Another summary of AWS vs Azure based on Gartner’s analysis…
There are pluses and minuses to both cloud vendors. Azure is great if you are all-in for Microsoft. But Gartner says AWS has 10 times the compute capacity of its next 14 competitors, and that includes Azure. These kinds of contrasts are seen up and down the comparison list for the two firms, as you will see.
Full article from Datamation: Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure Buying Guide
For Mac developers, new to Azure. Start by installing the Azure CLI. I recommend using Mac biased instructions posted by ITprocentral – Installing Azure CLI on a Mac OS
Windows users can read: Install the Azure CLI from Dan Lepow
With the help of BetterCloud, a company that provides IT management and security services to both Google Apps and Office 365 customers, we got to find out. BetterCloud surveyed 500 IT manager customers, half of them Google customers and the other half Microsoft.
Full story from Business Insider
Microsoft has added the ability to create and assign custom roles as part of its Azure Active Directory Service.
This new capability gives IT departments greater control over who can access, change or view Azure services within an organization. The custom roles capability today reached the “general availability” milestone, meaning that it’s commercially released by Microsoft and is considered ready for use.
Full Story By Kurt Macki
Good Azure review from STEVEN J. VAUGHAN-NICHOLS
Microsoft Azure is one of the easiest clouds to get up and running. Once in place, it’s also among the easiest to manage.
- Windows compatibility. Linux and container compatibility (yes, you read that right). Good front-end management interface.
- Average performance. High cost.
- Those who have built their businesses around Windows will want to use Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution Microsoft Azure. Those who rely on Linux should still take a close look at Microsoft Azure as Microsoft does a decent job there as well.
Full Story: PC Magazine
Microsoft announced the general availability of AzCopy 5.0, which now supports File and Table Storage. With this release, Microsoft has officially released all features for AzCopy.
Source: Announcing general availability of AzCopy 5.0 with File and Table Storage support | Microsoft Azure Blog
Microsoft is working to add container support to Windows 10 client via a project that may be codenamed ‘Barcelona.’
What would container support in Windows client mean from a security standpoint? Instead of using a virtual machine to run a browser, a user could use a Hyper-V container to isolate the browser from other apps running on the operating system. That could keep attackers from infiltrating other parts of the Windows OS via a browser attack.
Source: Microsoft plans to add containers to Windows client, too | ZDNet
“The PGA Tour will adopt Windows 10, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office to make data analysis easier to interpret and understand for every golf fan, as well as players and broadcast commentators. Microsoft will create innovative solutions by helping the PGA TOUR analyze information faster and more efficiently, giving fans instant access to insight about players, courses and conditions.”
Source: PGA TOUR and Microsoft strike three-year technology agreement to bring instant insights to golf fans everywhere | News Center
Migration capabilities are available for a range of workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server:
- Move applications with near-zero downtime: Move a single application or an entire datacenter to the cloud with minimal impact to production users
- No-impact migration testing: Replicate production workloads into Azure, execute tests to ensure readiness, then onboard users into the cloud for no-impact migration
- Replicate data once, for migration or recovery: With ASR and AoD, you replicate application data only once, and can then use that data to perform disaster recovery, migrate workloads, or create DevTest environments in Azure
Azure Site Recovery GA: Move VMware, AWS, Hyper-V and Physical Servers to Azure | Microsoft Azure Blog.
And Michael Donlan, Microsoft’s Vice President of State and Local Government, believes the Redmond based technology company is best suited for the job not only because they are the only provider contractually committed to compliance with the CJIS, but also:
“…for Microsoft, CJIS compliance isn’t just a check box. While other technology companies claim to support CJIS requirements, many are vague on the subject and details around it or how they work with law enforcement agencies to meet the mandatory security and privacy needs.”
via Law enforcment turning to Microsoft’s cloud to keep their files secure: only service to comply with FBI’s CJIS policy.