Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery Now Available in UK and More

Azure IoT Hub Connector to Cassandra, StorSimple Virtual Array available for Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners, Microsoft Signs CJIS Information Agreement with Missouri.

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Microsoft is celebrating two decades of Visual Studio! And, also announced that Visual Studio 2017 will be releasing on March 7.

Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery now available in the UK. With Azure Backup, users can back up (or protect) and restore their data in the Microsoft cloud.

Azure Backup enables Azure IaaS VM backup as well as replace your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. Learn more about Azure Backup.

While Azure Site Recovery contributes to BCDR strategy by orchestrating replication of on-premises virtual machines and physical servers. "You replicate servers and VMs from your primary on-premises datacenter to cloud (Azure), or to a secondary datacenter," writes the team.

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New update as StorSimple Virtual Array becomes available for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners.

"The Azure StorSimple Virtual Array (VA) is an integrated storage solution built to be efficient and cost-effective."

"We are enabling CSP partners to resell and own the end-to-end customer lifecycle with direct provisioning, billing, and support of StorSimple VA," writes Murali K. Keloth.

CSP partners can deploy StorSimple VA from the Azure Management Portal using Partner Center.

The usage of virtual array and Azure storage is metered and billed separately and StorSimple VA deployed by CSP is eligible for wholesale discount under the CSP program.

Also, an update for StorSimple VA 0.4is now available contains key improvements around file share backup and restore performance.

In the Internet of Things (IoT), a new open source project on GitHub to enable devices connected to Azure IoT Hub to store data in a Cassandra database is released.

The new Cassandra connector let developers easily build solutions that harness IoT-scale fleets of devices and store data from them in Cassandra tables for later analysis, writes Sam George.

"The library can also be fully customized, if needed. Developers can define the schema of Cassandra tables and specify how data should be stored, whether based on the type of the message or by splitting the incoming data into multiple tables for easier analysis," George explained.

In addition, also released along side is a Docker container to make the deployment and testing of the new library a matter of few minutes.

The code is available on GitHub.

Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud solution, which is planned to be available in the third quarter of this year.

"The joint Microsoft and Cisco announcement today brings together Microsoft's Azure Stack and Cisco's robust UCS platform, which helps reduce the complexity of delivering and operating hybrid cloud solution on-premises," writes the Microsoft Azure Stack team.

"This approach enables you to focus on delivering high quality service levels for business applications rather than focusing on infrastructure management."

Microsoft has signed agreements with 26 states – contractually committing to CJIS requirements for more than 2/3rds of the US Population.

So, what is more important – to meet the controls of the CJIS Security Policy so you pass an audit or to have a robust, holistic, agile, security platform to meet the regulation and secure the sensitive data? Below are some questions law enforcement professionals should ask?

  • Have you and your cloud provider reviewed audit results of the CJIS controls? As a law enforcement agency, do you have access to continuous monitoring reports?
  • Have you or your state CJIS Systems Agency done fingerprint based background checks and approved your employees and your cloud provider's employees with potential access to Criminal Justice Information?
  • Have individuals with potential access to Criminal Justice Information completed CJIS security awareness training?
  • Have you confirmed mobile device access is secured per the requirements of the CJIS Security Policy?