Microsoft has added new capabilities to its Microsoft Azure cloud platform and SQL Server to enable users to increase productivity, manage workloads more easily and monitor access with Active Directory.
European customers can now access the latest version of SQL Database, which introduces near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases, and expanded Premium performance.
Microsoft has also introduced a suite of security features for the latest version of Azure SQL Database including Row-level Security (available in preview) and Dynamic Data Masking and Transparent Data Encryption, which will be available soon.
Customers are now able to automate full SQL Server level backup from an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) to Azure Storage, while new auto patching capabilities enable users to gain more granular control over the Windows Update scheduler. New auto setup capabilities using the AlwaysOn Portal Template have also been added for SQL Server in Azure VMs.
“Whether customers are looking to run their SQL Server workload in an Azure virtual machine or via the SQL Database managed service, there’s no better time than now to move their enterprise workloads to the cloud or build new applications with Microsoft Azure,” said Vibhor Japoor, director of product marketing at Microsoft Azure, in a blog post.
Microsoft has also introduced a public preview of the new conditional access policies for Microsoft Azure Active Directory to enhance application access management and make user authentication processes more secure. The new Connect Health application helps users to monitor the infrastructure used to extend on-premises identities to the cloud.
“Security is more than ever a critical concern for enterprise customers around the world, due to the increasing reliance on computing services from any device, anywhere, and anytime for essential operations,” said Japoor. “Enterprise organisations are looking for increased security options to better protect their users and assets.”
Meanwhile, organisations can now use a new toolkit to migrate from Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) to Azure RMS.
The Azure RMS toolkit enables AD RMS and Windows RMS customers to migrate to Azure RMS without losing access to their existing RMS-protected content or their policies. Azure RMS is also introducing in public preview departmental templates and onboarding controls that allow administrators to define a list of groups or individual users that can apply a particular template to protect documents.
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