Category Archives : Updates

19

Dec

Azure #CosmosDB: Entry point for unlimited containers is now 60% cheaper and other improvements

Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, horizontally partitioned, multi-model database service. The service is designed to allow customers to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions. Azure Cosmos DB offers guaranteed low latency at the 99th percentile, 99.999% high availability, predictable throughput, and multiple well-defined consistency models. Azure Cosmos DB is the first and only globally distributed database service in the industry today to offer comprehensive Service Level Agreements (SLAs) encompassing all four dimensions of global distributions which our customers care the most: throughput, latency at the 99th percentile, availability, and consistency. As a cloud service, we have carefully designed and engineered Azure Cosmos DB with multi-tenancy, horizontal scalability and global distribution in mind.

We have just rolled out a few long-awaited changes and we wanted to share them with you:

Entry point for unlimited collections/containers is now 60% cheaper. In February, we’ve lowered entry point for unlimited containers making them 75% cheaper. We continue making improvements in our service and today we are pleased to announce that unlimited containers have now an entry point that is 60% cheaper than before. Instead of provisioning 2,500 RU/sec as a minimum, you can now

13

Dec

Azure ARM API for consumption usage details
Azure ARM API for consumption usage details

As an update to the Reporting APIs for Enterprise customers we are releasing an updated usage details API. This is a first step in the consolidation of Azure cost and usage based APIs in the ARM (Azure Resource Manager) model. The updated usage details API will support:

Migrating from a key based authorization model to ARM based authentication. The benefits of this authorization mode are an improved security posture and the ability to utilize ARM RBAC for authorization. Adding support for Web Direct subscriptions, with a few exceptions documented below. The ability to use filters and expand usage details. Call the API for either a subscription scope, or a subscription and billing period scope. All calls for a subscription will return data for the current billing period. Filter criteria will support dates, resource groups, resources, and instances. Additional details on the filters are available in the Swagger.

For Enterprise customers, reporting at a grain higher than the subscription is a work in progress and until released, you will need to continue to use the existing API. The consumption ARM API is the area we continue to invest in for cost related APIs with the goals of normalizing our APIs across

13

Dec

General availability of Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware and Hyper-V

I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of the Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware and Hyper-V. This tool helps VMware and Hyper-V enterprise customers to understand their on-premises networking requirements, Microsoft Azure compute and storage requirements for successful Azure Site Recovery replication, and test failover or failover of their applications.

Apart from understanding infrastructure requirements, our customers also needed a way to estimate the total disaster recovery (DR) cost to Azure. In this GA release, we have added detailed estimated DR cost to Azure for your environment. You can generate a report with the latest Azure prices based on your subscription, the offer that is associated with your subscription, and the target Azure region for the specified currency. The Deployment Planner report gives you cost for compute, storage, network, and Azure Site Recovery licenses.

Key features of the tool The Deployment Planner can be run without having to install any Azure Site Recovery components to your on-premises environment. The tool does not impact the performance of production servers, as no direct connection is made to them. All performance data is collected from the Hyper-V server or VMware vCenter Server/VMware vSphere ESXi Server, which hosts the production

12

Dec

Azure Monitor: Send monitoring data to an event hub
Azure Monitor: Send monitoring data to an event hub

With Azure Monitor’s diagnostic settings you can set up your resource-level diagnostic logs and metrics to be streamed to any of three destinations including a storage account, an Event Hubs namespace, or Log Analytics. Sending to an Event Hubs namespace is a convenient way to stream Azure logs from any source into a custom logging solution, 3rd party SIEM product, or other logging tool.

Previously, you could only route your resource diagnostic logs to an Event Hubs namespace, in which an event hub was created for each category of data sent. Now, you can optionally specify which event hub within the namespace should be used for a particular diagnostic setting. This is helpful if you are routing multiple types of logs to a single endpoint, for example, a SIEM connector. Rather than having to configure that endpoint to read from multiple event hubs, you can simply route all log types to a single event hub and have your endpoint listen to that one source.

You can try this out today in the Azure Portal by creating or modifying a diagnostic setting and selecting “Stream to an event hub”.

This can also be set up using a Resource Manager template.

12

Dec

Microsoft expands scope of Singapore MTCS certification

I am pleased to announce the renewal of the Singapore Multi-Tier Could Security (MTCS) Certification Level 3. As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction, Azure has adopted the MTCS standard to meet different cloud user needs for data sensitivity and business criticality. Azure has maintained its MTCS certification for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the scope has increased by 30% catching up with the latest ISO 27001 scope covering the latest data storage and analytics services including Data Lake Store, Data Lake Analytics, SQL Server Stretch Database, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Container Service, etc.

Developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore, the MTCS Standard 584:2015 is the world’s first cloud security standard that covers three different tiers of security requirements spanning different service types including PaaS, IaaS and SaaS.  The standard comprises a total of 535 controls closely mapped to ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard, covering basic security in Level 1, more stringent governance and tenancy controls in Level 2, and reliability and resiliency for high-impact information systems in Level 3.

The MTCS standard seeks to drive cloud adoption across industries by giving clarity around the security service levels of Cloud Service

11

Dec

Azure Marketplace – New offers in November 2017
Azure Marketplace – New offers in November 2017

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. In November 2017, 35 new offers went live. See details of these great new offers below:

VeloCloud Virtual Edge: VeloCloud Cloud Delivered SD-WAN assures enterprise and cloud application performance over Internet and hybrid WAN while simplifying deployments and reducing costs.

EDB Postgres Ark: EDB Postgres Ark provides operational administrators with control of a Postgres 9.6, 9.5 or 9.4 based DBaaS for their organization while freeing DBAs and developers from the rigors of setting up and managing modern, robust database environments.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Base Edition 9.0: IBM WebSphere Application Server offers options for a faster, more flexible Java application server runtime environment. IBM WebSphere Application Server Base Edition 8.0: IBM WebSphere Application Server offers options for a faster, more flexible Java application server runtime environment. WebSphere Application Server offers enhanced features and resiliency for building and running applications, including cloud and mobile. IBM WebSphere MQ 9.0: This is a pre-configured image of IBM® WebSphere MQ, IBM’s market-leading messaging integration middleware on the Azure Marketplace. You can install it simply with a few clicks. It’s easy to integrate with your current infrastructure. IBM WebSphere

07

Dec

Free eBook – The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure now available

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/free-ebook-the-developer-s-guide-to-microsoft-azure-now-available/Today, we are pleased to introduce a free eBook titled, The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure second edition. The book was written by Michael Crump and Barry Luijbregts to help you on your journey to the cloud, whether you’re just READ MORE

07

Dec

Partners enhance Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/partners-enhance-kubernetes-support-for-azure-and-windows-server-containers/Yesterday, Microsoft made some exciting announcements about new serverless and DevOps capabilities we’ll be contributing to the community. We announced Virtual Kubelet, the next version Kubernetes connector for Azure Container Instances, Open Service Broker for Azure, which makes it easier READ MORE

06

Dec

cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview
cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/cloud-init-for-rhel-7-4-and-centos-7-4-preview/cloud-init is an increasingly popular way to configure Linux VMs. Today we are pleased to announce a preview of provisioning RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 using cloud-init. This will allow you to migrate existing cloud-init configurations to Azure from other READ MORE