Category Archives : Virtual Machines

26

Jun

New zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute gateways now in public preview

As with all of Azure, we are continuously innovating, upgrading, and refining our virtual network gateways to further increase reliability and availability.

Today, we are sharing the public preview of zone-redundant VPN Gateway and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways. By adding support for Azure Availability Zones, we bring increased resiliency, scalability, and higher availability to virtual network gateways.

You can now deploy VPN and ExpressRoute gateways in Azure Availability Zones. This physically and logically separates them into different Availability Zones protecting your on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures. Additionally, we have made fundamental performance improvements including reducing the deployment time to create a virtual network gateway.

To automatically deploy your virtual network gateways across availability zones, you can use zone-redundant virtual network gateways.

Zone-redundant virtual network gateways use specific new gateway SKUs for VPN Gateway and ExpressRoute. To begin using zone-redundant, you can self-enroll your subscription in the public preview. Once you enroll, you will start seeing the new gateway SKUs in all the Azure Availability Zone regions. See the getting started guide for steps to self-enroll, to view information about the new gateway SKUs, and for configuration information.

The new gateway SKUs also support other deployment options

26

Jun

New zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute gateways now in public preview

As with all of Azure, we are continuously innovating, upgrading, and refining our virtual network gateways to further increase reliability and availability.

Today, we are sharing the public preview of zone-redundant VPN Gateway and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways. By adding support for Azure Availability Zones, we bring increased resiliency, scalability, and higher availability to virtual network gateways.

You can now deploy VPN and ExpressRoute gateways in Azure Availability Zones. This physically and logically separates them into different Availability Zones protecting your on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures. Additionally, we have made fundamental performance improvements including reducing the deployment time to create a virtual network gateway.

To automatically deploy your virtual network gateways across availability zones, you can use zone-redundant virtual network gateways.

Zone-redundant virtual network gateways use specific new gateway SKUs for VPN Gateway and ExpressRoute. To begin using zone-redundant, you can self-enroll your subscription in the public preview. Once you enroll, you will start seeing the new gateway SKUs in all the Azure Availability Zone regions. See the getting started guide for steps to self-enroll, to view information about the new gateway SKUs, and for configuration information.

The new gateway SKUs also support other deployment options

20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

12

Jun

Rendering in Azure with Qube 7
Rendering in Azure with Qube 7

Rendering is the most compute-intensive part of a movie production. By some estimates rendering can account for 90 percent of the total compute hours over the entire life of an animated feature or visual effects-laden feature film. Rendering is a highly-complex, distributed process with dependencies between render jobs and digital assets.

To address this complexity companies like PipelineFX offer render management solutions that simplify the management and control of render pipelines. Their solution integrates on-premises environments with cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure. This gives their customers access to scale and elasticity for accelerating the time-to-production.

PipelineFx recently announced their latest software release, Qube 7. It has a great set of new features that you can read more about on their website. But there’s one thing in particular that caught my eye, the Supervisor is now free to use. Not only that, but the rendering component is free for the first 30 days. This is true regardless of scale.
 
As you probably know already, Azure scales out to big numbers. With the 30 day trial of Qube and our low-priority Virtual Machines, you can get a lot of rendering done without spending a lot of money. Here’s what

12

Jun

Rendering in Azure with Qube 7
Rendering in Azure with Qube 7

Rendering is the most compute-intensive part of a movie production. By some estimates rendering can account for 90 percent of the total compute hours over the entire life of an animated feature or visual effects-laden feature film. Rendering is a highly-complex, distributed process with dependencies between render jobs and digital assets.

To address this complexity companies like PipelineFX offer render management solutions that simplify the management and control of render pipelines. Their solution integrates on-premises environments with cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure. This gives their customers access to scale and elasticity for accelerating the time-to-production.

PipelineFx recently announced their latest software release, Qube 7. It has a great set of new features that you can read more about on their website. But there’s one thing in particular that caught my eye, the Supervisor is now free to use. Not only that, but the rendering component is free for the first 30 days. This is true regardless of scale.
 
As you probably know already, Azure scales out to big numbers. With the 30 day trial of Qube and our low-priority Virtual Machines, you can get a lot of rendering done without spending a lot of money. Here’s what

07

Jun

Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure now in public preview

Earlier this week, Corey Sanders announced preview of a new Azure Backup capability to backup SQL workloads running in Azure Virtual Machines in his post about why you should bet on azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. In this blog, we will elaborate on how this enterprise backup provides a new breakthrough in backup that differentiates Azure from any other public cloud. This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, Pay aA You Go (PAYG) service that leverages native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

Key benefits Zero-infrastructure backup: Freedom from managing backup infrastructure (e.g. backup server, agents or backup storage) or writing complex backup scripts. Centrally manage and monitor all backups using Recovery Services Vault: Create policies to specify the backup schedule and retention for both short-term and long-term retention needs using Grandfather-father-son style retention schemes. Re-use these policies across multiple databases across servers. Configure email notification for any backup or restore failure. Monitor the backup jobs using Recovery Services Vault dashboard for all workloads including Azure IaaS VMs, Azure Files and SQL server databases. Restore to any time,

05

Jun

Azure is the best place for analytics

The confluence of cloud, data, and AI is foundational to innovation and is driving unprecedented change. This week at Spark + AI Summit, I talked about how Microsoft enables organizations to take advantage of Azure to build advanced machine learning models and intelligent applications virtually anywhere.

As Satya mentioned during our Build conference last month, applications will increasingly require a ubiquitous computing fabric from the cloud to the edge. These applications also require new machine learning and AI capabilities that enable them to see, hear and predict. The driving force behind these capabilities is data. Data is vital to every app and experience we build today. Organizations are using their data to extract important insights to drive their businesses forward and engage their customers in new ways. Customers like Renault-Nissan are revolutionizing their customer experience with connected cars. Rockwell Automation, a leader in industrial automation has built predictive maintenance capabilities on their equipment to save time and reduce cost associated with device failure. Liebherr, a leader in manufacturing, produces intelligent refrigerators that use object recognition to recommend grocery lists based on refrigerator contents. These are just a few examples of customers leveraging their data, wherever it exists, to turn it

04

Jun

Offering the largest scale and broadest choice for SAP HANA in the cloud

Microsoft at SAPPHIRE NOW 2018

Enterprises have been embarking on a journey of digital transformation for many years. For many enterprises this journey cannot start or gain momentum until core SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) landscapes are transformed. The last year has seen an acceleration of this transformation with SAP customers of all sizes like Penti, Malaysia Airlines, Guyana Goldfields , Rio Tinto, Co-op, and Coats migrating to the cloud on Microsoft Azure. This cloud migration, which is central to digital transformation, helps to increase business agility, lower costs, and enable new business processes to fuel growth. In addition, it has allowed them to take advantage of advancements in technology such as big data analytics, self-service business intelligence (BI), and Internet of Things (IOT).

As leaders in enterprise software, SAP and Microsoft provide the preferred foundation for enabling the safe and trusted path to digital transformation. Together we enable the inevitable move to SAP S/4HANA which will help accelerate digital transformation for customers of all sizes.

Microsoft has collaborated with SAP for 20+ years to enable enterprise SAP deployments with Windows Server and SQL Server. In 2016 we partnered to offer SAP certified, purpose-built, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

04

Jun

(Preview) Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual machine workloads

We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Standard SSD Managed Disks, a new type of durable storage for Microsoft Azure Virtual machines. Standard SSD Disks are a cost effective storage option optimized for workloads that need consistent performance at lower IOPS levels. The new Azure Standard SSD Disks store data on Solid State Drives (SSDs), like our existing Premium Storage Disks. Whereas our Standard HDD disks store data on Hard Disk Drive (HDD). With the addition of Standard SSD, Azure now offers three types of persistent Disks for use with Azure Virtual machines, optimized for different workload requirements: Premium SSD Disks, Standard SSD Disks, and Standard HDD Disks.

Following is a summary comparing Azure Disk types.

Disk Type

Premium SSD

new Standard SSD

Standard HDD

Summary

Designed for IO intensive enterprise workloads. Delivers consistent performance with low latency and high availability.

Designed to provide consistent performance for low IOPS workloads. Delivers better availability and latency compared to HDD Disks.

Optimized for low-cost mass storage with infrequent access. Can exhibit some variability in performance.

Workload

Demanding enterprise workloads such as