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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

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11

Dec

Microsoft Azure preview with Azure Availability Zones now open in France

The preview of Microsoft Azure in France is open today to all customers, partners and ISVs worldwide giving them the opportunity to deploy services and test workloads in these latest Azure regions. This is an important step towards offering the Azure cloud platform from our datacenters in France.

The new Azure Regions in France are part of our global portfolio of 42 regions announced, which offer the scale needed to bring applications closer to users and customers around the world. We continue to prioritize geographic expansion of Azure to enable higher performance and availability, meet local regulatory requirements, and support customer preferences regarding data location. The new regions will offer the same enterprise-grade reliability and performance as our globally available services combined with data residency to support the digital transformation of businesses and organizations in France.

The new France Central region offers Azure Availability Zones which provide comprehensive native business continuity solutions and the highest availability in the industry with a 99.99% virtual machines uptime SLA when generally available. Availability Zones are fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking for higher availability, increased resiliency and business continuity. Starting with preview, customers can architect highly available

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11

Dec

Centennial apps/desktop bridge, SQL Server and error “The data area passed to a system call is too small.”

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/centennial-appsdesktop-bridge-sql-server-and-error-the-data-area-passed-to-a-system-call-is-too-small/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/centennial-appsdesktop-bridge-sql-server-and-error-the-data-area-passed-to-a-system-call-is-too-small/   The title of the blog may throw someone off a little. After all, SQL Server is not a centennial app and the error message doesn’t appear to have anything to do with SQL Server. So please bear READ MORE

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11

Dec

What’s new in SSMS 17.4: SQL Vulnerability Assessment
What’s new in SSMS 17.4: SQL Vulnerability Assessment

This post is authored by Ronit Reger, Senior Program Manager, SQL Data Security and Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.4!

Download SSMS 17.4 and review the Release Notes to get started.

SSMS 17.4 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available.

In addition to enhancements and bug fixes, SSMS 17.4 comes with an exciting new feature: SQL Vulnerability Assessment!

What is Vulnerability Assessment?

SQL Vulnerability Assessment (VA) is your one-stop-shop to discover, track and remediate potential database vulnerabilities. It can be used as an excellent preventative security measure, providing visibility into your security state and offering actionable steps to investigate, manage and resolve security issues and enhance your database fortifications. It is designed to be usable even for non-security-experts – getting started and seeing an initial actionable report takes only a few seconds.

Vulnerability Assessment report in SSMS

VA truly enables you to focus your attention on the highest impact actions you can take to proactively improve your database security stature! In addition, if you have data privacy requirements, or need

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11

Dec

Last week in Azure: OSBA, DevOps and Kubernetes, VM sizes, and more

Whether you followed KubeCon in Austin, or SpringOne Platform in San Francisco, there were several announcements of interest last week – especially if containers are of interest to you. See the links below to learn more about the Open Service Broker for Azure, projects that are bringing DevOps capabilities to Kubernetes and serverless on Azure, and the updated Azure Management Libraries for Java. In addition, several storage-optimized and burstable VM sizes are now available in GA.

Compute

Announcing the Lv2-Series VMs powered by the AMD EPYC™ processor – Lv2-Series VMs are next-generation storage-optimized VMs powered by AMD’s EPYC™ processors to support customers with demanding workloads like MongoDB, Cassandra, and Cloudera that are storage intensive and demand high levels of I/O.

Announcing the general availability of B-Series and M-Series – Burstable VM sizes (B-Series) and the largest VM sizes available in Azure (M-Series) are now GA.

cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview – Now you can migrate existing cloud-init Linux configurations to Azure from other environments. cloud-init allows for VM customization during VM provisioning, adding to the existing Azure parameters used to create a VM.

Containers

Connect your applications to Azure with Open Service Broker for Azure – The

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11

Dec

Power BI Desktop December Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop December Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-december-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-december-feature-summary/           This month we are very excited to integrate our Q&A experience into the reporting canvas, offering a whole new way to create your visuals. We are also updating our bookmarking preview with new READ MORE

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11

Dec

November 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

Congratulations to our November top-10 contributors! Alberto Morillo maintains the first position in the cloud ranking while Visakh Murukesan maintains the top in the All Databases ranking.

This Leaderboard initiative was started in October 2016 to recognize the top Database Systems contributors on MSDN forums. The following continues to be the points hierarchy (in decreasing order of points):

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11

Dec

SQL Vulnerability Assessment now available for SQL Server 2012 and up

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2017/12/11/sql-vulnerability-assessment-now-available-for-sql-server-2012-and-up/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2017/12/11/sql-vulnerability-assessment-now-available-for-sql-server-2012-and-up/   SQL Vulnerability Assessment has been available for preview on Azure SQL Database for a couple of months, and has now been released on SSMS 17.4, supporting scanning of SQL Server 2012 and up. Whether on-premises or on READ MORE

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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

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Dec

Announcing Data & BI Summit in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-data-bi-summit-in-dublin-ireland-24-26-april-2018/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-data-bi-summit-in-dublin-ireland-24-26-april-2018/           Working with the Power BI User Group and Dynamic Communities we are very proud to announce Data & BI Summit will be held in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018. http://www.databisummit.com

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