Category Archives : Partner

23

Jul

Fully managed HashiCorp Consul Service generally available on Azure today

I want to congratulate the HashiCorp and Microsoft Azure teams on the general availability of HashiCorp Consul Service (HCS) on Azure. This is a first-of-a-kind achievement for HashiCorp running a cloud-based service. Within Azure, we have a deep commitment to build a platform where anyone from startups to large-scale enterprises can deliver reliable, compelling services that augment the Azure platform and benefit our customers.

Throughout the process of bringing this service to production-grade availability, the HashiCorp team has been an awesome partner. We learned a lot together and I’m grateful for the strength of our relationship. Seeing HCS launch on Azure is awesome and a great example of the depth of our collaboration and commitment to serve our joint customers.

HCS on Azure enables Azure users to natively provision Consul servers in any supported Azure region directly through the Azure Marketplace. Consul is delivered “as-a-service” where the Consul servers themselves are managed and operated by HashiCorp SREs while Azure takes care of the underlying infrastructure, virtual machines (VMs), and networks. This ensures customers can focus on the application and business logic they’re building and can offload the operational overhead of running Consul to experts at HashiCorp, including managing upgrades, patching,

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22

Jul

Enabling customers for success on Azure

The pandemic continues to test business principles, models, and strategies organizations once thought to be bedrock truths of business. The COVID-19 crisis has challenged everything, from leadership principles, financial models, operations, and sales process, to technology decisions and platform strategies. Organizations have been forced to quickly adapt to maintain efficient operations in these difficult times. Technology has remained the common driver throughout this period of worldwide adaptation to change.

The cloud has surged to the center of the recent digital transformation efforts, by quickly creating new solutions securely and reliably, meeting new business challenges, and driving transformation with continuous technological innovation. In meeting the challenges posed by the global pandemic, the cloud is driving digital transformation faster than ever with more organizations adopting cloud technologies.

Microsoft stands with our partners, and we’re committed to your efforts, enabling customers for successful cloud use, and harnessing the wave of innovation for organizations across the globe during this challenging time.

At Microsoft Inspire, we continue to invest in our customer’s success on Azure focusing on these four priorities:

Generating confidence in their cloud journey, providing technical guidance and skills development resources. Focusing on processes and operations on their terms, at their pace through

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16

Jul

Running SD-WAN virtual appliances natively in Azure Virtual WAN

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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15

Jul

Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions is now in preview
Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions is now in preview

Some of the largest enterprises in the world are currently running their SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure. Since these SAP applications are mission critical, a delay or disruption of service for even a minute can have a significant financial and reputational impact on an organization.

To help our customers effectively monitor their SAP on Azure deployments, today we are announcing the preview of Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions. With this Azure-native monitoring solution, customers running their SAP landscapes on Azure now have access to simplified monitoring, efficient troubleshooting, and flexible customizations. Watch Introducing Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions on Azure Friday.

Before we announced a private preview of Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions in September 2019 we heard from customers that they relied on complex and unmanageable disparate tools and dashboards. Customers wanted to collect the required SAP telemetry in one location for an end-to-end view to easily recognize patterns and correlate data between various components within their SAP landscapes.

“Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions enables infrastructure teams to quickly identify the state of the enterprise critical SAP HANA DB without being an SAP HANA Expert. We had several occasions where functional teams pointed at infrastructure for system issue

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16

Jun

Town of Cary innovates flood prediction with IoT

This post was co-authored by Daniel Sumner, Worldwide Industry Director, Government—Smart Infrastructure at Microsoft.

According to Flood Safety, flooding is the most common type of natural disaster worldwide. It affects tens of millions of people around the world each year and causes, on average, more than $200 billion in damages. Many communities face flood-related challenges, and the Town of Cary in North Carolina, United States, is no different. Its flood-prone areas are affected by heavy rains, which are often exacerbated by the yearly Atlantic hurricane season. When the town sees excessive rainfall, its personnel often find themselves scrambling to address overflowing stormwater systems, but even a burst water main can create a spontaneous flood event.

Town of Cary parking lot during a flood event.

As a leader in innovative city solutions, the Town of Cary was already committed to using smart technology, data, and analytics to optimize city functions, drive economic growth, and improve the quality of life. Chief Information Officer, Nicole Raimundo, Smart City Strategist, Terry Yates, and Stormwater Operations Manager, Billy Lee, saw another opportunity: use technology to predict and manage flood events.

Envisioning a flood prediction solution

In October 2019, Cary’s leaders met with partners Microsoft

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15

Jun

Six reasons customers trust Azure to run their SAP solutions

As global organizations across every industry adjust to the new normal, SAP solutions are playing an increasingly vital role in addressing immediate needs and paving a path to a resilient future. Now more than ever, companies are realizing the value of running their SAP solutions in the cloud. While some are using advanced analytics to process their SAP data to make real-time business decisions, others are integrating their SAP and non-SAP data to build stronger supply chains. Whether it’s meeting urgent customer needs, empowering employees to make quick decisions, or planning for the future, customers running SAP solutions in the cloud have been well prepared to face the new reality. Check out how Walgreens delivers superior customer service with SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure.

Many organizations running their SAP solutions on-premises have become increasingly aware of the need to be more agile and responsive to real-time business needs. According to an IDC survey, 54 percent of enterprises expect the future demand for cloud software will increase. As global organizations seek agility, cost savings, risk reduction, and immediate insights from their ERP solutions, here are some reasons many of the largest enterprises choose Microsoft Azure as their trusted partner when moving

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27

May

Microsoft and Docker collaborate on new ways to deploy containers on Azure

Now more than ever, developers need agility to meet rapidly increasing demands from customers. Containerization is one key way to increase agility. Containerized applications are built in a more consistent and repeatable way, by way of defining desired infrastructure, dependencies, and configuration as code for all stages of the lifecycle. Applications often start and stop faster at runtime too, which often helps quickly start, stop, scale out, and update in the cloud.

With this in mind, we announced a new partnership earlier today between Microsoft and Docker to integrate Docker Desktop more closely with Microsoft Azure and the Visual Studio line of products.  

Docker Desktop built-in tools, features, and command-line utilities will provide a way to natively set Azure as a context to run containers in the cloud with context and run in Azure containers in a few simple commands. The product integration begins with the ability to create Azure Container Instances (ACI), which is a solution for any scenario that can operate in isolated containers, without orchestration.

Let’s take a look at new product integrations using an example. We have a simple TCP-based Python game server app that is already building and running on the local developer machine using

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11

May

Microsoft and Redis Labs collaborate to give developers new Azure Cache for Redis capabilities

Now more than ever, enterprises must deliver their applications with speed and robustness that matches the high expectations of their customers. The ability to provide sub-millisecond response times, reliably support the demands of enterprises from small to large, and scale seamlessly to handle millions of requests per second are critical to modern application development. At the same time, technology solutions need to be more open and flexible to handle cloud native architectures while maintaining mission-critical uptime and reliability.

Microsoft and Redis Labs partnering to bring new features to Azure Cache for Redis

With this in mind, I am announcing a new partnership between Microsoft and Redis Labs to bring their industry-leading technology and expertise to Azure Cache for Redis. This partnership represents the first native integration between Redis Labs technology and a major cloud platform, underscoring our commitment to customer choice and flexibility.

For years, developers have utilized the speed and throughput of Redis to produce unbeatable responsiveness and scale in their applications. We’ve seen tremendous adoption of Azure Cache for Redis, our managed solution built on open source Redis, as Azure customers have leveraged Redis performance as a distributed cache, session store, and message broker. The incorporation of the

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11

May

Automating cybersecurity guardrails with new Zero Trust blueprint and Azure integrations

In our day-to-day work, we focus on helping customers advance the security of their digital estate using the native capabilities of Azure. In the process, we frequently find that using Azure to improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture can also help these customers achieve compliance more rapidly.

Today, many of our customers in regulated industries are adopting a Zero Trust architecture, moving to a security model that more effectively adapts to the complexity of the modern environment, embraces the mobile workforce, and protects people, devices, applications, and data wherever they’re located.

Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” In a Zero Trust model, every access request is strongly authenticated, authorized within policy constraints, and inspected for anomalies before granting access. This approach can aid the process of achieving compliance for industries that use NIST-based controls including financial services, defense industrial base, and government.

A Zero Trust approach should extend throughout the entire digital estate and serve as an integrated security philosophy and end-to-end strategy, across three primary principles: (1) verify explicitly, (2) enforce least privilege access, and (3) assume breach.

Use the Azure blueprint for faster configuration of

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28

Apr

Microsoft Services is now a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider

Modern applications are increasingly built using containers, which are microservices packaged with their dependencies and configurations. For this reason, many companies are either containerizing their existing applications or creating new complex applications that are composed of multiple containers.

As applications grow to span multiple containers deployed across multiple servers, operating them becomes more complex. To manage this complexity, Kubernetes, an open-source software for deploying and managing those containers at scale, provides an open source API that controls how and where those containers will run.

Kubernetes Certified Service Provider

Microsoft Services is now a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP). The KCSP program is a pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes. The KCSP partners offer Kubernetes support, consulting, professional services, and training for organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey.

We have trained hundreds of consultants on Kubernetes, developed a comprehensive service offering around Kubernetes, and successfully delivered Kubernetes engagements to many customers in all industries, all over the world.

Using our global reach and ecosystem, we empower organizations to put innovation into practice to deliver strategic business outcomes, maximize the value of cloud technology, and drive success through continual support.

Microsoft Services is

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