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Microsoft announces ExpressRoute for Azure DevOps and new Availability Zones

Microsoft is expanding Azure Availability Zones into North Europe and West US. Along with it, the company announced availability of Azure DevOps over Azure ExpressRoute.

With new availability zones, Microsoft aims to provide additional resiliency capabilities to enterprises operating in Europe and Western United States. It will help them build and run applications that need low-latency synchronous replication with protection from datacenter-level failures.

Currently, Microsoft Azure has 54 regions with over 100 datacenters across more than 140 countries.

“Microsoft’s overall strategy is to ensure that customers have broad options for ensuring business continuity. Azure, with more global regions than any other cloud provider, has been designed to provide first-class resiliency,” wrote    Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, Microsoft Azure, in a blog post.

In addition to the expansion of Availability Zones across Azure regions, Microsoft is also expanding list of zone-redundant services. These services include Azure SQL Database, Service Bus, Event Hubs, Application Gateway, VPN Gateway, and ExpressRoute.

The availability of Azure DevOps over Azure ExpressRoute will be helpful for customers operating in government and financial services sectors. It is because they want private connections that don’t go over the public internet for security reasons.

Enterprises will be able to connect to Azure DevOps via the Microsoft peering configuration of ExpressRoute circuits. This functionality was previously available for Microsoft online services like Azure Storage, Azure SQL, and Dynamics 365.

Further, Azure ExpressRoute will provide enterprises faster speeds, more reliability, and lower latencies as compared to typical internet connections.

ExpressRoute is available for all Azure DevOps services, including self-hosted Azure Pipelines agents, self-hosted Cloud Load Test agents, Visual Studio Marketplace, Visual Studio Subscriber Portal, Visual Studio Subscriptions Administration Portal.

It will also be available for organizations using new and legacy {organization} URLs.

Also read: Microsoft announces general availability of Office 2019 Server

Microsoft said that it wouldn’t be available for Azure DevOps static content that the company delivers via Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN).

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Microsoft to use Cisco Solution Support for better network connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft has teamed up with Cisco to provide customers more secure network connectivity to Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Azure ExpressRoute.

Azure ExpressRoute helps the users to establish a private and direct connection to Microsoft cloud services, like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365. It also enables them to extend their on-premises networks into Microsoft cloud, which helps in managing and running the business-critical applications and services.

The enterprises that move to cloud from a traditional IT model face a number of cloud challenges, like increased complexity, loss of speed and data integrity, limited connectivity and management hassles, among others.

To overcome these challenges, Cisco will now provide its Solution Support for Azure ExpressRoute, to build a new network practice which provides fast, reliable, and predictable private connectivity.

“To help address on-premises issues, which often require deep technical networking expertise, we continue to partner closely with Cisco to provide a better customer networking experience. Working together, we can solve the most challenging networking issues encountered by enterprise customers using Azure ExpressRoute,” wrote Yousef Khalidi CVP, Azure Networking, in a blog post.

The Cisco Solution Support offers additional support and guidance options for Azure ExpressRoute, helping the customers on premises end of the network. The customers will also have support from Cisco solution experts to quickly resolve their issues and connect to Microsoft Cloud Platform.

“With our customers in mind, Cisco is extending our Solution Support portfolio with a new network practice and offer for Azure ExpressRoute. This new offer for networking targeting the customers on premises network, allows us to leverage our world class networking expertise to assist customers using Cisco networking products and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to connect to the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform,” wrote Joe Pinto, Senior VP, Cisco’s Technical Services Group, in a separate blog post.

Furthermore, Microsoft has integrated Network Performance Monitor (NPM) into ExpressRoute, which will enable customers to monitor connectivity to PaaS services (Azure Storage), as well as SaaS services (Office 365). This will provide more deep visibility into ExpressRoute network traffic. It will be generally available in mid-February in six regions.

Also read: Microsoft adds new monitoring and troubleshooting services to Azure Site Recovery

Additionally, Microsoft has merged public and Microsoft peering for simplified management and configuration of ExpressRoute. The ExpressRoute configuration needed customers to have ExpressRoute circuits in two different cities. Microsoft is planning to provide the second ExpressRoute site in the cities which already have an ExpressRoute site. As of now, the second peering location is available in Singapore only.


ZNetLive To Add Hybrid Cloud Solution Based on Microsoft Azure Stack to Its Product Portfolio

Hybrid Cloud based on Azure Stack Solution to help users flexibly deploy, manage and migrate workloads while retaining full control across complete cloud environment via client portal.

ZNetLive – a leading web hosting and cloud services provider, announced its plan to expand its product portfolio to include Microsoft Azure Stack-based Hybrid Cloud Solution to help users get proficient computing capabilities with increased productivity at reduced operational costs.

The Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud solution expected to be made commercially available by early Q3 this year, will provide users with single vendor support for Azure Stack and Azure public cloud. The solution encompasses Azure’s storage, geo-presence and flexible capacity to enable an organization’s expansion on a global level.

The pay per usage solution will be available with one contract and monthly invoicing and the users will get their own client portal, with which they will be able to seamlessly create, deploy and manage their workloads on cloud.The kind of IT automation that this solution will provide will enable organizations maintain crucial business data on-premise while getting economies of scale with faster deployment of new services and applications on the public cloud.

This is one more step by ZNetLive in empowering Digital Transformation. The Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud solution combines path-breaking ZNetLive’s cloud management services with modern, scalable and flexible Microsoft Azure Stack capabilities to provide a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution to enterprises seeking digital transformation for modernization, high performance and scalability at low costs,” said Munesh Jadoun, Founder & CEO, ZNetLive.

For those onboarding the solution, the management, and support provided by ZNetLive will include cloud strategy formulation, building Azure hybrid cloud following detailed analysis of crucial and routine workloads and customers’ workload migration. It will also include security, back-up and disaster recovery services.

The company has been implementing integrated Azure Stack and Azure Pack cloud solutions for some time now.

The solution also includes Azure ExpressRoute Services to provide users with speedier private Azure connection from production environment for regular data migration, data transfer and thus, helping in expenditure reduction. With it, the users can add storage and compute capacity to their existing datacenter for high throughput and reduced latencies. The solution will enable them to build applications spanning on-premise infrastructure and Azure without compromising on privacy or performance.

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