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10 Big Microsoft Azure Announcements At Ignite Fall 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft is announcing updates for cloud solutions including Azure Arc, Azure Active Directory, Azure Synapse, Azure Cognitive Services and Azure SQL during the second virtual edition of the Ignite conference this year.

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Expanded security features in Azure Active Directory, more ways to use Azure Arc to build applications in any environment and improved tools for Azure-related migrations and data analytics are among the upgrades Microsoft revealed this week during its Ignite virtual conference for fall 2021.

At Ignite, Microsoft’s conference for developers and IT professionals, tech giant is unveiling new and improved capabilities around databases, artificial intelligence, developer tools, security and other solutions that are part of the Azure cloud platform.

“With the Microsoft Cloud, we strive to provide the most trusted and comprehensive cloud to make this innovation and transformation happen,” said Kathleen Mitford, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Azure Marketing, in a blog post Tuesday. “That’s why organizations of all types — from small businesses, governments, and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies — trust Microsoft as their technology provider.”

Kelly Yeh, president of Chantilly, Va.-based Microsoft partner Phalanx Technology Group, told CRN in an interview that his clients continue to seek migration work from on-premises to Azure.

He and his customers like Azure’s capabilities, Yeh said. But as Microsoft continues to invest in the cloud, he wants to see improvements in controlling security policies. More templates to make implementing best practices easy and cost effective or even a simplified view of all policies in a security operation center (SOC) interface would be welcome additions, he said.

“If they had something like that, that‘d be sweet,” he said. “It would make it super easy to implement in a very secure Azure environment. They do have security systems and security add-ons, but it’s not as cookie cutter as they could make it.”

This week’s conference is the second edition of Microsoft Ignite this year, with the company previously holding a virtual Ignite 2021 conference in March.

What follows are 10 big Microsoft Azure announcements to know about at Microsoft’s Ignite fall 2021 conference.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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