https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-stack-iaas-part-ten/This blog is co-authored by Andrew Westgarth, Senior Program Manager, Azure Stack Journey to PaaS One of the best things about running your VMs in Azure or Azure Stack is you can begin to modernize around your virtual machines (VMs) READ MORE
Elasticity means services can expand and contract on demand. This means Azure customers who are on a pay-as-you-go plan will reap the most benefit out of Azure services. Their service is always available, but the cost is kept to a minimum. This feature is so important, one Microsoft partner is using it as a point of differentiation.
Modular and elastic benefits
A key attribute of Azure is the interchangeable nature of services. Together with elasticity, Azure lets modern enterprises migrate and evolve more easily. For financial service providers, the modular approach lets customers benefit from best-of-breed analytics and in these areas:
Risk and performance analytics: Azure Data Lake Storage, DataBricks, and Azure Stream Analytics are just a few of the options for calculating risk. Regulatory compliance automation (regtech): Automating compliance using Azure DevOps or using a service provider such as CloudNeeti simplifies an arduous task. Investment management technology: Azure Virtual Machines or Azure Functions are just two options for managing investment portfolios.
With these capabilities, asset managers can build superior products that generate higher returns for their clients.
Financial services is a tough market
Competition in the asset management industry has ramped up: active vs. active, passive vs. active, and
In today’s cloud-driven world, employees are only allowed access to data that is absolutely necessary for them to effectively perform their job. This limited access is especially important in scenarios where it’s difficult to monitor access behaviors, like if you have many employees and/or engage vendors. Access is usually based on the job responsibility, authority, and capability. As a result, some job profiles will not have access to certain data or rights to perform specific actions if they do not need it to fulfill their responsibilities. The ability to hence control access but still be able to perform job duties aligning to the infrastructure administrator profile is becoming more relevant and frequently requested by customers.
You asked, we listened!
When we released the automatic update of agents used in disaster recovery (DR) of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), the most frequent feedback we received was related to access control. Customers had DR admins who were given just enough rights to execute operations to enable, failover, or test DR. While they wanted to enable automatic updates and avoid the hassle of having to monitor for monthly updates and manually upgrade the agents, they didn’t want to give the DR admin contributor access
This blog was co-authored by Aparna Vishwanathan, Senior Program Manager, Azure Stack and Tiberiu Radu, Senior Program Manager, Azure Stack.
Build on the success of others
Before we built Azure Stack, our program manager team called a lot of customers who were struggling to create a private cloud out of their virtualization infrastructure. I was surprised to learn that the few that managed to overcome the technical and political challenges of getting one set up had trouble getting their business units and developers to use it. It turns out they created what we now call a snowflake cloud, a cloud unique to just their organization. But their developers wanted what the same functionality they get in the public cloud, which is an ecosystem full of rich documentation, examples, templates, forums, demos, and more.
This is one of the main problems we were looking to solve with Azure Stack. A local cloud that has not only automated deployment and operations, but also is consistent with Azure so that developers and business units can tap into the ecosystem. In this blog post I will cover the different ways you can tap into the Azure ecosystem to get the most value out of
New HPC-targeted cloud virtual machines are first to scale to 10,000 cores
Azure Virtual Machine HB-series are the first on the public cloud to scale a MPI-based high performance computing (HPC) job to 10,000 cores. This level of scaling has long been considered the realm of only the world’s most powerful and exclusive supercomputers, but now is available to anyone using Azure.
HB-series virtual machines (VMs) are optimized for HPC applications requiring high memory bandwidth. For this class of workload, HB-series VMs are the most performant, scalable, and price-performant ever launched on Azure or elsewhere on the public cloud.
With the AMD EPYC processors, the HB-series delivers more than 260 GBs of memory bandwidth, 128 MB L3 cache, and SR-IOV-based 100 Gbs InfiniBand. At scale, a customer can utilize up to 18,000 physical CPU cores and more than 67 terabytes of memory for a single distributed memory computational workload.
For memory-bandwidth bound workloads, the HB-series delivers something many in HPC thought may never happen. Azure-based VMs are now as or more capable as bare-metal, on-premises status quo that dominates the HPC market, and at a highly competitive price point.
World-class HPC technology
HB-series VMs feature the cloud’s first deployment of
The creative nature of Minecraft has made it one of the premier educational tools for the modern classroom. Teachers around the world have designed, modified, and explored collaborative Minecraft projects for all subjects, and with Minecraft: Education Edition it has become even easier for teachers to spin up multiplayer servers right from their own machines and lead their classes in collaborative building and problem solving.
We’re excited to announce the new Minecraft: Education Edition virtual machine (preview) is available on the Azure Marketplace. This release allows teachers to run multi-player Minecraft: Education Edition sessions with the scalability, performance, and security of Azure. Students need only log-in with their school-issued email address to join the learning! And institutions that have a Minecraft: Education Edition license through select Microsoft 365 Education plans need only pay only what they use on the virtual machine itself.
Running Minecraft: Education Edition on Azure can provide teachers more flexibility and control over the learning experience. Many teachers may not have a personal or organized-issued devices that can host large multi-player sessions. Or they aren’t able to leave the multiplayer instance open for students to connect from home, making the environment only accessible during class
For many enterprises modernizing ERP systems is key to achieving their digital transformation goals. At Microsoft we are committed to supporting our customers by offering the single best infrastructure choice that exists for SAP HANA, bar none.
In terms of raw capabilities we not only have the largest number of SAP HANA-certified offerings (25 configurations that span virtual machines and purpose-built bare metal instances from 192GB to 24TB), but also the widest footprint of regions with SAP HANA certified infrastructure (26 with plans to launch 8 more by end of 2019). We also support some of the largest deployments of SAP HANA in the public cloud, such as CONA Services.
We, in partnership with SAP, are very happy to announce multiple enhancements to SAP on Azure at SAPPHIRE NOW. We will offer our customers even more choices in infrastructure giving them greater VM memory, even more options around bare metal instances and business continuity.
In addition to this we are announcing deeper integration between SAP and Azure around AI, data protection and identity integration. These integrations will help our joint customers accelerate their digital transformation with the power of the cloud.
Here’s what’s new:
6 TB and 12 TB VMs