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Cloud-Enabled Development in a Remote World

In response to unique business challenges, many organizations must adjust how they deliver their services. As these organizations adopt new technology solutions to support this change, the developers who create these solutions must meet an increased demand—while also adapting to working remotely. Boost your development productivity while meeting new requirements—with cloud-based tools that support remote coding, collaboration, and shipping code to production. 

Read the white paper, Cloud-Enabled Development in a Remote World, to see how to quickly expand your toolset—and produce better quality work in less time. 

Learn how to: 

  • Simplify your workflow and work from anywhere with GitHub Codespaces. 
  • Customize your code recommendations using AI with Visual Studio IntelliCode. 
  • Discover new ways to build, test, and ship your code using automated systems including continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). 
  • Maximize the benefits of remote collaboration tools, such as Visual Studio Live Share.

Minimize risks and costs with the Azure Proof of Concept Guide for Developers

Prove if a concept works or not—before your organization makes a significant investment. Learn how to create and execute a proof of concept for developing applications in Azure, from a well-designed plan to measurable test results. 

Read the Azure Proof of Concept Guide for Developers to explore: 

  • What makes an effective proof of concept. 
  • How to prepare for and start your proof of concept project. 
  • Best-practice examples to help you to create your own projects, including building a web app and an intelligent chat bot. 
  • Additional resources to help you develop applications in Azure.

Checklist For Modernizing Mission-Critical Workloads: A Focus On Flexibility

New Thought Leadership Checklist whitepaper to be posted to Business-critical applications page

Azure Disk Storage IDC White Paper February 2020

Learn about the Azure Disk Storage portfolio and ranage of capabilites for enterprise workloads in the cloud in this white paper by International Data Corporation.

Azure Stack Hub Licensing, Packaging & Pricing Guide

This licensing guide is for people who would like to gain a basic understanding of how to license Microsoft Azure Stack Hub and workloads on Azure Stack Hub.

Intelligent Manufacturing made easy with Microsoft Azure

For manufacturers, the promise of Industry 4.0 lies in breaking down silos and gaining a holistic view across the entire operation, from asset data to insights across all manufacturing processes. But there are some big challenges in getting there—the data path is generally several layers deep, and enabling those layers to communicate freely can be an expensive and complex proposition. 

Microsoft Azure offers a path to overcome the ISA-95 compliance and interoperability conundrum. Azure Industrial IoT enables both established plants and new plants to be equipped with future monitoring and optimization functions for Industry 4.0 needs in addition to the classic automation pyramid—through a safe, secure, and open approach that does not compromise existing implementations.

The goal of this whitepaper is to help our customers understand how they can use an Azure nested edge solution to unlock Industry 4.0 in their own facilities. It offers guidance on how customers around the world can build cloud native industrial solutions on their terms and be ready for the future..

Azure Cosmos DB Onboarding Best Practices

The “Optimizing performance and managing costs with Azure Cosmos DB” guide will help you set up your workloads for speed and performance in cost-effective ways. In it, you’ll discover: 

  • The differences between serverless and throughput, and how to choose the right option for your application
  • How to ensure fast response times and reduce costs of your most frequent queries with the right data model
  • Ways to minimize throttling and boost performance by choosing the right partition key
  • How to improve resiliency and availability by distributing your data across multiple Azure regions
  • What “multi-master” is and how it can lower latency and deliver high availability

Plus, you’ll learn how to configure your account and databases to take advantage of Azure Cosmos DB’s enhanced SLAs for 99.999% high availability, and <10 ms read and write latencies worldwide. 

Azure SQL Edge Whitepaper

Azure SQL Edge Whitepaper

Enabling Data Residency and Data Protection in Microsoft Azure Regions

This paper provides guidance regarding: 

· Understanding Azure’s regional infrastructure and how to make optimal architecture decisions.

· Data residency assurances and how customers can control data residency.

· Access to telemetry data, including elevated access for support data, and how customers can manage access.

· How Microsoft protects customer data from unauthorized access and how Microsoft handles government requests, including implications of the Cloud ACT.

· Tools customers can use to protect data from unauthorized access.

· Data retention and deletion.

Concentration Risk: Perspectives from Microsoft


As adoption of cloud computing becomes more prevalent in the financial services industry, the topic of concentration risk has consistently been a source of interest and, candidly some confusion, in discussions with regulators and customers concerning outsourcing, including use of cloud services. Due to a lack of clarity on these issues, financial institutions may conclude that a risk averse posture dictates a multi-cloud strategy must be adopted. No regulatory guidance mandates a multi-cloud strategy. Rather, as with all forms of outsourcing, concentration risk is one of many risks that must be assessed, and customers must develop governance and have assurance plans in place to mitigate and manage such risks when using cloud services.   

Risk and procurement officers at financial institutions need to respond to regulation and ensure their decisions are optimized against meaningful risk without holding their individual institution back from the opportunity these technologies offer. This paper provides information on steps to assess and mitigate against relevant classifications of risk and, at the same time, implement approaches without the need to adopt a multi-sourcing strategy, which has its own risks and drawbacks.