Aiyana  Miller

Aiyana Miller

1626533640

Lightning Tour of The Microsoft Azure Cloud Portal

This is a very brief yet comprehensive tour of the Azure Cloud portal, its features, and how to use them. This is the perfect way to start your cloud journey!

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Lightning Tour of The Microsoft Azure Cloud Portal
Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas

1594162500

Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost
Houston  Sipes

Houston Sipes

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Microsoft Innovates Its Azure Multi-Cloud, Multi-Edge Hybrid Capabilities

During the recent Ignite virtual conference, Microsoft announced several updates for their Azure multi-cloud and edge hybrid offerings. These updates span from security innovations to new edge capabilities.

From its inception onward, Microsoft Azure has been hybrid by design, providing customers with services that allow ground to cloud and cloud to ground shifts of workloads. Moreover, Microsoft keeps expanding its cloud platform hybrid capabilities to allow customers to run their apps anywhere across on-premises, multi-cloud, and the edge. At Ignite, the public cloud vendor announced several innovations for Azure Arc, Stack, VMWare and Sphere.

At Ignite last year, Microsoft launched Azure Arc, a service allowing enterprises to bring Azure services and management to any infrastructure, including AWS and Google Cloud. This service was an addition to Microsoft’s Azure Hybrid portfolio, which also includes Azure Stack and Edge. Later in 2020, the service received an update with support for Kubernetes. Now Azure Arc has more capabilities with the new Azure Arc enabled data services in preview. Furthermore, the Azure Arc enabled servers are now generally available.

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Microsoft Innovates Its Azure Multi-Cloud, Multi-Edge Hybrid Capabilities
Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas

1594166040

What are the benefits of cloud migration? Reasons you should migrate

The moving of applications, databases and other business elements from the local server to the cloud server called cloud migration. This article will deal with migration techniques, requirement and the benefits of cloud migration.

In simple terms, moving from local to the public cloud server is called cloud migration. Gartner says 17.5% revenue growth as promised in cloud migration and also has a forecast for 2022 as shown in the following image.

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What are the benefits of cloud migration? Reasons you should migrate
Aiyana  Miller

Aiyana Miller

1626533640

Lightning Tour of The Microsoft Azure Cloud Portal

This is a very brief yet comprehensive tour of the Azure Cloud portal, its features, and how to use them. This is the perfect way to start your cloud journey!

#azure #microsoft #cloud

Lightning Tour of The Microsoft Azure Cloud Portal
Aisu  Joesph

Aisu Joesph

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Microsoft Releases Azure Attestation into General Availability

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Azure Attestation, a unified solution for remotely verifying the trustworthiness of a platform and the integrity of the binaries running inside it.

Azure Assestation service is a part of Microsoft’s Azure confidential computing efforts that offers hardware, software & services to protect sensitive customer data in-use while minimizing the Trusted Computing Base (TCB). Microsoft started with its confidential computing efforts a few years ago and, since 2019, joined the Confidential Computing Consortium - which is committed to collaborating with the industry to deliver a more secure computing infrastructure. Other members of this consortium include Google, Intel, and Red Hat.

Azure Assestation is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that supports attestation of platforms backed by Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) alongside the ability to attest to the state of Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) such as Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) enclaves and Virtualization-based Security (VBS) enclaves.

Sindhuri Dittakavi, program manager, Cloud & AI Security at Microsoft, explains in a Microsoft Security and Compliance blog post how Attestion works:

An attestation provider is a service endpoint of Azure Attestation that provides REST contract. You can choose to use the regional shared providers or create your own custom provider. Attestation provider comes with a default policy for each supported attestation type. Azure Attestation also lets you enforce custom rules in your custom provider via a configurable policy. If configured, an attestation policy is used to process the attestation evidence and determines whether the service shall issue an attestation token.

The benefits for customers using Azure Attestation include:

  • An available solution for attesting multiple TEEs or platforms backed by TPMs
  • The ability to leverage regional shared attestation providers to simplify the attestation process without the need for additional configuration
  • The creation of custom attestation providers and configuration of policies to customize attestation token generation
  • The ability to securely communicate with the attested platform with the help of data embedded in an attestation token using industry-standard formatting
  • Highly available service with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) configured across regional pairs

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Microsoft Releases Azure Attestation into General Availability