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Azure Portal Adds StorSimple Virtual Arrays Management, Solution Templates In Government Marketplace

Managing StorSimple Virtual Device Series is now available in the new Azure portal, and enabling customers to create Azure Resource Manager-based StorSimple managers to manage their virtual arrays.

Here is what’s new: “Enhanced user experience and improved navigation; Optimized and multiple workflows for efficient task completion; Integrated Support and Diagnostics experiences; Support for inbuilt Azure roles and ability to manage access through custom roles.”

Managing StorSimple virtual arrays in the new Azure portal

Managing StorSimple virtual arrays in the new Azure portal.

Also, Solution Template support now available in Azure Government Marketplace portal, that allow you to bundle multiple Azure services and images into a template that enables customers to deploy all solutions at once, saving time and resources.

You can now deploy the below solutions through templates directly via the Marketplace UI, with additional solution templates being added regularly.

On Tuesday, at HPE Discover London 2016, Microsoft EVP, Scott Guthrie, and Antonio Neri, of HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), talked about what both companies are providing around Azure as the hybrid cloud platform that can help companies transform their IT to cloud computing.

Guthrie and Neri showcased examples of progress made in the year since the last HPE Discover event in London, and discussed new solutions like Azure Stack that are coming soon.

In a related news, the ability to download Power BI Desktop reports from the web service in preview is launched today.

With this feature, users will be able to recover a file from the service if “you lose the original from your local computer, download someone else’s report if you are part of a group, and get the latest version of the report if you made changes in the web.”

The download button is located under the File menu of the report when viewing the report in Power BI on the web.

Preview of Download Power BI Desktop files from the web

Dispelling the top 6 cloud myths of 2016

Public cloud is not just past the tipping point; it’s now mainstream. Yet some misconceptions about the cloud persist, writes Julia White, Microsoft corporate vice president, Azure & Security. In a blog post, White addresses six of the top cloud myths.

Among them is the myth that enterprises need only one cloud vendor. Not so, White says. “Enterprises have diverse needs when it comes to cloud apps, data analytics, development, management and security. Belief that one cloud can meet all these diverse needs is simply out of touch with reality.”

Multi-cloud management solutions, as well as open development tools and platforms, are “proof that we have moved beyond the period of concerns around vendor lock-in and are instead addressing the needs of IT and developers to manage updates and monitor security across multiple clouds and develop on the platform and with the tools they prefer,” White says.

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