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Azure Site Recovery Support for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Connected Vehicle Platform Announced

On Jan Thursday 2017, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) support for the protection and recovery of essential components in on-premises Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp environments was announced.

ASR, which is a part of Microsoft Operations Management Suite, “enables you to control and manage workloads no matter where they run (Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware or OpenStack) with a cost-effective, all-in-one cloud IT management solution.”

Additionally, ASR provides with ability to: “Recover to an application consistent point in time, which is useful to recover your multi-tiered Citrix VDI environment to an application-consistent state.” You can use “flexible recovery plans to customize order of recovery by grouping together machines that need to failover together, add automation scripts, and manual actions to be executed on a failover.”

Finally, you can also perform “non-disruptive recovery testing, that lets you test failover of your Citrix VDI farm to Azure, without impacting on-going replication or the performance of your production environment.”

With ASR, you can protect and recover the essential components in your on-premises XenDesktop and XenApp environment including:

  • Citrix Delivery Controller
  • StoreFront Server
  • XenApp Master Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA)
  • XenApp License Server
  • AD DNS Server
  • SQL Database Server

Azure Government revamps features of Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery Services (OMS Suite) with Resource Manager to facilitate advanced capabilities for Government cloud users brings various enhancements, as summarized in the table below:

Features for Azure Backup and Site Recovery Services (OMS Suite) with Resource Manager

Thanks to a recent collaboration between the Cornell Lab and Microsoft, eBird project was migrated to fully managed, highly scalable Azure HDInsight (Hadoop) service, a key component of the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite.

As a result of this partnership, “researchers were able to scale their clusters sufficiently and streamline the associated machine learning workflows to reduce analysis run times to as little as 3 hours, generating results across more species dramatically faster,” writes Microsoft.

The complete solution is built on Azure Storage, HDInsight, Microsoft R Server, Linux Ubuntu, Apache Hadoop MapReduce and Spark.

eBird Project architecture diagram on Microsoft Azure HDInsight

In the graphic below, you can see the species distribution model showing an abundance of tree swallows throughout an entire year. The model was generated using information collected entirely by eBirders. (Image courtesy of eBird and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)

eBird Project Species distribution model showing an abundance of tree

In a new video for Cloud Management Gateway, Microsoft demonstrate the basics of deploying and configuring the new Cloud Management Gateway feature:

In this ‘Brad Adnerson’s Lunch Break’ video, you can grab a byte with Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure chief technology officer, talks with Anderson, aout the rate of public cloud adoption by enterprises. Russinovich also talks about his side career, as the author of three novels about cybersecurity.

Helping automakers transform cars with the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform

Helping automakers to create custom connected, autonomous, shared and electric cars experiences, Microsoft announced on Thursday at the CES 2017 show, “Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a set of intelligent services built on the Microsoft Azure cloud.”

Available later this year as a public preview, the new platform brings Microsoft’s intelligent services from across the company right into the car, including virtual assistants, business applications, office services and productivity tools like Cortana, Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business.

Microsoft’s cloud will do the heavy lifting by ingesting huge volumes of sensor and usage data from connected vehicles, and then helping automakers apply that data in powerful ways. Watch the video below to hear more about how the platform works and the benefits it offers to automakers and drivers:

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