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Azure Backup support for SQL Server 2019 and Restore as files

As SQL Server 2019 continues to push the boundaries of availability, performance, and data intelligence, a centrally managed, enterprise-scale backup solution is imperative to ensure the protection of all that data. This is especially true if you are running the SQL Server in the cloud to leverage the benefits of dynamic scale and don't want to continue using the legacy backup methods that are tedious, infrastructure-heavy, and difficult to scale.

We are excited to share native backup for SQL Server 2019 running in Azure Virtual Machine. This is a key addition to the general availability of Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machine, announced earlier this year.  Azure Backup is a zero-infrastructure solution that protects standalone SQL Server and SQL AlwaysOn configurations in Azure Vir...

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Change feed support now available in preview for Azure Blob Storage

Change feed support for Microsoft Azure Blob storage is now available in preview. Change feed provides a guaranteed, ordered, durable, read-only log of all the creation, modification, and deletion change events that occur to the blobs in your storage account. This log is stored as append blobs within your storage account, therefore you can manage the data retention and access control based on your requirements.

Change feed is the ideal solution for bulk handling of large volumes of blob changes in your storage account, as opposed to periodically listing and manually comparing for changes...

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Change feed support now available in preview for Azure Blob Storage

Change feed support for Microsoft Azure Blob storage is now available in preview. Change feed provides a guaranteed, ordered, durable, read-only log of all the creation, modification, and deletion change events that occur to the blobs in your storage account. This log is stored as append blobs within your storage account, therefore you can manage the data retention and access control based on your requirements.

Change feed is the ideal solution for bulk handling of large volumes of blob changes in your storage account, as opposed to periodically listing and manually comparing for changes...

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How AI can supercharge content understanding for businesses

Organizations face challenges when it comes to extracting insights, finding meaning, and uncovering new opportunities in the vast troves of content at their disposal. In fact, 82 percent of organizations surveyed in the latest Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services report say that exploring and understanding their content in a timely manner is a significant challenge. This is exacerbated because content is not only spread over multiple systems but also in multiple formats such as PDF, JPEG, spreadsheets, and audio files.

The first wave of artificial intelligence (AI) was designed for narrow applications, training a single model to address a specific task such as handwriting recognition...

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Azure high-performace computing at SC’19

HBv2 Virtual Machines for HPC, Azure’s most powerful yet, now in preview

Azure HB v2-series Virtual Machines (VM) for high-performance computing (HPC) are now in preview in the South Central US region.

HBv2-series Virtual Machines are Azure’s most advanced HPC offering yet, featuring performance and Message Passing Interface scalability rivaling the most advanced supercomputers on the planet, and price and performance on par with on-premises HPC deployments.

HBv2 Virtual Machines are designed for a variety of real-world HPC applications, from fluid dynamics to finite element analysis, molecular dynamics, seismic processing & imaging, weather modeling, rendering, computational chemistry, and more.

Each HBv2 Virtual Machines features 120 AMD EPYCTM 7742 processor cores at 2.45 GHz (3...

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Bringing confidential computing to Kubernetes

Historically, data has been protected at rest through encryption in data stores, and in transit using network technologies, however as soon as that data is processed in the CPU of a computer it is decrypted and in plain text. New confidential computing technologies are game changing as they provide data protection, even when the code is running on the CPU, with secure hardware enclaves. Today, we are announcing that we are bringing confidential computing to Kubernetes workloads.

Confidential computing with Azure

Azure is the first major cloud platform to support confidential computing building on Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX). Last year, we announced the preview of the DC-series of virtual machines that run on Intel® Xeon® processors and are confidential computing ready.

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Finastra “did not expect the low RPO” of Azure Site Recovery DR

Today’s question and answer style post comes after I had the chance to sit down with Bryan Heymann, Head of Cloud Architecture at Finastra, discussing his experience with Azure Site Recovery. Finastra builds and deploys technology on its open software architecture, our conversation focused on the organization’s journey to replace several disparate disaster recovery (DR) technologies with Azure Site Recovery. To learn more about achieving resilience in Azure, refer to this whitepaper.


 

You have been on Azure for a few years now – before we get too deep in DR, can you start with some context on the cloud transformation that you are going through at Finastra?

We think of our cloud journey across three horizons...

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Learn how to accelerate time to insight at the Analytics in Azure virtual event

The next wave of analytics is here with Azure Synapse Analytics! Simply unmatched and truly limitless, we're excited about this launch and want to share the highlights with you. Please join us for the Analytics in Azure virtual event on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Be among the first to see how Azure Synapse can accelerate your organization’s time to insight. Sign up for the live stream today for reminders, agenda updates, and instructions to tune in live.

Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources at scale...

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Microsoft cloud in Norway opens with availability of Microsoft Azure

Norway city skyline and waterfront.

Today, we’re announcing the availability of Microsoft Azure from our new cloud datacenter regions in Norway, marking a major milestone as the first global cloud provider to deliver enterprise-grade services in country. These new regions demonstrate our ongoing investment to help enable digital transformation and advance intelligent cloud and intelligent edge computing technologies across both commercial and public sectors.

DNB, Equinor, Lånekassen, and Posten are just a few of the customers and partners leveraging our cloud services to accelerate innovation and increase computing resources. This new offering of Microsoft Azure delivers scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services to Norwegian companies and organizations while meeting data residency, security, and compliance ne...

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Introducing Azure Cost Management for partners

As a partner, you play a critical role in successful planning and managing long-term cloud implementations for your customers. While the cloud grants the flexibility to scale the cloud infrastructure to the changing needs, it does become challenging to control the spend when cloud costs can fluctuate dramatically with demand. This is where Azure Cost Management comes in to help you track and control cloud cost, prevent overspending and increase predictability for your cloud costs

Announcing general availability of Azure Cost Management for all cloud solution partners (CSPs) who have onboarded their customers to the new Microsoft Customer agreement...

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