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Update 3.0 for StorSimple 8000 Series; Azure Services Recovers DNS Outage

StorSimple 8000 series update among new features and improvements, improves the read and write performance to the cloud, which results in faster backups to the cloud.

The update which is version 3.0 also enables the standby controller on the 8000 series physical appliance to perform space reclamation, and ensure that active controller resources focus on serving data for active I/O.

Lastly, improvements to monitoring charts are also made and available on the StorSimple Management Service.

The azure team notes, automated update over the coming month, will be released in a phased approach to all customers. The update can also be manually applied from the StorSimple Management Service in Azure using hotfix method.

Also, a global DNS outage on Thursday 09/15 morning, affected severally Microsoft’s Azure cloud service including API Management, Web Apps, Service Bus and SQL Database and more.

Microsoft issued the statement on the issue stated:

“Starting at 11:48 UTC 15 Sep, 2016 a subset of customers using using SQL Database in Central US may experience issues accessing their services in this region, as the result of an earlier DNS issue. Additional impact may also be experienced by customers using HDInsight and Media Services. Engineers have identified a possible underlying cause, and are working to determine mitigation options.”

As of now, all services have started working normally.

Microsoft Azure Status Page

Azure Government is the trusted cloud enabling Defense Industrial Base companies to build systems with the assurance that they will meet the broad set of Department of Defense (DoD) requirements for DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement).

The DoD has implemented stringent new requirements in DFARS 252.204-7012 to protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access or modification of protected information and the systems that contain that information.

It further imposes cyber incident reporting requirements.

Customers migrating or deploying workloads on Azure have started encrypting their virtual machines using ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) prefer Azure Backup (ABU) in maintaining these encrypted VMs backup in their Azure deployment.

Today, Microsoft’s Azure team to help customers posted a guide to show how you can use the latest Azure Recovery Services Backup PowerShell cmdlets to take backup of your ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) encrypted VMs on Azure.

In short, here is the list of the steps covered in the post:

  • Prepare your Azure AD application’s client ID & client Secret
  • Prepare Azure Key Vault account & set policies for Azure AD application to store & manage encryption keys & secrets
  • Enable Disk Encryption on Azure VM using AAD application & Key Vault
  • Prepare Azure Recovery Services Vault settings and perform backup of encrypted VM
  • Trigger initial backup of encrypted VM
  • Restore encrypted VM into a storage account for recovering VM, head over the post for details HERE.
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