Microsoft Azure News

Unlocking Hybrid Capabilities with Azure Arc-Enabled Data Services

Discover the power of Azure Arc-enabled Data Services in extending your SQL Server workloads to hybrid environments. With Azure Arc, you can seamlessly connect and manage your SQL Server instances across on-premises, multi-cloud, and edge environments.

Key Benefits:

  • Unified Management: Enjoy centralised management of your SQL Server instances regardless of their location, streamlining administrative tasks and enhancing efficiency.
  • Consistent Data Services: Maintain consistency in data services and features across diverse environments, ensuring a seamless experience for both users and administrators.
  • Enhanced Security: Implement robust security measures consistently across your entire SQL Server estate, safeguarding your data against potential threats.
  • Flexible Deployment: Flexibly deploy and manage your SQL Server workloads wherever they are needed, optimising resource utilisation and scalability.

Get started today and elevate your SQL Server deployment with Azure Arc-enabled Data Services.

Unlock the potential of hybrid cloud with Azure Arc and revolutionise the way you manage and deploy SQL Server workloads.

Microsoft SQL: Times running out – Take advantage now!

Are you prepared to transition your customers smoothly from End-of-Support (EOS) or End-of-Life (EOL) SQL environments to Azure SQL? Look no further! We’re excited to introduce an exclusive offer designed specifically for resellers like you who are eager to accelerate your customers’ migration journey to Azure SQL.

Offer Highlights:

1500 ZAR Credit: Receive a 1500 ZAR credit on the first month’s consumption for every new customer migrating any SQL workload to Azure SQL. It’s our way of kickstarting the Azure SQL journey while thanking you for choosing Azure for your customers.

Complimentary Readiness Assessment: Available of a free readiness assessment as part of this offer. Our experts will evaluate your customers’ existing SQL workloads, ensuring they’re fully prepared for migration to Azure SQL, laying the groundwork for a smooth and successful transition.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Offer valid for net new customers migrating any SQL workload to Azure SQL.
  • Offer valid from 1 Apr to 31 June 2024.
  • The 1500 ZAR credit will be applied to the first month’s consumption on Azure.
  • Free readiness assessment is provided for qualifying SQL workloads.
  • This offer is subject to compliance with Azure migration guidelines and prerequisites.

How to Get Started:

Seize this exclusive offer to provide your customers with a robust migration path to Azure SQL. Our Azure specialists are ready to assist you throughout the process, ensuring a seamless transition. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to transform your customers’ SQL environments, unlock the potential of Azure SQL, and benefit from our exclusive offer.

We eagerly anticipate supporting you on this journey to Azure SQL excellence!

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Azure Cost Optimisation

Bundled for your convenience:

  • How to optimise your Azure compute spend with savings plan and reserved instances. Read more
  • Optimise your Azure costs. Read more
  • Mastering Azure Cost Optimisation – A Comprehensive Guide. Read more

Announcing the limited general availability of Accelerated Connections

We are pleased to announce limited GA of Accelerated Connections, a new Azure Network feature that delivers highest connections per second (CPS) and total active connections (TAC) performance to the most demanding VM workloads through specialised hardware in the Azure fleet. Our technologies enhance VMs to perform at previously unattainable levels (up to 10-25 times previous perf).

Windows 365 Customer Lockbox generally available

Windows 365 Customer Lockbox is now generally available for all organisations with a Microsoft 365 E5 or Office 365 E5 subscription. This security feature ensures that Microsoft cannot access content in your Cloud PCs to do service operations without your explicit approval.

The Future of Windows Server Hyper-V is Bright!

We are happy to share that the integration of Copilot for Microsoft 365 into the Windows desktop experience is now available. This will bring Graph-grounded chat capabilities to Copilot in Windows for users who have a Copilot for Microsoft 365 license and Copilot for Windows enabled. This offers a new, easy way for users to access Copilot in Microsoft 365 features in addition to existing surfaces in Teams, Edge, and copilot.microsoft.com

Retirement Announcements

On 31 August 2024, Azure classic administrator roles will be retired. If your organisation has active Co-Administrator or Service Admin roles, you’ll need to transition to using Azure role-based access control (RBAC) roles by then. All Azure classic resources and Azure Service Manager will also be retired on that date.

In pursuit of an enhanced user experience and an unwavering commitment to safety and reliability, we will be retiring Windows Server 2022 on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in 3-years time.