AzureCon Keynote Announcements: India Regions, GPU Support, IoT Suite, Container Service, and Security Center

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Yesterday we held our AzureCon event and were fortunate to have tens of thousands of developers around the world participate.  During the event we announced several great new enhancements to Microsoft Azure including: General Availability of 3 new Azure regions in India Announcing new N-series of Virtual Machines with GPU capabilities Announcing Azure IoT Suite available to purchase Announcing Azure Container Service Announcing Azure Security CenterWe were also fortunate to be joined on stage by several great Azure customers who talked about their experiences using Azure including: Jet.com, Nascar, Alaska Airlines, Walmart, and ThyssenKrupp. Watching the Videos The Azure Security Center provides a unified view of your security state, so your team and/or your organization’s security specialists can get the information they need to evaluate risk across the workloads they run in the cloud.  Based on customizable policy, the service can provide recommendations. For example, the policy might be that all web applications should be protected by a web application firewall. If so, the Azure Security Center will automatically detect when web apps you host in Azure don’t have a web application firewall configured, and provide a quick and direct workflow to get a firewall from one of our partners deployed and configured: Of course, even with the best possible protection in place, attackers will still try to compromise systems. To address this problem and adopt an “assume breach” mindset, the Azure Security Center uses advanced analytics, including machine learning, along with Microsoft’s global threat intelligence network to look for and alert on attacks. Signals are automatically collected from your Azure resources, the network, and integrated security partner solutions and analyzed to identify cyber-attacks that might otherwise go undetected. Should an incident occur, security alerts offer insights into the attack and suggest ways to remediate and recover quickly. Security data and alerts can also be piped to existing Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) systems your organization has already purchased and is using on-premises. No other cloud vendor provides the depth and breadth of these capabilities, and they are going to enable you to build even more secure applications in the cloud. Announcing Azure IoT Suite Available to Purchase The To support adoption of the Azure IoT Suite, we are also announcing the new Once the IoT hub is created, you can navigate to Settings and create new shared access policies and modify other messaging settings for granular control. The bi-directional communication enabled with an IoT Hub provides powerful capabilities in a real world IoT solution such as the control of individual device security credentials and access through the use of a device identity registry.  Once a device identity is in the registry, the device can connect, send device-to-cloud messages to the hub, and receive cloud-to-device messages from backend applications with just a few lines of code in a secure way. The Azure Container Service enables users to easily create and manage a Docker enabled Apache Mesos cluster. The container management software running on these clusters is open source, and in addition to the application portability offered by tooling such as Docker and Docker Compose, you will be able to leverage portable container orchestration and management tooling such as Marathon, Chronos and Docker Swarm. When utilizing the Azure Container Service, you will be able to take advantage of the tight integration with Azure infrastructure management features such as tagging of resources, Role Based Access Control (RBAC), Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) and the fully integrated user experience in the Azure portal. By coupling the enterprise class Azure cloud with key open source build, deploy and orchestration software, we maximize customer choice when it comes to containerize workloads. The service will be available for preview by the end of the year. Learn More Watch the AzureCon sessions online to learn more about all of the above announcements – plus a lot more that was covered during the day.  We are looking forward to seeing what you build with what you learn! Hope this helps, Scott

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