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CIS Azure Security Foundations Benchmark open for comment

One of the best ways to speed up securing your cloud deployments is to focus on the most impactful security best practices. Best practices for securing any service begins with a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity risk and how to manage it. As an Azure customer, you can leverage this understanding by using security recommendations from Microsoft to help guide your risk-based decisions as they’re applied to specific security configuration settings in your environment.

We partnered with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to create the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark v1.  Since that submission, we’ve received good feedback and wanted to share it with the community for comment in a document we call the Azure Security Foundations Benchmark...

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Leveraging Cognitive Services to simplify inventory tracking

The team of interns at the New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge
Who spends their summer at the Microsoft Garage New England Research & Development Center (or “NERD”)? The Microsoft Garage internship seeks out students who are hungry to learn, not afraid to try new things, and able to step out of their comfort zones when faced with ambiguous situations. The program brought together Grace Hsu from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Christopher Bunn from Northeastern University, Joseph Lai from Boston University, and Ashley Hong from Carnegie Mellon University. They chose the Garage internship because of the product focus—getting to see the whole development cycle from ideation to shipping—and learning how to be customer obsessed.

Microsoft Garage interns take on experimental projects in order to build their creativity and product development skills ...

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Introducing Azure Spring Cloud: fully managed service for Spring Boot microservices

As customers have moved their workloads to the cloud, we’ve seen a growth in the use of cloud-native architectures, particularly microservices. Microservice-based architectures help improve scalability and velocity but implementing them can pose challenges. For many Java developers, Spring Boot and Spring Cloud have helped address these challenges, providing a robust platform with well-established patterns for developing and operating microservice applications. But creating and maintaining a Spring Cloud environment requires work. Such as setting up the infrastructure for dynamic scaling, installing and managing multiple components, and wiring up the application to your logging infrastructure. 

To help make it simpler to deploy and operate Spring Cloud applications, together with Pivotal, ...

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Introducing Azure Spring Cloud: fully managed service for Spring Boot microservices

As customers have moved their workloads to the cloud, we’ve seen a growth in the use of cloud-native architectures, particularly microservices. Microservice-based architectures help improve scalability and velocity but implementing them can pose challenges. For many Java developers, Spring Boot and Spring Cloud have helped address these challenges, providing a robust platform with well-established patterns for developing and operating microservice applications. But creating and maintaining a Spring Cloud environment requires work. Such as setting up the infrastructure for dynamic scaling, installing and managing multiple components, and wiring up the application to your logging infrastructure. 

To help make it simpler to deploy and operate Spring Cloud applications, together with Pivotal, ...

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SAP on Azure–Designing for availability and recoverability

This is the third in a four-part blog series on Designing a great SAP on Azure Architecture.

Robust SAP on Azure Architectures are built on the pillars of security, performance and scalability, availability and recoverability, efficiency and operations.

We covered designing for performance and scalability previously and within this blog we will focus on availability and recoverability.

Designing for availability

Designing for availability ensures that your mission critical SAP applications such as SAP ERP or S/4HANA have high-availability (HA) provisions applied. These HA provisions ensure the application is resilient to both hardware and software failures and that the SAP application uptime is secured to meet your service-level-agreements (SLAs).

Within the links below, you will find a co...

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Customer Provided Keys with Azure Storage Service Encryption

Azure storage offers several options to encrypt data at rest. With client-side encryption you can encrypt data prior to uploading it to Azure Storage. You can also choose to have Azure storage manage encryption operations with storage service encryption using Microsoft managed keys or using customer managed keys in Azure Key Vault. Today, we present enhancement to storage service encryption to support granular encryption settings on storage account with keys hosted in any key store. Customer provided keys (CPK) enables you to store and manage keys in on-premises or key stores other than Azure Key Vault to meet corporate, contractual, and regulatory compliance requirements for data security.

Customer provided keys allows you to pass an encryption key as part of read or write operation to st...

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Client provided keys with Azure Storage server-side encryption

Microsoft Azure Storage offers several options to encrypt data at rest. With client-side encryption you can encrypt data prior to uploading it to Azure Storage. You can also choose to have Azure Storage manage encryption operations with server-side encryption using Microsoft managed keys or using customer managed keys in Microsoft Azure Key vault. Today, we present enhancement to server-side encryption to support granular encryption settings on storage account with keys hosted in any key store. Client provided key (CPK) enables you to store and manage keys in on-premises or key stores other than Azure Key Vault to meet corporate, contractual and regulatory compliance requirements for data security.

Client provided keys allows you to pass an encryption key as part of read or write operation...

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Measuring your return on investment of Azure as a compliance platform

Today we’re pleased to introduce the release of Microsoft Azure is Helping Organizations Manage Regulatory Challenges More Effectively, a new International Data Corporation (IDC) white paper based on original research by IDC and sponsored by Microsoft. IDC studied Azure customers who are using Azure as a platform to meet regulatory compliance needs, with a special focus on government, healthcare, and financial customers. Azure Policy was cited by customers as having an important impact on meeting compliance obligations.

IDC found that these customers are realizing significant benefits by leveraging Azure capabilities to make their regulatory and compliance efforts more effective. Significant findings of research include:

•    Five-year return on investment (ROI) of 465 percent, worth an av...

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Azure Data Factory Mapping Data Flows are now generally available

In today’s data-driven world, big data processing is a critical task for every organization. To unlock transformational insights and embrace a data-driven culture, companies need tools to help them easily integrate and transform data at scale, without requiring specialized skills.

Today we’re announcing the general availability of the Mapping Data Flows feature of Azure Data Factory (ADF), our productive and trusted hybrid integration service. Data Factory now empowers users with a code-free, serverless environment that simplifies ETL in the cloud and scales to any data size, no infrastructure management required.

Built to handle all the complexities and scale challenges of big data integration, Mapping Data Flows allow users to quickly transform data at scale...

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Azure Data Factory Mapping Data Flows are now generally available

In today’s data-driven world, big data processing is a critical task for every organization. To unlock transformational insights and embrace a data-driven culture, companies need tools to help them easily integrate and transform data at scale, without requiring specialized skills.

Today we’re announcing the general availability of the Mapping Data Flows feature of Azure Data Factory (ADF), our productive and trusted hybrid integration service. Data Factory now empowers users with a code-free, serverless environment that simplifies ETL in the cloud and scales to any data size, no infrastructure management required.

Built to handle all the complexities and scale challenges of big data integration, Mapping Data Flows allow users to quickly transform data at scale...

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