Category Archives : Updates

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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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24

Mar

Expanding our DR scenarios to new zonal capabilities with Azure Site Recovery

Azure provides high availability, disaster recovery, and backup solutions that can enable your applications to meet business availability requirements and recovery objectives. We continue to build upon our portfolio of resilient services by bringing zonal capabilities for improved business continuity and disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location. When an outage occurs at your primary site, you failover to a secondary location, and access apps from there. After the primary location is running again, you can fail back to it. Azure Site Recovery helps ensure business continuity by keeping business apps and workloads running during outages.  

With the zonal disaster recovery capability, we are making it possible to replicate and orchestrate the failover of applications in Azure across Azure Availability Zones within a given region. Zone to Zone disaster recovery options with Azure Site Recovery is on its way to being available in all regions with Azure Availability Zones (AZs). Availability Zones, fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, provide redundant power, cooling, and networking, allowing customers to run mission-critical applications with higher availability and fault tolerance to datacenter failures. Azure Availability Zones will be available in every country Microsoft Azure publicly operates in by the end

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15

Mar

Prevent exceeding Azure budget with forecasted cost alerts

Forecasted cost alerts within budgets in Azure Cost Management and Billing is now generally available. Forecasted cost alerts provide advanced notification that your spending trends are likely to exceed your allocated budget. This empowers you to proactively investigate and make changes to your spending well in advance of actually breaching your budget at the end of the period. Budgets and alerting gives you the ability to hold your organization accountable for its spending to ensure there are no surprises with your cloud costs.

Rest easy knowing that budgets can now alert you based off of both your actual costs and our projections of your future costs. Never get caught off guard by your spending again. In this blog, we would like to explain how to get started with configuring your first forecasted cost alert.

Configure your forecast alert using the Azure portal

Follow the steps below to configure your first forecasted cost alert using the Azure portal.

Navigate to the Cost Management and Billing blade in the Azure portal and select Budgets from the menu. Once on the Budgets blade, click Add to create your new budget.

Enter in details for your new budget, including the Scope you

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26

Jan

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – January 2021

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 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:

New cost view for resource groups Remember last-used scope in Cost Management What’s new in Cost Management Labs Defining roles and responsibilities for cloud cost optimization 5 ways to save costs by running .NET apps on Azure New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

New cost view for resource groups

In November, you saw new cost views optimized for resources and reservations. One of your top asks was to

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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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18

Nov

Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview
Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview

If you have opted for Azure Database for PostgreSQL server, you are probably looking for a fully managed, intelligent, and flexible cloud database service that enables you to focus on building applications while offloading critical management tasks such as availability, scalability, and data protection to the service provider. However, some of these tasks—backup being a case in point—may have additional requirements pertaining to your organization’s compliance and business needs that call for a specialized, end-to-end solution.

Azure Backup and Azure Databases have come together to build an enterprise-scale backup solution for Azure Database for PostgreSQL that facilitates flexible and granular backups and restores while supporting retention for up to 10 years. It is an elastic-scale, zero-infrastructure solution that does not require you to deploy or manage backup infrastructure, agents, or storage accounts while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups.

Enhanced capabilities from Azure Backup and Azure Databases Long-term retention in standard or archive tier

Retain backups for up to 10 years in the standard or archive tier according to your compliance and audit needs with recovery points pruned automatically by the built-in lifecycle management capability beyond the specified retention duration.

Customer-controlled, granular backup and restore

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12

Nov

How to optimize your Azure workload costs
How to optimize your Azure workload costs

Managing IT costs is critical during this time of economic uncertainty. The global pandemic is challenging organizations across the globe to reinvent business strategies and make operations more effective and productive. Faster than ever, you’ll need to find ways to increase efficiencies and optimize costs across your IT organizations.

When it comes to cloud cost optimization, organizations typically divide responsibilities between central IT departments and distributed workload teams. Central IT departments manage overall cloud strategy and governance, setting and auditing corporate policies for cost management. In compliance with central IT policy, workload teams across the organization assume end-to-end ownership for cloud applications they’ve built, including cost management.

In this new normal, if you’re a workload owner, it’s doubly challenging for you and your teams who are taking on new cost responsibilities daily, all while continuously adapting to working in a cloud environment. We created the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework for you to help you design, build, deploy, and manage successful cloud workloads across five key pillars: security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational excellence, and cost optimization. While we’re uniquely focusing on cost optimization here, we’ll soon be addressing best practices on how to balance the priorities of your organization against the other four

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09

Nov

New enhanced DNS features in Azure Firewall—now generally available

This post was co-authored by Adam Stuart, Technical Specialist, Azure Networking

Custom DNS, DNS proxy, and FQDN filtering in network rules (for non-HTTP/S and non-MSSQL protocols) in Azure Firewall are now generally available. In this blog, we also share an example use-case on using DNS proxy with Private Link

Azure Firewall is a cloud-native firewall as a service (FWaaS) offering that allows you to centrally govern and log all your traffic flows using a DevOps approach. The service supports both application, NAT, and network-level filtering and is integrated with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence feed for filtering known malicious IP addresses and domains. Azure Firewall is highly available with built-in auto scaling.

Custom DNS support is now generally available

Since its launch in September 2018, Azure Firewall has been hardcoded to use Azure DNS to ensure the service can reliably resolve its outbound dependencies. Custom DNS allows you to configure Azure Firewall to use your own DNS server, while ensuring the firewall outbound dependencies are still resolved with Azure DNS. You may configure a single DNS server or multiple servers in Azure Firewall and Firewall Policy DNS settings.

Azure Firewall can also resolve names using Azure Private DNS. The Virtual Network within

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27

Oct

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – October 2020

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 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:

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score Create subscriptions with ARM templates Tell us what you need when verifying billed charges What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score

Wouldn’t it be great to have some assurances that you’re running your workloads in a cost-efficient manner? That’s exactly what Azure Advisor gives you and now, with the Advisor Score, it’s easier than ever for you

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30

Sep

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – September 2020

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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