Azure Flash News Episode for 2018-11-16

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Four operational practices Microsoft uses to secure the Azure platform

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/four-operational-practices-microsoft-uses-to-secure-the-azure-platform/

  • This is the fourth blog in a 4-part blog post series on how Microsoft Azure provides a secure foundation.Microsoft provides you with a secure foundation to host your infrastructure and applications. In the last blog in this series on infrastructure security, I shared top customer concerns about high investment without clear ROI and challenges of retaining security experts. In this blog, I discuss how Microsoft Azure can help you gain security expertise without additional investment through our operational best practices and a global team of over 3,500 cybersecurity experts. Today, we are going to look at the different operational practices our security experts follow to help ensure your data is secure.

Monitor your Azure Open Source Databases (PostgreSQL and MySQL) using Azure Monitor

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/monitor-your-azure-open-source-databases-postgresql-and-mysql-using-azure-monitor/

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL and MySQL service is a fully managed, enterprise-ready cloud service which emits the performance metrics and telemetry log to Azure Monitor service. Using Azure Monitor, you can collect, analyze, and take action on telemetry data gathered from your cloud environments. This then helps you understand how the application is behaving, get deep insights into application and database behavior, get alerts, and build remediation action to respond to the alerts. Azure Monitor collects data from various monitored Azure resources, including Azure Database for PostgreSQL and MySQL. From the metrics and data collected, the tool service enables various operations including streaming data into external partner systems.

Five lessons for building your roadmap to a secure hybrid cloud future

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/five-lessons-for-building-your-roadmap-to-a-secure-hybrid-cloud-future/

  • This blog post is a part of our security series for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month where we discuss how federal CIOs can best prepare for a cloud environment that works securely with your on-premises datacenters.The need for federal agencies to get their hybrid cloud roadmaps in place has reached a tipping point over the past year, especially as pressures mount to modernize the government’s vast portfolio of aging legacy IT systems and make smarter use of available IT funding.Agency IT leaders however, face a deeper challenge. Deciding which applications to move to the cloud and which should be rebuilt or replaced to function securely in a hybrid environment. They must do so while planning for a rapidly-changing cybersecurity landscape.

Getting started with Azure Cognitive Services in containers

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/getting-started-with-azure-cognitive-services-in-containers/

  • Building solutions with machine learning often requires a data scientist. Azure Cognitive Services enable organizations to take advantage of AI with developers, without requiring a data scientist. We do this by taking the machine learning models and the pipelines and the infrastructure needed to build a model and packaging it up into a Cognitive Service for vision, speech, search, text processing, language understanding, and more. This makes it possible for anyone who can write a program, to now use machine learning to improve an application. However, many enterprises still face challenges building large-scale AI systems. Today we announced container support for Cognitive Services, making it significantly easier for developers to build ML-driven solutions.

Get started in minutes: Build your own enterprise grade virtual assistant

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/get-started-in-minutes-build-your-own-enterprise-grade-virtual-assistant/

  • Azure Bot Service helps developers build, connect, deploy, and manage intelligent bots to interact naturally with users on websites, apps, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger, and more. With over 360,000+ registered Azure Bot Service developers, we are constantly improving our tools and framework to make them more productive. Today, we’re announcing the preview of an open source bot solution accelerator for virtual assistants. This solution accelerator simplifies the creation of branded virtual assistants, enabling developers to get started in minutes. Additionally, the Bot Framework software development kit and Tools version 4.1 is generally available, enabling developers to be more productive with bot development. Finally, Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire XOXCO, a software product design studio most known for its conversational AI and bot development capabilities.

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