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How Azure Security Center helps you protect your environment from new vulnerabilities

Recently the disclosure of a vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) was announced in the open-source software (OSS) container runtime, runc. This vulnerability can allow an attacker to gain root-level code execution on a "host. runc" which is the underlying container runtime underneath many popular containers.

Azure Security Center can help you detect vulnerable resources in your environment within Microsoft Azure, on-premises, or other clouds. Azure Security Center can also detect that an exploitation has occurred and alert you.

Azure Security Center offers several methods that can be applied to mitigate or detect malicious behavior:

  • Strengthen security posture – Azure Security Center periodically analyzes the security state of your resources...
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Update 19.02 for Azure Sphere public preview now available

The Azure Sphere 19.02 release is available today. In our second quarterly release after public preview, our focus is on broader enablement of device capabilities, reducing your time to market with new reference solutions, and continuing to prioritize features based on feedback from organizations building with Azure Sphere.

Today Azure Sphere’s hardware offerings are centered around our first Azure Sphere certified MCU, the MediaTek MT3620. Expect to see additional silicon announcements in the near future, as we work to expand our silicon and hardware ecosystems to enable additional technical scenarios and ultimately deliver more choice to manufacturers.

Our 19.02 release focuses on broadening what you can accomplish with MT3620 solutions...

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Learn how to build with Azure IoT: Upcoming IoT Deep Dive events

Microsoft IoT Show, the place to go to hear about the latest announcements, tech talks, and technical demos, is starting a new interactive, live-streaming event and technical video series called IoT Deep Dive!

Each IoT Deep Dive will bring in a set of IoT experts, like Joseph Biron, PTC CTO of IoT, and Chafia Aouissi, Azure IoT Senior Program Manager, during the first IoT Deep Dive, "Building End to End industrial Solutions with PTC ThingWorx and Azure IoT.” Join us on February 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Pacific Standard Time to walk-through end to end IoT solutions, technical demos, and best practices.

IoT Deep Dive event information

Come learn and ask questions about how to build IoT solutions and deep dive into intelligent edge, tooling, DevOps, security, asset tracking, and other top requested technical deep di...

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Under the hood: Performance, scale, security for cloud analytics with ADLS Gen2

On February 7, 2018 we announced the general availability of Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2. Azure is now the only cloud provider to offer a no-compromise cloud storage solution that is fast, secure, massively scalable, cost-effective, and fully capable of running the most demanding production workloads. In this blog post we’ll take a closer look at the technical foundation of ADLS that will power the end to end analytics scenarios our customers demand.

ADLS is the only cloud storage service that is purpose-built for big data analytics...

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Monitor at scale in Azure Monitor with multi-resource metric alerts

Our customers rely on Azure to run large scale applications and services critical to their business. To run services at scale, you need to setup alerts to proactively detect, notify, and remediate issues before it affects your customers. However, configuring alerts can be hard when you have a complex, dynamic environment with lots of moving parts.

Today, we are excited to release multi-resource support for metric alerts in Azure Monitor to help you set up critical alerts at scale. Metric alerts in Azure Monitor work on a host of multi-dimensional platform and custom metrics, and notify you when the metric breaches a threshold that was either defined by you or detected automatically.

With this new feature, you will be able to set up a single metric alert rule that monitors:

  • A list of virtu...
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Protect Azure Virtual Machines using storage spaces direct with Azure Site Recovery

Storage spaces direct (S2D) lets you host a guest cluster on Microsoft Azure which is especially useful in scenarios where virtual machines (VMs) are hosting a critical application like SQL, Scale out file server, or SAP ASCS. You can learn more about clustering by reading the article, “Deploying laaS VM Guest Clusters in Microsoft Azure.” I am also happy to share that with the latest Azure Site Recovery (ASR) update, you can now protect these business critical applications. The ASR support of storage spaces direct allows you to take your higher availability application and make it more resilient by providing a protection against region level failure.

We continue to deliver on our promise of simplicity and help you can protect your storage spaces direct cluster in three simple steps:

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