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.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dev Spaces for Azure Kubernetes Services Released!

The public preview of Dev Spaces for Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) has released! Now you can build and debug applications for Kubernetes – only available on Azure


Usage:
You don’t need to set up your local development to fix the bugs or development issues of complex micro services. To do such a thing it will take some time. It might take days even. Dev Spaces and AKS is the best solution for that. It’s very easy to setup and will take only seconds.

Set Up:
You just need to get ready with your IDE and Azure CLI (Command Line Interface).
Just Create a new Dev Space inside AKS and begin working on any component.

Use following command to Create a new Dev Space inside AKS


azds space select --name testDevSpace


This will create Kubernetes namespace and populates it with only the micro services that are under active development inside your IDE. It takes only few seconds. Not days.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Azure CosmosDB Explorer

The newly added tool for azure cosmos db is cosmos db explorer.  Now you can use this instead of storage explorer.

What's Inside

  • Full screen real estate view for the queries and results
  • No need of access of azure subscription portal any more. Access your database account and collections with a connection string
  • Share your query result as read only view with your colleagues. (Does not require Azure portal access)
  • No desktop tools needed anymore. Work with cosmos db directly with Explorer


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Static website hosting for Azure Storage

The public preview of static website hosting for Azure Storage has released on June 28, 2018!
The newly released feature set is available in all public cloud regions with support in government and sovereign clouds coming soon.These new feature enable a cost-effective and scalable solution for hosting integrated modern web applications on Azure.

Usually on a static website, webpages contain static content and JavaScript or other client-side code.But when it comes to dynamic websites, it depends on server-side code, and can be hosted using Azure Web Apps.
But now a day’s deployments shift toward elastic, cost-effective models, the ability to deliver web content without the need for server management is critical.
As Azure introduces static website hosting in Azure Storage makes this possible. This will enable rich backend capabilities with server less architectures with Azure Functions and other Paas (Platform as a Service) Services.

By enabling  static websites on storage account, a new web service endpoint is created as follow

<account-name>.<zone-name>.web.core.windows.net.
Eg: https://statichost.z19.web.core.windows.net/


Getting started
·      Supporting Platforms
Net Client Library (version 9.3.0), Java Client Library (version 8.0.0), Python Client Library (version 1.3.0), Node.js Client Library (version 2.10.0), Visual Studio Code Extension (version 0.4.0), and CLI 2.0 (extension version 0.1.3).
Storage Explorer and Powershell support will be available soon.
Storage Services REST API is available now.
Static websites is supported by REST API version 2018-03-28 and greater (Azure recommended using the latest always)


·      How to Access
1.     Create a GPv2 Storage Account on Azure


2.     Click On the Newly Created Storage and you will see a link on settings section in the left navigation bar and Enable it.

3.     Upload web assets to $web Container. (Created when Static website enabled)
            


To do this you can directly access azure portal or can take advantage of the Visual Studio Code Extension to upload entire directory structures.
Visual Studio Code:
Right click on the $web container, select Deploy to static website and find the directory you want to upload
Make sure to include an index document with the name you configured. In this example, the document's name is index.html.

The web service endpoint always allows anonymous read access, returns formatted HTML pages in response to service errors, and allows only object read operations. The web service endpoint returns the index document in the requested directory for both the root and all subdirectories. When the storage service returns a 404 error, the web endpoint returns a custom error document if you configured it.

Volla! Go to your primary endpoint and test your site.