Azure Flash News Episode for 2018-11-30

Show Notes

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Rick Weyenberg email: rickwey@microsoft.com twitter: @codeboarder

Mark Garner email: mgarner@microsoft.com twitter: @mgarner

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The Green Team solves high-risk, systemic security issues for Microsoft Azure

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  • Credentials in source is a high-risk and systemic security issue.
  • MS Green Team developed the App Authentication Library which uses the developer's identity from Visual Studio/Azure CLI to authenticate to Key Vault during local development scenarios, and when the solution is deployed to Azure, automatically switches to using Managed Service Identity.
  • Storing and retrieving credentials securely from Key Vault is easier.

Improving Azure Virtual Machine resiliency with predictive ML and live migration

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  • Microsoft has been using live migration in response to failure scenarios since 2018, now predicting failures with Machine Learning
  • Able to live migrate workloads off “at-risk” machines before they ever show any signs of failing.
  • Initial focus was on potential disk failures.
  • VM state and network connections are preserved during live migration, so there is minimal impact to users.

Simplifying security for serverless and web apps with Azure Functions and App Service

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  • New security features to reduce the amount of code you need in order to work with identities and secrets.
  • Key Vault references for Application Settings (public preview)

    • Source application setting from Key Vault
    • No new code to transition legacy apps or utilize Azure Function triggers
  • User-assigned managed identities (public preview)

    • Managed identities that are created as their own Azure resource and then assigned to a given application.
    • Can also be assigned to multiple applications, and an application can have multiple user-assigned identities.
  • Managed identities for App Service on Linux/Web App for Containers (public preview)

    • Both system-assigned and user-assigned
  • ClaimsPrincipal binding data for Azure Functions

    • Easier to use identities from your function code. Cleans up code for identity-dependent functions.
    • .NET only preview, more languages coming
  • Support for Access-Control-Allow-Credentials in CORS config

    • New CORS feature enables the Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header to be set, which is necessary whenever you need to send cookies or a token as part of calling your API.

Announcing Azure Dedicated HSM availability

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  • Dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) service provides cryptographic key storage in Azure.
  • Uses SafeNet Luna Network HSM 7 devices from Gemalto.
  • Certified for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and eIDAS Common Criteria EAL4+.
  • Dedicated HSM supports up to ten partitions per HSM.
  • Full administrative and cryptographic control over the Azure Dedicated HSMs in Azure. Microsoft does not have visibility into your cryptographic keys.
  • Suitable for migration of HSM applications to Azure or applications that require crypto other than RSA and ECC.

Premium Block Blob Storage – a new level of performance

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  • Uses a combination of solid-state drives in our storage clusters and enhancements to our blob storage software to provide high throughput and very fast response times
  • In a demo, the average latency for Standard was 61.4ms compared to Premium at 5.3ms

Time series analysis in Azure Data Explorer

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  • Azure Data Explorer has native support for creation, manipulation, and analysis of time series. Create and analyze thousands of time series in seconds and enable near real-time monitoring solutions and workflows.
  • Filtering, regression analysis, seasonality detection, and element-wise functions are native capabilities for time series analysis.

Thanks

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