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Customize your secure VM session experience with native client support on Azure Bastion

Azure Bastion is a fully managed jumpbox-as-a-service that provides secure and seamless Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) access to your VMs in local or peered virtual networks. With native client support available on the Standard SKU for Azure Bastion, you now unlock customizable features and added functionality in your VM sessions. Source…

Intelligent application protection from edge to cloud with Azure Web Application Firewall

Cyberattacks are becoming more common and advanced with growing attack surfaces due to the proliferation of mobile and IoT devices and increasing cloud adoption. To help our customers address these security challenges, we have been evolving Azure Web Application Firewall (Azure WAF), our cloud-native, self-managed security service to protect your applications and APIs running in Azure or anywhere else—from the network edge to the cloud. Source…

Enhance your classroom experience with Azure Lab Services—April 2022 update

We are excited to announce major updates to Azure Lab Services including enhanced lab creation and improved backend reliability, access performance, extended virtual network support, easier labs administration via new roles, improved cost tracking via Azure Cost Management service, availability of PowerShell module, and .NET API SDK for advanced automation and customization, and integration with Canvas learning management system. Source…

Microsoft announces new collaboration with Red Button for attack simulation testing

As we highlighted in our latest attack trends report, Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are one of the biggest security concerns today. Whether in the cloud or on-premises, DDoS attacks can be targeted at any endpoint that is publicly reachable through the internet. Planning and preparing for a DDoS attack is crucial to a well-vetted incident management response plan. Source…

How Microsoft measures datacenter water and energy use to improve Azure Cloud sustainability

One of the biggest topics of discussion at COP26, the global climate conference held in November 2021, was how a lack of reliable and consistent measurement hampers progress on the path to Net Zero. Today, we’re sharing an important update on how Microsoft, and our datacenters, are helping to solve our part of this measurement challenge. Source…

Enhance your data visualizations with Azure Managed Grafana—now in preview

Last year, we announced our strategic partnership with Grafana Labs to develop a Microsoft Azure managed service that lets customers run Grafana natively within the Azure cloud platform. Today, we are announcing that Azure Managed Grafana is available in preview. With Azure Managed Grafana, the Grafana dashboards our customers are familiar with are now integrated seamlessly with the services and security of Azure. Source…

Feathr: LinkedIn’s feature store is now available on Azure

With the advance of AI and machine learning, companies start to use complex machine learning pipelines in various applications, such as recommendation systems, fraud detection, and more. These complex systems usually require hundreds to thousands of features to support time-sensitive business applications, and the feature pipelines are maintained by different team members across various business groups. Source…

Unlock cloud savings on the fly with autoscale on Azure

Autoscaling is one of the value levers that can help unlock cost savings for your Azure workloads by automatically scaling up and down the resources in use to better align capacity to demand. Not only does it utilize cloud elasticity by paying for capacity only when you need it, you can also reduce the need for an operator to continually monitor the performance of a system and make decisions about adding or removing resources. Source…

Accelerate your AI applications with Azure NC A100 v4 virtual machines

Real-world AI has revolutionized and changed how people live during the past decade, including media and entertainment, healthcare and life science, retail, automotive, finance service, manufacturing, and oil and gas. Speaking to a smart home device, browsing social media with recommended content, or taking a ride with a self-driving vehicle is no longer in the future. Source…