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Azure News April 2021

by Apr 6, 2021

N4Stack achieves Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status

One of only nine UK organisations to receive the accreditation, we’re over the moon to announce we have achieved Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status. The award – which also recognises our expertise in Azure DevOps and mature Azure Service Tiles approach – marks a key validation point for N4Stack’s capabilities, skills and expertise in delivering services across the complex technologies built on the Azure cloud. You can read the full press release here. 

 

 

Perform at-scale, agentless SQL Server discovery and assessment with Azure Migrate  

Microsoft recently announced the preview of at-scale, agentless discovery and migration-readiness assessments for SQL Server. According to the announcement, you can now use Azure Migrate to create a unified view of your entire datacentre, across Windows Server, Linux, and SQL Server. The solution provides a streamlined, comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft and partner tools to meet migration needs, all in one place. With the release, Microsoft are taking three tools that help with server, database, and web app assessments and are unifying them into one guided end-to-end flow. 

 

 

Get up to speed with Azure SQL fundamentals 

Whether you’re considering working with SQL Server, or you’ve recently started and want to learn the basics, Microsoft have a great 6 module learning path you can follow.  

“Learn how to translate your existing SQL Server expertise to Azure SQL including Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL managed instance. After completing the learning path, you will have a foundational knowledge of what to use when, as well as how to configure, secure, monitor, and troubleshoot Azure SQL.” 

Interested? You can get started here. 

 

 

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates 

No matter the size of your business it’s important to know what you’re spending, where, and how you can reduce those costs. This is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in. Here are some of the latest improvements and updates based on user feedback:   

New cost view for subscriptions. Source: Microsoft 

So, grab a drink and have a read of all the latest improvements and updates here. 

 

 

Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra service now in public preview 

Last month Microsoft announced that Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra is currently in public preview. According to Microsoft the service provides automated deployment and scaling operations for managed open-source Apache Cassandra datacentres and is designed to help you accelerate hybrid scenarios and reduce ongoing maintenance.  

Interested? You can find out more about the solution here. 

 

 

Built-in backup management at scale with Backup center 

Imagine being able to go to one single console for your daily actions of monitoring, backing up, and restoring data sources in any subscription, resource group, location, or tenant. Imagine being able to define and track compliance with Azure policies to ensure your organisation’s desired backup goals are being met. Imagine being able to generate reports on backup activities and derive insights from them to drive optimisations. Now imagine being able to do all of that from one single place. It’s now possible with Backup center, now generally available. 

Microsoft Azure Backup center. Source: Microsoft. 

 

 

Improve agility, performance, and resilience with new Azure infrastructure capabilities 

No matter what location you work from, what industry you work for, or the size of your organisation, enabling an agile, scalable, high-performing, and reliable infrastructure is critical to long-term success. Recently Microsoft have announced new updates to their Azure infrastructure portfolio that continue to address the needs of their users. These include: 

  • More options to run memory-intensive workloads 
  • Simplified acquisition of compute capacity at deep discounts 
  • New capabilities to manage Linux environments 
  • Simplified network resource distribution with new Azure Load Balancing capabilities 
  • Built-in backup management at scale with Azure Backup center 
  • Application modernisation for all source application frameworks 
  • Plus, much more… 

For more information on the updates above, or to see the full list of new updates, click here. 

 

 

Scale your critical applications cost-effectively with Azure Disk Storage 

In March Microsoft announced new capabilities on Azure Disk Storage that help you scale your performance cost-effectively—allowing you to meet your workload needs on-demand and only pay for what you need. The new capabilities are: 

  • Boost disk performance on-demand with new disk bursting experience on Premium SSDs 
  • Achieve sustained higher performance with performance tiers for premium SSDs 
  • Two options to scale performance dynamically for your workload

 

 

Apply AI to your most critical business needs with new Azure AI capabilities 

According to Microsoft, tens of thousands of their customers use Azure AI to deliver immersive customer experiences, identify new business opportunities, and drive impact. As more organisations use AI in their production workloads, they have an increased need for secure, scalable, and responsible AI development.  

In March, Microsoft announced new Azure AI capabilities that will empower organisations to use AI with even more confidence: 

  • Train machine learning (ML) models on-premises and in multi-cloud environments with Azure Arc support for Azure Machine Learning
  • Deliver cutting-edge search experience in your applications with the semantic search capability in Azure Cognitive Search
  • Extract information from invoices and identification documents with new capabilities and expanded language support in Form Recogniser 

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS: 

Prevent bootkit and rootkit infections by enabling Azure Trusted Launch for your VMs 

Limited-time free quantities offer for Azure Synapse Analytics 

Architect and optimise your internet traffic with Azure routing preference 

Accelerate IT innovation with new Windows Server on Azure updates 

Azure Defender for Storage powered by Microsoft threat intelligence 

Strengthen and optimise compliance in Azure Security Center 

Microsoft announces new zonal capabilities for Azure Site Recovery 

Further Insights

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N4Stack achieves Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status

One of only nine UK organisations hold this accreditation – providing validation for N4Stack’s capabilities, skills, and expertise in delivering services built on the Azure cloud.

Find out more.

7 Considerations When Pricing Windows Virtual Desktop

Have you got 2-minutes to spare? Grab a coffee and watch our short video to find out about the key pricing considerations when deploying Windows Virtual Desktop.

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Selina Dhillon

Selina Dhillon

Digital Marketer

Selina is our Digital Marketing Apprentice and has been with us since March 2021. Day-to-day she gets stuck into a range of tasks such as social media, content creation, campaign planning and execution, and much more. In her spare time, Selina loves reading a good book, going for long walks, travelling to different countries, and trying out new recipes to cook. Get to know more about Selina here.

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