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Move mainframe TP monitors to Azure

Many corporations and public agencies are looking for an easy path from their existing mainframe applications to the cloud. Mainframe online transaction processing (OLTP) systems still work, which is why they remain in use across the Fortune 500. But today’s organizations want the benefits of cloud computing.


This guide by Larry Mead and Azure Global Engineering shows how the path to the cloud often starts with a mainframe's transaction processing (TP) monitor. This guide tells you how to use TP monitor emulation software on Azure to run even the most complex CICS applications in the cloud. The emulation environment creates all the interfaces that the application expects to see, so it can run unchanged from within a virtual machine (VM) on Azure.


Several vendors offer TP monitoring emulators that meet different requirements. This guide can help you ask the right questions. 

Agency modernizes, reduces costs, after migrating IBM i (AS/400) workload to Azure: Infinite i

Moving to a cloud platform completely changed the cost and use model for the federal agency profiled in this use case. The agency worked with Infinite Corporation, a Microsoft Preferred Partner that provides a toolset specifically designed to make it easy to move AS/400 applications written in RPG, COBOL, and CL to Azure. 


Like many organizations, whether private or public sector, the agency looked to cloud computing to improve application scalability and availability while easing its hardware management burden. Also on the wish list was a modern application interface—it was long past time to retire the green screens —and a more standard database for reporting and analysis.


This white paper discusses their journey. Using the Infinite i development and production environment on Azure, the agency is now running its legacy workload with a modern SQL Server database and a web-based graphical screens.

Achieving National Institute of Standards and Technology Authenticator Assurance Levels with the Microsoft Identity Platform

This whitepaper details methods for Achieving National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Authenticator Assurance Levels (AALs) using the Microsoft Identity Platform. These standards are found in NIST Special Publication 800-63B: Authentication and Lifecycle Management.


It is intended for architects and other decision makers who want to determine the appropriate AAL for their organization and provides guidance on how to achieve the chosen level. AALs are one part of the overall NIST Special Publication 800-63: Digital Identity Guidelines. We encourage you to consume the overall NIST guidelines to understand how AALs fit in.

Reimagining Financial Services: How Azure technologies empower intelligent banking

  Twin forces of change—competition and regulation—continue to reshape the financial services industry. The global financial crisis and digitization have helped shift the financial services industry landscape, opening the traditional ecosystem to agile, innovative start-ups and adjacent industries. Disruptive companies use modern applications and analytics to change the rules: banks without branches, insurers without agents, and brokerages without brokers.  To compete, financial services companies are undertaking digital transformation initiatives that help them reshape their businesses while they overcome common hurdles: legacy systems of record, data silos, outmoded analytics systems, risk-averse and change-resistant corporate cultures, increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, the financial cost of data breaches, and new privacy mandates. Adopting cloud services is a key component of this digital transformation journey, yet many institutions are hesitant to go all in on cloud due to lack of expertise and outdated perceptions about security and governance concerns.The reluctance of financial services institutions to fully embrace cloud services contributes to the continued complexity of business operations and underlying systems. Yet the advantages of cloud services are immense: By tapping cloud innovation, you can use valuable business data to improve the customer experience, streamline operations, transform products and services, and increase organizational value. Both newcomers and traditional companies can create new opportunities.

Shrinking time-to-results for numerical weather prediction at extreme scale with WRF on Azure HBv2 VMs

 Airline traffic coordination, global shipping and logistics systems, national defense, and disaster preparedness to ensure public safety, all share a fundamental need –fast and accurate weather forecasting. By delivering the highest-resolution weather simulation capabilities and doing so with worldrecord speed, Microsoft and AMD are empowering stakeholders with critical insights and decisionmaking tools. 

Using Azure Policy Blueprints and ARM to deploy large IaaS workloads: Guidelines for the Financial Services Industry

This technical guide provides an overview of how to create an Azure cloud environment for deploying and leveraging  large workloads for the financial services industry. This includes key topics such as virtual machines, Azure Blueprints, regulatory standards, and Azure services for securing and managing cloud environments. 

Microsoft Azure Compliance and Australian Security and Privacy Requirements

 This paper is written for IT decision makers in Australia who are considering whether to move their data to Microsoft Azure, and answers several typical questions:

  • Does Microsoft Azure meet Australian compliance requirements?
  • Where is data stored and who can access it?
  • What is Microsoft doing to protect data?
  • How can a customer verify that Microsoft is doing what it says?

13 Effective Security Controls for ISO 27001 Compliance when using Microsoft Azure

 This paper provides insight into how organizations can use thirteen security principles to address critical security and compliance controls, and how these controls can fast track an organization’s ability to meet its compliance obligations using cloud-based services. The thirteen principles are designed on best practices that are aligned to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001, the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), and operational security for Microsoft online services. 

Shared Responsibility for Cloud Computing

 This white paper helps explain the relationship between cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers, and notes their roles and responsibilities. Standards such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Special Publication 500-292) and the PCI Standards Council (Information Supplement: PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines) provide considerations for shared responsibilities. This document also examines the relationships between CSPs and their customers in more detail. 

Microsoft Azure Compliance in the context of New Zealand

 Microsoft Azure Compliance in the context of New Zealand Security and Privacy Requirements paper is written for IT decision makers in New Zealand who are considering whether to move their data to Microsoft Azure, the paper addresses questions such as, Does Microsoft Azure meet New Zealand’s compliance requirements? where is data stored and who can access it? what is Microsoft doing to protect data? how can a customer verify that Microsoft is doing what it says?

The paper provides guidance for organizations in New Zealand on compliance requirements, and how key security and privacy principles can help address their concerns.