Today on Microsoft Mechanics, we are joined by the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Finnish mobile gaming company Next Games, Kalle Hiitola, for the next episode of “How we built it.”
Next Games has built a successful global connected gaming platform on Azure spanning 166 countries and growing.
Their popular “Walking Dead No Man’s Land” game is aligned to the popular Walking Dead TV series, which uniquely releases a rapid cadence of new gaming chapters and characters to compliment the release of each new show episode.
Lead architect, Dave Green, from British online fashion retailer ASOS, helps us take a closer look at their design goals and approach for moving from a locally-operated monolith to a fully architected built-for-Cloud online retail system.
With orchestration and containers taking over modern- App Management we look at the role of Kubernetes (now generally available) for managing reliable and scalable Cloud-native Apps using Linux and Windows containers.
Brendan Burns, the co-creator of Kubernetes, who leads the team for Azure Container Service at Microsoft, will guide us as we look at the advantages to moving to container-based, modern approaches, how Kubernetes compares to existing IT tools and processes. And, what IT needs to do to take advantage of this and provide the infrastructure for containers to run.
Lead engineer, Craig Marl, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Microsoft Intune on Azure. This includes: the new admin experience in the Azure Portal with new Role Based Access Controls, tighter integration with Azure Active Directory with Groups; reporting and automation capabilities leveraging the Microsoft Graph API and much more. For more information check out: https://aka.ms/microsoftintune
Lead engineer for Microsoft Identity Services Sarat Subramaniam, offers a detailed overview of Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration, now generally available. The Azure AD B2B service simplifies the secure sharing of your Apps and services with your external business partners and colleagues. It allows users to easily share common Apps and services to collaborate with their peers and IT to add and manage these external users without having to add them to the corporate directory or requiring partners to have Azure Active Directory in place. Further, conditional access authorization policies - including Multi-factor authentication enabled by Azure Active Directory keep data safe. Learn more at: aka.ms/AddB2Busers
Chris Van Wesep, takes you through how you can use your on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to deploy Azure virtual machines for your workloads, using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. As Chris explains for every 100 Window server licenses you can run up to 200 virtual Machines with a potential savings of over $300,000 a year based on the popular D3-V2 VM size. Learn more at: aka.ms/HybridUseBenefits
Lead Azure engineer, Ashwin Kamath provides an overview of Azure Monitor, just released to GA, which gives you built-in platform monitoring for all-up visibility into the performance, health and state of your Azure Resources. Ashwin walks through you how it works; how to create alerts and enable deeper insights and analytics with your preferred monitoring system to inform troubleshooting.
Azure Analysis Services is a proven analytics engine that connects and analyzes disparate data sources whether on-premises or in the cloud without having to manage your own infrastructure. Josh Caplan & Jeremy Chapman show you how you can gain insights from your data using analysis services semantic model, the speed of in-memory processing and querying of your enterprise data sets and migrating your on-premises data models to the cloud.
Microsoft engineer and identity expert Alex Simons, joins Simon May to demonstrate updates to Conditional Access, part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), that allows you to apply access controls to company data. These include: the new unified administration experience in the Azure Portal; the expansion of contextual controls that specify app and data access based on specified users, permitted locations and compliant devices; and risk-based conditional access controls that incorporate machine learning to continuously safeguard access to your apps and data in real-time. Learn more at: aka.ms/AADConditional_Access
Lead Azure engineer, Natalia Mackevicius joins host, Jeremy Chapman, to explore the industry shift from the traditional development and operations lifecycle to DevOps practices. They look at what DevOps aims to solve and demonstrate how with Azure Stack, the approach can be applied to the development and management of your apps as part of a hybrid cloud strategy.
Information security expert, Dan Plastina from the Azure security team shares the top 5 tips for successfully accelerating information protection inside of your organization. Watch too as Dan also highlights key technology updates for Azure Information Protection, including: ‘scoped policies’ for scaling up and personalizing default information classification labels for specialized teams and next generation RMS-protected secure email.
Windows Server engineer Greg Cusanza, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Software Defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016. Watch as he explains the technology underpinnings and shows you how you can use SDN to: dynamically create, secure and connect your network to meet the evolving needs of your apps; speed up the deployment of your workloads and contain security vulnerabilities from spreading across your network, all while reducing your overall infrastructure costs.
On today's show, Luis Camino from the Dynamics 365 team joins Jeremy Chapman to explain your options for Dynamics 365 extensibility. They demo simple experiences to customize process workflow and create contextual PowerApps for managing customer relationships to more advanced options powered by Visual Studio to incorporate advanced cognitive services in the cloud - like sentiment analysis using Azure Functions.
Lead security engineer, Michael Dubinsky demonstrates Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, which combines machine learning and deterministic capabilities to detect, prioritize and investigate advanced attacks and insider threats within your datacenter. Watch as he orchestrates real-world attack scenarios and ATA detection in action in near-real time. Learn also how ATA integrates with your existing SIEM solutions. You can try ATA at the following link: Aka.ms/download-ATA
Lead engineer Mark Florida joins Simon May to demonstrate your options for managing Windows 10 devices using traditional management strategies with Configuration Manager and Cloud-based, modern management with Microsoft Intune.
Lead engineer Nick Burling, joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Service Map capability that provides application dependency discovery and mapping across Windows and Linux, in the Cloud, on-prem or hybrid environments. Watch as Nick demonstrates how Service Map automatically discovers app and system dependencies to accelerate troubleshooting and root cause analysis; and using Service Map expedite your app and workload migrations, whether you are migrating to the Cloud or other destinations. You can learn more at: www.microsoft.com/oms
Lead engineer, Eamon O’Reilly walks you through the latest update management capabilities for Windows and Linux as part of the new automation control service in Azure. Includes demos of how this gives you visibility and control of updates across your hybrid environments and how you can now deploy software updates with respect to your defined maintenance windows. To learn more go to: aka.ms/automationsvc
Lead engineer, Travis Wright demonstrates SQL Server on Linux, including how you can: download and install SQL Server on a Linux Virtual Machine; run your SQL Server-based apps inside of Docker containers and improve the performance of your applications using powerful features such as Column Store in SQL Server.
Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, explores what is now possible with high-performance computing and Microsoft Azure. He'll go over how you can use it for enabling powerful visual simulations and engineering scenarios. As well as dynamic rendering for GPU intensive work, and compute scenarios for deep learning.
Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery.
A look at how to upgrade any Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster to Windows Server 2016 with minimal or no downtime or need for additional hardware. You'll see how it works, get a demonstration on the steps it takes to upgrade, and how you can automate the process with Virtual Machine Manager.
In watching this episode, you'll get a first look at how you can use operations management and security, the unified management of your Linux and Windows server environments at scale, with Microsoft Azure. You'll see configuration management in your hybrid environment, applications using resource manager templates and PowerShell DSC applying your IT policy with OMS. Also, a look at orchestrating operational tasks using PowerShell and graphical Runbooks.
From advances in graphics performance that improve the experience of GPU intensive apps. To how you can overcome the 9am log-on storm with new enhancements to the connection broker for up 10,000 concurrent log-ons. And keep watching as we show you how you can optimize your deployment for the Cloud with Azure.
A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Watch as Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager, Windows Server) explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.
Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally, you'll see how this applies to disaster recovery.
Find out how you can use Azure AD Identity Protection for continuous and real-time risk assessment of logins and users to prevent against threats at the point of authentication. Learn how to reduce your attack surface by managing and restricting the exposure of privileged identities with Privileged Identity Management.
Finally, we'll wrap up with what's coming next and how to get started now.