Category Archives : Updates

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Jun

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – June 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:

More flexibility for budget notifications. Subscribe to active cost recommendations with Advisor digests. Automate subscription creation in Azure Government. Subscription ownership transfer improvements. New ways to save money with Azure. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

More flexibility for budget notifications

You already know Azure Cost Management budgets keep you informed as your costs increase over time. We’re introducing two changes to make it easier than ever to tune your budgets to suit your specific needs.

You can now specify

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18

Jun

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – May 2020
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – May 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:

Billing improvements for Microsoft Customer Agreement billing accounts. What’s new in Cost Management LabsNew ways to save money with Azure. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Billing improvements for Microsoft Customer Agreement billing accounts

Microsoft Customer Agreement accounts introduce several key benefits over Enterprise Agreement and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) accounts. This month brings several key improvements to make it even easier to manage and pay for your account:

Group subscriptions into separate invoices using billing profiles. View credits, refunds, and

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30

Apr

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – April 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:

Azure Spot Virtual Machines now generally available. Monitoring your reservation and Marketplace purchases with budgets. Automate cost savings with Azure Resource Graph. Azure Cost Management covered by FedRAMP High. Tell us about your reporting goals. New ways to save money with Azure. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Azure Spot Virtual Machines now generally available

We all want to save money. We often look at our largest workloads for savings opportunities, but make sure you don’t stop there. You may

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23

Apr

Update #3: Business continuity with Azure
Update #3: Business continuity with Azure

Thank you for your response to our cloud continuity blogs; many of you have told us that this information is helpful. We’re committed to providing further posts when we have additional information.

Here at Microsoft, as most of our company starts the seventh week in changed professional and personal arrangements, we are learning new ways to live, work, learn and communicate. We are also learning from you—our customers and partners. We are all adjusting in this moment together and are appreciative of the feedback we receive and the confidence our customers have in our wide range of cloud services.

As a technology first responder serving first responders battling the global health crisis, as a trusted cloud provider to ensure your technology investment continues to deliver the value you expect, and as a company committed to assisting as organizations adapt to changing needs—we are relentlessly focused on providing the support needed to help the workforce operate as smoothly as possible during these changing times.

To ensure optimum focus, our efforts continue to be anchored in two key areas of action:

Help our customers address their most urgent needs. Ensure Microsoft Azure continues to scale to meet new demand.

The rest of

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21

Apr

Enhanced features in Azure Archive Storage now generally available

Since launching Azure Archive Storage, we’ve seen unprecedented interest and innovative usage from a variety of industries. Archive Storage is built as a scalable service for cost-effectively storing rarely accessed data for long periods of time. Cold data, including application backups, healthcare records, autonomous driving recordings, and other data sets that might have been previously deleted could be stored in Azure Storage’s Archive tier in an offline state, then rehydrated to an online tier when needed.

With your usage and feedback, we’ve made our archive improvements generally available, making our service even better.

Priority retrieval from Azure Archive

Priority retrieval allows you to flag the rehydration of your data from the offline archive tier back into an online hot or cool tier as a high priority action. By paying a little bit more for the priority rehydration operation, your archive retrieval request is placed in front of other requests and your offline data is expected to be returned online in less than one hour.

The two archive retrieval options are:

Standard priority is the default option for archive Set Blob Tier and Copy Blob requests, with retrievals taking up to 15 hours. High priority fulfills the need for urgent data access

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28

Mar

Update #2 on Microsoft cloud services continuity
Update #2 on Microsoft cloud services continuity

Since last week’s update, the global health pandemic continues to impact every organization—large or small—their employees, and the customers they serve. Everyone is working tirelessly to support all our customers, especially critical health and safety organizations across the globe, with the cloud services needed to sustain their operations during this unprecedented time. Equally, we are hard at work providing services to support hundreds of millions of people who rely on Microsoft to stay connected and to work and play remotely.

As Satya Nadella shared, “It’s times like this that remind us that each of us has something to contribute and the importance of coming together as a community”. In these times of great societal disruption, we are steadfast in our commitment to help everyone get through this.

For this week’s update, we want to share common questions we’re hearing from customers and partners along with insights to address these important inquiries. If you have any immediate needs, please refer to the following resources.

Azure Service Health – for tracking any issues impacting customer workloads and understanding Azure Service Health
Microsoft 365 Service health and continuity – for tracking and understanding M365 Service health
Xbox Live – for tracking game and service status

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25

Mar

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – March 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:

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) invoice improvements. Tell us about your reporting goals. What’s new in Cost Management Labs. New ways to save money with Azure. Upcoming changes to Azure usage data. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) invoice improvements

Managing and staying up to date on your Azure invoices just got a whole lot better with a few key improvements for Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) subscriptions:

You can now view and download your support plan invoices in the Azure portal, giving you

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25

Mar

Keeping your cloud deployments secure during challenging times

As the world comes together to combat COVID-19, and remote work becomes a critical capability for many companies, customers have asked us how to best maintain the security posture of their cloud assets while enabling more remote workers to access them.

Misconfiguration of cloud security controls has been at the root of several recent data breaches, so it’s extremely important to continue monitoring your security posture as usage of cloud assets increases.

To help you prioritize the actions that you need to take, we are listing three common scenarios for remote workers and how to leverage Azure Security Center security controls to prioritize relevant recommendations for these scenarios:

1. As more users need to access resources remotely, you need to ensure that Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is enabled to enhance their identity protection.

Azure Security Center has a security control called Enable MFA, ideally you should remediate all recommendations that are part of this security control, as shown below:

2. Some users might need remote access via RDP or SSH to servers that are in your Azure infrastructure.

Instead of allowing full 24 x 7 access to those servers, ensure that you are using Just-In-Time (JIT)

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21

Mar

Our commitment to customers and Microsoft cloud services continuity

Over the past several weeks, all of us have come together to battle the global health pandemic. During this time, organizations around the world are adjusting the way they manage their daily work and how their workforce continues in the face of extraordinary changes to their professional and personal lives.

With this blog we wanted to share a bit about what we have learned over the last few weeks, resources to help organizations manage through these times, support for critical first responders and emergency organizations, and the criteria we have put in place to manage cloud services capacity to support critical operations. 

We will continue to communicate regularly and openly, so you can have insight into what we are seeing, learning and doing.

As companies operationalize to address new and unique challenges, we have mobilized our global response plan to help customers stay up and running during this critical time. We are actively monitoring performance and usage trends 24/7 to ensure we are optimizing our services for customers worldwide, while accommodating new demand. We are working closely with first responder organizations and critical government agencies to ensure we are prioritizing their unique needs and providing them our fullest support. We

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26

Feb

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – February 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:

New Power BI reports for Azure reservations and Azure Hybrid Benefit Quicker access to help and support We need your feedback What’s new in Cost Management Labs Drill in to the costs for your resources Understanding why you see “not applicable” Upcoming changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

New Power BI reports for Azure reservations and Azure Hybrid Benefit

Azure Cost Management + Billing offers several ways to report on your cost and usage

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