Microsoft Ignite – Day 1 Roundup

This is my first year, attending Microsoft Ignite – what an event. The sheer size of the venue and scale of sessions available to various events happening throughout the day – mind blowing!

I’ve blogged a roundup of sessions I attended today, including links and updates from various Azure Resources that I will find useful.

The Keynote

The day started with the Ignite Keynote by Satya Nadella, I was luck to view this live in person due to only 3,000 available tickets for this – been up from 5.30am!

Satya Nadella opened with the below reference to Tech Intensity and how Microsoft’s mission is powering you to achieve the below formula.

Referencing that 50billion devices connected by 2030 & 175ZB total amount of data by 2025, motivating Azure to be the “Worlds Computer”.

Azure ARC announced, which offers Azure services and management to customers on other clouds or infrastructure, including those offered by Amazon and Google.

“For customers who want to simplify complex and distributed environments across on-premises, edge and multicloud, Azure Arc enables deployment of Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure.”

For further info on Azure ARC

Next announcement:- Azure Synapse, combining data analytics & big data warehousing even further – taking it to the next level.

” Today, we are announcing Azure Synapse Analytics, a limitless analytics service, that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources, at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate business intelligence and machine learning needs. “

Synapse Analytics consists of:-

  • Limitless scale
  • Powerful insights
  • Unified experience
  • Unmatched security

Running 10,000 queries using Azure Synapse compared to similar in AWS & GCP.. wow!

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More info on Azure Synapse Analytics

Project Silica

Ability to store data on glass? You’re kidding? No! Microsoft are developing this technology, haven’t heard about this at Microsoft Future Decoded – it was great to here the current advancements of this.

Demo’d that Superman the movie from the original has been scraped into the glass – pretty cool!

Session: Invent with purpose on Azure

Speakers: Julia White & Jason Zander

Microsoft Azure gives you the freedom to build, manage and deploy cloud native and hybrid applications on a massive, global cloud using your famous tools and framework. This session demonstrated the latest advancements in Azure.

Ultra Disk Storage
Highest Performance disks in the cloud

  • Supports up to 160,000 IOPs + 2 GB/sec per disk
  • 4GB to 64TB in size
  • <1ms read/write latency

Azure Hybrid overview the stack demo was pretty cool! Dropping the rugged stack device with no issue to the end software

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Visual Studio Online Announced

  • On-demand development environments in the cloud
  • Use Visual Studio Code or a browser-based editor
  • Full extension marketplace, with Intellicode and Live Share built-in

Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Farmbeats – Democratizing AI for farmers around the world

SQL Server 2019 Generally Available!

Azure SQL costing between Azure and AWS

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Azure analytics is 14x faster & costs 94% less than other cloud providers

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Meeting Jeffrey Snover & Jason Helmick

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Session: Azure Governance and Management

Speaker:- Orin Thomas

Discussing Governance and Management Tools within Azure, including Azure Policies and Role-based Access Control (RBAC)

Azure Resource Graph – Get visibility into your resources from effective inventory management

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Querying using Azure Graph resource within Azure Portal, build queries and essential graphs from there

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Azure Resource Locks

  • All resources within that scope inherit from the same Lock
  • 2 available lock settings:-
    • CanNotDelete means authorised users can still read and modify the resource but can’t delete the resource
    • ReadOnly means authorised users can view a resource, but they can’t delete or update the resource

Azure Policies – create and configure your own policies for various compliance’s

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Numerous Policy Samples from Microsoft

Azure Policies Remediation Tasks

Azure Resouce Tagging, have a look at my blog for some further info:- https://thomasthornton.cloud/2019/02/04/azure-resource-tags/

Azure Blueprints:- Enabling quick, repeatable creation of fully governed environments

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Azure Blueprints for PCI standards

Wow – the end of a completely thrilling and exciting day! Between sessions I was floating between various Microsoft areas along with the vendor floor – some cool swag to be had.

Thanks for reading, roll on day 2!

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