloud as the destination for such a migration project has the potential to save organizations millions of dollars in upfront cost for infrastructure equipment, and can shave roughly around 12 to 16 weeks off the project schedule as the most complex components of the infrastructure are already in place and can easily be provisioned when required. You can see where these time savings come from by looking at the time it takes to go through the request for proposal (RFP) process, to procure expensive servers with large memories, or potentially to procure dedicated appliances with only a five year lifespans such as storage

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23

Apr

Best practices in migrating SAP applications to Azure – part 1

This is the first blog in a three-part blog post series on best practices for migrating SAP to Azure.

Designing a great SAP on Azure architecture

In this blog post we will touch upon the principles outlined in “Pillars of a great Azure architecture” as they pertain to building your SAP on Azure architecture in readiness for your migration.

A great SAP architecture on Azure starts with a solid foundation built on four pillars:

Security Performance and scalability Availability and recoverability Efficiency and operations Designing for security

Your SAP data is likely the treasure of your organization’s technical footprint. Therefore, you need to focus on securing access to your SAP architecture by way of secure authentication, protecting your application and data from network vulnerabilities, and maintaining data integrity through encryption methods.

SAP on Azure is delivered in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud model. This means security protections are built into the service by Microsoft at the physical datacenter, physical network, physical host level, and the hypervisor. Therefore, for those areas above the hypervisor (e.g. the guest operating system for SAP), you need to undertake a careful evaluation of the services and technologies you select to ensure you are providing the

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23

Apr

Migrating SAP applications to Azure: Introduction and our partnership with SAP

Just over 25 years ago, Bill Gates and Hasso Plattner met to form an alliance between Microsoft and SAP that has become one of our industry’s longest lasting alliances. At the time their conversation was focused on how Windows could be the leading operating system for SAP’s SAPGUI desktop client and when released a few years later, how Windows NT could be a server operating system of choice for running SAP R/3. Not long after in 1996 we started our own SAP project based on Windows NT/SQL Server and complimented our SAP alliance that has continued to evolve since then, while meeting the needs of SAP customers of all sizes.

That said, with 90 percent of today’s Fortune 500 customers using Microsoft Azure and an estimated 80 percent of Fortune customers running SAP solutions, it makes sense why SAP running on Azure is a key joint initiative between Microsoft and SAP. At the SAPPHIRENOW conference in 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and SAP CEO Bill McDermott were on stage talking about the significant progress of SAP and Azure, especially with the release of SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances. Most of our conversations with large scale SAP customers at the time

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