A woman in a world of tech...👩‍💻


'Hello reader. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sophie. I want to share my passion for technology with others and thought this would be a good start in order to achieve that.'
Sophie Dimelow, Microsoft Cloud Specialist


Over the last few weeks, the Cloud Practice Team attended many Microsoft Ignite sessions. By the end of my Microsoft Ignite highlights, you will have all the tea from the event (you can thank me later 🫖).


Let’s kick things off with the star of the show…




Key points:


Azure Automanage for Windows Server - Enables unique innovation for new Windows Server VMs on Azure. It has the following enhancements:


-Hotpatch: Quickly deploy security updates without having to frequently reboot.

-SMB over QUIC: Securely access new file servers remotely over untrusted networks and without a VPN.

-Extended network for Azure: Migrate Windows Server workloads to Azure, while preserving original IP addresses.


New Azure Virtual Machines for better price performance


This delivers better price and performance for most general purpose and memory-intensive workloads, compared to prior Virtual Machine (VM) generations. They are now part of the Azure Virtual Machines portfolio and include:


-The general availability of the Dv5 and Ev5 Azure Virtual Machine, which will deliver up to 15% increased performance for most workloads and can scale up to 96 vCPUs. These work well for most general computing workloads including e-commerce systems.


-New Dasv5 and Easv5 Azure Virtual Machines. These new VMs provide options with and without local disk storage for a lower price of entry. They are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications and large relational database servers.


-An upcoming preview of Ebs v5 Azure Virtual Machine, a new memory optimised VM series that delivers up to 300% increase in remote storage performance compared to the Ev4 VMs. The new VMs offer up to 120,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 4,000 MB/s of remote disk storage throughput, making it ideal for data-intensive workloads.


Virtual Machines Selector helps customers find the right Azure Virtual Machines


Now, customers can quickly select the right VM based on their specific workload and budget using the new Virtual Machines Selector.


The new Virtual Machines Selector lets customers specify the category of workload they want to deploy in addition to VM technical specifications, disk storage preferences, region and OS. The tool then displays a set of recommended VM's and disk storage. Customers can make better budget forecasts with the pricing calculated by adding the VM's to estimate the overall total cost.


Virtual Machines Selector is now available in 26 different languages. 🤯


Azure Migration


The Azure Migration and Modernisation Program (AMMP) has provided thousands of customers with expert help and best practices across their apps, infrastructure and data, whether they are modernising existing investments or migrating to the cloud.


With these additions, AMMP provides comprehensive coverage for customers to move their applications, data and infrastructure to Azure while enabling hybrid flexibility and an enhanced security posture.


AMMP has made additional support available for the following scenarios:


-Security: AMMP is deepening it's focus on security with additional guidance and deployment assistance for services like Azure Security Center and Azure Defender.


-Hybrid/Azure Arc: AMMP will help customers with deploying Azure Arc to workloads that need to remain on-premises or aren’t ready to move yet, helping them consistently manage cloud and on-premises environments.


-Expanded app modernisation: AMMP will help customers move their Red Hat OpenShift environments to Azure and build new cloud-native apps using containerized/microservices architectures and DevOps approaches.


-SAP: AMMP will help customers plan and move their SAP environments to Azure.



So that’s Azure out of the way, now onto the Cloud…☁️


Industry Cloud


Key points:


Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing now in preview


Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing, is the newest addition to the Microsoft Industry Cloud family. It provides an end-to-end manufacturing solution which brings together new and existing capabilities across the Microsoft Cloud portfolio.


This is the first time Microsoft has offered an end-to-end, manufacturing industry-specific cloud solution.


Manufacturing is one of the biggest sectors at the pure technology group. Manufacturers across industries are asking for help accelerating the transformation of all aspects of their end-to-end business. These are areas include experiences across customer operations, workforce, design and engineering processes, customer engagements and the end-to-end value chain with Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing.


Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit


Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit transforms Microsoft’s industry-leading technology; productivity and collaboration tools, business applications, cloud services and infrastructure, by connecting it to the most common Nonprofit scenarios. it's built specifically for the Nonprofit sector; for fundraisers, volunteer managers, program managers and other roles unique. 


It meets Nonprofits where they are leveraging applications that organisations may already utilise, including Microsoft 365, Azure and Dynamics 365.


Microsoft Loop


Microsoft Loop is a new app that combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync across Microsoft 365 apps. This ennables teams to think, plan and create together. Microsoft Loop consists of three core elements:


-Loop components are atomic units of productivity that allow users to complete work and collaborate in the flow of work – on a Loop page, in a chat, email, document or online meeting. Loop components can be as simple as lists, tables and notes or as sophisticated as a customer sales opportunity from Dynamics 365. Because Loop components stay in sync across Microsoft 365 apps, users are always working with the latest information.


-Loop pages are flexible canvases where users can organise their components and pull in helpful elements like links, files or data in ways that suit their specific project needs.


-Loop workspaces are shared spaces that allow users to see and group everything important to their project. Loop workspaces make it easy for users to catch up on what everyone is working on, react to ideas and track progress toward shared goals.


In addition to new components and an updated agenda, notes and task list components will be available soon as part of the new meeting notes experiences in Outlook, Teams and OneNote. By adding notes to calendar invites in Outlook or Teams, users will be able to collaborate on the agenda with invitees ahead of the meeting to collectively capture notes and follow-up actions during the Teams meeting.


“Technology is best when it brings people together.”
Matt Mullenweg, Social Media Entrepreneur


I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog and got something out of it. That’s all for now!


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