Category Archives : Virtual Machines

01

Apr

New solutions for Oracle WebLogic on Azure Virtual Machines

We are announcing a major release for Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on Azure Virtual Machines. The release is jointly developed with the WebLogic team as part of a broad-ranging partnership between Microsoft and Oracle. Software available under the partnership includes Oracle WebLogic, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Database, as well as interoperability between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Azure. This release covers common use cases for WLS on Azure, such as base image, single working instance, clustering, load balancing via App Gateway, database connectivity, integration with Azure Active Directory, caching with Oracle Coherence and consolidated logging via the ELK stack. WLS is a key component in enabling enterprise Java workloads on Azure. Customers are encouraged to evaluate these solutions for full production usage and reach out to collaborate on migration cases.

Use cases and roadmap

The partnership between Oracle and Microsoft was announced in June of 2019. Under the partnership, we announced the initial release of the WLS on Azure Virtual Machines at Oracle OpenWorld 2019. The solutions simplify migration by automating boilerplate provisioning of virtual networks and storage, installing OS/Java resources, setting up WLS, and configuring integration with key Azure services.

Earlier releases focused on a basic set

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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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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

Digital event: Extend to the cloud with Azure VMware solution

Find out how to easily shift your VMware workloads to the cloud on your own terms and modernize your investments. Join us on March 23, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8), for the Extend to the Cloud with Azure VMware Solution digital event—delivered in partnership with Intel and VMware—and get to know Microsoft Azure VMware Solution: a cloud service that lets you run VMware natively on Azure.

Join industry experts and VMware users at this free digital event to:

Learn how to cost-effectively shift your VMware workloads, skills, and tools to the cloud. Find out how to optimize and scale your Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads on Azure. See demos of Azure VMware Solution in action and hear about new and upcoming product features. Join interactive and technical sessions on deployment, migration, disaster recovery, and connecting to other Azure services. Plus, ask the experts your questions and network with your peers in the live chat and moderated roundtables.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and sessions for you at this event to help you learn how to easily shift your VMware workloads to the cloud on your own terms.

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08

Mar

Announcing preview of Azure Trusted Launch for virtual machines

Persistent threats like bootkits and rootkits are sophisticated malware types that run with the same kernel-mode privileges as the operating system they infect. Using those privileges, they can hide themselves from diagnostic tools and antimalware, making them extremely difficult to detect and almost impossible to remove. That foothold is typically leveraged by malware to bypass local logins, record passwords and keystrokes, exfiltrate private files, and steal security keys and credentials.

Today, I’m announcing that Azure customers can prevent bootkit and rootkit infections by enabling Azure Trusted Launch for their virtual machines. Trusted Launch allows administrators to deploy virtual machines with verified and signed bootloaders, OS kernels, and a boot policy that leverages the Trusted Launch Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to measure and attest to whether the boot was compromised. The vTPM measurements give administrators visibility into the integrity of the entire boot process, and vTPM release policies ensure that keys, certificates, and secrets aren’t accessible to compromised virtual machines.

Azure Security Center serves as a single pane of glass for integrity alerts, recommendations, and remediations generated by Trusted Launch. These new features are easily enabled: Trusted Launch is switched on with a simple change in deployment code

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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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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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23

Nov

Guest health feature in Azure Monitor for virtual machines

It is imperative to monitor the health of your virtual machine. But how much time do you spend reviewing each metric and alert to monitor the health of a virtual machine?

We are announcing the preview of Azure Monitor for virtual machines guest health feature that monitors the health of your virtual machines and fires an alert when any parameter being monitored is outside the acceptable range. This feature provides you:

A simple experience to monitor the overall health of your virtual machine. Out-of-the-box health monitors based on key VM metrics to track the health of your virtual machine. Out-of-the-box alerts to notify if the virtual machine is unhealthy.

Virtual machine guest health feature has a parent-child hierarchical model. It monitors the health state of CPU, disks, and memory for a virtual machine and notifies the customer about the changes. The three states—healthy, warning, and critical—are defined based on the thresholds set by the customer for each child monitor. Each monitor measures the health of a particular component. The overall health of the virtual machine is determined by the health of its individual monitors. The top level monitor on the VM groups the health state of all the

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04

Nov

Reduce costs with new memory-optimized Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP HANA

In June 2020, we announced general availability of Azure general purpose and memory optimized Virtual Machines based on the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL (Cascade Lake) deliver up to roughly 20 percent CPU performance improvement compared to their predecessors, the Dv3 and Ev3 VM, depending on the workload.

Today, we are expanding our SAP HANA certifications, enabling you to run production SAP HANA workloads on the Edsv4 virtual machines sizes outlined in the following table. Customers benefit from improved price/performance when running SAP workloads on these Azure virtual machines.

VM type

vCPUs

Memory (GiB)

SAP HANA workload

E20ds_v4

20

160

OLAP & OLTP

E32ds_v4

32

256

OLAP & OLTP

E48ds_v4

48

386

OLAP & OLTP

E64ds_v4

64

504

OLAP & OLTP

For more detailed scenario descriptions, please refer to SAP’s Certified IaaS Platforms webpage.

Benefits of the newly SAP-HANA certified Edsv4 sizes

We know SAP is

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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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