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Azure in Germany–a complete EU cloud computing solution

May 18, 2017 .NET, Analytics, AppFabric, Azure, Azure in Germany, Azure IoT Suite, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, Cognitive Services, Computing, Data Analytics, Data Governance, Data Hubs, Data Warehouse, Emerging Technologies, Event Hubs, IaaS, Intelligent Edge, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT Central, IoT Hub, Machine Learning(ML), Media Services, Media Services & CDN, Messaging, Microsoft, Mobile Services, PaaS, SaaS, SQL Azure, Storage, Backup & Recovery, Stream Analytics, Virtual Machines, Windowz Azure No comments

With my earlier article Azure in China, it came in to my interest to look for any other country/region specific independent cloud data center requirements.  I came across Azure for US Govt(Similar to Amazon Govt Cloud) instance and Azure Germany data center.  For this article context I will be covering only Azure in Germany.

What is Azure Germany?

Just like regional regulatory requirements in China, Germany also wanted a completely locally owned/managed Azure Data Center for EU/EFTA/UK requirements. This is also to ensure stricter access control and data access policy measurements. This  approach is to enable organizations doing business in EU/EFTA and UK can better harness the power of cloud computing.

  • All customer data and related applications and hardware reside in Germany
  • Geo-replication between datacenters in Germany to support  business continuity
  • Highly secured datacenters provide 24×7 monitoring
  • It meets all Public sector or restricted industry requirements
  • Follows all Compliance requirements for EU/EFTA and UK.
  • Lower cost, locally accessible  within your business locations in Germany/EU.

“ Azure Germany is an isolated Azure instance in Germany, independent from other public clouds.”

Who controls it?

An independent data trustee controls access to all customer data in the Azure Germany datacenters. T-Systems International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and an experienced, well-respected IT provider incorporated in Germany, serves as trustee, protecting disclosure of data to third parties except as the customer directs or as required by German law.

** Even Microsoft does not have access to customer data or the datacenters without approval from and supervision by the German data trustee.

What Compliance?

Azure Germany has an ongoing commitment to maintaining the strictest data protection measures, so organizations can store and manage customer data in compliance with applicable German laws and regulations, as well as key international standards. Additional compliance standards and controls that address the unique role of the German data trustee will be audited over time. Refer to: Microsoft Trust Center compliance.

[Source : Microsoft Azure]

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Azure in China

May 17, 2017 .NET, AppFabric, Azure, Azure In China, Azure IoT Suite, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, Intelligent Cloud, Intelligent Edge, IoT Hub, Media Services, Microsoft, Mobile Services, PaaS, SQL Azure, SQL Server, VisualStudio, Windowz Azure 1 comment

Microsoft Azure presence in China is always a question when there is a need for any customer to deploy azure applications specifically for Chinese Regional customers.

Recently I had an interaction with a Microsoft Certified Trainer, who carelessly said Azure only uses Chinese partner based environment is only for serving CDN (Content Delivery Network) needs, partial knowledge is difficult to convince. Being a Certified Trainer, he should have known these. As I recollect my earlier experience with azure, I was aware that Microsoft has partnered with 21Vianet , to setup a Chinese instance of Azure with most possible IaaS, PaaS and SaaS offerings are available to Chinese customers. At the same time data would reside within Chinese governments data privacy and storage regulations.

Similarly other competitor cloud providers such as IBM also partnered with 21Vianet to setup their BlueMix instances in China.

Microsoft Azure in China

General availability of Azure in China through 21vianet partnership has been announced in March 26th 2014. These Azure Services in Chinese region will be operated and sold by 21vianet.

Quoting to Doug Hauger GM- National Cloud Programs, Microsoft

Windows Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is based on the same technology as Microsoft’s global Windows Azure service and offers a reliable, flexible and value-based service to bring Microsoft’s latest cloud technologies and benefits to Chinese customers and propel forward technological development in China as a whole.

Why Partnership?

As per Chinese Government(PRC) Cyber Security Law and Governance policies there is a clear restriction for a foreign entrant to obtain license and provide services to Chinese customers.  All the data relating to Chinese customers should reside within Chinese Data Centres, and foreign companies would have to pass on the operational ownership to a Chinese company in order to operate within PRC(Peoples Republic of China).

In Additional to that on November’2016 new amendments attached to new PRC Cyber Security Law (effective 1st June 2017).

As per DLA PIPER

The new law will come into force on 1 June 2017 and has significant implications for the data privacy and cybersecurity practices of both Chinese companies and international organisations doing business in China.

The new PRC Cybersecurity Law intends to combat online fraud and protect China against Internet security risks. In short, it imposes new security and data protection obligations on “network operators”; puts restrictions on transfers of data outside China by “key information infrastructure operators”; and introduces new restrictions on critical network and cybersecurity products.  [Read more from Source]

Where is Azure in China?

You can access Azure in China instance through a separate portal https://www.azure.cn. Azure Portal is available at https://portal.azure.cn/. Pricing information is available on http://www.azure.cn/pricing/pia/  (click on English to get an English version).

Below are two data centre regions Azure is available in China.

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Services Offered in Azure China Instances:

Not all all services of Azure including Mobile Services, Analytics and IoT Suite are available for Chinese regions. I will try to cover a specific list of services that are available for China region.Azure China is a few versions behind regular Azure and not all services are supported. Some of the services supported are:

  • Compute – Virtual Machines (For IaaS Services)
  • Compute – Cloud Service (For PaaS Services)
  • Compute – Web Site
  • Data Services – Storage (For Blobs, tables and Queues)
  • Data Services – SQL Database
  • Data Service – HDInsight
  • SQL Database – SQL Import/ExportNetworks – Virtual Network (To communicate between cloud services via Local networks)
  • Service Bus
  • Active Directory
  • Access Control Service – which has its own UI and namespace
  • Caching – only dedicated cache is supported
  • Mobile Service
  • Media Service
  • CDN
  • Traffic Manager
  • Azure IoT Suite
  • Notification Center
  • Event Center
  • Service Fabric
  • Batch Service
  • Flow Analytics, Power BI
  • Document DB, SQL Database, SQL Data Warehouse, MySQL
  • and many more

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A list of supported and not supported services can be found at (This is in Chinese, and it is a working document, use google translate to take you through all steps necessary for you to understand services offered in Azure China) http://www.windowsazure.cn/documentation/articles/developerdifferences/#readyonwacn

This also includes all the endpoints that are required for developers to integrate/develop applications targeting China region.

Hope this information was helpful to you. I would assume it would be helpful for some who are specifically looking forward for providing technology solutions for Chinese customers through Azure Cloud.

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Azure App Service–create Web + Mobile + Logic + API apps with ease

March 28, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework, App Service, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Mobile Services, SignalR, Web API, Web API v2.0, Windows Azure Development No comments

Microsoft today announced availability of new azure cloud services named as Azure App Service. Azure App Service. Azure App Service is a replacement of old Azure Websites / Azure Mobile Services, earlier these services were delivered separately and Microsoft has integrated all these capability in to single service and made it easy to configure.

Azure App Service enables you to easily create Web + Mobile + Logic + API Apps easily . Azure App Service is an integrated service that enables you to create web and mobile apps for any platform or device, easily integrate with SaaS solutions.

azure-app-service

Capabilities of Azure App Service includes:

  • Support for .NET, Node.js, Java, PHP, and Python code
  • Built-in AutoScale support (automatically scale up/down based on real-world load)
  • Traffic Manager support (geographically scale your apps around the world)
  • Integrated Visual Studio publishing as well as FTP publishing
  • Continuous Integration/Deployment support with Visual Studio Online, GitHub, and BitBucket
  • Virtual networking support and hybrid connections to on-premises networks and databases
  • Staged deployment and test in production support
  • WebJob support for long running background tasks
  • Built-In API connectors for Logic Apps.

What are you waiting for, sign-into the Azure Preview Portal and Get Started.

Additional References:

Windows Azure Training Kit – May 2013

June 6, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Services, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, Mobile Services, Training-Kits, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has relased the latest Windows Azure Training Kit.

Quoting the details from Microsoft:

The May 2013 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes new content on Windows Azure Media Services as well as updates to use the latest Windows Azure SDK v2.0.

Content Updates:

  • New Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Media Services
  • New Lab: Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage
  • Updated Labs to leverage the latest version of Windows Azure SDK.

Download: Windows Azure TrainingKit – May2013

Windows Azure SDK for .NET–Version 2.0 (for Visual Studio 2010 SP1/2012)

April 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, AppFabric, Azure, Azure SDK, Azure Tools, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile Services, SQL Azure, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Latest version of Windows Azure SDK for .NET – Version 2.0 released by Microsoft.

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure SDK for .NET 2.0 (Offline Installer)

Recommended: Instead of manually downloading the files from above link, it is recommended you use the automated one-click install provided by the Web Platform Installer x64 or x86.

Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio:

DOWNLOAD:  Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2013

Just Released – Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012 Update

November 13, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Computing, Community, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, MSDN, SQL Azure, Training-Kits, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

The November 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes:

  • Updated labs to use Windows Azure SDK (October 2012)
  • Updated labs to use Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8
  • New Hands-on lab: Windows 8 Mobile Services (HTMLJS)
  • Updated Presentations .NET 4.5 Support in Web Sites and Cloud Services

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012