Microsoft Ignite 2017 Final Day – Containers, Kubernetes, Azure, and Hit Refresh
The Microsoft Ignite 2017 finally wrapped up on 27th September after giving its 25000 attendees, and of course the rest of the world, a glimpse of its game-changing technologies. Besides, the CEO also announced his new book, “Hit Refresh”; more about that later in the blog.
Back to sessions! Like the other Ignite days, the final day was also filled with new product releases and announcements. Day 5 had various sessions scheduled. Let’s discuss them.
Iaas in Azure
One of the sessions was about the high availability of IaaS in Azure, which ranged from availability sets to availability zones. Apart from the various other interesting updates that Azure has received this time, one that was most important was ‘patching’ .
Starting now, Microsoft has acknowledged that they will perform most of the hosting environment maintenance. Businesses will not have any control over when the VMs will be patched and when they will be available again. Also, patching is not a cumbersome and lengthy process anymore. To patch the platform, they might have to stop VMs for 30 seconds, instead of you having to stop them from months ago. In those rare circumstances when Microsoft would need you stop your VMs, it will be announced well in advance. This would allow you to be better prepared for the next wave of planned maintenance in Azure and provide you the opportunity to pre-emptive reboot the VMs. You could also see what has already been patched.
Hence, from now on, when you are working on maintenance for your client, you don’t have to be wary about the VMs getting stopped because Azure needed an update.
Another great addition to your storage IT toolkit is Azure Disks. It was all about different disks and how VMs can use this disk. Formatting of disks, what encryption does to disks, etc., were the other points discussed. Azure disks are highly durable disk storage instruments for IaaS VMs. Furthermore, about the performance of VMs, you don’t have to be concerned about how much CPU is in a VM or how much memory it contains. Simply, find out what the restrictions and network characteristics are. They also differ from one VM type to another. If you choose a very cheap one, it may be sufficient in terms of CPU, but not in terms of required IOP.
So, while selecting the right VM, never forget to look at memory, CPU, and discs IOP.
Network Monitoring in Azure
Everything with Azure is software-defined and while that eases much of the complexities, it is highly critical for you to understand how your applications run on the network. Sometimes, it is a bit tricky or less trivial to diagnose and debug networking issues. There are a lot of innovations with Azure since customers are asking for them, for instance, there is a network manager which offers integrated services. The entire Microsoft Azure networking staff ensures that you get an overview of your environment and ensure the best performance and security. Since everything is software-defined, Microsoft exactly knows how the issue can be debugged and corrected. They can show you where to find the statistics. If you find that with a log location- a storage account that you own, then you can also use any analytical tool, such as PowerBI to analyze the environment and try to find where exactly the problem occurs.
Infrastructure as Code
An interesting part of Infrastructure as a Code is Container. Containers are redefining the way we use cloud. The Azure platform is software-defined Infrastructure as Code, but the challenge is how exactly are you going to write that code down, which tools to use, which orchestrations tooling to use on top of that afterwards.
Container platforms like Kubernetes, OpenShift from RedHat, and Docker Swarm are becoming feasible hosts for hosting database containers. For instance, OpenShift can show you your entire containerized orchestration. You can fill it or deploy it. By doing so, you are in control of the swarm of containers that are about to arrive. This is a cost platform for Windows and well-known Linux Container can of course be deployed within Linux, but in the meantime, you can also deploy it on a windows platform. The Windows platform in the container is of course also available, especially for .NET
Microsoft is working consistently and strictly on Azure! A lot has changed in the recent years and lots more is about to come in the upcoming years about how we do IT. Deploying servers and maintaining them will disappear. You are only going to use cloud to use your resources you really need, turn them off when you don’t need them and put back on again when you need them.
The book is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s personal and professional journey with Microsoft, the challenges he faced, and how he transformed one of the biggest IT giants in the world. The book is now available in book stores near you as well as online.
The entire week was full of fun and information. Microsoft has proved once again with Ignite that they are innovating at an unparalleled pace. Other than that, they are also offering enormous support to open-source communities and works closely with them.
About Microsoft Ignite 2018
Julia White, CVP, Cloud Marketing, Microsoft, and host for Ignite announced the date and venue of next year Ignite conference. The date is September 24-28, 2018, and the location is same as this year, i.e., Orange County Covention Center, Orlando, Florida