Friday, November 16, 2018

Customer Lockbox for Azure

Azure is always try to ease up your data as much as confidential and secure. To improve much more Azure is introducing Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure.
What it does:
Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure is a service which is integrated into Azure portal.It gives you explicit control in the very rare instance when a Microsoft Support Engineer may need access to your data to resolve an issue.
Some instances may occur where a Microsoft Microsoft Support Engineer requires elevated permissions to resolve this issue such like debugging remote access issue.On that scenario Microsoft engineers use just-in-time access service that provides limited, time-bound authorization with access limited to the service.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Azure Monitor for Containers

Microsoft Azure team has released a useful tool for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) called Azure Monitor - container health monitoring capability. And it’s in public preview right now and developers are welcome to work on it. This will Enables to developers to track the health and performance of your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster. Later, Microsoft will release new features and updates to onboarding and the portal experience.

What is Azure Monitor for container

Azure Monitor for containers works as the performance visibility by collecting memory and processor metrics from controllers, nodes, and containers that are available in Kubernetes through the Metrics API and Logs even. After User enable monitoring from Kubernetes clusters, these metrics and logs are automatically collected for you through a containerized version of the Log Analytics agent for Linux and stored in your Log Analytics workspace.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Azure Monitor for virtual machines

In Microsoft Ignite Microsoft VM team have announced number of services and products that they are going to launch in near future. And one of its service was public preview of Azure Monitor for VMs which provides an in-depth view of VM health, performance trends, and dependencies.

How to access?

To view Azure Monitor for VMs, navigate to Azure VM resource blade and view details about VMs. From there users can identify compute issues at scale, and from the Resource Group blade to understand whether all the VMs in a common deployment are behaving as you expect.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Azure VM Image Builder: Private Preview

Windows Azure were more popular in creating VMs (Virtual Machines) in your cloud and login remotely to them and access them as remotely. By the time Microsoft has implemented number of images (OS) to install in to it. Now they are expanding the ability to create images by users or customers. They have introduced the private preview of Azure VM Image Builder, a service which allows users to have an image building pipeline in Azure. To configure the image creation set up with Azure VM Image Builder, you can take an ISO or Azure Marketplace image and start creating your own golden images in a few steps.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Azure Front Door Services - Public Preview

In the earliest era of Microsoft there were huge struggle to increase the scalability and performance. People / Users asked several times to scale the products without decreasing performance or security. So this led Microsoft to build large, enterprise grade network and application infrastructure to solve reliability, scalability, performance and agility problems and took around 10 years via cloud journey. The result was the y made some enterprise services from Bing, Office, Skype, Azure, etc to overcome those challenges. And it led to developing unique infrastructure and services, battle-tested by years of constant support for Microsoft’s largest businesses.

Now they are releasing another huge project called Azure Front Door Service and its enterprise-grade  service and the public preview of newest addition to the Azure Networking and Azure’s application delivery suite of products. It is highly secure and highly available entry point for delivering your high performance global hyperscale apps.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Azure Boards for DevOps

As Microsoft started to transform VSTS in to Azure DevOps Azure boards does a tremendous work on it. It manages all the work for your software project and brining you a rich set of capabilities including native support for Scrum and Kanban, customizable dashboards, and integrated reporting.
You will get a basic idea that what can do with azure boards.

Work items

Work item is the artifact which runs behind the task tracking. You can create your task items according to your project and the team. Each work item uses a state model to track and communicate progress. As an example the states model is New > Active > Resolved > Closed. From using this display anyone has access to the project work items can view the progress of the project.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Ethereum Proof-of-Authority for Blockchain on Azure

What is Proof-of-Authority

This is called a Sybil-resistance mechanism. This is reducing computation costs to self-regulate the network and allow fair participation. This is more suitable when there is a competition for cryptocurrency promotes security on the network, anonymously and open networks. But in private networks it doesn’t have any value of it. As an alternative it has a protocol Proof-of-Authority, is more suitable for permissioned networks which consensus participants are known and reputable. No need of mining and Proof-of-Authority is more efficient while still retaining Byzantine fault tolerance.

How it works in Enterprise

Microsoft has created this solution with the same principles that they use to create all their products and services. Using Proof-of-Authority, each and every consensus node on the network has its own Ethereum identity. Whenever a node goes down, and member shouldn’t lose the consensus participation. Which means every member needs to run redundant consensus nodes because of highly available network presence. To ensure highly available network presence Microsoft has built an abstraction which allows each consensus participant to delegate multiple nodes to run on their behalf. Each Azure Proof-of-Authority network comes with our identity leasing system that ensures that no two nodes carry the same identity. In the case of a VM or regional outage, new nodes can quickly spin up and resume the previous nodes’ identities.