Episode 499 - Azure VMWare Solution

by Sujit D'Mello July 12, 2024

Prashant Nayak, a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, gives us a quick background on AVS and enlightens us with the latest updates in migration and licensing to support customers wanted to move to Azure.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode499.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ut-iUJZXtI4

Resources:

 

Other updates:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-observability-blog/advanced-network-observability-for-your-azure-kubernetes-service/ba-p/4176736

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/v2/Databricks-Jobs-Serverless-Compute

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/v2/interactive-serverless-compute-AU

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/v2/DLT-Serverless-Compute 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/v2/Cross-Subscription-Load-Balancer

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Episode 498 - Quantum Update

by Sujit D'Mello June 28, 2024

We get an update on the fascinating topic of Quantum Computing on Azure from Cloud Solutions Architect and Quantum enthusiast Delbert Murphy. He gives us the latest status on Quantum, Quantum Elements and the Q# programming language and provides guidance on the type of use-cases that can take advantage of these services.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode498.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/2bZD2Ns91O8

Resources:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/microsoft-has-demonstrated-the-underlying-physics-required-to-create-a-new-kind-of-qubit/ 

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2024/04/03/how-microsoft-and-quantinuum-achieved-reliable-quantum-computing/ 

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2024/05/30/in-collaboration-with-microsoft-photonic-demonstrates-quantum-entanglement-at-telecom-wavelengths/

https://www.qir-alliance.org/

https://github.com/microsoft/qsharp/

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/quantum/hybrid-computing-overview

https://quantum.microsoft.com/en-us/experience/quantum-katas

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/qsharp/design-fault-tolerant-quantum-computing-applications-with-the-open-source-resource-estimator/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/quantum-innovator-series/

https://quantum.microsoft.com/en-us/quantum-elements/product-overview

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2024/06/18/introducing-two-powerful-new-capabilities-in-azure-quantum-elements-generative-chemistry-and-accelerated-dft/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2024/01/09/unlocking-a-new-era-for-scientific-discovery-with-ai-how-microsofts-ai-screened-over-32-million-candidates-to-find-a-better-battery/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2024/02/29/microsoft-and-1910-genetics-partner-to-turbocharge-rd-productivity-for-the-pharmaceutical-industry/

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2024/06/18/empowering-every-scientist-with-ai-augmented-scientific-discovery/

https://quantum.microsoft.com/en-us/quantum-elements/azure-quantum-elements 

https://quantum.microsoft.com/en-us/experience/quantum-cryptography

 

Other Updates:

Generally Available: az command invoke in AKS

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/aks/access-private-cluster?tabs=azure-cli

 

Public Preview: Cluster operation status for AKS

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/aks/manage-abort-operations?tabs=azure-cli

 

Public Preview: Geo-Replication for Azure Service Bus Premium

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-bus-messaging/service-bus-geo-replication

 

Public Preview: Force detach zone redundant data disks during zone outage

 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-updates/week-of-june-20-2024-azure-updates/ba-p/4173016

 

How hollow core fiber is accelerating AI

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-hollow-core-fiber-is-accelerating-ai/

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Episode 497 - Project Sirius

by Sujit D'Mello June 15, 2024

Rishabh Tewari, a Software Engineer on the Azure team, gives us insights into Project Sirius. This is an upgrade to the Azure software that lights up Accelerated Connections for any resource that uses a network interface. Using a specialized SDN, customers and ISVs can achieve very high number of connections per second throughput across all of their Azure and non-Azure resources.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode497.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZVgBBrRlZGQ

Resources:

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/nsdi23-bansal.pdf

 

Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-audit-logging-in-azure-api-management-developer-portal/ 

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/logs/log-analytics-simple-mode

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Episode 496 - Azure Boost

by Sujit D'Mello June 6, 2024

Cale, Evan and Sujit have an insightful discussion with Niko Pamboukas and Siri Velauthapillai about the new Azure Boost feature that is being deployed into the Azure substrate for VMs. They explain the specialized FPGAs and ARM SoCs that provide extreme IOPs for storage and networking and almost no downtime for system upgrades.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode496.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/4FPQCAmYrzw

Resources:

Learn more about Azure Boost at https://aka.ms/AzureBoost

Learn about accelerated networking with Boost at https://aka.ms/MANA

Learn about accelerated storage with Boost at https://aka.ms/NVMe

 

Other updates:

Public preview: Azure Load Balancer now supports Admin State | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-azure-bastion-premium/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/kubernetesmetadataandlogsfilteringpublicpreview/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-azure-load-balancer-health-event-logs/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/generally-available-azure-chaos-studio-supports-a-new-pause-process-fault-for-windows-virtual-machines/

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Episode 495 - How APIM powers Backbase's Grand Central

by Sujit D'Mello May 31, 2024

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Episode 494 - Inside Azure Resource Manager

by Sujit D'Mello May 23, 2024

We are fortunate to have Vlad Joanovic to give us the valuable insights into ARM. He shares the importance of ARM in Azure, provides details on performance and reliability investments and gives us tips on how to make effective use of it to deploy and manage your workloads in Azure.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode494.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/kaeXdi2khTc

Resources:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-tools-blog/azure-cli-and-powershell-tools-build-2024-announcement/ba-p/4148584

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/resource-graph/changes/view-resource-changes

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-governance-and-management/what-s-new-across-azure-governance-services-microsoft-build-2024/ba-p/4150428

Other updates:

Public preview: Azure Log Analytics enhances resilience with workspace replication across regions | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Update on Inter-Availability Zone Data Transfer Pricing | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: ExpressRoute Seamless Gateway Migration | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

App Service Environment version 1 and version 2 will be retired on 31 August 2024 | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-azure-application-gateway-v2-basic-sku/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/cloud-services-classic-retirement-announcement-may2024/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/gpt4-turbo-vision/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-sensitive-data-protection-for-azure-front-door-web-application-firewall/

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Episode 493 - Azure Advisor

by Sujit D'Mello May 1, 2024

The team catches up with Priyanka Khare to learn about recent advancements in Azure Advisor and how customers can use Advisor to help ensure their workloads are more stable.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode493.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Y9LVYhSiGgE

 

Resources:

Azure Advisor: Advisor - Microsoft Azure

Advisor Workbooks: Advisor Workbooks

Advisor WAF Assessments: Advisor WAF Assessments

Advisor Recommendations: Advisor Recommendations

Advisor Manage Reviews: Advisor Manage Reviews

What's new on Azure Advisor: What's new in Azure Advisor - Azure Advisor | Microsoft Learn

 

Engage with Microsoft for a Resiliency Review: Azure Advisor resiliency reviews - Azure Advisor | Microsoft Learn

 

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Episode 492 - April News Roundup

by Sujit D'Mello April 19, 2024

Evan and Sujit catch up on a number of recent news items in the Azure space spanning Networking, Open AI and IBM Mainframes???

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode492.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/WslylOKwXDM

 

Resources:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/apps-on-azure-blog/announcing-app-service-multi-plan-subnet-join/ba-p/3971493

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-of-azure-logic-apps-connectors-for-ibm-mainframe-and-midranges/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-of-azure-openai-and-ai-search-inapp-connectors-for-logic-apps-standard/

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/alt-fairfax/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-backup-vm-disk-access-public-preview/

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/stream-analytics/write-to-delta-lake

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-high-performance-computing-leads-to-developing-amazing-products-at-microsoft-surface/

General availability: Azure Virtual Network encryption availability in all regions | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Azure Data Box Disk is now available with hardware encryption | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: HBv4-series & HX-series VMs are now available in Sweden Central. | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/expressroutemetro/

 

Public Preview – DR for Shared Disks – Azure Site Recovery | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Using Azure OpenAI speech to create our intro/exit segments in the podcast https://speech.microsoft.com/portal

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Episode 491 - Azure Service Retirement Workbook

by Sujit D'Mello April 9, 2024

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Episode 489 - Storage Revisited

by Sujit D'Mello March 6, 2024

In this episode, we delve into a cornerstone service within Azure that is sometimes underestimated or missed in design discussions: the Azure Storage service. Our guest, Ben Hummerstone, a seasoned Cloud Solution Architect based in the UK, brings his expertise in storage and other infrastructure services to the forefront. Ben shares a valuable set of guiding principles to assist you in crafting the optimal storage architecture for your application.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode489.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/XIKxPRI1G-Y

Resources:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-government/azure-secure-isolation-guidance#high-level-azure-storage-architecture

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/common/storage-redundancy

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/scalability-targets

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/access-tiers-overview

 

Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-azure-functions-support-for-http-streams-in-nodejs/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-kubernetes-129-support-in-aks/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/cloud-services-classic-retirement-announcement-feb2024/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-azure-netapp-files-volume-enhancement-allow-the-same-file-path-for-volumes-in-different-availability-zones/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-os-sku-inplace-migration-for-linux-nodes/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/ga-istiobased-service-mesh-addon-for-azure-kubernetes-service/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-disable-network-policy-for-migration-in-aks/ 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/generally-available-capacity-reservations-support-in-aks/

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