Category Archives : Storage, Backup & Recovery

30

Mar

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – March 2021

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:

Prevent exceeding your budget with forecasted cost alerts New cost view for subscriptions What’s new in Cost Management Labs Demystifying cloud economics New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Prevent exceeding your budget with forecasted cost alerts

Staying on top of your costs is critical. Luckily, you can easily set up predefined alerts as you approach your budget in Azure Cost Management and Billing. Now you can define alerts based

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29

Mar

Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day on April 29

Today, I am thrilled to announce Azure Storage Day, a free digital event on April 29, 2021, where you can explore cloud storage solutions for all your enterprise workloads. Join me to:

Watch demos of the latest innovations from Azure Storage and see how customers are using them. Get help understanding how to map Azure Storage services to your enterprise workloads. Connect with Microsoft product experts to get answers to your storage questions.

This digital event is your opportunity to engage with the cloud storage community, see Azure Storage solutions in action, and discover how to build a foundation for all of your enterprise workloads at every stage of your digital transformation.

The need for reliable cloud storage has never been greater. More companies are investing in digital transformation to become more resilient and agile in order to better serve their customers. The rapid pace of digital transformation has resulted in exponential data growth, driving up demand for dependable and scalable cloud data storage services.

We’ve designed Azure Storage to provide highly scalable, secure, and cost-effective cloud storage services for all of your business apps—including SAP, databases, web apps, HPC, analytics, internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). With

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15

Mar

More performance and choice with new Azure HBv3 virtual machines for HPC

HPC-optimized virtual machines featuring AMD EPYC 7003-series processors

Today Azure advances the velocity at which we bring the latest technologies to our HPC customers and the compute performance we put at their fingertips. We are excited to announce Azure HBv3-series virtual machines (VMs) for high-performance computing (HPC) are generally available in the East US, South Central US, and West Europe Azure regions. HBv3 VMs will also be available in the West US3 and Southeast Asia regions soon.

HBv3 VMs are designed to deliver leadership-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world HPC workloads such as CFD, finite element analysis, computational geoscience, rendering, weather simulation, financial risk analysis, and RTL simulation.

HBv3 VMs bring new capabilities to Azure’s fleet of HPC and AI-optimized VM offerings:

Azure’s first VMs with AMD EPYC 7003 series processors. Up to 19 percent higher per core performance. Up to 2.6 times higher per VM performance for lightly-threaded workloads. Up to 1.9 times higher performance for large-scale MPI workloads. Multiple VM sizes so customers can deploy fit-for-purpose HPC compute. H-series’ highest performance local SSD configuration to date, with up to 7 GB/s of read performance, 3 GB/s of

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10

Mar

Azure Defender for Storage powered by Microsoft threat intelligence

This blog post was co-authored with Roy Levin, Senior Data Scientist

With the reality of working from home, more people and devices are now accessing corporate data across home networks. This raises the risks of cyber-attacks and elevates the importance of proper data protection. One of the resources most targeted by attackers is data storage, which can hold critical business data and sensitive information.

To help Azure customers better protect their storage environment, Azure Security Center provides Azure Defender for Storage, which alerts customers upon unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit their storage accounts.

What’s new in Azure Defender for Storage

As with all Microsoft security products, customers of Azure Defender for Storage benefit from Microsoft threat intelligence to detect and hunt for attacks. Microsoft amasses billions of signals for a holistic view of the security ecosystem. These shared signals and threat intelligence enrich Microsoft products and allow them to offer context, relevance, and priority management to help security teams act more efficiently.

Based on these capabilities, Azure Defender for Storage now alerts customers also upon the detection of malicious activities such as:

Upload of potential malware (using hash reputation analysis). Phishing campaigns

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09

Mar

Built-in backup management at scale with Backup center

During this period of the pandemic-disrupted workplace, we have seen unprecedented growth in cloud adoption and dependence on the cloud for data protection to address business continuity and ensure resilience. We understand that protecting your data from increased ransomware attacks, adapting to increased scale with demand surges, managing costs more efficiently, and driving optimizations in overall management are top of mind for you. Azure Backup helps you achieve this by providing built-in capabilities to safeguard your data so that you can recover in the event of accidental deletion, corruption, or ransomware. In our conversations with customers, we realized that it is important for you to be able to manage data protection for an increasing cloud estate in a scalable manner.

Traditionally, at-scale data protection activities like governance, monitoring, operating, and optimizing backup while possible, required leveraging various individual solutions like Azure Policies or Azure Backup’s vault management, monitoring, and reports. This past week at Microsoft Ignite, we announced the general availability of Backup center, a centralized backup management interface built into Azure for all your backup management needs. Backup center simplifies data protection management at-scale by enabling you to discover, govern, monitor, operate, and optimize backup management, all from one

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09

Mar

Scale your critical applications cost-effectively with Azure Disk Storage

To address today’s challenges like ensuring business continuity and managing reduced cash flow, organizations are accelerating their migration to the cloud. With a wide range of workloads migrating to the cloud, it is important to meet the unique scale needs of these workloads while keeping costs under control. Today, we are sharing new capabilities on Azure Disk Storage that continue to help you scale your performance cost-effectively—allowing you to meet your workload needs on-demand and only pay for what you need.

Boost disk performance on-demand with new disk bursting experience on Premium SSDs

In April 2020, we announced the general availability of disk bursting on smaller premium SSD disk sizes (512 GiB or below). Today, we are extending disk bursting support (in preview) to larger premium SSD disks sizes (above 512 GiB) with a new on-demand experience. Unlike the credit-based system where you can only burst if you have accumulated credits, our new on-demand bursting capability allows you to burst up to six times (up to 30,000 IOPS and 1,000 MBs of throughput) of the provisioned amount whenever needed. This provides you with the flexibility to scale performance to meet demand and optimize costs.

Disk bursting is most suitable

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24

Feb

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10

Feb

Back up Linux virtual machines running mission-critical workloads

As organizations continue to embrace Linux, we see a growing number of enterprises running business and mission-critical workloads on Linux virtual machines in Azure. Azure Backup service offers application consistent backup of Linux virtual machines in Azure to safeguard against unintended destruction of data in your virtual machines. Azure Backup also has a specialized offering for SAP HANA that is workload-aware, offers a 15 minute recovery point objective (RPO), and allows the backup and restore of individual databases. As part of our continued commitment to Linux: 

Azure Backup has several improvements to agent-based application consistent backup of Linux virtual machines including application consistent backups for virtual machines running Oracle and OSS databases, backup for a wide number of Linux distributions and large virtual machine configurations that run mission-critical workloads, flexible restore options to meet a variety of RTO requirements, andcCost optimization options for Azure Virtual Machine backup using selective disk backup. For scenarios where agent-based solution is not feasible or suitable, Azure Backup offers Azure Disk Backup, an agent-less crash consistent backup for Azure Managed Disks with the ability to configure multiple backups per day, without impacting production application performance. For mission-critical workloads saving their data to a fully managed database, Azure Backup

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26

Jan

Azure Availability Zones in the South Central US datacenter region add resiliency

As businesses move more workstreams to the cloud, business continuity and data protection have never been more critical—and perhaps their importance has never been more visible than during the challenges and unpredictability of 2020. To continue our commitment to supporting stability and resiliency in the cloud, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of Azure Availability Zones from our South Central US datacenter region.

Azure Availability Zones are unique physical locations within an Azure region that each consist of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. Availability Zones provide protection against datacenter failures and unplanned downtime. These are further supported by one of the top industry-leading service level agreements (SLA) of 99.99 percent virtual machine uptime.

For many companies, especially those in regulated industries who are increasingly moving their critical applications to the cloud, Availability Zones in South Central US provide the option for customers to choose the resiliency and business continuity options that support their business. Availability Zones provide our customers with added options for high availability with added fault tolerance against datacenter failures while supporting data protection and backup. Customers can choose to store data in the same datacenter, across zonal datacenters in the same region, or

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30

Nov

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – November 2020

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:

Customize language in budget alerts Preview new views optimized for resources and reservations What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure Recent changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Customize language in budget alerts

Budgets allow you to get notified as you breach predefined thresholds. You can set up budgets for yourself or for others within your organization to drive accountability and proactively notify teams about potentially

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