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Azure News April 2020

by May 1, 2020

AZURE NEWS

 

WHAT’S NEW IN THE CLOUD ADOPTION FRAMEWORK (CAF)?

April saw a number of updates to the Cloud Adoption Framework documentation. One really useful change is bringing all the tools, templates and assessments together into one place. There has also been considerable work done on the Landing Zones guidance incorporating guidance on refactoring templates and incorporating Test Driven Development.

For more information on what’s new to the CAF, click here.

 

CROSS REGION RESTORE FOR AZURE VMs SUPPORT USING AZURE BACKUP NOW IN PREVIEW

In April Microsoft Azure announced the preview of Cross Region Restore (CRR) for Azure VMs using Microsoft Azure Backup. What does this mean for you? It means you can now initiate back up data restores in a secondary region at will to mitigate real downtime disaster in the primary region for your environment. This makes the secondary region restores completely customer-controlled. 

 

Customer controlled CRR. Source: Microsoft 

 

Key features available with the preview include: 

  • Self-service recoveries of secondary backed up data in a secondary region 
  • Enables the ability to conduct disaster recovery (DR) drills for audit and compliance anytime 
  • High availability of backup data during partial or full outages of an Azure region 

You can read the full announcement here. 

 

ANNOUNCING GENERAL AVAILABILITY OF INCREMENTAL SNAPSHOTS OF MANAGED DISKS 

Following the preview back in September, Microsoft Azure have now announced the general availability of incremental snapshots of Azure Managed Disks. Incremental snapshots are a cost-effective, point-in-time backup of managed disks. Unlike current snapshots, which are billed for the full size, incremental snapshots are billed for the delta changes to disks since the last snapshot and are always stored on the most cost-effective storage. 

You can have a read of the full announcement in more detail here. 

 

AZURE COST MANAGEMENT + BILLING UPDATES 

Each month Microsoft Azure listen to the challenges we face when it comes to managing cloud costs and, based on our feedback, make improvements and updates to Azure Cost Management + Billing. April’s improvements include:

  • Azure Spot VMs now generally available (enabling you to save up to 90% on interruptible workloads)
  • Save up to 49% with new 3-year reservations for Azure Database for MariaDB
  • Save up to 65% with new 3-year reservations for Azure Database for MySQL
  • Save up to 65% with Azure Dedicated Host reservations
  • Simplify Windows virtual machine management and save money with Azure DevTest discounts
  • Reduce user license costs with Azure DevOps multi-org billing
  • Automate cost savings with Azure Resource Graph
  • Monitor your reservation and Marketplace purchases with budgets
  • Azure Cost Management is now covered by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

Read about the above improvements, and many more, in their blog.

 

IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND COST WITH QUERY ACCELERATION FOR AZURE DATA LAKE STORAGE 

According to Azure users, increased cost optimisation and increased performance are two of the most importance features of data lake architecture on Azure. Not ones to make us pick one or the other, Microsoft Azure have announced a new capability of Azure Data Lake Storage which improved both performance and cost.

Interested in finding out more? Have a read of their full announcement.

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS: 

Announcing the general availability of Windows Server containers and private clusters for Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure & Red Hat expand hybrid management and data services for easier innovation anywhere

 

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