In my conversations with customers, it’s clear that three significant trends have emerged across organizations of all types and sizes when it comes to maximizing business value – and gaining competitive advantage – in the cloud. First, applications are spurring organizations to achieve faster time to value. Meanwhile, higher-level services, like machine learning, predictive analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), are driving faster time to innovation—helping customers not just reinvent business processes, but reimagine what is possible. But this doesn’t mean that cloud infrastructure has taken a backseat. Infrastructure underpinning the cloud remains critical, providing reliability and peace of mind to customers while helping them scale up faster to improve their bottom line.
Today at AzureCon, we will unveil a series of new innovations to help our customers – from Alaska Airlines, NASCAR, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Jet.com, Rockwell Automation and more – transform their businesses at cloud speed and scale, across app development, data and IoT, and infrastructure.
Building and Managing Modern Applications
Apps are the backbone of business transformation today. When developers can build on a modern app platform with a rich portfolio of cloud services, tapping into a single code-base for all devices – the results are inspiring. Azure customers like Alaska Airlines are one example. The award-winning company uses Azure App Service, Azure SQL DB, API Management, Visual Studio Online, Xamarin and Power BI to deliver its Hopper App, which lets employees find and reserve open seats on any flight, as well as check live gate and weather information. When employees provide feedback on the App, new features based on that feedback can be released easily and quickly using Visual Studio Online, complemented by services such as GitHub.
Container technologies are changing the way apps are built, deployed and run. In particular Docker has grabbed the attention of the industry by simplifying the building and packaging of container apps so they can run anywhere, while bringing added benefits of agility and density. As containers increasingly make their way into production, attention is turning to managing them. Developers and IT administrators want a solution that helps them deploy and manage multi-container applications while scaling them and making them resilient.
We are excited to announce the new Azure Container Service, an open source container scheduling and orchestration service which builds on our partnerships with both Docker and Mesosphere, as well as our contributions to open source projects in this space. This service leverages both Docker and Apache Mesos in order to deliver an open source environment for running container workloads. Given our work with Docker to date, it is unlikely to surprise anyone that we include this important technology, but why Mesos? After speaking with many enterprise customers who have turned to Mesos to address challenges with container-based applications, it was clear that Mesos should be our first supported orchestrator. Mesos already powers leading brands like Twitter, all of Apple’s Siri, large parts of Airbnb, Netflix and OpenTable.
We’ve built the Azure Container Service in close collaboration with Mesosphere, using open source components from their DCOS offering including DCOS Marathon(for launching and scaling container based applications) and Chronos (for distributed cron and batch workloads). Additionally, many of our customers are excited to deploy Docker containers using Docker Swarm and Docker Compose. In continuing our partnership with Docker, the Azure Container Service will also have the ability to deploy, scale and orchestrate Swarm based solutions as well. Azure Container Service will be available in preview before the end of the calendar year.
Big Data and the Internet of Things
The intelligent cloud is powered by data – and innovation is limitless when that data can be shared, gleaned for insights across connected assets, devices and systems. That is why the Internet of Things has captured the world’s imagination, with customers like Rockwell and ThyssenKrupp Elevators connecting data and devices to solve business problems and improve their operations. Today, we are announcing that the Azure IoT Suite is available to purchase.Built on our proven cloud platform, the suite integrates with a company's existing processes, devices and systems to quickly and easily build and scale IoT projects. It is purpose-built to address common business needs for IoT, such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance. When a business is able to connect the assets it already owns and then harness the power of the data these assets are already generating, they realize operational efficiencies, create innovation and can transform their business.
In addition, Microsoft also announced the new Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, an ecosystem of partners whose offerings have been tested and certified to help businesses with their IoT device and platform needs. Initial partners include Beaglebone, Freescale, Intel, Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed and Texas Instruments.
In case you missed it, yesterday we also announced that the Cortana Analytics Suite — a fully managed big data and advanced analytics suite that enables you to transform your data into intelligent action – is available for purchase. We also announced the expanded vision for Azure Data Lake, which includes a store, analytics service and our existing managed Hadoop-as-a-service offer, Azure HDInsight. In addition, HDInsight on Linux is now generally available. With Visual Studio integration, we simplify authoring, debugging, and optimization of big data code.We’re also introducing U-SQL, a new language that unifies the benefits of SQL with the expressive power of user code. Working with big data no longer requires your entire team to learn new skills before they become productive.
Intelligent Infrastructure: Trust at Hyper-Scale
None of this would be possible in the cloud without trusted, reliable cloud infrastructure at the foundation. And for our customers around the world, it’s critical we provide infrastructure that supports the growth and scale of their business needs – no matter how high the peaks are, and no matter where in the world they are. This is the true value of the hyper-scale cloud. With 24 regions around the world – more than AWS and Google combined – no one is delivering hyper-scale like Microsoft Azure.
Taking this commitment further, just hours ago we announced general availability of three regions — Central India in Pune South India in Chennai and West India in Mumbai– making Microsoft the first hyper-scale public cloud provider in India. The new region will provide local customers with data residency and replication in multiple regions for backup and recovery, and the option of a private connection to the cloud. Azure is immediately available in these regions, with Office 365 services coming in October, and Dynamics CRM to follow in the first half of 2016.
A trusted infrastructure also means providing customers withcontrol, security and transparency across their cloud infrastructure and assets. This is more important than ever with cybersecurity attacks continuing to make headlines across the globe. That’s why today we are excited to announce the new Azure Security Center – an integrated security solution that gives customers end to end visibility and control of the security of their Azure resources, helping them to stay ahead of threats as they evolve.
This first-of-its-kind security service also integrates with partner solutions from companies such as Barracuda, Checkpoint, Cisco, CloudFlare, F5 Networks, Fortinet, Imperva, Incapsula, and Trend Micro. In addition to enabling integrated security, monitoring and policy management, Azure Security Center also provides invaluable recommendations. By analyzing information gathered from customers’ deployments and comparing with global threat intelligence aggregated by Microsoft, the service introduces a unique ability in the industry to detect threats while taking the guesswork out of cloud security.Azure Security Center will be broadly available for Azure customers by the end of the year.
“Azure Security Center provides customers an easy way to find, deploy, and manage critical security services such as the Cisco ASA Firewall. With Cisco ASAv’s superior protection, high performance, and flexible consumption models, our mutual customers can embrace the cloud with confidence and without compromising security,” said Dov Yoran, senior director of Strategy and Business Development for Cisco’s Security Business Group.
Finally, to further boost the performance of our world-class cloud infrastructure, we today announced the N-series, a new family of Azure Virtual Machines with GPU capabilities. GPUs are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like remote visualization, high performance computing and analytics. Available in preview within the next few months, the N-series will feature the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform as well as NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today.
Easy and Affordable Cloud Innovation
In addition to ensuring our customers can innovate simply at cloud speed, we also remain committed to helping them manage their cloud investments easily and affordably, with new troubleshooting tools, support resources and pricing options. Today Microsoft announced the Azure Compute Pre-Purchase Plan, a new pricing program designed for customers with steady state, predictable workloads on Azure. With this new offer, customers who pre-purchase Azure compute for one year can realize cost savings of up to 63 percent. This plan will be available globally starting December 1.
Continuous Innovation on Azure
Continuing our leadership in providing world-class app development, data and infrastructure offerings, today at AzureCon we will also announce:
App Service Environment is nowgenerally available with a fully backed SLA. App Service Environment provides a fully isolated and dedicated environment for securely running all of your apps in addition to enabling more scaling options for Web Apps, Mobile Apps, API Apps and Logic Apps.
A strategic partnership with Akamai which will enable integration of Akamai’s industry-leading CDN capabilities into Azure. This dramatically expands Azure CDN’s capabilities, scale and geographic reach. Public sector customers will have convenient access as both platforms have achieved the FedRAMP JAB’s highest certification.
The general availability of Azure Mobile Engagement, which enables user segmentation, app user analytics, and contextually-aware smart push notifications and in-app messaging across devices to maximize app usage, retention and monetization.(Video) Getting started with generative AI using Azure OpenAI Service | BRK214H
- The general availability of Live Encoding for Azure Media Services. Live Encoding enables the delivery of high quality video, under a variety of network conditions, to every device for the live streaming of events. Live Encoding is the same technology that powered the digital coverage of some of the largest events on the planet such as Super Bowl XLIX and 2014 Winter Olympics.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse, including recently released Power BI integration, is now broadly available for public preview. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a new, first-of-its-kind elastic data warehouse in the cloud. It’s the first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse that can dynamically grow, shrink and pause compute in seconds independent of storage, enabling you to pay for the query performance you need, when you need it.
The general availability of ExpressRoute for O365 and Skype for Business, as well as the ability to connect to Microsoft Azure’s Government Cloud via ExpressRoute. With ExpressRoute for Office 365, customers can access Office 365
- New pricing plans for ExpressRoute. Effective Oct 1st 2015, customers will have two different data plans for their ExpressRoute connections. Relative to the prior model where pricing plans were tied to the service provider, these plans provide more flexibility in choosing the right plan based on your data usage. For more details, refer here.
The general availability of DV2, our next generation of D-series Virtual Machine instances. DV2 instances can be used as Virtual Machines or Cloud Services. DV2 instances are based on a customized 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5 v3 (Haswell) processors, and with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 can go to 3.2 GHz, making DV2 up to 35% faster than the current D-series instances. Dv2-series and D-series are ideal for enterprise-grade applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance, or higher memories.
- Price reductions on A8-A11 Instances. As part of our commitment to save you costs whenever we can, we’re reducing prices of A8, A9, A10 and A11 instances by as much as 60%. These instances carry the powerful Intel Xeon E5 processors and are suitable for compute intensive workloads like high-performance clusters, modeling and simulations, video encoding, and other compute or network intensive scenarios. The new prices will be effective October 1st, 2015. Please visit the Virtual machines pricing page for pricing details.
The general availability of Azure File Storage. Azure File Storage is a highly available and geo-replicated managed file share at low cost. Via the widely-used SMB 3.0 protocol, it enables customers to have persistent and secure connections with applications both on-premises and in the cloud.
The general availability of Azure Backup of application workloads. Included as part of Microsoft Operations Management Suite, Azure Backup now supports direct backup of SQL Server, SharePoint, and Microsoft Dynamics(Video) Amazing New Azure Feature
- Upcoming availability of Azure Resource Health, a new service that exposes the health of each of Azure resources such as Virtual Machines, websites and SQL Databases to help customers quickly identify the root cause of a problem. Based on the root cause, it provides actionable guidance and tooling to solve issues, including the option to submit a support ticket. Azure Resource health will be available for public preview in October.
- Announcement of the Financial Services Compliance Program. We know the financial industry has more regulatory oversight than most other industries. To make it easier for our customers to adopt Azure, we’re excited to offer a new compliance program aligned to global financial regulatory oversight and risk management requirements. As part of the program, customers will get access to audit report evidence as well as platform penetration test results.
These announcements all further our ambition to deliver the industry's most intelligent cloud – a cloud which has the power not just to transform businesses, but to transform lives. By delivering unique and differentiated offerings across app development, data, IoT and cloud infrastructure, we aim to empower our customers to make cloud-born innovation a simple and affordable reality, regardless of the tools, languages or platforms they use. Check out the keynotes from today's AzureCon and the sessions to learn more about how the intelligent cloud can transform your business to help you achieve more.
Which of the following cloud service model you will suggest for deploying Azure virtual machines o software as a service? ›
New deployments should use the new Azure Resource Manager based deployment model Azure Cloud Services (extended support). Azure Cloud Services is an example of a platform as a service (PaaS).Is Microsoft Intelligent cloud Azure? ›
This segment primarily comprises: Server products and cloud services, including Azure and other cloud services; SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related Client Access Licenses (“CALs”); and Nuance and GitHub.
Azure Resource Manager is the deployment and management service for Azure. It provides a management layer that enables you to create, update, and delete resources in your Azure account. You use management features, like access control, locks, and tags, to secure and organize your resources after deployment.Which Azure management tool analyzes resources and provides recommendations to optimize deployments? ›
Azure Advisor offers actionable recommendations to help you optimize your Azure resources for reliability, security, operational excellence, performance, and cost.What are the four 4 common deployment models for a cloud infrastructure? ›
There are four cloud deployment models: public, private, community, and hybrid. Each deployment model is defined according to where the infrastructure for the environment is located.What are the four 4 deployment models cloud? ›
There are four general categories of cloud infrastructure: public, private, hybrid, and community. Each cloud computing model has its advantages, offering varying degrees of security, control, and customization. Here is a brief overview of the various cloud deployment models.What are three types of cloud in Microsoft Azure are? ›
- Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra. Cloud Cassandra with flexibility, control and scale.
- Azure Database for MariaDB. Managed MariaDB database service for app developers.
The Azure cloud platform is more than 200 products and cloud services designed to help you bring new solutions to life—to solve today's challenges and create the future. Build, run, and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises, and at the edge, with the tools and frameworks of your choice.What is the purpose of Azure? ›
Azure is a cloud computing platform and an online portal that allows you to access and manage cloud services and resources provided by Microsoft. These services and resources include storing your data and transforming it, depending on your requirements.What is main management tool used for managing Azure resources? ›
|If you want to||Use this|
|Personalize and manage your Azure environment||Microsoft Azure portal|
|Stay connected to your Azure resources from anywhere at anytime||Azure mobile app|
|Empowering service providers to manage customers at scale and with precision||Azure Lighthouse|
What are the advantages of the Azure Resource Manager? ›
Azure Resource Manager enables you to repeatedly deploy your app and have confidence your resources are deployed in a consistent state. You define the infrastructure and dependencies for your app in a single declarative template.Which two components are created in an Azure subscription? ›
Azure generates separate billing reports and invoices for each subscription so that you can organize and manage costs.What are two benefits of cloud computing in Azure? ›
- Cost-effective. Cloud computing provides a pay-as-you-go or consumption-based pricing model. You only pay for the resources that you use.
- Scalable. You can increase or decrease the resources and services being used based on the demand or workload.
On-premises Azure DevOps Server provides three access levels: Stakeholder, Basic, and Basic + Test Plans.What are two Azure management tools? ›
In addition to the graphical user interface offered at the Azure Portal, we have the ability to manage and interact with Azure via Azure Powershell, Azure Command Line Interface (CLI), Azure Cloud Shell, and the Azure Mobile Application available on iOS and Android platforms.What is the most popular cloud deployment model? ›
The public cloud model is the most widely used cloud service. This cloud type is a popular option for web applications, file sharing, and non-sensitive data storage.What are four four important factors of planning cloud deployment? ›
What are the four important factors of planning cloud deployment? Organisations must consider four important factors: security, performance, integration and legal requirements.What are the three types of cloud deployment models in AWS? ›
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ...
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) ...
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
The major deployment environments used in software development are production, staging, UAT, development, and preview environments (or in other words, ephemeral environments").What are the 3 types of cloud service models and what do each of them provide? ›
There are three major cloud service models: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Cloud service pricing models are categorized into pay per use, subscription-based and hybrid, which is a combination of pay-per-use and subscription pricing models.
What are the three types of the deployment model? ›
The three main types of cloud deployment models are private, public, or hybrid. Selecting your desired model depends on your specific requirements.What are the 3 most common cloud types? ›
The three main types of high clouds are cirrus, cirrostratus, and cirrocumulus. Cirrus clouds are wispy, feathery, and composed entirely of ice crystals. They often are the first sign of an approaching warm front or upper-level jet streak.Which are the three 3 most common forms of cloud computing? ›
There are also three main types of cloud computing services: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Choosing a cloud type or cloud service is a unique decision.What are the three different types of cloud architectures? ›
There are three main types of cloud architecture you can choose from: public, private, and hybrid.What is the key benefit of Azure? ›
Microsoft Azure enables users to backup virtual machines, SQL workload and on-premises VMware to streamline the data recovery and backup processes.What is unique about Microsoft Azure? ›
Azure allows organizations to customize the cloud software to meet business requirements. There is built-in support for data analysis and key insights in Microsoft Azure.What database does Azure use? ›
Azure offers a choice of fully managed relational, NoSQL, and in-memory databases, spanning proprietary and open-source engines, to fit the needs of modern app developers. Infrastructure management—including scalability, availability, and security—is automated, saving you time and money.What is Azure in simple terms? ›
Azure is Microsoft's public cloud platform. Azure offers a large collection of services, which includes platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and managed database service capabilities.What is the difference between cloud and Azure? ›
So, what's the difference between the cloud and Azure? The cloud is a network of remote servers that are accessed over the internet, while Azure is a specific brand of cloud computing platform that helps organizations build, deploy, and manage applications and services.What is Azure and how it works? ›
Azure Functions: It doesn't have a server and lets you run code-on-demand without infrastructure. Azure Batch: It is used to scale N number of virtual machines at a time. Azure Service Fabric: It is a distributed platform that simplifies the deployment and lifecycle management of a small service-based application.
What tool is Azure? ›
Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform that offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions for different services. The services of Microsoft Azure include virtual computing, networking, storage, analytics, and many more.What are monitoring tools used in Azure? ›
Microsoft combined three unique services—Azure Monitor, Log Analytics, and Application Insights—under the umbrella of Azure Monitor to provide powerful end-to-end monitoring of your applications and the components they rely on. Log Analytics and Application Insights are now features of Azure Monitor.Is Azure a project management tool? ›
Azure DevOps is a Microsoft project management platform that speeds development, testing, and application deployment by bringing the development and operations teams together for fast and seamless software delivery.What are the most important benefits of Azure Virtual networks? ›
- It provides an isolated environment for your applications.
- A subnet in a VNet can access the public internet by default.
- We can easily direct traffic from resources.
- It is a highly secure network.
- It has high network connectivity.
Azure Cost Management lets you analyze past cloud usage and expenses, and predict future expenses. You can view costs in a daily, monthly, or annual trend, to identify trends and anomalies, and find opportunities for optimization and savings.What are the benefits and usage of Azure virtual machines? ›
An Azure virtual machine gives you the flexibility of virtualization without having to buy and maintain the physical hardware that runs it. However, you still need to maintain the virtual machine by performing tasks, such as configuring, patching, and installing the software that runs on it.What are the three main components of Azure? ›
It has three major components: Compute, Storage and the Fabric Controller. As depicted in Figure 3.16, Windows Azure runs on a large number of machines, all maintained in Microsoft data centers. The hosting environment of Azure is called the Fabric Controller.What are the four parts of Microsoft Azure platform? ›
- Provision Windows and Linux VMs in seconds.
- Virtual Machine Scale Sets. ...
- Deploy and scale containers on managed Kubernetes.
- Azure Spring Apps. ...
- Quickly create powerful cloud apps for web and mobile.
- Execute event-driven serverless code functions with an end-to-end development experience.
- Azure Dedicated Host.
- Capital less.
- Cost Effective.
- Easy Back Up and Recovery options.
- Easy to implement.
- Better Security.
- Work from anywhere.
- Increased collaboration.
One of the main reasons why Microsoft Azure Cloud is chosen as the best cloud server provider is that IT professionals using Azure gain access to a multitude of Microsoft products that have been in use for years, including Visual Studio, Windows, Linux, Active Directory, and a vast array of third-party tools.
What are the three 3 major advantages of cloud computing? ›
- Faster time to market. You can spin up new instances or retire them in seconds, allowing developers to accelerate development with quick deployments. ...
- Scalability and flexibility. ...
- Cost savings. ...
- Better collaboration. ...
- Advanced security. ...
- Data loss prevention.
- Lead time for changes. One of the critical DevOps metrics to track is lead time for changes. ...
- Change failure rate. The change failure rate is the percentage of code changes that require hot fixes or other remediation after production. ...
- Deployment frequency. ...
- Mean time to recovery.
This gives users the flexibility to use their preferred tools and technologies. In addition, Azure offers four different forms of cloud computing: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and serverless functions.What are the different types of users in Azure DevOps? ›
All users added to Azure DevOps are assigned to an access level, which grants or restricts access to select web portal features. There are three main access levels: Stakeholder, Basic, and Basic + Test Plans. Stakeholder access provides free access to an unlimited number of users to a limited set of features.What are the three levels of management in Azure? ›
Azure provides four levels of management: management groups, subscriptions, resource groups, and resources.What are the different types of functions in Azure? ›
There are currently four durable function types in Azure Functions: activity, orchestrator, entity, and client. The rest of this section goes into more details about the types of functions involved in an orchestration.What is the key management system in Azure? ›
Azure Managed HSM is a cloud service that safeguards your cryptographic keys for cloud applications. The Key Vault - Managed HSM security baseline provides procedural guidance and resources for implementing the security recommendations specified in the Microsoft cloud security benchmark.Which cloud deployment model is used for Azure virtual machines? ›
SQL Server on Azure VM is based on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines offers full administrative control over the SQL Server instance and underlying OS for migration to Azure.Which cloud deployment model is used for Azure? ›
Microsoft Azure is an example of a public cloud. In a public cloud, you share the same hardware, storage and network devices with other organisations or cloud “tenants,” and you access services and manage your account using a web browser.Which model of cloud service is followed when a SQL Server is deployed on Azure virtual machine? ›
Hybrid cloud and infrastructure
Bring Azure to the edge with seamless network integration and connectivity to deploy modern connected apps.
Which cloud deployment model is used for virtual machine? ›
Public cloud is the most commonly used cloud deployment model in which you don't own any hardware. All the resources - virtual machines, applications, storage, etc.Which of the following Azure resources are required in order to have a virtual machine? ›
If you're creating new virtual machines, use the Azure CLI or the Azure portal to create virtual machines with Managed OS and data disks. If you have virtual machines with unmanaged disks, you can convert your virtual machines to be backed with Managed Disks.Which Azure technology allows you to manage virtual machines running in Azure? ›
Azure Arc provides a centralized, unified way to: Manage your entire environment together by projecting your existing non-Azure and/or on-premises resources into Azure Resource Manager. Manage virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters, and databases as if they are running in Azure.What are the 3 deployment modes that can be used for Azure? ›
Azure supports three approaches to deploying cloud resources - public, private, and the hybrid cloud. Selecting between them will change several factors of the services you move into Azure including cost, maintenance requirements, and security.What are the different types of Azure deployment? ›
|Tools-based||• Visual Studio Code publish • Visual Studio publish • Core Tools publish|
|App Service-managed||• Deployment Center (CI/CD) • Container deployments|
|External pipelines||• Azure Pipelines • GitHub Actions|
- Faster time to market. You can spin up new instances or retire them in seconds, allowing developers to accelerate development with quick deployments. ...
- Scalability and flexibility. ...
- Cost savings. ...
- Better collaboration. ...
- Advanced security. ...
- Data loss prevention.
Azure offers a choice of fully managed relational, NoSQL, and in-memory databases, spanning proprietary and open-source engines, to fit the needs of modern app developers.Which deployment model is managed by a cloud provider has an infrastructure that is on cloud and is accessible to the general public? ›
Public cloud is more or less a platform that leverages a standard cloud computing model to make storage, networking, virtual machines, etc. available to the public over the public internet.Which cloud deployment solution is used for Azure virtual machines and Azure SQL databases to answer select the appropriate options in the answer area for? ›
Answer is an Azure App Service and Azure SQL databases.
Azure App Service and Azure SQL databases are examples of Azure PaaS solutions.
What are the four important factors of planning cloud deployment? Organisations must consider four important factors: security, performance, integration and legal requirements.
What are the different types of models used for deployment in cloud computing? ›
Such deployments would include public, private, hybrid, community, and multi-cloud models. A cloud computing deployment model allows the company to identify the environment that will house the IT infrastructure based on ownership, accessibility, scale, and cloud's nature and purpose.