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Azure News May 2022

by May 17, 2022

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 moving to end of life in July

Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support for its widely used SQL Server 2012 Tuesday 12th July. Given its utilisation as part of many organisations’ core IT infrastructure, it’s vital to appropriately prepare for its end-of-life cycle to avoid operational issues and security risks.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five suggested upgrade pathways to assist your organisation with the process of moving away from SQL Server 2012. These cover both on-premises and hybrid cloud alternatives, giving you the option of choosing the pathway best suited to your needs and infrastructure:

1) Purchase extended security updates for existing infrastructure
2) Modernise on-premises with a SQL Server version upgrade
3) Move SQL Server to Azure Virtual Machines
4) Upgrade to Azure SQL Managed Instance
5) Migrate to a fully managed and modernised Azure service

If you require any further guidance or information on any aspect of SQL Server’s 2012 end-of-life cycle, or its knock-on effects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Preview available for Azure Managed Grafana

In an effort to raise agility and operate with greater efficiency, organisations have turned to digital transformation and with the benefits so broad, from lowering operational costs to greater customer satisfaction, it’s no wonder why. However, adoption of cloud services also brings with it greater complexity and places extra importance on the need to manage existing applications and infrastructure effectively.

By combining Azure with Grafana, a well-known open-source analytics visualisation platform, Microsoft aims to house data from across organisations, such as metrics, logs and traces into one tool, seamlessly integrated with Azure’s security and services. Dubbed Azure Managed Grafana, a single user interface will allow users easy visibility of all telemetry data, allowing correlation of multiple data sources across your business.

Azure Managed Grafana. Source: Microsoft

Find out more here.


Azure Purview changed to Microsoft Purview

Launched in September of last year, Azure Purview allowed organisations of all sizes and scopes the ability to manage and control their data, whether it was software as a service (SaaS), multicloud or on-premises. It’s facilitated millions of searches and allowed organisations to locate their valuable enterprise data efficiently and quickly.

Microsoft has revealed the next step in Purview’s lifecycle – combining Azure Purview and its 365 Compliance portfolio, Microsoft Purview aims to expand on its predecessor’s offering by allowing organisations to govern data across your estate, protect that data wherever it is located and strengthen both risk and compliance adherence.

Find out more here.


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Azure Cost Management and Billing Updates – April 2022

Microsoft has announced its latest round of updates for Azure Cost Management and Billing, detailing a host of new changes that will improve all users’ ability to maintain visibility of their costs in the cloud and identify spending patterns.

This month’s changes are:

  • Summarized totals in the cost analysis preview
  • Download your Azure prices as a ZIP file
  • Unlock cloud savings on the fly with autoscale on Azure
  • What’s new in Cost Management Labs
  • New ways to save money with Azure
  • New videos and learning opportunities
  • Documentation updates
  • Join the Azure Cost Management and Billing team

Find out more here.


Microsoft tackling attack simulation testing with Red Button

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks still pose a major threat to organisation security and service integrity, with any endpoint publicly accessible through the internet susceptible and capable of being targeted. That makes planning and preparing for such an eventuality nigh-on essential for many organisations, but it can be challenging to know where to begin doing so.

Microsoft’s new collaboration with Red Button aims to assist by offering customers an extra attack simulation testing provider, allowing DDoS attack scenarios to be carried out in a controlled environment. This can assist organisations in their efforts to protect against threats, including improving readiness, building a comprehensive response strategy and identifying gaps in existing procedures.

DDoS Test Report. Source: Microsoft

 Find out more here.


Azure Updates

Microsoft released a plethora of database updates during the month of April, which we’ve collated for you here:


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