Category Archives : Networking

27

Apr

Whether you’re a new student, a 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 and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing 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:

Get retail prices in non-USD currencies. New date picker in the cost analysis preview. What’s new in Cost Management Labs. Deploy key design principles with enterprise-scale architecture. Empowering operators on their cloud migration journey. New ways to save money with Azure. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Get retail prices in non-USD currencies

In September 2020, you learned about the new Retail Prices API and how it gives

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06

Apr

Azure Orbital, a managed ground station service, enables customers to communicate to, control their satellite, process data, and scale operations directly in Microsoft Azure. Since our Azure Orbital announcement, we have been rapidly building and deploying ground stations in our datacenters. We are currently deploying multiple satellite ground stations in our datacenters that enable a variety of scenarios, including Earth Observation, Remote Sensing, and Global Communications. 

Azure Orbital ground station update

With Azure Orbital, we are building satellite ground stations in our datacenters, allowing customers to ingest data from their satellites directly in Azure for processing and storage at-scale. Below is a sneak peek of our first satellite ground station in our Quincy, Washington datacenter:

We continue to build ground stations in other locations and integrate with partner ground stations to further our customers’ ability to communicate with their satellites for data ingestion.

In collaboration with several customers and partners, we have created multiple scenarios for signal processing, data processing, and geospatial data analytics. Today, we are pleased to welcome another partner into our Orbital ecosystem—Thales Alenia Space (TAS). TAS’s Deeper Vision and Microsoft’s Azure Orbital will bring great data processing, inferencing, and analytics capabilities to our customers.

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09

Mar

At Microsoft, we see our customers going through rapid digital transformation to accelerate business growth and empower their employees. And the shift to the digital sphere means a phenomenal growth in internet traffic. The global pandemic has transformed the way we work and live, resulting in a further increase in digital adoption. It goes without saying that a growing number of our customers are adopting an internet-first approach.

As you move more workloads and services to Azure, we remain fully committed to adding new services and more value to empower you with more flexibility and control over your workloads to maximize performance, reliability, and cost efficiency. Today, we are announcing the general availability of Azure routing preference, a new option for you to further architect and optimize your traffic delivery between your Azure resources and clients on the Internet.

Now available in all geographies, routing preference empowers you to customize underlying routing network for your internet bound traffic to and from Azure. You can choose between routing via the Microsoft global network or routing via the Internet that uses transit Internet Service Provider (ISP) network. While the routing via Microsoft global network delivers traffic over an exceptionally reliable private

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18

Feb

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-front-door-enhances-secure-cloud-cdn-with-intelligent-threat-protection/This blog post was co-authored by Jessie Jia, Senior Program Manager The Internet is the new corporate network and the fabric that connects users, devices, and data to applications of all types. It is foundational to how organizations run their businesses, engage their customers, conduct commerce, operate their supply chain, and enable theirRead More

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16

Feb

Increasing competition and ever-growing demand for mobile, always-on services challenges operators to find new strategies to grow profits and gain a competitive edge. To succeed, operators also need to embrace three critical trends:

Changing the economics of their service model. Finding new revenue and shareholder value with 5G. Driving digital transformation, consolidation, and automation.

To address these trends, operators are actively seeking ways to transform their infrastructure, embrace 5G, and evolve their business.

To support operators in capitalizing on this opportunity, we launched the Azure for Operators initiative in September 2020, acting as a trusted partner to provide cloud and edge computing technology and solutions. We are building a platform on the foundation of a carrier-grade cloud and enhanced networking to bring the power of Microsoft’s technology to the operator’s edge. When these capabilities are combined with our broad developer ecosystem and deep business-to-business partnership programs, the result is a unique environment that will help operators accelerate their ability to monetize their network capabilities. 

The advent of 5G technology offers network operators unprecedented opportunities to expand their scale and range of services to enterprise customers in particular. Beyond faster data services for smartphones and 5G networks, other emerging technologies

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16

Nov

“Microsoft’s global network connects over 60 Azure regions, over 220 Azure data centers, over 170 edge sites, and spans the globe with more than 165,000 miles of terrestrial and subsea fiber. The global network connects to the rest of the internet via peering at our strategically placed edge points of presence (PoPs) around the world. Every day, millions of people around the globe access Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Xbox, Bing and many other Microsoft cloud services. This translates to trillions of requests per day and terabytes of data transferred each second on our global network. It goes without saying that the reliability of this global network is critical, so I’ve asked Principal Program Manager Mahesh Nayak and Principal Software Engineer Umesh Krishnaswamy to write this two-part post in our Advancing Reliability series. They explain how we’ve approached our network design, and how we’re constantly working to improve both reliability and performance.”—Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure

Read Advancing global network reliability through intelligent software part 1.

In part one of this networking post, we presented the key design principles of our global network, explored how we emulate changes, our zero touch operations and change automation, and capacity planning.

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09

Nov

“Microsoft’s global network connects over 60 Azure regions, over 220 Azure data centers, over 170 edge sites, and spans the globe with more than 165,000 miles of terrestrial and subsea fiber. The global network connects to the rest of the internet via peering at our strategically placed edge points of presence (PoPs) around the world. Every day, millions of people around the globe access Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Xbox, Bing, and many other Microsoft cloud services. This translates to trillions of requests per day and terabytes of data transferred each second on our global network. It goes without saying that the reliability of this global network is critical, so I’ve asked Principal Program Manager Mahesh Nayak and Principal Software Engineer Umesh Krishnaswamy to write this two-part post in our Advancing Reliability series. They explain how we’ve approached our network design, and how we’re constantly working to improve both reliability and performance.”—Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure

Microsoft’s global network is analogous to a highway system. Highways connect major cities and roadways connect small cities to major cities. In this analogy, data centers grouped into Azure regions are the major cities, and the edge PoPs are the small cities.

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30

Sep

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 + Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management + Billing 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:

Simplify financial reporting with cost allocation, now in preview. Connector for AWS is now generally available. Get pay-as-you-go rates for all Azure products and services. What’s new in Cost Management Labs. Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting. 15 ways to optimize your Azure costs. New ways to save money with Azure. Upcoming changes to Azure usage data. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Simplify financial reporting with cost allocation, now in preview

Managing cloud

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16

Jul

Today we’re announcing the preview of the new ability to deploy and run third-party Network Virtual Appliances such as SD-WAN natively within the Azure Virtual WAN hubs.

As enterprises increasingly adopt the cloud while reducing their costs, IT teams looking to consolidate, accelerate, or even revamp connectivity models should consider Azure Virtual WAN. Modern enterprises require ubiquitous connectivity between hyper-distributed applications, data, and users across the cloud and on-premises.

Since we announced automated and integrated transit capabilities with Azure Virtual WAN as the first in the public cloud back in 2018, the interest to take advantage of Azure when building or re-architecting branch networks for the cloud has grown fast.

Azure Virtual WAN provides a service architecture to take full advantage of Microsoft’s fast global network. Virtual WAN makes it easy to connect Virtual Networks (VNets), Azure ExpressRoute, VPN, and now SD-WAN in “virtual hubs.” The connectivity agnostic approach allows full transit between branches, sites, mobile users, and services using Azure’s global infrastructure.

 

Barracuda is the first Virtual WAN partner to bring the advantage of this deep integration allowing customers to take advantage of SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) to improve performance while taking advantage of existing investments

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25

Jun

We are excited to announce that Azure Load Balancer customers now have instant access to a packaged solution for health monitoring and configuration analysis. Built as part of Azure Monitor for Networks, customers now have topological maps for all their Load Balancer configurations and health dashboards for their Standard Load Balancers preconfigured with relevant metrics.

Through this, you have a window into the health and configuration of your networks, enabling rapid fault localization and informed design decisions. You can access this through the Insights blade of each Load Balancer resource and Azure Monitor for Networks, a central hub that provides access to health and connectivity monitoring for all your network resources.

Visualize functional dependencies

The functional dependency view will enable you to picture even the most complex load balancer setups. With visual feedback on Load Balancing rules, Inbound NAT rules, and backend pool resources, you can make updates while keeping a complete picture of your configuration in mind.

For Standard Load Balancers, your backend pool resources are color-coded with Health Probe status empowering you to visualize the current availability of your network to serve traffic. Alongside the above topology you are presented with a time-wise graph of health status,

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