Category Archives : Management

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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02

Feb

Azure #CosmosDB and Microsoft’s Project Olympus honored in InfoWorld’s 2018 Technology of the Year Awards

The word is out, and the industry is taking notice. Azure Cosmos DB is the world’s first globally distributed, multi-model database service with native NoSQL support. Designed for the cloud, Azure Cosmos DB enables you to build planet-scale applications that bring data to where your users are with SLA guarantees low latency, throughput, and 99.99% availability.

The experts at IDG’s InfoWorld recently recognized Azure Cosmos DB in the InfoWorld Technology of the Year Awards, zeroing in on its “innovative approach to the complexities of building and managing distributed systems,” which includes recognition for leveraging the work of Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport to deliver multiple consistency models. Azure Cosmos DB was also recognized for delivering a globally distributed system where users anywhere in the world can see the same version of data, no matter their location.

In addition, InfoWorld complimented the flexibility and variety of use cases with Azure Cosmos DB, from JSON-based document stores to support for MongoDB APIs and a SQL query option for Azure’s Table Storage.

 

“Do you need a distributed NoSQL database with a choice of APIs and consistency models? That would be Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB.”—InfoWorld, Technology of the Year 2018: The best hardware, software,

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24

Jan

ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available
ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available

This post is also authored by Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, Azure Infrastructure Management and Snehith Muvva, Program Manager II, Azure Infrastructure Management.

We are happy to announce that the IT Service Management Connector (ITSMC) for Azure is now generally available. ITSMC provides bi-directional integration between Azure monitoring tools and your ITSM tools – ServiceNow, Provance, Cherwell, and System Center Service Manager.

Customers use Azure monitoring tools to identify, analyze and troubleshoot issues. However, the work items related to an issue is typically stored in an ITSM tool. Instead of having to having to go back and forth between your ITSM tool and Azure monitoring tools, customers can now get all the information they need in one place. ITSMC will improve the troubleshooting experience and reduce the time it takes to resolve issues. Specifically, you can use ITSMC to:

Create or update work-items (Event, Alert, Incident) in the ITSM tools based on Azure alerts (Activity Log Alerts, Near Real-Time metric alerts and Log Analytics alerts) Pull the Incident and Change Request data from ITSM tools into Azure Log Analytics.

You can setup ITSMC by following the steps in our documentation. Once set up, you can send Azure alerts to ITSM

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20

Dec

New Alerts (preview) in Azure Monitor
New Alerts (preview) in Azure Monitor

This blog post was co-authored by Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, AIM India.

Alerts are an important mechanism for customers to get notified about issues early and to take automated actions to resolve them quickly. With Azure Monitoring Services, you can set up alerts to monitor the metrics and log data for the entire stack across your infrastructure, application, and platform. Given how integral it is to the monitoring experience, we are excited to announce the preview of a new re-imagined user interface to create and manage alerts for any resource from a single location in the Azure Monitor blade in the Azure portal.

You can access the new Alerts (preview) experience by visiting the Azure portal. You will see:

1. A single consolidated view with an aggregated summary of fired alerts triggered by metrics and logs at a glance.

 

2. A single consolidated view for viewing and managing the underlying alert rules across metrics and logs across multiple subscriptions.

 

3. A single simplified authoring experience for creating an alert across resources.

In addition to the new alerting experience, we are also pleased to announce the preview of alerting on log search in Azure. Log

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18

Dec

GDPR How-to: Get organized and implement the right processes
GDPR How-to: Get organized and implement the right processes

Achieving compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new data privacy law from the European Union (EU), is not a one-time activity but is an ongoing process. When the GDPR goes into effect on May 25, 2018, individuals will have greater control over their personal data. Additionally, the GDPR imposes new obligations on organizations that collect, handle, or analyze personal data. Implementing the right processes and organizational changes to comply with the GDPR will not be an easy task, but Microsoft is here to help. With 10 chapters, 99 articles, and 160 requirements the GDPR is a complex law, and implementing all this will be a challenge, so Microsoft has created a highly detailed guide.

Our colleagues from Microsoft France recently published a detailed implementation guide, GDPR – Get organized and implement the right processes, available in both English and French. The guide provides customers with a methodology for creating and executing a GDPR compliance program in their organization. It describes the necessary steps for achieving GDPR compliance through a plan, do, check, act (PDCA) approach using Microsoft Cloud services such as Azure, as shown in the diagram below.

Figure 1: Consolidated view of the main GDPR

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13

Dec

New Azure management and cost savings capabilities
New Azure management and cost savings capabilities

Enterprise customers choose Azure because of the unique value it provides as a productive, hybrid, intelligent and trusted cloud. Today I’m excited to announce four new management and cost savings capabilities. Azure Policy, now in public preview, provides control and governance at scale for your Azure resources. Azure Cost Management is rolling out the support for Azure Virtual Machine Reserved Instances management later this week to help you maximize savings over time.. To continue our commitment to making Azure cost-effective, we are reducing the prices of up to 4% on our Dv3 Series in several regions in the coming days, and making our lowest priced Storage tier Azure Archive Storage generally available today.

Simple ways to ensure a secure and well-managed cloud infrastructure

Azure is committed to providing a secure cloud foundation, while making available a comprehensive set of services to ensure that your cloud resources are secure and well-managed. Cloud security and management is a joint responsibility between Microsoft and the customer. We recommend that customers follow secure and well-managed cloud best practices for every production virtual machine. To help you achieve this goal, Azure has built-in services that can be configured quickly, are always up to date and

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13

Dec

Cloud storage now more affordable: Announcing general availability of Azure Archive Storage

Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of Archive Blob Storage starting at an industry leading price of $0.002 per gigabyte per month! Last year, we launched Cool Blob Storage to help customers reduce storage costs by tiering their infrequently accessed data to the Cool tier. Organizations can now reduce their storage costs even further by storing their rarely accessed data in the Archive tier. Furthermore, we’re also excited to announce the general availability of Blob-Level Tiering, which enables customers to optimize storage costs by easily managing the lifecycle of their data across these tiers at the object level.

From startups to large organizations, our customers in every industry have experienced exponential growth of their data. A significant amount of this data is rarely accessed but must be stored for a long period of time to meet either business continuity or compliance requirements; think employee data, medical records, customer information, financial records, backups, etc. Additionally, recent and coming advances in artificial intelligence and data analytics are unlocking value from data that might have previously been discarded. Customers in many industries want to keep more of these data sets for a longer period but need a scalable and cost-effective solution

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12

Dec

Microsoft expands scope of Singapore MTCS certification

I am pleased to announce the renewal of the Singapore Multi-Tier Could Security (MTCS) Certification Level 3. As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction, Azure has adopted the MTCS standard to meet different cloud user needs for data sensitivity and business criticality. Azure has maintained its MTCS certification for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the scope has increased by 30% catching up with the latest ISO 27001 scope covering the latest data storage and analytics services including Data Lake Store, Data Lake Analytics, SQL Server Stretch Database, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Container Service, etc.

Developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore, the MTCS Standard 584:2015 is the world’s first cloud security standard that covers three different tiers of security requirements spanning different service types including PaaS, IaaS and SaaS.  The standard comprises a total of 535 controls closely mapped to ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard, covering basic security in Level 1, more stringent governance and tenancy controls in Level 2, and reliability and resiliency for high-impact information systems in Level 3.

The MTCS standard seeks to drive cloud adoption across industries by giving clarity around the security service levels of Cloud Service

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07

Dec

Java: Manage Azure Container Service (AKS) and more

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/java-manage-azure-container-service-aks-and-more/We released 1.4 of the Azure Management Libraries for Java. This release adds support for Azure Container Service (AKS) and more. https://github.com/azure/azure-libraries-for-java Getting started Add the following dependency fragment to your Maven POM file to use 1.4 version of the READ MORE

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