(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Backup now supports storage accounts secured with Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks

Today’s tip… We are happy to announce the Azure IaaS VM backup support for network restricted storage accounts. With storage firewalls and Virtual Networks, you can allow traffic only from selected virtual networks and subnets. With this you can create a secure network boundary for your unmanaged disks in storage accounts. You can also grant…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Updates to global subscription filtering

Today’s tip… We’ve made changes to the way subscription filtering works. You can filter subscriptions locally on browser resource blades without affecting the global subscription filter or subscription filtering settings on browser resource blades in other services. If you need subscription filtering to persist across all browser resource blades, you should always set the subscription…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Application Security Groups

Today’s tip… We are pleased to announce the general availability of Application Security Groups (ASG) in all Azure regions. This feature provides security micro-segmentation for your virtual networks in Azure. ASGs enable you to define fine-grained network security policies based on workloads, centralized on applications, instead of explicit IP addresses. Provides the capability to group…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: New Azure SQL DB Features

Today’s tip… Use read-only replicas to load balance read-only query workloads (preview) Read Scale-Out allows you to load balance Azure SQL Database read-only workloads using the capacity of read-only replicas. SQL Database: Long-term backup retention preview includes major updates More regional support – Long-term retention will be supported in all Azure regions and national clouds….

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Availability Zones in select regions

Today’s tip… Azure Availability Zones, a high-availability solution for mission-critical applications, is now generally available. Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone consists of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. With the introduction of Availability Zones, we now offer a service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.99%…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Soft delete for Azure Storage blobs (Preview)

Today’s tip… On March 27th, we were excited to announce the public preview of soft delete for Azure Storage Blobs! The feature is available in all regions, both public and private.  When turned on, soft delete enables you to save and recover your data where blobs or blob snapshots are deleted. This protection extends to…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Virtual machine serial console (preview)

Today’s tip… The virtual machine serial console on Azure provides access to a text-based console for Linux and Windows virtual machines. This serial connection is to COM1 serial port of the virtual machine and provides access to the virtual machine and are not related to virtual machine’s network / operating system state. Access to the…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Traffic Analytics

Today’s tip… Today, we are announcing the public preview of Traffic Analytics, a cloud-based solution that provides visibility into user and application traffic on your cloud networks. Traffic Analytics analyzes NSG Flow Logs across Azure regions and equips you with actionable information to optimize workload performance, secure applications and data, audit your organization’s network activity…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: What is Azure Stack?

Today’s tip… Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Azure Stack is designed to enable new scenarios for your modern applications in key scenarios, like edge and disconnected environments, or meeting specific security and compliance requirements. Azure Stack is offered in two deployment options…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure

Today’s tip… The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure has been updated, and the second edition is now available for download. With our developer guide, you’ll see how our comprehensive set of app platform services fit your needs, helping you navigate the architectural approaches and most common design patterns you face when building modern applications.

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