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New Azure Certified for IoT Device Catalog, DoD Regions for Government Announced

A year ago, Azure Certified for IoT program to help customers ensure their device of choice was tested to work with Azure IoT technology was launched, and today, Microsoft has announced Azure Certified for IoT device catalog.

This device catalog is available today, to anyone looking for the best device for their needs from any Azure Certified for IoT partner.

Microsoft notes, that Azure Certified for IoT has since its launch grown into one of the largest device ecosystems in the industry, “with more than 100 partners and 175 different devices already in the program.”

Using the device catalog, IoT customer can now search the right device or family of devices by refining device search by multiple criteria. Customers can also request instructions to connect to Azure IoT Suite and IoT Hub. Even a request for demo of the device from the manufacturer can be made.

Microsoft said it’ll provide IoT device manufacturer metrics on their device’s interest and performance, will help to differentiate and showcase device.

Additionally, Microsoft said, first 25 partners that enroll 10 devices or more in the catalog will get a free Azure credit of $3,000.

Azure Certified for IoT expands to devices catalog

The new Security Program for Azure IoT brings together a curated set of best-in-class security auditors to perform a security audit on IoT solutions, find issues and provide recommendations.

The audit will examine everything from a businesses’ devices and assets to gateways and communication to the cloud. Select Azure IoT customers will be the first to take advantage of this program to evaluate their end-to-end IoT infrastructure and manage their security risk.

The initial security auditors include Casaba Security LLC, CyberX, Praetorian and Tech Mahindra. These choices will expand as the program grows. Microsoft will also be working with these security auditing partners and standards organizations, such as the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), to establish industry protocols and best practices for security auditing.

The Preview of new Azure Government Department of Defense (DoD) regions opened today, offer a comprehensive cloud that is DoD information Impact Level 5-ready for infrastructure, platform, and productivity services.

Microsoft, also said that Azure Government has now grown three times in 2016 and has “added 75 new capabilities in the last 90 days alone.”

To access Azure DoD regions, Microsoft notes, “customers must complete a pre-qualification process for verifying their organization and intended use of Azure DoD environment.” “Once the pre-qualification process completes, applicant will receive further instructions for creating a subscription, accessing environment and providing role-based access control to other members of the organization,” added Microsoft.

Azure Government documentation released provides guidance specifically tailored to government customers. This new documentation highlight common solutions and guidance on building government specific implementations, as well as information require to know about using services, Marketplace, Portal and PowerShell in Azure Government.

This is just the start! Many more updates are planned as we continually expand our offerings for Azure Government.

Microsoft notes, it’ll add more additional content on how to build solutions and onboard successfully, as well new services as come online.

See the Azure Government documentation! here.

Azure Government Documentation

The October 2016 Azure Backup update for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent is now available, and include new features, improvements, and fixes for Azure Backup that are provided in the October 2016 update for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent are detailed in the following KB article:

This update KB3196148, is “required for several features of DPM 2016 such as Modern Backup Storage to work seamlessly together with Azure Backup,” Microsoft said.

“The MARS agent is used by both Microsoft Azure Backup and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to transfer data to Azure. Please note that this is the first update of the Microsoft Azure Backup for MARS agent that officially supports System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager (SC DPM),” Microsoft explains.

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