Speaker: Corey Sanders
95% of Fortune 500 building on Azure. Adobe is building on open source – one of the biggest PostgreSQL customers. NeuroIntiative using GPUs to simulate drug tests for treatments for Alzheimer’s.
There’s no one way to use Azure. Find the bits you want to use and deploy them in a good way that suits.
Infrastructure for Every Workload
54 announced regions. Availability Zones in US, Europe, and Asia, more regions coming soon.
New VM Portfolio
NDv2: 8 x NVIDIA Tesla V100 NVLINK GPUs, 40 Intel SkyLake cores, 672 GB RAM, AI, ML, and HPC workloads.
NVv2: Tesla M60 GPU. Premium SSD suppor, up to 448 GB RAM, CAD, Gaming 3D design
HB: Highest memory bandiwidth in the cloud. 60 AMD EPYC cores, 100 Gbps Infiniband. Memory bandwidth intensive HPC workloads.
HC: Up to 3.7 Ghz clock speed. 44 Intel SkyLake cores, 100 Gbps Infiniband. CPU intensive HPC workloads.
200 trillion objects. 160 trillion transactions per month.
Standard SSD is GA. Ultra SSD in preview – sub millisecond latency, up to 160,000 IOPS and 2,000 MB/s throughput.
A demo of Ultra SSD. Opens up an E64s_v3 VM with Ultra SSD. Run IOMETER. Gets nearly 80,000 IOPS and .6 millisecond latency. That’s a single disk! Now for demo 2 with a new VM type. Runs IOMETER. Gets 161,000 IOPS on a single ultra SSD without striping or caching – durable writes. Double the performance of the competition.
There will be a single VM SLA for VMs running Ultra SSD.
100,000 miles of fibre to connect the 54 regions with 130+ edge sites.
ExpressRoute Global Reach allows you to connect your connections together to use the MS WAN as your WAN. Virtual WAN is GA. Front Door uses those edge as a globally available secure entry point to web services in Azure. And Azure ExpressRoute Direct offers 100 Gbps connections to Azure.
24 TB RAM physical machines. 12 TB RAM VMs on the way. 20+ certified solution architectures on Azure.
- Rapid Scale
A new feature in Kubernetes (K8s) to allow burst capacity based on Azure Container Instances called Virtual Node. The node is a VM that can be loaded up with ACIs when demand spikes. You get per-second billing to deal with unusual loads.
Microsoft offers the only true consistent hybrid experience. Azure Stack, DevOps, data, AD, and security/management.
A key piece of this is Windows Server 2019, which has hybrid built in. Hybrid: Azure Backup, ASR, Storage Migration Services, Azure Network Adapter
Erin Chapple comes out to demo Windows Admin Center.
Windows Server 2008/R2
End of life coming January 2020, and for SQL Server on July 9, 2019. If you migrate these to Azure, you’ll get 3 years of free security fixes – you’ll have to pay if you stay on-premises.
Microsoft has announced availability of the first Azure Sphere dev kit.
Data Box Edge is also announced. You can pre-process data on-prem before moving it to the cloud. It has FPGAs (or whatever) built in.
Azure Stack will support more nodes in the coming weeks. Event hubs and Blockchain deployment coming in preview this year.
Security & Management
Starts with the physical and software security of Azure and extends out to the edge and on-premises. 1.2 billion devices and 750,000 user authentications offer a lot of data for analysis.
- 85+ compliance offerings.
- 40+ industry specific regulated offerings
- Trusted, responsible, and inclusive cloud
- Confidential computing is a new series of VMs – DC-Series. The data is protected even from Azure when being processed by the CPU.
- Azure Firewall is GA.
- Azure Security Center improvements.
Governance normally restricts and slows down. Azure Policy doesn’t slow you down. A new addition, Blueprints, plans out deployments that are known and trusted. DevOps can deploy a blueprint to stay within the guardrails. It’s ARM template + Policy, resource group(s), and RBAC.
In a demo, we see a new Azure Policy feature – the ability to remediate variance.
CTO of JB Hunt, Gary Downy comes on stage. A trucking company that also does last mile and rail transport. Facing disruptive technologies such as driver-less and a shortage of drivers. They had on-prem systems but they wouldn’t scale with the business. Now they use Azure DevOps, Git, and Kubernetes for most of their systems.
Start with assessment. Then migrate. Then optimize and transition into management & security (ownership).
- Azure Migrate now supports Hyper-V and VMware.
- Azure Database Migration Service which does Azure SQL, MySQL, PostreSQL, and MongoDB.