New Azure Capabilities and AzureCon (Sept. 29)

downloadAzure has evolved and grown remarkably over the years,  now offering first class support for Linux VMs, containers, machine learning and more, making it a great choice to extend your on-premises environment –whether it be VMware, Windows Hyper-V, or something else.

In my previous post I noted how Microsoft was ranked by Gartner as one of two leaders in EACH of the following categories:

  • x86 Server Virtualization
  • Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
  • Application Platform as a Service
  • Public Cloud Storage Services

Azure recently introduced a few new standout capabilities which I wanted to briefly explore, starting with the new GS series of Azure virtual machines.

Azure GS-VM Series

32 Cores. 448GB RAM. 80,000 Peak IOPS. 2,000 MB/sec disk bandwidth.

That’s the largest GS series VM currently available and to put that into perspective that’s more than double the storage throughput offered by any other cloud provider.  Network throughput of more than 20 gbps is also more than double what is available from any other cloud provider.

That’s large enough for some fairly heavy databases and keep in mind Azure supports SQL 2014 AlwaysOn clusters.

For more details see Scott Guthrie’s blog post on the GS series as well as the table below.


Azure Backup for Azure VMs

What if you wanted to backup your Azure VMs?  Azure Backup has been around for some time for backing up on-premises workloads to Azure, but now these capabilities have been extended to Azure VMs running both Linux and Windows.  

Your Linux and Windows VMs will be backed up hot (online) and stored in the Azure vault with support for GFS retention schemes and more. Using this capability Azure VMs can be restored to a prior state with a single click.

For more details, see the Azure Backup announcement here.

Azure Active Directory extends to support B2B and B2C Scenarios

Real_Madrid_CF.svgAzure Active Directory is a great way to provide single-sign-on from your on-premises Active Directory to cloud hosted apps including Office 365. But what about a B2C scenario where a business wants to provide consumer identity services.  Real Madrid is leveraging Azure Active Directory B2C to allow millions of soccer fans (yes, I’m American) to register and create accounts. B2B capabilities are also being added which will allow companies to securely exchange data and collaborate.

Both Azure AD B2C and Azure AD B2B are now in public preview. For more information please see the Azure B2C/B2B announcement post.


More features and capabilities are constantly being developed for Azure, so you may want to “attend” AzureCon this coming Tuesday, September 29th for all the new announcements, customer stories and technical sessions.

AzureCon is a virtual event so all you have to do is sign up and join from wherever you are. For more info, click below.


One Response to New Azure Capabilities and AzureCon (Sept. 29)

  1. Mariela says:

    G’day MateQuestion, how do i deploy the auatlob on a esxi5 host. i see there is a ovf file, but i seems to get a error when i try to deploy it, is it best to deploy using vcenter the ovf?Not sure how to get the unzipped files onto my esxi5 host, any help would be appreciated.Thanks

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