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MICROSOFT AZURE

 

THE TIME HAS COME FOR SERVERLESS AUTOMATION IN AZURE FUNCTIONS

In April Microsoft announced the preview release of PowerShell support in Azure Functions following numerous customer requests. In doing so Microsoft have made it possible to automate operational tasks and take advantage of the native Azure integration to modernise the delivering and maintenance of services.

Interested? Create your first PowerShell function in Azure now.

 

AZURE FRONT DOOR SERVICE NOW GENERALLY AVAILABLE

Launched in preview last year, Azure Front Door Service (AFD) is a scalable and secure entry point for fast delivery of your global applications. AFD currently provides global coverage in over 35 countries across 65 metros and provides a 99.99% availability SLA. Other features include:

  • Application and API acceleration
  • Global HTTP load balancing
  • SSL offload
  • WAF @ Edge

 

AZURE DEVOPS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK

Back in September 2018 Microsoft announced Azure DevOps. In April 2019 we were greeted with the news that Azure DevOps is now available in the UK. New customers can now create an Azure DevOps organisation in the UK Azure geography by selecting it in the drop-down, and existing customers can request a move of their Azure DevOps organisation by contacting Microsoft Support.

Azure DevOps UK

Azure DevOps now available in the UK. Source: Microsoft

 

AZURE AD PASSWORD PROTECTION NOW GENERALLY AVAILABLE

Azure AD Password Protection allows you to eliminate easily guessed passwords and customise lockout settings for your environment. In April Microsoft announced that Azure AD Password Protection is now generally available!

To help users avoid choosing weak and vulnerable passwords, Microsoft have updated the banned password algorithm. Using the global banned password list that Microsoft updates and the custom list you define, Azure AD Password Protection now blocks a wider range of easily guessable passwords.

 

MICROSOFT EXTENDS AZURE SECURITY CAPABILITIES

Security has always been critically important to Microsoft, so it came as no surprise during Hannover Messe 2019 that they had the following security announcements to make:

  • Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage now generally available
  • Regulatory compliance dashboard in Azure Security Center generally available
  • Azure Security Center now supports VM Scale Sets
  • Announcing Azure Dedicated HSM service availability in UK, Canada, and Australia regions
  • Announcing Azure Disk Encryption general availability for Virtual Machine Scale Sets

 

Regulatory Compliance Dashboard Azure Sec Center

Regulatory compliance dashboard in Azure Security Center. Source: Microsoft

 

AZURE FUNCTIONS PREMIUM PLAN FOR ENTERPRISE SERVERLESS WORKLOADS

Last month Microsoft announced that the Azure Functions Premium Plan is now in preview. The plan enables a suite of long requested scaling and connectivity options without compromising on event-based scale. With the Premium Plan you can use pre-warmed instances to run your app with no delay after being idle, you can run on more powerful instances, and you can connect to VNETs, all while automatically scaling in response to load.

 

Azure Functions Premium Plan

Comparison chart – Consumption Plan vs. Premium Plan. Source: Microsoft

Sound good? Get started with the Premium Plan, or learn how to switch functions between Consumption and Premium plans.

 

WINDOWS SERVER 2019 SUPPORT NOW AVAILABLE FOR WINDOWS CONTAINERS

Be more cost effective with reduced container size, and benefit from faster startup times with new, cache-based images with Windows Server 2019 Container support. As of right now the support is only available in Azure’s West US, East US, West Europe, North Europe, East Asia, and East Australia regions but stay tuned, we don’t imagine the UK will have to wait for too long!

 

ARE YOU READY FOR THE AI FOR GOOD: DEVELOPER CHALLENGE?

Do you have an idea that could improve and empower the lives of everyone in a more accessible way? Or perhaps you have an idea that would help create a sustainable balance between modern society and the environment? Even if it’s just the kernel of an idea, it’s a concept worth exploring with the AI for Good: Developer Challenge!

If you’re a developer, a data scientist, a student of AI, or even just passionate about AI and machine learning, Microsoft are encouraging you to take part in the AI for Good: Developer Challenge and improve the world by sharing your ideas.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Hybrid storage performance comes to Azure

Secure your cluster using pod security policies in AKS

Azure Cost Management now generally available for pay-as-you-go customers

Microsoft reports 73% annual increase in Azure revenue

Price reductions for Azure Container Instances now available

Get certified as a Microsoft Azure Architect for just $19

Microsoft doubles size of UK Azure regions, increasing compute capacity by >1500%

 

AMAZON WEB SERVICES

 

AWS SNOWBALL EDGE ADDS BLOCK STORAGE FOR EDGE COMPUTING WORKLOADS

Customers who need to run Amazon EC2 workloads on AWS Snowball Edge devices can now attach multiple persistent block storage volumes to their Amazon EC2 instances. With both block and object storage options on Snowball Edge, you have flexibility to deploy a wider set of applications in rugged, temporary or mobile environments that have limited or no network connectivity.

Have a read of the full AWS announcement here.

 

NOW AVAILABLE – AMD EPYC-POWERED AMAZON EC2 T3A INSTANCES

Last month AWS announced that AMD EPYC-powered T3a instances are now available. Built on the AWS Nitro System these instances promise to deliver ‘burstable, cost-effective performance’ and are a great fit for workloads that don’t need high sustained compute power but experience temporary spikes in usage.

EC2 T3a instances

T3a instance specifications. Source: AWS

 

NEW FEATURE – AMAZON S3 BATCH OPERATIONS

In April AWS introduced us to Amazon S3 Batch Operations. The new feature can be used to easily process hundreds, millions, or billions of S3 objects in a simple and straightforward fashion. You can copy objects to another bucket, set tags or access control lists, initiate a restore from Glacier, or invoke an AWS Lambda function on each one.

Get started on running a batch job now.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Elastic Fabric Adapter for tightly-coupled HPC workloads now available

AWS re:Inforce 2019 – AWS’ first ever conference focused exclusively on cloud security

97% off AWS Solutions Architect Certification Bundle

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Techfest

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Izzi Fuller

Izzi Fuller

Digital Marketer

Izzi heads up the N4Stack Marketing function and loves getting stuck into writing - whether its a blog, collateral or website content.

She took 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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