Category Archives : Virtual Machines

05

Jan

Maximize your VM’s Performance with Accelerated Networking – now generally available for both Windows and Linux

We are happy to announce that Accelerated Networking (AN) is generally available (GA) and widely available for Windows and the latest distributions of Linux providing up to 30Gbps in networking throughput, free of charge! 

AN provides consistent ultra-low network latency via Azure’s in-house programmable hardware and technologies such as SR-IOV. By moving much of Azure’s software-defined networking stack off the CPUs and into FPGA-based SmartNICs, compute cycles are reclaimed by end user applications, putting less load on the VM, decreasing jitter and inconsistency in latency.

With the GA of AN, region limitations have been removed, making the feature widely available around the world. Supported VM series include D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms.

The deployment experience for AN has also been improved since public preview. Many of the latest Linux images available in the Azure Marketplace, including Ubuntu 16.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, CentOS 7.4 (distributed by Rogue Wave Software), and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3, work out of the box with no further setup steps needed. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012R2 also work out of the box.

All the information needed to deploy a VM with AN can be found here, Windows AN VM

21

Dec

Azure Backup now supports BEK encrypted Azure virtual machines

Azure Backup stands firm on the promise of simplicity, security, and reliability by giving customers a smooth and dependable experience across scenarios. Continuing on the enterprise data-protection promise, today, we are excited to announce the support for backup and restore of Azure virtual machines encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) for managed or unmanaged disks. This announcement augments the existing capability to backup VMs encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) and Key Encryption Key(KEK). This support is available using Portal and PowerShell.

Key benefits

With this release, Azure Backup provides:

Backup of VMs encrypted using BEK-only as well as BEK and KEK both: Azure Backup now supports backup of VMs encrypted using BEK along with the already supported scenario of BEK and KEK both. The BEK(secrets) and KEK(keys) backed up are encrypted so they can be read and used only when restored back to key vault by the authorized users. Backup of both managed and unmanaged disks in encrypted VMs: Application-consistent backup for both managed and unmanaged disks is supported now which gives user the freedom to create any kind of encrypted VM and then back it up using Azure Backup. Value proposition

This feature provides:

Simplified experience: With this release,

21

Dec

Benefits of migrating IaaS to Azure Resource Manager

Why IaaS on Azure Resource Manager

It has been more than 2 years since we launched IaaS on Azure Resource Manager. Since then, we’ve been busy adding awesome features to this new stack in addition to all the features of the classic stack. Below are some of the features and benefits you get by deploying your infrastructure on Azure Resource Manager:

Compute Managed Disks – Simplify your storage management by exposing disks as a top level resource. In addition, Managed Disks are designed to improve the availability of your virtual machines. Learn more about the other benefits of using Managed Disks. Virtual machine scale sets – Provide a great blend of IaaS like control with PaaS like manageability. Scale sets allow you to reliably deploy and update a large set of virtual machines at large scale. Availability zones – Have peace of mind knowing that your mission critical applications can withstand datacenter-level failures. Instance metadata service – Provides a RESTful endpoint that allows virtual machines instances to get information regarding its compute, network, and upcoming maintenance events from within the virtual machine. Reserved instances – Allows reservation of virtual machines in advance, and significantly reduce costs compared to pay-as-you-go prices.

21

Dec

Announcing the public preview for Adaptive Application Controls

At Microsoft Ignite, we announced new adaptive applications controls that protect your applications from malware by using whitelisting rules. Today, we are excited to share that these capabilities are available for public preview in Azure Security Center. 

Application controls, such as whitelisting, can help limit exposure to malicious and vulnerable applications. Instead of trying to keep pace with rapidly evolving malware and new exploits, application control simply blocks all but known good applications. For purpose-built servers that typically run a fixed set of application, whitelisting can add significant protection. Application control solutions have existed for some time now, but organizations usually find it too complex and hard to manage, especially when unique rules are required per server or group of servers, and in large scale.

Adaptive Application Controls leverages machine learning to analyze the behavior of your Azure virtual machines, create a baseline of applications, group the virtual machines, and recommend and automatically apply the appropriate whitelisting rules. You can view, modify, and receive alerts for these rules in Azure Security Center.

Adaptive application controls are currently available for Windows virtual machines running in Azure (all versions, classic or Azure Resource Manager). To get started, open Security Center and select

18

Dec

VMware virtualization on Azure
VMware virtualization on Azure

We have had tons of interest in our VMware virtualization on Azure offering. This includes questions about what we are offering and how we will provide an enterprise grade solution. Here are some of the details on the preview.

To enable this solution, we are working with multiple VMware Cloud Provider Program partners and running on existing VMware-certified hardware. For example, our preview hardware will use a flexpod bare metal configuration with NetApp storage. This hosted solution is similar to Azure’s bare metal SAP HANA Large Instances solution that we launched last year. With this approach, we will enable you to use the same industry-leading VMware software and services that you currently use in your on-premises datacenters, but running on Azure infrastructure, allowing L3 network connectivity for existing applications to Azure-native services like Azure Active Directory, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Functions.

We are facilitating discussions with VMware and the VCPP partners to ensure you have a great solution and a great support experience when we make this offering generally available next year. More details from VMware on this can be found here. We will share more information on GA plans and partners in the coming months. If you’d like

06

Dec

Performance best practices for using Azure Database for PostgreSQL

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/performance-best-practices-for-using-azure-database-for-postgresql/Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL at Build 2017 which is a simple, fully managed database service for PostgreSQL and MySQL that removes the complexities around infrastructure management, data availability, protection, and scale. READ MORE