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Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines eclipse 80,000 cores for MPI HPC

HPC-optimized virtual machines now available Azure HBv2-series Virtual Machines (VMs) are now generally available in the South Central US region. HBv2 VMs will also be available in West Europe, East US, West US 2, North Central US, Japan East soon. HBv2 VMs deliver supercomputer-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a …

Accelerate Your cloud strategy with Skytap on Azure

Azure is the best cloud for existing Microsoft workloads, and we want to ensure all of our customers can take full advantage of Azure services. We work hard to understand the needs of those customers running Microsoft workloads on premises, including Windows Server, and help them to navigate a path to the cloud. But not …

Fileless attack detection for Linux in preview

This blog post was co-authored by Aditya Joshi, Senior Software Engineer, Enterprise Protection and Detection. Attackers are increasingly employing stealthier methods to avoid detection. Fileless attacks exploit software vulnerabilities, inject malicious payloads into benign system processes, and hide in memory. These techniques minimize or eliminate traces of malware on disk, and greatly reduce the chances …

Burst 4K encoding on Azure Kubernetes Service

Burst encoding in the cloud with Azure and Media Excel HERO platform. Content creation has never been as in demand as it is today. Both professional and user-generated content has increased exponentially over the past years. This puts a lot of stress on media encoding and transcoding platforms. Add the upcoming 4K and even 8K …

New Azure Firewall certification and features in Q1 CY2020

This post was co-authored by Suren Jamiyanaa, Program Manager, Azure Networking We continue to be amazed by the adoption, interest, positive feedback, and the breadth of use cases customers are finding for our service. Today, we are excited to share several new Azure Firewall capabilities based on your top feedback items: ICSA Labs Corporate Firewall …

Azure Firewall Manager now supports virtual networks

This post was co-authored by Yair Tor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking. Last November we introduced Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager preview for Azure Firewall policy and route management in secured virtual hubs. This also included integration with key Security as a Service partners, Zscaler, iboss, and soon Check Point. These partners support branch to internet …

Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

An ever-increasing number of enterprises, even as they adopt a hybrid IT strategy, continue to retain mission-critical data on-premises and look towards the public cloud as an effective offsite for their backups. Azure Backup—Azure’s built-in data-protection solution, provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective mechanism to backup these data-assets over the network to Azure, while eliminating …

SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are: Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely provide. Independent benchmark results. What innovations can the cloud provider bring to your SQL Server …