#Azure notable updates w36/37-16 #MSOMS #AzureAD #StoreSimple and more

AS usual my notes on the latest Azure updates:

  • UK region opens with two datacenters UK South and UK West
  • Major update to SQL Database Advisor makes database performance tuning much faster
  • Azure Backup gets Enterprise-level policy management in Recovery Services vault (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-vm-backup-policy-management/)
  • Eventually Azure AD meets the new portal (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/09/12/the-azuread-admin-experience-in-the-new-azure-portal-is-now-in-public-preview/)
  • Log Analytics query language improvements are continuous, now arithmetic operators can be used in aggregation
  • MS OMS Docker container monitoring goes public preview
  • StoreSimple 8000 3.0 update
    • Performance enhancements to automated space reclamation and read-writes to the cloud
    • Improved monitoring charts, service dashboard and device dashboard
    • Enhanced migration functionality from the 5000/7000 series appliance
    • and I heard through the grapevine it might be possibile to start using Storesimple as a target for all the major backup solutions, DPM and Veeam included. If confirmed this can be a breakthrough in usage cases.
  • it eventually came to the Azure AD team that permitting account overlaps between MS Account and Org account (i.e. the same account name but in reality two separate identities served by two separate authorities the Live.com and organizational Azure AD). Starting from Sept 16th you cannot register anymore an overlapping account name and if you want to get rid of the overlap for already existing accounts there’s a new simplified way to rename a MS Account

  • again on StoreSimple I love when Microsoft teams are prescriptive with no marketing nonsense: To get maximum benefits from the StoreSimple Virtual Array, use the virtual array in remote offices and branch offices which meets the following criteria. Data size in branch office is ~ 500 GB to 10 TB with 2 – 3% daily change rate; number of files in a share is < 1 million; RPO of 1 day
  • and Store Simple VA has a new critical update
  • Storage Service Encryption for Azure Blob Storage helps you address organizational security and compliance requirements by encrypting your Blob storage (Block Blobs, Page Blobs and Append Blobs). Storage Service Encryption is now GA
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