CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS023

CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS023

Hello Friends, welcome to CTT News – Big4 Recently

AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers are improving and introducing very frequently and it is hard to keep up to date ourselves without single source of information. Hence, in this series, we intend to address most important recent news of Big4 Cloud Platforms. You may save your valuable time by not searching recent updates of these cloud platforms from different individual websites. We hope, you will find this series interesting. Please visit specific Cloud provider news that you are interested in as following.

In this article, we will explore latest Azure Recently. So, lets jump on the updates.

Global VNet Peering now supports Standard Load Balancer

Global VNet Peering now supports Standard Load Balancer. Previously, resources in one virtual network could not communicate with the front-end IP address of an internal load balancer over a globally peered connection. The virtual networks needed to be in the same region. With this announcement, this is no longer the case. You can communicate with the internal IP address of a Standard Load Balancer instance across regions from resources deployed in a globally peered virtual network. This support is in all Azure regions, including Azure China and Azure Government regions.

General availability: Azure Availability Zones in East US

Azure Availability Zones, a high-availability solution for mission-critical applications, is now generally available in East US.

Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone consists of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. With the introduction of Availability Zones, we now offer a service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.99% for uptime of virtual machines.

General availability: Global VNet Peering in Azure Government regions

Global VNet Peering is now generally available in all Azure Government cloud regions. This means you can peer virtual networks across the Azure Government cloud regions. You cannot peer across Azure Government cloud and Azure public cloud regions.

Global VNet Peering enables resources in your virtual network to communicate directly, without gateways, extra hops, or transit over the public internet. Communication is completely private and over the Microsoft backbone. This allows a high-bandwidth, low-latency connection across peered virtual networks in different regions.

FastTrack for Azure

FastTrack for Azure brings proven practices, design principles and tools from engineering and real customer experiences to guide customers from design, configuration and development to production. 

FastTrack for Azure is now available to eligible customers* that satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or Western Europe** (English only).
  • Have an identified FTA-supported Azure project*** with expected consumption per project of > incremental USD 5,000/month or equivalent in local currency once fully ramped (within 12 months) and intent to deploy in the near term
  • Have an active paid Azure subscription.

* If Customer has a MS Cloud Solution Architect, additional approval is required.

** Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nordics, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

*** Project is a defined, specific workload with pressing intent. e.g. Named servers, App or Databases. Not simply a broad aspiration to utilise Azure.

FTA-supported Azure solutions:

Available Now

  • DC Migration
  • Windows Server on Azure
  • Linux on Azure
  • SAP on Azure
  • Business Continuity, Disaster recovery
  • High-performance Computing*
  • Cloud Native Apps
  • DevOps
  • App Modernisation
  • Linux on Azure*
  • Cloud Scale Analytics**
  • Intelligent Apps
  • Intelligent Agents**
  • Data Modernisation to Azure
  • Security and Management
  • Globally Distributed Data

*Limited preview in United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Western Europe
**Limited preview in United Kingdom and Western Europe

General availability: Azure Lab Services

Azure Lab Services is now generally available. With Azure Lab Services, you can set up on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines. Users go to a single place to access all their VMs across multiple labs. 

For classroom or professional training, you can provide students with a lab of virtual machines configured with exactly what they need. You can run a hackathon or a hands-on lab at conferences or events and scale up to hundreds of virtual machines for your attendees. You can also create an invitation-only private lab of virtual machines installed with your prerelease software to give preview customers access to early trials or set up interactive sales demos.

Top three reasons customers use Azure Lab Services: 

  • Automatic management of Azure infrastructure and scale: Azure Lab Services is a managed service, which means that the service automatically handles provisioning and management of a lab’s underlying infrastructure. You can just focus on preparing the right lab experience for your users.
  • Simple experience for your lab users: Users who are invited to your labs get immediate access to resources. They just sign in to see the full list of virtual machines that they can access. They don’t need Azure subscriptions to use the service.  
  • Cost optimisation and tracking: Keep your budget in check by controlling how many hours your lab users can use the virtual machines. Allow users to use virtual machines only during designated time slots, or set up recurring auto-shutdown and start times. Keep track of individual users’ usage.

Author: Debashree

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