Category Archives : Management

16

Oct

Apache Spark jobs gain up to 9x speed up with HDInsight IO Cache

Today, we are pleased to reveal the preview of HDInsight IO Cache, a new transparent data caching feature of Azure HDInsight that provides customers with up to a 9x performance improvement for Apache Spark jobs. We know from our customers that when it comes to analytics cost efficiency of managed cloud-based Apache Hadoop and Spark services is one of their major attractors. HDInsight IO Cache allows us to improve this key value proposition even further by improving performance without a corresponding increase in costs.

Architecture

Azure HDInsight is a cloud platform service for open source analytics that aims to bring the best open source projects and integrate them natively on Azure. There are many open source caching projects that exists in the ecosystem: Alluxio, Ignite, and RubiX to name a few prominent ones.

HDInsight IO Cache is based on RubiX. RubiX is one of the more recent projects and has a distinct architecture. Unlike other caching projects, it doesn’t reserve operating memory for caching purposes. Instead, it leverages recent advances in SSD technology to their fullest potential to make explicit memory management unnecessary. Modern SSDs routinely provide more than 1GB per second of bandwidth. Coupled with automatic operating system in-memory

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26

Sep

Announcing the EA preview release of management group cost APIs

We are excited to preview a set of Azure Resource Manager Application Program Interfaces (ARM APIs) to view cost and usage information in the context of a management group for Enterprise Customers. Azure customers can utilize management groups today to place subscriptions into containers for organization within a defined business hierarchy. This allows administrators to manage access, policies, and compliance over those subscriptions. These APIs expand your cost analysis capabilities by offering a new lens through which you can attribute cost and usage within your organization.

Calling the APIs

The APIs for management group usage and cost are documented in the Azure rest docs and support the following functions:

Operations supported List usage details by management group for native Azure resources Get the aggregate cost of a management group Preview limitations

The preview release of the management group cost and usage APIs has several limitations, listed below:

Cost and usage data by management group will only be returned if the management group is comprised of exclusively Enterprise Agreement subscriptions. Cost views for a management group are not supported if the group contains Web Direct, Pay-As-You-Go or Cloud Service Provider subscriptions. This functionality will be offered in a future release. Cost

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31

Jul

Azure management groups now in general availability

I am very excited to announce today general availability of Azure management groups to all our customers. Management groups allow you to organize your subscriptions and apply governance controls, such as Azure Policy and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the controls applied to the management group. No matter if you have an Enterprise Agreement, Certified Solution Partner, Pay-As-You-Go, or any other type of subscription, this service gives all Azure customers enterprise-grade management at a large scale for no additional cost.

With the GA launch of this service, we introduce new functionality to Azure that allows customers to group subscriptions together so that you can apply a policy or RBAC role to multiple subscriptions, and their resources, with one assignment. Management groups not only allow you to group subscriptions but also allows you to group other management groups to form a hierarchy. The following diagram shows an example of creating a hierarchy for governance using management groups.

By creating a hierarchy like this you can apply a policy, for example, VM locations limited to US West Region on the group “Infrastructure Team management group” to enable internal compliance and

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17

Jul

Announcing the Azure Cloud Shell editor in collaboration with Visual Studio Code

Last year at the //Build conference we launched the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure portal, providing our users with a cloud-native command-line environment from any device, anywhere in the world. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible adoption, with thousands of users logging in every day.

We’ve added some incredible integrations that make Cloud Shell even more powerful. We added automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like Terraform, Ansible, and InSpec. We’ve also partnered with other Microsoft teams to enable the Try It experiences for Azure and .NET documentation. Additionally, we worked with the Visual Studio Code team to embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team to integrate Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app for easy access from mobile devices everywhere.

Overall, the feedback we received from our active user base demonstrates the utility and value of Cloud Shell to our users. As we looked at the ways that people are using Cloud Shell, we realized early on that providing our users with easy-to-use choices for managing their cloud infrastructure via the web browser was critical to success.

Since launch, we have provided a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano)

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17

Jul

Announcing the Azure Cloud Shell editor in collaboration with Visual Studio Code

Last year at the //Build conference we launched the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure portal, providing our users with a cloud-native command-line environment from any device, anywhere in the world. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible adoption, with thousands of users logging in every day.

We’ve added some incredible integrations that make Cloud Shell even more powerful. We added automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like Terraform, Ansible, and InSpec. We’ve also partnered with other Microsoft teams to enable the Try It experiences for Azure and .NET documentation. Additionally, we worked with the Visual Studio Code team to embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team to integrate Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app for easy access from mobile devices everywhere.

Overall, the feedback we received from our active user base demonstrates the utility and value of Cloud Shell to our users. As we looked at the ways that people are using Cloud Shell, we realized early on that providing our users with easy-to-use choices for managing their cloud infrastructure via the web browser was critical to success.

Since launch, we have provided a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano)

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20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

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20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

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10

Apr

Achieving GDPR compliance in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially goes into effect on May 25. Will your organization be ready?

Very soon, the GDPR will replace the Data Protection Directive as the new global standard on data privacy for all government agencies and organizations that do business with European Union (EU) citizens. When it does, all organizations that control, maintain, or process information involving EU citizens will be required to comply with strict new rules regarding the protection of personal customer data. For companies that store and manage data in the cloud, assuming existing infrastructure will remain compliant with new regulatory requirements might result in significant fines.

It’s important to understand that the differences between the new GDPR and the Data Protection Directive could impact your cloud data and security controls. For example, GDPR’s broad interpretation of what constitutes personal information leaves relevant agencies and organizations responsible for providing “reasonable” protection for a wider range of data types, including genetic and biometric data. More than ever, this regulatory transition highlights the importance of implementing a comprehensive cloud security strategy for your company.

According to a recent GDPR benchmarking survey, although 89 percent of organizations have (or plan to have) a formal

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27

Mar

Azure Monitor–General availability of multi-dimensional metrics APIs

In September of last year we announced the public preview of multi-dimensional metrics in Azure Monitor, Microsoft’s built-in platform monitoring service for Azure. Today we are pleased to announce the general availability of the APIs that support this capability. Now you can explore your Azure metrics through their dimensions and unlock deeper insights. Dimensions are name value pairs, or attributes, that can be used to further segment a metric. These additional attributes can help make exploring a metric more meaningful. Azure Monitor has also increased our metric retention period from 30 days to 93 days, so you can access data for longer, and do meaningful comparisons across months.

You can access and explore metrics, multi-dimensional and otherwise, via the following:

Metric Definitions and Metrics REST APIs, see this sample walkthrough. Azure Portal preview, see this sample walkthrough. Azure CLI commands. .NET SDK, try out these samples. Java SDK, try out these samples.

In the next few weeks we will also be adding support for multi-dimensional metrics in PowerShell.

In addition to using the above methods to access and explore your metrics, we also recently announced the general availability of the next generation of metric alerts, which allow you create alerts

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26

Mar

Announcing Azure Service Health general availability – configure your alerts today

Today I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Health, a personalized dashboard that provides guidance and support when issues in Azure services affect you. Unlike our public status page which provides general status information, Azure Service Health provides tailored information for your resources. It also helps you prepare for planned maintenance and other changes that could affect the availability of your resources. With Azure Service Health, you can easily configure alerts to ensure that your relevant teams are notified of service health events affecting their resources.

We launched the preview of Azure Service Health in July 2017. We have been evolving the service based on your feedback – including the integration of Service Health alerts. If you haven’t already, set up your Service Health alerts.

Watch this short video to see Azure Service Health in action:

From your personalized dashboard in Azure Service Health, you can view:

Service issues – ongoing issues in Azure services that are impacting your resources. Quickly understand when the issue began and what services, regions, and specific resources are impacted. Share a link referencing the issue with your team or download a PDF summary to share with people who

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