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Editorial and Asset Management Hardening Guide for Azure

Microsoft engaged Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) to evaluate multiple editorial and asset management workflows using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing environment. The primary goal of this evaluation was to establish an Azure-specific hardening guide for the media and entertainment (M&E) industry.  The evaluated workflows included hybrid cloud editorial deployments, near-line editing storage systems, archive and long-term production content storage systems, and cloud-based editing systems with on-premises storage.

Best practices for implementing seven properties in Azure Sphere

Almost three years ago, Microsoft introduced a new standard for IoT security and argued, based on an analysis of best-in-class devices, that seven properties must be present on every standalone device that connects to the internet in order to be considered secured. Azure Sphere, now generally available, is Microsoft’s entry into the market: a seven-properties-compliant, end-to-end product offering for building and deploying highly secured IoT devices. These details are captured in a new paper titled, Nineteen cybersecurity best practices used to implement the seven properties of highly secured devices in Azure Sphere. It focuses on why the seven properties are always required and describes best practices used to implement Azure Sphere. The paper provides detailed information about the architecture and implementation of Azure Sphere and discusses design decisions and trade-offs. We hope that the new paper can assist organizations and individuals in evaluating the measures used within Azure Sphere to improve the security of IoT devices. Companies may also want to use this paper as a reference, when assessing Azure Sphere or other IoT offerings.  

Azure Compute IDC White Paper July 2020

Take a deep dive into Azure's compute portfolio, cost-effectiveness, hybrid capabilities, security components, and management services in this white paper by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Microsoft Azure Cloud Journey InfoBrief 2020

Learn about core VMs, cloud-native computing, and security capabilities in this infobrief by International Data Company (IDC).

Microsoft Azure Arc: Enabling Azure Management and Data Services Outside Azure Infrastructure

Seamlessly share data and resources, deploy Azure data services anywhere, and centrally organize and govern all of your clouds, edge workloads, and datacenters and from a single view—with Azure Arc.  Read this white paper to learn how to:   Bring Azure innovation and cloud benefits on-premises with Azure Arc-enabled data services.  Optimize performance of data workloads with cloud automation and elastic scale in your datacenter.  Get a single view of your data across all of your on-premises and cloud environments. 

Azure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Hardening Guide

 This document is intended for administrators who may be deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) systems and describes hardening steps specific to that workflow as well as general guidance that can be applied to any Azure deployment. Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) reviewed VDI  architectures using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing environment to establish an Azure-specific hardening guide for the media and entertainment (M&E) industry.

Shrinking time-to-results with CFD at extreme scale with Simcenter STAR-CCM+ on Azure HBv2 VMs

Microsoft, AMD, and Siemens have teamed up to make simulation-driven product design better, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before on the Cloud. With powerful simulation tools to capture the physics of your product over its operational life, Azure HPC offers foundational infrastructure and services that cut acrossthe traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines.

Migration Guide for A8-A11 HPC VMs

 This guide provides recommendations and tools for migrating the virtual machines (VMs) in the A8 to A11 sizes to the newer and more powerful high-performance computing VM sizes such as H, HB, HC, HBv2 as well as general purpose compute VM sizes such as D, E, and F for better price-performance.  Note that the A8 - A11 VM sizes will be decommissioned on 1st March 2021.  Use this document as your starting point to begin planning for your migration. This white paper was written by KR Kandavel. 

Cellular connectivity options immediately available to users of Azure Sphere

Microsoft Azure Sphere Operating System currently supports two kinds of network connectivity:  Ethernet and Wi-Fi.  For customers that require connectivity to the Internet via cellular networks, one option is to use external hardware to route the Ethernet or Wi-Fi to the cellular network. This router-based architecture results in some implications that customers should be aware of.  This paper discusses the cellular connectivity options immediately available for customers using Azure Sphere, addresses the security-critical functions that can only be performed through Azure Sphere OS-supported network connections, and identifies the limitations on security-related functions and guarantees that Azure Sphere offers when customers use a cellular-router-based system.

Azure Stack HCI Overview white paper

Learn how the new Azure Stack HCI service can help you with starting your hybrid journey with a hybrid and hyperconverged solution.