Category Archives : Partner



Burst 4K encoding on Azure Kubernetes Service

Burst encoding in the cloud with Azure and Media Excel HERO platform.

Content creation has never been as in demand as it is today. Both professional and user-generated content has increased exponentially over the past years. This puts a lot of stress on media encoding and transcoding platforms. Add the upcoming 4K and even 8K to the mix and you need a platform that can scale with these variables. Azure Cloud compute offers a flexible way to grow with your needs. Microsoft offers various tools and products to fully support on-premises, hybrid, or native cloud workloads. Azure Stack offers support to a hybrid scenario for your computing needs and Azure ARC helps you to manage hybrid setups.

Finding a solution

Generally, 4K/UHD live encoding is done on dedicated hardware encoder units, which cannot be hosted in a public cloud like Azure. With such dedicated hardware units hosted on-premise that need to push 4K into the Azure data center the immediate problem we face is a need for high bandwidth network connection between the encoder unit on-premise and Azure data center. In general, it’s a best practice to ingest into multiple regions, increasing the load on the network connected between the




Azure Lighthouse: The managed service provider perspective
Azure Lighthouse: The managed service provider perspective

This blog post was co-authored by Nikhil Jethava, Senior Program Manager, Azure Lighthouse.

Azure Lighthouse became generally available in July this year and we have seen a tremendous response from Azure managed service provider communities who are excited about the scale and precision of management that the Azure platform now enables with cross tenant management. Similarly, customers are empowered with architecting precise and just enough access levels to service providers for their Azure environments. Both customers and partners can decide on the precise scope of the projection.

Azure Lighthouse enables partners to manage multiple customer tenants from within a single control plane, which is their environment. This enables consistent application of management and automation across hundreds of customers and monitoring and analytics to a degree that was unavailable before. The capability works across Azure services (that are Azure Resource Manager enabled) and across licensing motion. Context switching is a thing of the past now.

In this article, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions:

How can MSPs perform daily administration tasks across different customers in their Azure tenant from a single control plane? How can MSPs secure their intellectual property in the form of code?

Let us




Connecting Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud in the UK and Canada

In June 2019, Microsoft announced a cloud interoperability collaboration with Oracle that will enable our customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

At Oracle OpenWorld in September, the cross-cloud collaboration was a big part of the conversation. Since then, we have fielded interest from mutual customers who want to accelerate their cloud adoption across both Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Customers are interested in running their Oracle database and enterprise applications on Azure and in the scenarios enabled by the industry’s first cross-cloud interconnect implementation between Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Many are also excited about our announcement to integrate Microsoft Teams with Oracle Cloud Applications. We have already enabled the integration of Azure Active Directory with Oracle Cloud Applications and continue to break new ground while engaging with customers and partners.

Interest from the partner community

Partners like Accenture are very supportive of the collaboration between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Accenture recently published a white paper, articulating their own perspective and hands-on experiences while configuring the connectivity between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Another Microsoft and Oracle partner who expressed interest early on is SYSCO. SYSCO is a European IT-company specializing




Azure Stack HCI now running on HPE Edgeline EL8000

Do you need rugged, compact-sized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enabled servers to run your branch office and edge workloads? Do you want to modernize your applications and IoT functions with container technology? Do you want to leverage Azure’s hybrid services such as backup, disaster recovery, update management, monitoring, and security compliance? 

Well, Microsoft and HPE have teamed up to validate the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system for Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI program. Designed specifically for space-constrained environments, the HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system has a unique 17-inch depth form factor that fits into limited infrastructures too small for other x86 systems. The chassis has an 8.7-inch width which brings additional flexibility for deploying at the deep edge, whether it is in a telco environment, a mobile vehicle, or a manufacturing floor. This Network Equipment-Building System (NEBs) compliant system delivers secure scalability.

HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge system gives: Traditional x86 compute optimized for edge deployments, far from the traditional data center without the sacrifice of compute performance. Edge-optimized remote system management with wireless capabilities based on Redfish industry standard. Compact form factor, with short-depth and half-width options. Rugged, modular form factor for secure scalability and serviceability in edge and hostile environments including




Microsoft has validated the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 edge server for Azure Stack HCI

Do you need rugged, compact-sized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enabled servers to run your branch office and edge workloads? Do you want to modernize your applications and IoT functions with container technology? Do you want to leverage Azure’s hybrid services such as backup, disaster recovery, update managment, monitoring, and security compliance?  

Microsoft and Lenovo have teamed up to validate the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 for Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI program. The ThinkSystem SE350 was designed and built with the unique requirements of edge servers in mind. It is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and can be easily managed with Lenovo XClarity Controller. The ThinkSystem SE350 solution has a focus on smart connectivity, business security, and manageability for the harsh environment. To see all Lenovo servers validated for Azure Stack HCI, see the Azure Stack HCI catalog to learn more.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350:

The ThinkSystem SE350 is the latest workhorse for the edge. Designed and built with the unique requirements for edge servers in mind, it is versatile enough to stretch the limitations of server locations, providing a variety of connectivity and security options and is easily managed with Lenovo XClarity




A year of bringing AI to the edge

This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).

Since introducing Azure Cognitive Services in containers this time last year, businesses across industries have unlocked new productivity gains and insights. The combination of both the most comprehensive set of domain-specific AI services in the market and containers enables enterprises to apply AI to more scenarios with Azure than with any other major cloud provider. Organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services have transformed their processes and customer experiences as a result.


These are some of the highlights from the past year:

Employing anomaly detection for predictive maintenance

Airbus Defense and Space, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, has tested Azure Cognitive Services in containers for developing a proof of concept in predictive maintenance. The company runs Anomaly Detector for immediately spotting unusual behavior in voltage levels to mitigate unexpected downtime. By employing advanced anomaly detection in containers without further burdening the data scientist team, Airbus can scale this critical capability across




How to build globally distributed applications with Azure Cosmos DB and Pulumi

This post was co-authored by Mikhail Shilkov, Software Engineer, Pulumi.

Pulumi is reinventing how people build modern cloud applications, with a unique platform that combines deep systems and infrastructure innovation with elegant programming models and developer tools.

We live in amazing times when people and businesses on different continents can interact at the speed of light. Numerous industries and applications target users around the globe: e-commerce websites, multiplayer online games, connected IoT devices, collaborative work and leisure experiences, and many more. All of these applications demand computing and data infrastructure in proximity to the end-customers to minimize latency and keep the user experience engaging. The modern cloud makes these scenarios possible. 

Azure infrastructure

Azure Cosmos DB provides a turn-key data distribution to any number of regions, meaning that locations can be added or removed along the way while running production workloads. Azure takes care of data replication, resiliency, and efficiency while providing APIs for read and write operations with a latency of less than 10 milliseconds.

In contrast, compute services—virtual machines, container instances, Azure App Services, Azure Functions, and managed Azure Kubernetes Service—are located in a single Azure region. To make good use of the geographic redundancy of the database,




Growing partner opportunity with Azure innovation
Growing partner opportunity with Azure innovation

At Microsoft Ignite, we are sharing a wealth of new products and business news, across Microsoft’s unique technology stack—spanning on-premises, client, server, and cloud. For Microsoft Azure, we have always believed in building products and programs that help our customers invent with purpose. Our announcements reinforce this belief and deliver on our promises of helping customers be future ready, build on their terms, operate hybrid seamlessly, and do all this with an uncompromising foundation of trust.

To see a full list and details of these Azure announcements, please visit the Microsoft Ignite webpage here

These announcements also unlock tremendous opportunities for you, our partners, to acquire new customers and grow Azure projects within your existing customer base. In this blog, we want to dig deeper in two key announcements, highlight the respective opportunities, resources, and how to take action.

Grow your business with Azure services that now run anywhere with new hybrid capabilities

At Microsoft Ignite, we take a leap forward in enabling customers to move from just hybrid cloud to truly deliver innovation anywhere with Azure.

To give customers the benefits of cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, we’re delivering the ability for customers to run Azure data



Oct blog will cover the design, technology, and recommendations for setting up disaster recovery (DR) for an enterprise customer, to achieve best in class recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) with an SAP S/4HANA landscape. This post READ MORE




Microsoft’s connected vehicle platform presence at IAA, the Frankfurt Auto Show

This post was co-authored by the extended Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) team. 

A connected vehicle solution must enable a fleet of potentially millions of vehicles, distributed around the world, to deliver intuitive experiences including infotainment, entertainment, productivity, driver safety, driver assistance. In addition to these services in the vehicle, a connected vehicle solution is critical for fleet solutions like ride and car sharing as well as phone apps that incorporate the context of the user and the journey.

Imagine you are driving to your vacation destination and you start your conference call from home while you are packing. When you transition to the shared vehicle, the route planning takes into account the best route for connectivity and easy driving and adjusts the microphone sensitivity during the call in the back seat. These experiences today are constrained to either the center-stack screen, known as the in-vehicle infotainment device (IVI), or other specific hardware and software that is determined when the car is being built. Instead, these experiences should evolve over the lifetime of ridership. The opportunity is for new, modern experiences in vehicles that span the entire interior and systems of a vehicle, plus experiences outside the vehicle, to create