Category Archives : Management

03

Dec

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/achieve-operational-excellence-in-the-cloud-with-azure-advisor/Many customers have questions when it comes to managing cloud operations. How can I implement real-time cloud governance at scale? What’s the best way to monitor my cloud workloads? How can I get help when I need it? Azure offers READ MORE

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02

Dec

Azure Cost Management updates – November 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – November 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Microsoft Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Cost Management now available for Cloud Solution Providers What’s new in Cost Management Labs Customizing the name on dashboard tiles Upcoming changes to Azure usage data Save up to 72% with Azure reservations–now available for 16 services New videos Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

Cost Management now available for Cloud Solution Providers

In case you missed it, as of November 1, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners can now see and manage costs for their customers using Azure Cost Management in the Azure portal by transitioning them to Azure plan

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19

Nov

Finastra “did not expect the low RPO” of Azure Site Recovery DR

Today’s question and answer style post comes after I had the chance to sit down with Bryan Heymann, Head of Cloud Architecture at Finastra, discussing his experience with Azure Site Recovery. Finastra builds and deploys technology on its open software architecture, our conversation focused on the organization’s journey to replace several disparate disaster recovery (DR) technologies with Azure Site Recovery. To learn more about achieving resilience in Azure, refer to this whitepaper.

 

  You have been on Azure for a few years now – before we get too deep in DR, can you start with some context on the cloud transformation that you are going through at Finastra?

We think of our cloud journey across three horizons. Currently, we’re at “Horizon 0” – consolidating and migrating our core data centers to the cloud with a focus on embracing the latest technologies and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO.) The workloads are a combination of production sites and internal employee sites.

Initially, we went through a 6-month review with a third party to identify our datacenter strategy, and decided to select a public cloud. Ultimately, we realized that Microsoft would be a solid partner to help us on our journey. We

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18

Nov

Introducing Azure Cost Management for partners

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/introducing-azure-cost-management-for-partners/As a partner, you play a critical role in successful planning and managing long-term cloud implementations for your customers. While the cloud grants the flexibility to scale the cloud infrastructure to the changing needs, it does become challenging to control READ MORE

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13

Nov

Save more on Azure usage—Announcing reservations for six more services

With reserved capacity, you get significant discounts over your on-demand costs by committing to long-term usage of a service. We are pleased to share reserved capacity offerings for the following additional services. With the addition of these services, we now support reservations for 16 services, giving you more options to save and get better cost predictability across more workloads.

Blob Storage (GPv2) and Azure Data Lake Storage (Gen2). Azure Database for MySQL. Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Azure Database for MariaDB. Azure Data Explorer. Premium SSD Managed Disks. Blob Storage (GPv2) and Azure Data Lake Storage (Gen2)

Save up to 38 percent on your Azure data storage costs by pre-purchasing reserved capacity for one or three years. Reserved capacity can be pre-purchased in increments of 100 TB and 1 PB sizes, and is available for hot, cool, and archive storage tiers for all applicable storage redundancies. You can also use the upfront or monthly payment option, depending on your cash flow requirements.

The reservation discount will automatically apply to data stored on Azure Blob (GPv2) and Azure Data Lake Storage (Gen2). Discounts are applied hourly on the total data stored in that hour. Unused reserved capacity doesn’t carry over.

Storage reservations

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06

Nov

Secure and compliant APIs for a hybrid and multi-cloud world

APIs are everywhere. The broad proliferation of applications throughout enterprises often results in large silos of opaque processes and services, making it hard for IT to manage and govern APIs in a systematic way, and for development teams to gain visibility into and make use of APIs that already exist.

Entire industries, such as financial services, are embracing APIs as a means to become more open, for example with open banking initiatives. Open banking is an API-first approach to creating more open, rich ecosystems that encourage third-party participation and usage of the services financial institutions have previously kept behind the scenes.

Products, such as Azure API Management, were created to address these issues. By letting you manage all APIs in a single, centralized location, you are able to impose authentication, authorization, throttling, and transformation policies and easily monitor the usage of the APIs associated with your applications, giving you the much-needed visibility into your application portfolio(s) at a macro-level.

To succeed in an increasingly connected world, it is key to adopt an API-first approach that lets you:

Embrace innovation by creating vibrant API ecosystems. Secure and manage APIs seamlessly in a hybrid world.

APIs can be a bridge to the

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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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29

Oct

Azure Cost Management updates – October 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – October 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management comes in!

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Cost Management at Microsoft Ignite 2019 Cost Management update for partners Major refresh for the Power BI connector BP implements cloud governance and effective cost management What’s new in Cost Management Labs Scope selection and navigation optimized for active billing accounts Improved right-sizing recommendations for virtual machines New ways to save money with Azure! New videos Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Cost Management at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Microsoft Ignite 2019 is right around the corner! Come join us in these Azure Cost Management sessions and don’t forget to stop

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21

Oct

October 2019 unified Azure SDK preview
October 2019 unified Azure SDK preview

Welcome back to another release of the unified Azure Data client libraries. For the most part, the API surface areas of the SDKs have been stabilized based on your feedback. Thank you to everyone who has been submitting issues on GitHub and keep the feedback coming.

Please grab the October preview libraries and try them out—throw demanding performance scenarios at them, integrate them with other services, try to debug an issue, or generally build your scenario and let us know what you find.

Our goal is to release these libraries before the end of the year but we are driven by quality and feedback and your participation is key.

Getting started

As we did for the last three releases, we have created four pages that unify all the key information you need to get started and give feedback. You can find them here:

.NET Java JavaScript and TypeScript Python

For those of you who want to dive deep into the content, the release notes linked above and the changelogs they point to give more details on what has changed. Here we are calling out a few high-level items.

APIs locking down

The surface area for Azure Key Vault and Storage

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02

Oct

Azure Cost Management updates – September 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – September 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management comes in!

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Reconcile invoiced charges with the new invoice details view Automate reporting across subscriptions with management group exports What’s new in Cost Management Labs Download charts to share views outside the Azure portal New ways to save money with Azure! Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Reconcile invoiced charges with the new invoice details view

Have you ever had to compare your PDF invoice with raw cost and usage details? The process can be a bit daunting. Detailed usage data is critical for analysis and reporting, but can be overkill for

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