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Azure Flash News Episode #90 - 8/16/2019



Announcing the general availability of Azure Ultra Disk Storage

Today, we are announcing the general availability (GA) of Microsoft Azure Ultra Disk Storage—a new Managed Disks offering that delivers unprecedented and extremely scalable performance with sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding Azure Virtual Machines and container workloads. With Ultra Disk Storage, customers are now able to lift-and-shift mission critical enterprise applications to the cloud including applications like SAP HANA, top tier SQL databases such as SQL Server, Oracle DB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, as well as NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra. With the introduction of Ultra Disk Storage, Azure now offers four types of persistent disks—Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD. This portfolio gives our customers a comprehensive set of disk offerings for every workload.

Geo Zone Redundant Storage in Azure now in preview

Announcing the preview of Geo Zone Redundant Storage in Azure. Geo Zone Redundant Storage provides a great balance of high performance, high availability, and disaster recovery and is beneficial when building highly available applications or services in Azure. Geo Zone Redundant Storage helps achieve higher data resiliency by doing the following:��- Synchronously writing three replicas of your data across multiple Azure Availability Zones, such as zone-redundant storage today, protecting from cluster, datacenter, or entire zone failure.�- Asynchronously replicating the data to another region within the same geo into a single zone, such as locally redundant storage, protecting from a regional outage.

Improving Azure Virtual Machines resiliency with Project Tardigrade

Codenamed Project Tardigrade, this effort draws its inspiration from the eight-legged microscopic creature, the tardigrade also known as the water bear. Virtually impossible to kill, tardigrades can be exposed to extreme conditions, but somehow still manage to wiggle their way to survival. This is exactly what we envision our servers to emulate when we consider resiliency, hence the name Project Tardigrade. Similar to a tardigrade’s survival across a wide range of extreme conditions, this project involves building resiliency and self-healing mechanisms across multiple layers of the platform ranging from hardware to software, all with a view towards safeguarding your virtual machines (VMs) as much as possible.

Your single source for Azure best practices

Advisor is your personalized guide to Azure best practices. It analyzes your usage and configurations and offers recommendations to help you optimize your Azure resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. Each of Advisor’s recommendations includes suggested actions and sharing features to help you quickly and easily remediate your recommendations and optimize your deployments. You can also configure Advisor to only show recommendations for the subscriptions and resource groups that mean the most to you, so you can focus on critical fixes. Advisor is available from the Azure portal, command line, and via REST API, depending on your needs and preferences.

Six ways we’re making Azure reservations even more powerful

  • New Azure reservations features can help you save more on your Azure costs, easily manage reservations, and create internal reports. Based on your feedback, we’ve added the following features to reservations:
  • Azure Databricks pre-purchase plan
  • App Service Isolated Stamp Fee reservations
  • Ability to automatically renew reservations
  • Ability to scope reservations to resource group
  • Enhanced usage data to help with charge back, savings, and utilization
  • API to get prices and purchase reservations


Produced by Emily Mackmiller

MTC Facility

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