Azure Updates: Red Hat; Azure SQL; Cost Management; Atlanta datacenter

May 3 2021

Scott Guthrie joined Red Hat's Paul Cormier in a keynote at Red Hat Summit 2021 on open hybrid cloud opportunities. In connection with the event, Microsoft is previewing JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) for App Service, offering onboarding for Red Hat OpenShift clusters to Arc-enabled Kubernetes, boosting Ansible-Azure integration, and providing ways to migrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Pay As You Go images. Additionally, Hybrid Benefit for Linux supports Azure Reserved Instances.

Azure VP John "JG" Chirapauth shared ways to achieve business transformation with Azure SQL. In October, Microsoft held its first digital event for Azure SQL focusing on scalability and migrating mission critical workloads from on-prem. On May 4, the company will host a new session with Rohan Kumar and a variety of SQL experts. The event will include MVP attendees emphasizing IaaS, PaaS, and SQL Edge.

Azure Compute Head of Product Paul Nash encouraged customers to take advantage of new Dv5 and Ev5-series VMs for Confidential Computing, which use Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors. The new processors promise up to a 15 percent increase in performance and improved price performance compared with Dv4 and Ev4-series VMs. Nash shared specs for general-purpose and memory-intensive workloads. Microsoft also touted Dsv5 and Edv5 VMs. He wrote:

The promise associated with cloud economics goes well beyond any initial cost reductions that customers may experience when transitioning their IT environments to the cloud. Many organizations implicitly expect, among other benefits, continuous cloud infrastructure efficiency improvements. Specifically, they need a highly secure and "evergreen" infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform that is able to deliver increasing levels of performance and value. They also need fast access to the latest innovation before rolling out at scale within their own data centers. This is also why Microsoft continues to collaborate with technology vendors like Intel and embed the latest Intel hardware innovation within the fabric of Azure IaaS.

Among geographic updates, Purview is available in the UK South and Australia East regions, with Container Registry on offer in Korea South. Microsoft is relaunching Azure Trivia and partnering with Coursera to improve Azure skills.

The Azure team shared Cost Management and Billing updates for the month of April. Going forward, users can get retail prices in currencies other than US dollars, run a date picker feature in cost analysis, and tap into new videos and documentation updates. For Backup, Microsoft is offering enhanced encryption with customer managed keys.

Data Center Dynamics reports that Microsoft is moving ahead with construction on its East US 3 datacenter in Fulton County, Georgia. The $18.7 million plot just outside of Atlanta will host a quarter-million square foot datacenter and runs in parallel with its Douglas County, Washington datacenter build.

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