Azure News 2017 – Week 33

Two new Azure Regions in Australia, Azure Event Grid and Microsoft aquires Cycle Computing in Azure News as heard on the latest Need to Know podcast, episode 161. Two new Azure regions announced for Australia Canberra Data Centres Now 42 Azure regions announced, thanks to a partnership in Canberra with Canberra Data Centres. The Canberra Data Centres: currently support more than 40 federal government departments and agencies, the ACT Government, and we are now supporting a number of managed service providers and smaller cloud service providers delivering to government their first 6 Megawatt data centre, designed to serve the needs of the…

Azure News 2017 – Week 31

Azure Connectivity Check, Azure ISO certifications, Azure Container Instances, Accelerated Networking, App Service Domains and more on the latest edition of the Need to Know podcast. Wow, it’s week 31 already, where is time going, time is getting away from us. The Networking Watcher team is excited to announce connectivity check in Public preview! You can now use Network Watcher to test a direct TCP connection from a virtual machine, to a: virtual machine FQDN URI IPv4 address. Complex networking configurations can make troubleshooting connectivity problems challenging. With Network Watcher Connectivity Check, we help you reduce the amount of time…

Azure News 2017 – Week 28

Azure is a leader, Azure Certificate changes, Azure Roadmap, Managed Applications, free PluralSight courses and much more on the Need to Know podcast. Gartner has recognised Microsoft as a leader Gartner has recognised Microsoft as a leader in their Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) MQ for the fourth consecutive year. More than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 use Microsoft’s cloud services today. A recent study stated that Microsoft Azure is the most used Public Cloud as well as most likely to be renewed or purchased. More Info Preview of Azure Service Health Announcing the preview of Azure Service…

Azure News 2017 – Week 27

Azure Backup Server v2, Azure Site Recovery Azure-2-Azure, Machine Groups in Service Map plus more on Episode 157 of the Need to Know podcast. Consolidating our mobile management tools under Azure We have consolidated our Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under the new Azure portal, combining the Intune mobile application management tools, Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console. This offers a unified admin experience. The benefits of the integration to the Azure portal include: Unified console for EMS components The HTML-based console is built on web standards and support for most modern browsers For Intune,…

Azure News 2017 – Week 26

Azure News as heard on the Need to Know podcast. New faster VPN Gateways, Larger Azure disks, plus more…. New Azure VPN Gateways now 6x faster There are a whole bunch of new generation of VPN gateways with better performance, better reliability and backed by an even stricter SLA – at the same price as our older gateways. We now provide custom IPsec/IKE policy selection giving you more flexibility to choose your encryption policy. You may need higher Diffie-Hellman Group or PFS Group (Perfect Forward Security) than the default, or there are certain cryptographic algorithms that you want to exclude (e.g.,…

Azure News 2017 – Week 24

Azure News as heard on the Need to Know podcast. Episode 155 with both Rob and myself. Public preview of disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines You can now easily replicate and protect IaaS based applications running on Azure to a different Azure region of your choice within a geographical cluster without deploying any additional infrastructure components or software appliances in your subscription. Geographic cluster Azure regions America Canada East, Canada Central, South Central US, West Central US, East US, East US 2, West US, West US 2, Central US, North Central US Europe UK West, UK South, North…

Azure News – Week 22

Azure News as heard on the Need to Know podcast – Episode 154 OMS-ITSM Connector We are happy to announce that the OMS team has released the public preview of the OMS-ITSM Connector, it’s a bidirectional solution to connect with System Center Service Manager – ServiceNow, Provance and Cherwell ITSM. The IT Service Management Connector integrates your existing IT service management (ITSM) products and services with OMS Log Analytics. The solution provides the OMS users with an option to create incidents, alerts, or events in an ITSM solution, or the other way by importing data such as incidents and change…

Azure News – Build 2017

Microsoft Build in the US was just on from May 10 – 12, 2017 held at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. On Episode 153 of the Need To Know podcast we discuss all the Build 2017 announcements. There were stacks of announcements: Storage Service Encryption for Azure File Storage Azure File Storage uses the SMB 3.0 version and is like a normal file share where you can map drives to it. Like normal blob storage which already benefits from Storage Service Encryption, Azure Files Storage is now the first fully managed file service offering encryption of data at rest….

Azure News – Week 19

New on-premises data gateway and new Azure VM sizes as heard on the latest Need to Know podcast recorded May 10, 2017 AEST. On-premises data gateway in Azure The on-premises data gateway is now generally available in Azure. This gateway helps you securely connect your business apps in the cloud to your data sources on premises. You can use the gateway to move data to and from the cloud while keeping your data sources on premises. The gateway currently supports Azure Logic Apps. To access data sources on premises from your logic apps, set up an on-premises data gateway that…

Azure News 2017 – Week 18

This time around in Azure news, we have Synonyms in Azure Search, Azure revenue soars, New Enhancements to the Azure AD Pass Through Authentication, Microsoft Cognitive Services and new Azure monitoring and diagnostics capabilities. We also speak to @danielmar268 @ThomasMaurer and @Wally_Mead, live on the spot interviews from ExpertsLive 2017 Melbourne at the beginning of April.  Azure Search releases support for synonyms (public preview) Microsoft have announced public preview support for synonyms in Azure Search, one of our most requested features on UserVoice. This allows for Azure Search to not only return results which match the query terms that were typed into the search box, but also…