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Preview of Active Directory authentication support on Azure Files

We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Files Active Directory (AD) authentication. You can now mount your Azure Files using AD credentials with the exact same access control experience as on-premises. You may leverage an Active Directory domain service either hosted on-premises or on Azure for authenticating user access to Azure Files for both premium and standard tiers. Managing file permissions is also simple. As long as your Active Directory identities are synced to Azure AD, you can continue to manage the share level permission through standard role-based access control (RBAC). For directory and file level permission, you simply configure Windows ACLs (NTFS DACLs) using Windows File Explorer just like any regular file share...

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Azure Security Center for IoT RSA 2020 announcements

We announced the general availability of Azure Security Center for IoT in July 2019. Since then, we have seen a lot of interest from both our customers and partners. Our team has been working on enhancing the capabilities we offer our customers to secure their IoT solutions. As our team gets ready to attend the RSA conference next week, we are sharing the new capabilities we have in Azure Security Center for IoT.

As organizations pursue digital transformation by connecting vital equipment or creating new connected products, IoT deployments will get bigger and more common. In fact, the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that IoT will continue to grow at double-digit rates until IoT spending surpasses $1 trillion in 2022...

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Azure Security Center for IoT RSA 2020 announcements

We announced the general availability of Azure Security Center for IoT in July 2019. Since then, we have seen a lot of interest from both our customers and partners. Our team has been working on enhancing the capabilities we offer our customers to secure their IoT solutions. As our team gets ready to attend the RSA conference next week, we are sharing the new capabilities we have in Azure Security Center for IoT.

As organizations pursue digital transformation by connecting vital equipment or creating new connected products, IoT deployments will get bigger and more common. In fact, the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that IoT will continue to grow at double-digit rates until IoT spending surpasses $1 trillion in 2022...

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New Azure Firewall certification and features in Q1 CY2020

This post was co-authored by Suren Jamiyanaa, Program Manager, Azure Networking

We continue to be amazed by the adoption, interest, positive feedback, and the breadth of use cases customers are finding for our service. Today, we are excited to share several new Azure Firewall capabilities based on your top feedback items:

  • ICSA Labs Corporate Firewall Certification.
  • Forced tunneling support now in preview.
  • IP Groups now in preview.
  • Customer configured SNAT private IP address ranges now generally available.
  • High ports restriction relaxation now generally available.

Azure Firewall is a cloud native firewall as a service (FWaaS) offering that allows you to centrally govern and log all your traffic flows using a DevOps approach...

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Azure Firewall Manager now supports virtual networks

This post was co-authored by Yair Tor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking.

Last November we introduced Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager preview for Azure Firewall policy and route management in secured virtual hubs. This also included integration with key Security as a Service partners, Zscaler, iboss, and soon Check Point. These partners support branch to internet and virtual network to internet scenarios.

Today, we are extending Azure Firewall Manager preview to include automatic deployment and central security policy management for Azure Firewall in hub virtual networks.

Azure Firewall Manager preview is a network security management service that provides central security policy and route management for cloud-based security perimeters...

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Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

An ever-increasing number of enterprises, even as they adopt a hybrid IT strategy, continue to retain mission-critical data on-premises and look towards the public cloud as an effective offsite for their backups. Azure Backup—Azure’s built-in data-protection solution, provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective mechanism to backup these data-assets over the network to Azure, while eliminating on-premises backup infrastructure. After the initial full backup of data, Azure Backup transfers only incremental changes in the data, thereby delivering continued savings on both network and storage.

With the exponential growth in critical enterprise data, the initial full backups are reaching terabyte scale...

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Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

An ever-increasing number of enterprises, even as they adopt a hybrid IT strategy, continue to retain mission-critical data on-premises and look towards the public cloud as an effective offsite for their backups. Azure Backup—Azure’s built-in data-protection solution, provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective mechanism to backup these data-assets over the network to Azure, while eliminating on-premises backup infrastructure. After the initial full backup of data, Azure Backup transfers only incremental changes in the data, thereby delivering continued savings on both network and storage.

With the exponential growth in critical enterprise data, the initial full backups are reaching terabyte scale...

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SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are:

  1. Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely provide.
  2. Independent benchmark results.

What innovations can the cloud provider bring to your SQL Server workloads?

As you consider your options for running SQL Server in the cloud, it's important to understand what the cloud provider can offer both today and tomorrow. Can they provide you with the capabilities to maximize the performance of your modern applications? Can they automatically protect you against vulnerabilities and ensure availability for your mission-critical workloads?

SQL Server customers benefit from our contin...

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SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are:

  1. Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely provide.
  2. Independent benchmark results.

What innovations can the cloud provider bring to your SQL Server workloads?

As you consider your options for running SQL Server in the cloud, it's important to understand what the cloud provider can offer both today and tomorrow. Can they provide you with the capabilities to maximize the performance of your modern applications? Can they automatically protect you against vulnerabilities and ensure availability for your mission-critical workloads?

SQL Server customers benefit from our contin...

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Announcing the preview of Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications

Today, we are announcing the limited preview of Azure Shared Disks, the industry’s first shared cloud block storage. Azure Shared Disks enables the next wave of block storage workloads migrating to the cloud including the most demanding enterprise applications, currently running on-premises on Storage Area Networks (SANs). These include clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent containers, and machine learning applications. This unique capability enables customers to run latency-sensitive workloads, without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability. This includes applications built for Windows or Linux-based clustered filesystems like Global File System 2 (GFS2).

With Azure Shared Disks, customers now have the flexibility to migrate...

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