Azure Updates: Running business-critical apps; IoT; Storage; STIG

April 18 2021

Azure Compute head of product Paul Nash shared insights and best practices for running business critical apps in Azure. The upcoming Insights and Practices to Run Business-Critical Apps on Azure webinar will delve into the topic in more depth. Three different installments will focus on topics such as the cloud transition, scaling data analytics, and running ERP solutions.

Microsoft fellow Victor Bahl discussed Microsoft's deployment of a core cellular network to Azure to test out the process for operators. He highlighted the company's work with an automated management layer to reduce costs and microservices.

Whether an operator chooses a Microsoft first-party VNF or cloud-native network function (CNF) or chooses to work with the third-party VNF or CNF partners certified on the Azure platform, Azure will ensure the underlying cloud platform provides the necessary orchestration, management, and exposure capabilities to ensure resiliency, manage performance, and automate execution needed to support core network workloads.

Senior product marketing manager Kevin Raines blogged about Microsoft's role at the NVIDIA GTC conference. In furtherance of its AI and supercomputing at scale, edge ML, and GPU workstations goals, Microsoft is launching a new NVIDIA A100 80GB SXM GPUs-based "GPU supercomputing portfolio," as well as the NVIDIA CloudXR platform available on Azure instances NCv3 and NCasT4_v3.

Azure IoT principal program manager Eustace Asanghanwa shared details on zero touch provisioning from evaluation and deployment to the operational phase. Microsoft worked with Certificate Authority and GlobalSign to create a blueprint for IoT to build on preexisting client standards and devices in order to speed IoT adoption.

Microsoft is planning an upcoming digital event, Azure Storage Day, on April 29. The event will highlight Disk Storage, Blob Storage, managing enterprise workloads, as well as migrating and modernizing app development.

Among geographic updates, Purview is available in Central India and Automation is on offer in South India. In general updates  IoT Edge 1.2.0 is generally available, along with log analytics workspace name uniqueness, API Management support Availability Zones, encryption at host support in AKS, and MSIX app attachment. WhizLabs is preparing to provide a new course on cost optimization in Azure. Public preview announcements include Hyperscale Citus maintenance schedules for Database for PostgreSQL, SAP NetWeaver and cluster monitoring updates, Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, and cluster reuse in Data Factory. The team also announced Cognitive Services multivariate anomaly detection, functions upgrade in Monitor log analytics, built-in definitions for data encryption in Monitor, Event Grid integration with AKS, Lustre HSM tools, Log Analytics Windows Agent availability, start VM on connect for WVD, and Blob Storage up to 200 TB.

In Australia, ITNews reports that the New South Wales Police are working to build a cloud data center with Azure, together with Insight Enterprises. For Azure Government workloads in the US, the Government team touted STIG solution templates in both Azure Marketplace and the Azure Government Marketplace. These templates are designed to support DISA STIG compliance with one-click automated deployment and management.

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