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10 Top Azure Announcements From Microsoft Inspire 2020

New products and services include the next generation of Azure Stack HCI, Azure Migrate features and Azure Lighthouse security enhancements, and third-party connectors for Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s security information and event management offering.

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Microsoft Azure Tuesday released new hybrid migration, data, security and compliance, and developer offerings aimed at helping the No. 2 cloud provider’s customers on their journeys to the cloud.

The products and services include the next generation of Azure Stack HCI, new Azure Migrate features and Azure Lighthouse security enhancements, and third-party connectors for Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s security information and event management (SIEM) offering.

They were unveiled as the Microsoft Inspire 2020 partner conference got under way as a free digital-only event necessitated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Partners have always been important to help customers transform their IT estates and businesses, and we are committed to delivering technology to give partners the power to build innovative products and services that enable virtually any scenario or function for any customer anywhere,” said Arpan Shah, a general manager on the Azure team who leads product marketing for Azure infrastructure.

The next generation of Azure Stack HCI is the latest member of Microsoft‘s hybrid cloud portfolio. “Our approach with hybrid software is to offer solutions that meet our customers’ specific needs, whether they face business, regulatory or technical requirements that demand a hybrid environment,” Shah said. “With Azure Stack HCI, we are offering HCI as an Azure service that gives our partners an easy and fast way to integrate their customers’ infrastructure, from data center to Azure.”

Other new releases will give customers more choice and flexibility and make its partner technology more accessible, according to Shah.

“We have some new partner offerings available, including the GA [general availability] of a new supported distribution of Apache Hadoop for distributed processing and analysis of big data sets on clusters, as well as the GA of HashiCorp Consul Service on Azure,” he said.

Microsoft also unveiled an expansion of its partnership with SAP to help joint customers design and operate intelligent digital supply chain solutions in the cloud and on the edge.

Read on to find out more about the new Azure products and services, which include the preview of Azure Data Factory’s Managed Virtual Network (VNet) support, Azure Blob Storage updates and two more Cloud Practice Development Playbooks.

 
 
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