Microsoft Ignite – Cloud

05. May 2015 Updates 0

So Microsoft have just held the keynote for their ignite conference in Chicago and they released a slew of new software aimed directly at the core of business infrastructure. Microsoft have publicly stated their new three goals are: more personal computing, reinvent business productivity and enhance Cloud. Let’s dive into what was announced.

Azure Updates

Azure received a large set of updates during the keynote and in the previous weeks build conference, but here are the highlights:

Azure DNS Preview

Azure DNS allows you to easily migrate your DNS over to a global name server network, giving ultra-low latency responses wherever people access DNS records.

Express route for O365

Now you can use an ExpressRoute private link to Azure and to your Office 365 tenant, allowing for lower latency, higher bandwidth and a better security posture, as all traffic will go over the ExpressRoute link. Customers with a much higher volume of data traffic or after greater security will prefer to use this.

Azure Network Virtual Appliances

Microsoft have finally bought support for virtualised network appliances in Azure. This is a big piece of the puzzle that was previously missing from the portfolio – with Network Appliance things like NetScalers, Palo Alto Systems, Riverbeds and others, these can be deployed in Azure allowing for more options for workload placement and migration.

Public IP’s and Encryption

Azure now supports volume encryption for both Windows and Linux instances, both boot and data volumes using encryption keys are stored in the Azure KeyVault service. This way, all data is encrypted at rest and in storage accounts using a customer defined key. Azure Cloud instances can now have multiple virtual IP addresses, allowing for high availability and high scale scenarios.

Azure AD Cloud App Discovery

Azure App Discovery allows for a small agent to be installed on end user workstations to track what third party websites/apps they use and login with corporate credentials. It’s designed to allow corporations to start getting control of shadow IT by discovering used apps and then pushing them through the Azure App Portal for more control of document and data sharing.

More notes to come over the coming days, as Microsoft continue to innovate in the Cloud space. Get in contact with Thomas Duryea today, if you want to know more about these and other updates from Microsoft.

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