Building on some of the developments to Microsoft Azure that were revealed at the Ignite event in May, Microsoft is making some further updates to its hybrid cloud offering.
First, the company is making available new workload support for Azure Site Recovery to make recovery, cloud migration and management of multiple environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware, easier.
Built on technology Microsoft acquired from InMage a year ago, this built-in functionality includes AWS to Azure migration, and support for recovery in Azure for VMWare and physical servers.
“With AWS, you are often constrained in taking advantage of a consistent and complete hybrid cloud solution,” said Mike Schutz, general manager of Cloud Platform Marketing at Microsoft. “These new capabilities provide an easy onboarding to Azure, along with the hybrid flexibility and freedom of the Microsoft Cloud Platform.”
Microsoft is also making Azure Site Recovery available for users of its Operations Management Suite. This means that administrators can now manage corporate workloads across on-premise and public clouds, including Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, Hyper-V and VMware.
On the high performance computing front, Microsoft has made some other updates to help users gain better control of how Azure manages their workloads. Here are the main announcements:
Support for Linux Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA): with this update, customers can now use Windows or Linux to take advantage of RDMA
General availability of Azure Batch: unveiled in preview at the end of October last year, Azure Batch is a resulting solution of the GreenButton acquisition, which allows customers to manage large-scale, high-performance computing scenarios in Azure. It’s now generally available, and it’s already being used by the likes of Towers Watson and TVEverywhere to manage complex scenarios in the cloud, from risk modelling to video encoding
Release of HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 2 to support Linux Virtual Machines in Azure: with this latest pack, customers can build and manage high-performance clusters either on-premises, hybrid, or completely in the cloud. So if you have already made huge investments in optimising your on-premises Linux HPC environments, you can now dynamically extend them to Azure when additional capacity is needed.
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