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Iran-linked DEV-0343 targeting defense, GIS, and maritime sectors

DEV-0343 is a new activity cluster that the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) first observed and began tracking in late July 2021. MSTIC has observed DEV-0343 conducting extensive password spraying against more than 250 Office 365 tenants, with a focus ... continue reading

Enable industrial device connectivity with thousands of partner-provided Azure IoT Plug and Play device profiles

Simplifying industrial IoT device connectivity has been top of mind for many of us at Microsoft. Recently we dramatically expanded our ability to support faster operational technology (OT) to cloud connectivity for up to 80 percent of all industrial equipment ... continue reading
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Advancing Azure Virtual Machine availability transparency

“Throughout our Advancing Reliability blog series we’ve explained various techniques used by the Azure platform to prevent technical issues from impacting customers’ virtual machines (VMs) or other resources—like host resiliency with Project Tardigrade, cautious safe deployment practices taking advantage of ... continue reading

Looking to the future for R in Azure SQL and SQL Server

Data science, machine learning, and analytics have re-defined how we look at the world. The R community plays a vital role in that transformation and the R language continues to be the de-facto choice for statistical computing, data analysis, and ... continue reading

Modernize large-scale NFS workloads and eliminate data silos with Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob Storage, our object storage platform for storing large-scale data helps customers run their applications using a wide range of protocols. With multi-protocol support, customers can run their applications on a single storage platform with no application rewrites necessary, ... continue reading
Understanding Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine sizes

Understanding Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine sizes

Having an on-premises infrastructure background, I’m used to scoping hardware by defining the specifications (CPU, memory etc) we’ll need to run the applications and expected concurrent users and allowing for some growth. Then we’d often buy a box that would ... continue reading

5 reasons Databricks runs best on Azure

For any organization running big data workloads in the cloud, exceptional scale, performance, and optimization are essential. Databricks customers have multiple choices for their cloud destination. Azure Databricks is the only first-party service offering for Databricks, which provides customers with ... continue reading

Limited-time free quantities offer for Azure Synapse Analytics

Customers with qualifying subscription types* can now try the new serverless SQL pool and Apache Spark pool resources in Azure Synapse Analytics using free quantities until July 31, 2021. Sign-in to your Azure Synapse Analytics account to get started. Serverless ... continue reading

Accelerating Department of Defense mission workloads with Azure

As the Azure engineering team continues to deliver a rapid pace of innovation for defense customers, we’re also continuing to support Department of Defense (DoD) customers and partners in delivering new capabilities to serve mission needs. In many cases, accelerating ... continue reading

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server's analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine ... continue reading