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Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office

  Introduction   This is John Barbare and I am a Sr Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In this blog I will focus on a future release of Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office available in limited preview for Windows 10 20H2. Windows 10 20H2 is now available for commercial customers to ... continue reading
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Achieve faster backups using tiered storage with DPM and MABS!

Hi Everyone! Sujay here from the Program Management team for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS)    While talking to DPM and MABS customers I come across many questions around the tiered storage requirement ... continue reading

Calculating Application Availability in the Cloud

When deploying business critical applications in the cloud you want to make sure they are highly available. The good news is that if you plan properly, you can achieve 99.99% (4-nines) of availability or more. However, calculating your true availability ... continue reading

Cost optimization strategies for cloud-native application development

Today, we’ll explore some strategies that you can leverage on Azure to optimize your cloud-native application development process using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and managed databases, such as Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Optimize compute resources with ... continue reading
Step-by-Step: iSCSI Target Server Cluster in Azure

Step-by-Step: iSCSI Target Server Cluster in Azure

I recently helped someone build an iSCSI target server cluster in Azure and realized that I never wrote a step-by-step guide for that particular configuration. So to remedy that, here are the step-by-step instructions in case you need to do ... continue reading

Microsoft and Redis Labs collaborate to give developers new Azure Cache for Redis capabilities

Now more than ever, enterprises must deliver their applications with speed and robustness that matches the high expectations of their customers. The ability to provide sub-millisecond response times, reliably support the demands of enterprises from small to large, and scale ... continue reading
Az Update: AZ-104 Beta Exam available, Azure Feedback, Azure Edge Zones and new Disks

Az Update: AZ-104 Beta Exam available, Azure Feedback, Azure Edge Zones and new Disks

With all the changes in Azure, it is sometimes hard to keep track, that's why I thought I would give you a quick update on a couple of exciting things I learned this week. In this update, I want to ... continue reading
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SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are: Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely ... continue reading
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Compute-optimized Fsv2 hardware in Azure SQL Database

Executive summary For CPU-bound workloads, Fsv2 can improve query response time and workload throughput by 20-40%, compared to Gen5 hardware. What is Fsv2-series hardware? At the Ignite conference in November 2019, we introduced the preview of two new hardware generations ... continue reading
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Scaling up an IoT workload using an M-series Azure SQL database

Executive summary M-series provides close to 30 GB of memory per core and up to 128 cores, enabling significant scale-up capability in Azure SQL Database. For the same IoT workload, we achieved 3 times higher throughput on M-series compared to ... continue reading