Continuing investment in India, Microsoft announce additional new subscription options. With this, customers in India can access Azure's India regions via credit card (direct online subscriptions). "This allows customers to leverage the full power of our hyperscale offering on demand," writes Tom Keane.
Additionally, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscriptions program is expanded to access India regions. For those new, "CSP partners around the world deliver high value services on top of Azure, with fully integrated customer support and billing."
Microsoft a year ago had launched enterprise cloud services including Office 365 business productivity suite and more. And, as of today, it has local data centers across Central, South and West regions of India.
In another post, Microsoft introduce a new top level resource blade for Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
The new SQL Data Warehouse resource blade is placed on the left navigation. Simply click the SQL data warehouses link to get started. Using it you get easy access to all of your databases, allowing you to manage and visualize details like the database name, status, server, pricing tier, location, subscription type and more.
If you can't see the new left navigation or would like to move it the top of your Azure portal, "you can use the customization features of the Azure portal to place the link where you want to," added azure team.
In another post, Microsoft explains setting an expiration date for VMs in Azure DevTest Labs. This feature is currently accessable via APIs through Azure resource manager (ARM) template, Azure PowerShell SDK and Azure CLI.
To create a lab VM with an expiration date you can use an ARM template by specifying the expirationDate property for the VM. The sample Resource Manager template is available in the public GitHub repository.
Additionally, you can modify any existing sample Resource Manager templates for the VM creation (name starting with 101-dtl-create-vm) by adding the expirationDate property, team azure explained.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Government become the first CSP to be granted a moderate level Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) using the new FedRAMP Accelerated authorization timeline, Microsoft said.
As the first cloud program to be granted a P-ATO, Microsoft said that "agencies will now have access to secure innovative cloud solutions that have met the FedRAMP bar within weeks as opposed to nine months to two years from release in the market."
"FedRAMP provides a standardized methodology for assessing, authorizing, and monitoring cloud services for US Government agencies. The new FedRAMP process—FedRAMP Accelerated—was designed to be more in line with the speed of digital transformation, creating a more predictable and reliable timeline for CSPs to become authorized."
Advanced Energy Economy group taps Microsoft Azure to give predictive power to its online advocacy platform
On Thursday, Microsoft and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced a new predictive policy tool to support legislative advocacy in energy.
Powered by Microsoft's cutting-edge Azure integrated machine learning with AEE's PowerSuite online bill-tracking platform, the two "will now enable AEE member companies and state partner organizations to leverage data and analytics in new ways," writes Microsoft.
"Build upon PowerSuite's exclusive database of bills pending in Congress and all 50 states, and assess the probability of a bill's enactment based on the hundreds of data points either known about the bill when it is introduced, or collected as it moves through the legislative process," added microsoft.
A Norwegian company Agder Energi and Microsoft on Thursday a pilot project that will help create a more efficient, flexible and intelligent grid of the future to unlock a host of energy and sustainability benefits.
The project will leverage Microsoft technologies, including Azure intelligent cloud, PowerBI and Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Hub.
Also on 10/06, Microsoft Research awarded $5 million in Microsoft Azure cloud computing credits to researchers at the U.K.-based Alan Turing Institute.
More than 100 research staff – i"ncluding computer scientists and engineers, experts in machine learning, statisticians, mathematicians and social scientists – will soon begin work at the Turing with mission to advance the world-changing potential of data science," says Alan Turing Institute Director Andrew Blake.