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Azure Container Registry: Securing container workflows

Securing any environment requires multiple lines of defense. Azure Container Registry recently announced the general availability of features like Azure Private Link, customer-managed keys, dedicated data-endpoints, and Azure Policy definitions. These features provide tools to secure Azure Container Registry as part of the container end-to-end workflow.

Customer-managed keys

By default, when you store images and other artifacts in an Azure Container Registry, content is automatically encrypted at rest with Microsoft-managed keys.

Choosing Microsoft-managed keys means that Microsoft oversees managing the key’s lifecycle. Many organizations have stricter compliance needs, requiring ownership and management of the key’s lifecycle and access policies...

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Rules Engine for Azure Front Door and Azure CDN is now generally available

Today we are announcing the general availability of the Rules Engine feature on both Azure Front Door and Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN). Rules Engine places the specific routing needs of your customers at the forefront of Azure’s global application delivery services, giving you more control in how you define and enforce what content gets served from where. Both services offer customers the ability to deliver content fast and securely using Azure’s best-in-class network. We have learned a lot from our customers during the preview and look forward to sharing the latest updates going into general availability.

How Rules Engine works

We recently talked about how we are building and evolving the architecture and design of Azure Front Door Rules Engine...

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Rapid recovery planning for IT service providers

Azure Lighthouse is launching the “Azure Lighthouse Vision Series,” a new initiative to help partners with the business challenges of today and provide them the resources and knowledge needed to create a thriving Azure practice.

We are starting the series with a webinar aimed at helping our IT service partners prepare for and manage a new global economic climate. This webinar will be hosted by industry experts from Service Leadership Inc., advisors to service provider owners, and executives worldwide. It will cover offerings and execution strategies for solutions and services to optimize profit, growth, and stock value...

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Simplifying declarative deployments in Azure

Azure provides customers a simple and intuitive way to declaratively provision and manage infrastructure through Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. You can describe your entire Azure environment using template language, and then use your favorite CI/CD or scripting tool to stand up this environment in minutes. The ARM template language takes the form of JSON and is a direct representation of the resource schema. Which means you can create any Azure resource using an ARM Template from day one and configure any setting on the resources. Using ARM templates, you can describe the resources needed to make up the environment in a declarative, parameterized fashion...

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New Azure maps make identifying local compliance options easy

Countries around the world are placing more compliance requirements on organizations of all types, and customers want to more easily understand which compliance offerings are available in their locale before they deploy cloud resources. Today we're releasing a new infographic, along with a 37-page e-book showing compliance details in over 30 key geographies.

Organizations around the world are taking advantage of digital transformation by moving data and services to the cloud. Yet for organizations to feel secure in taking advantage of the cloud, they must first trust in the security and privacy protections offered by cloud providers. Compliance plays a critical role in building that trust.

Azure is a cloud platform that is built for global compliance, being certified by independent auditor...

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Minimize disruption with cost-effective backup and disaster recovery solutions on Azure

A top of mind concern among our customers is keeping their applications and data workloads running and recoverable in the case of unforeseen events or disasters. For example, COVID-19 has presented daunting challenges for IT, which are only compounded by growing threats from ransomware or setbacks related to technical or operational failure. These considerations further highlight the importance of a plan to ensure business continuity. IT admins are looking to cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions as part of their business continuity strategy because of the ability to quickly onboard, scale based on storage needs, remotely manage, and save costs by avoiding additional on-premises investments.

Azure provides native cloud solutions for customers to implement simple, secure and co...

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Making your data residency choices easier with Azure

Azure is now available in over 140 countries and offers customers more than 60 datacenter regions worldwide (and growing) from which to choose. These Azure regions provide customers with the benefits of data residency and latency optimization and may enable regional compliance.

We understand that with Azure’s over 200 services, advances in architecture, and data protection promises, there are a lot of options available to customers. To help you make the right decisions, we have summarized the answers to your questions on Azure regions, data residency, data access, and retention. Download the white paper, Enabling Data Residency and Data Protection in Azure Regions to learn more.

When customers move workloads to Azure, they face a number of choices, such as datacenter regions, high availabi...

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Cost optimization strategies for cloud-native application development

Today, we’ll explore some strategies that you can leverage on Azure to optimize your cloud-native application development process using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and managed databases, such as Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

Optimize compute resources with Azure Kubernetes Service

AKS makes it simple to deploy a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure. AKS reduces the complexity and operational overhead of managing Kubernetes by offloading much of that responsibility to Azure. As a managed Kubernetes service, Azure handles critical tasks like health monitoring and maintenance for you.

When you’re using AKS to deploy your container workloads, there are a few strategies to save costs and optimize the way you run development and testing environments.

Create multiple user n...

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Achieve higher performance and cost savings on Azure with virtual machine bursting

Selecting the right combination of virtual machines (VMs) and disks is extremely important as the wrong mix can impact your application’s performance. One way to choose which VMs and disks to use is based on your disk performance pattern, but it’s not always easy. For example, a common scenario is unexpected or cyclical disk traffic where the peak disk performance is temporary and significantly higher than the baseline performance pattern. We frequently get asked by our customers, "should I provision my VM for baseline or peak performance?" Over-provisioning can lead to higher costs, while under-provisioning can result in poor application performance and customer dissatisfaction...

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Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – May 2020

Whether you're a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you're spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in.

We're always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management + Billing can help you better understand where you're accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

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