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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.

Azure Active Directory Updates

At Ignite, Microsoft unveiled a preview of an expanded Identity Governance feature in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), allowing select identity administrators to unify identity and access lifecycle management across all applications.

Azure AD has a new preview for the ability to migrate more applications from Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). The update aims to simplify how administrators manage identity and access for more application types, according to Microsoft.

The tool’s Conditional Access policies now include new granular access controls with a device filter, a new dashboard and other features.

Azure AD Identity Protection now includes token theft detection and one-click enablement for risk data extensibility, among other features, according to Microsoft.

Azure Migration And Modernization Program Expansion

The Azure Migration and Modernization Program, or AMMP, gained new support for security, Azure Arc, SAP environment migrations to Azure and Red Hat OpenShift environment migration to Azure as part of Microsoft’s investments this year to simplify Azure migration.

AMMP has provided support to thousands of customers around applications, infrastructure and data, according to Microsoft. The expansion includes new assistance and guidance for Azure Security Center, Azure Defender and Azure Arc deployment.

AMMP is the renamed Azure Migration Program that provides customers guidance and best practices for migrating to the cloud. AMMP received new support for Azure Spring Cloud and Azure Cosmos DB in the summer, according to Microsoft.

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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