Sunday, August 19, 2018

Windows Container Support in Azure App Services: Public Preview

When a developer wants to have more control over what is installed in their containers, now can use Windows Server Containers in Web App. The public preview has released to community.

Now it supports Windows Containers on Azure App Service and enables number of opportunities for Application 
  •    Relaxed security restrictions – The Windows Container is an isolation and security boundary, When deploying a containerized application. Normally Libraries will be blocked by Azure App Service and instead of it will be succeed when running inside of a Windows Container
  •        Lift and Shift to PaaS – When a developer wants to  migrate .NET Framework and .NET Core applications to Azure, and is trying to transform straight to a PaaS service to get the many productivity benefits from the App Service platform.
  •        Third-party application migration – Customers often have business critical applications developed by third parties with which the company no longer has a relationship. Containerizing these types of applications unlocks the opportunity to migrate applications to Azure App Service.
  •        Applications with dependencies – Ina scenario, when a developer deploying an app within a Windows Container, it allows to install custom dependencies. Even when a developer wants to install libraries into  Global Assembly Cache (GAC) done by easily.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Managed Disk Migration on Azure


Microsoft has released the capability of converting VMs with unmanaged Disks to Managed Disks. Now the migrations are available to Managed Disks in single click without requiring PowerShell or CLI scripts.

What is a Managed Disk?

Azure Managed Disks simplifies disk management for Azure IaaS VMs by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. You only have to specify the type (Standard HDD, Standard SSD, or Premium SSD) and the size of disk you need, and Azure creates and manages the disk for you.


What you can do with managed Disk.
  •  You can scale your application without worrying about storage account limits
  •   Achieve high-availability across your compute and storage resources with aligned fault domains.
  • Create VM Scale Sets with up to 1,000 instances.
  • Integrate disks, snapshots, images as first-class resources into your architecture.
  • Secure your disks, snapshots, and images through Azure Role Based Access Control (RBAC)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Azure Management Groups now Available


Volla! Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure management groups.
What it does
It organizes all your subscriptions apply governance controls, including as Azure Policy and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the controls applied to the management group.
Even if you have an Enterprise Agreement, Certified Solution Partner, Pay-As-You-Go, or any other type of subscription, this service gives all Azure customers enterprise-grade management at a large scale for no additional cost.
And with this Microsoft introduces a new functionality to Azure that allows customers to group subscriptions together so that you can apply a policy or RBAC role to multiple subscriptions, and their resources, with one assignment. Management groups not only allow you to group subscriptions but also allows you to group other management groups to form a hierarchy.

Azure Cloud Shell Editor with Visual Studio Code


For the Azure portal, Microsoft has announced Azure Cloud Shell and enriched with cloud-native command-line environment and can access from any device and anywhere in the world. And People loved it so much and it’s easy to use. The specialty is, it works as Bash or PS(PowerShell).
Microsoft made Cloud Shell even more powerful. There is automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like TerraformAnsible, and InSpec. And the best part is Visual Studio Code team team has embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team has integrated Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app. And this will allow easy access from any device to anywhere.

There are a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano) for editing files from Cloud Shell. To bring even more flexibility to how you edit files, Microsoft has announced the launch of a graphical editor embedded directly in Azure Cloud Shell.Through collaboration with the Visual Studio Code team and their open-source Monaco project, the same web-standards based editor that powers Visual Studio Code is now integrated directly into Cloud Shell.



Monaco provides features like syntax coloring, auto completion, and code snippets. And this includes a file explorer to easily navigate the Cloud Shell file system for seamless file exploration. And the magic is, by simply typing “code .” to open the editor’s file explorer from any Cloud Shell web-based experience.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

An Overview of Azure Firewall

Virtual Networks does a major role in Microsoft Azure. And firewall is the most important aspect for a network in Network Security. The new Azure Firewall service help to protect Virtual Network resources, with fully stateful native firewall capabilities with built-in high availability and the ability to scale automatically. You can create and enforce connectivity policies using application and network level filtering rules on multiple subscriptions and virtual networks. The Azure Firewall service is fully integrated with the Azure platform, portal UI and services.

How it Works:

Monday, July 30, 2018

Move your data to Azure with Azure Data Box Disks



 Are you looking for ruggedized, portable, and simple way to move large datasets into Azure?
Well now you got Azure data box. You can move petabytes of data into Azure using Data Box.

People now a days want lower capacity, even easier-to-use option. They cited examples such as moving data from Remote/Office Branch Offices (ROBOs), which have smaller data sets and minimal on-site tech support. This can be used for recurring, incremental transfers for ongoing backups and archives. And it should consist the same traits as Data Box – namely fast, simple, and secure. Microsoft has introduced Data box disk as their new member for such scenarios.


Usage:

Data Box Disk contains the same infrastructure and management experience as Azure Data Box.
You can receive up to five 8TB disks, totaling 40TB per order. Data Box Disk is fast, utilizing SSD technology, and is shipped overnight, so you can complete a data transfer job in as little as one week.

  • ·         The disks can be connected via USB or SATA.
  • ·         By using commands like ‘robocopy’ or ‘drag-and-drop’ can be used to move data
  • ·         Quick and easy.
  • ·         Since Data Box Disk uses AES 128-bit encryption, once returned to the Azure DC, your data is securely uploaded, and the disks are cryptographically erased.
  • ·         Data is safe at every point in the process.



What it contains:

Comparison of data Box and Data Box disk


How to Order:

You can sign in to your azure subscription and navigate to




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Public preview of Azure Virtual WAN

Now a days networking trends such as SDWAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) uses to improve performance by using path selection polices at the branch offices to send Internet-bound traffic directly to the cloud eliminating the backhaul to select breakout points.

With the use of intelligent routing this traffic can quickly reach Microsoft’s global backbone network to provide the best network experience. By using this we tend to use all network branches. But in this technology we are facing a problem which is managing branch connectivity and uniformly enforcing network and security polices at scale, and complicating network policy management across all the branch offices is the trend of more employees working remotely with ever stricter security, privacy, and compliance requirements polices that vary by country/region.