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MICROSOFT AZURE

 

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES AZURE DEVOPS

Microsoft’s well known Visual Studio Team Service (VSTS) has been rebranded to Azure DevOps, and the guy put forward by Microsoft to announce this slick name change… it just had to be Jamie Cool! The Director of Program Management announced the services ‘span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality. They represent the most complete offering in the public cloud’.

The Azure DevOps portfolio spans across:

  • Azure Pipelines – CI/CD that works with any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any Git repository and deploy continuously
  • Azure Boards – Powerful work tracking with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting
  • Azure Artifacts – Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources
  • Azure Repos – Unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos for your project. Collaborative pull requests, advanced file management, and more
  • Azure Test Plans – All in one planned and exploratory testing solution

 

Azure DevOps Services

Example of Developer using all Azure DevOps Services. Source: Microsoft

 

 

AZURE SQL DATABASE MANAGED INSTANCE NOW GENERALLY AVAILABLE

Earlier this year Microsoft made us aware of a new deployment model of Azure SQL Database which offered an option to lift and shift on-premises applications to cloud with minimal application and database changes – Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This month Microsoft have announced the general availability of Managed Instance!

 

SQL Database Managed Instance

 

Managed Instance improves security and compliance, offers 99.99% uptime SLA and comes with PaaS benefits and management tools. You can find out more about the key features and capabilities here.

 

AZURE’S ENHANCED SECURITY NETWORKING

Recently Microsoft have been working hard to deliver networking services and enhancements to help you connect to the cloud and protect your workloads. We’re excited to let you know that Azure Firewall and Azure Virtual WAN are now generally available. This means built-in high availability, unrestricted cloud scalability and automated large-scale branch connectivity. These services are very welcome additions and probably long overdue.

 

MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES PREVIEW OF SQL SERVER 2019

We know, we know… this isn’t an Azure-specific piece of news but we’re so excited we had to touch on it! Microsoft have introduced the public preview of SQL Server 2019. The platform combines Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to create a single, integrated SQL Server solution.

If you’re still running critical applications on SQL Server 2008 have no fear! Your support may be due to run out in 2019 but Microsoft have offered a solution where you can bag yourself an additional 3 years Extended Support!

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Azure Policy integration with Azure DevOps now available

Service Fabric now available on Azure Stack

Kubernetes on Azure Stack now in preview

Microsoft boosts Azure Stack capacity with Azure Data Box solutions

CycleCloud is now generally available

Microsoft announces Virtual Desktop on Azure

 

AMAZON WEB SERVICES

 

AWS ADDS NEW SHELL ACCESS OPTIONS TO EC2 INSTANCES

This month AWS announced the addition of Sessions Manager to AWS Systems Manager. This new option for shell-level access promises secure access, access control, auditability, interactivity, and programming and scripting. AWS Sessions Manager is available now – and an added bonus is that there’s no additional charge for the capability!

 

AWS BRINGS LAMBDA POWERED MACROS TO CLOUDFORMATION

Developers rejoice! With CloudFormation Macros you’re able to extend the native syntax of CloudFormation templates by utilising AWS Lambda (the same technology used with AWS’ Serverless Application Model functionality).

 

CloudFormation Macros

Using CloudFormation Macros. Source: AWS

 

To top it all off there’s no additional costs associated with Macros, so you only pay the standard AWS Lambda function charges.

 

ANNOUNCING PARALLEL QUERY FOR AMAZON AURORA

Amazon Aurora can now make use of its additional processing power by running your analytical queries in parallel across thousands of storage nodes. According to an AWS announcement on 20th Sept, the new parallel query offers speed benefits of around two orders of magnitude… pretty impressive eh?

 

AWS STORAGE GATEWAY NOW AVAILABLE AS A HARDWARE APPLIANCE

AWS Storage Gateway, the service that connects your on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage, is now available pre-installed on a hardware appliance. Right now it’s only available to purchase in the US but keep your eyes peeled – we don’t think it will be long before the rest of us get our hands on it!

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Amazon AppStream 2.0 has new additions

Izzi Fuller

Izzi Fuller

Digital Marketer

Izzi is a recent addition to the N4Stack team and loves getting stuck into writing - whether its a blog, collateral or website content.

She's taking a leap into the world of Data, DevOps and Cloud after previously working with SaaS in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare prior to that.

Get to know more about Izzi here.

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