Ignite 2021 Summary

Attending Ignite 2021, I have blogged a brief overview of the sessions I attended; recommend to watch and notable announcements

With this version of Ignite being the second-part of the usual Microsoft Ignite conference and also being online was an interesting concept as quite a number of sessions were pre-recorded and available already within your Ignite backpack

Sessions Attended

Join us for a one-of-a-kind keynote featuring Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Mixed Reality Technical Fellow Alex Kipman and get a front row seat to Microsoft’s vision for the future of Mixed Reality, made possible by the Microsoft cloud.

We think of 2020 as the year many of us worked from home. In fact, it’s the year that work moved to the cloud. Flexible work is here to stay. Join Jared Spataro to learn how we’re empowering people to work from home, on the go, and at the office.

Learn how to reduce complexity and defend your organization against business risk with innovations in security, compliance, identity, and management.

Innovation hinges on our ability to see the world differently. Join Mitra Azizirad, CVP AI & Innovation to learn how Microsoft approaches innovation, experience some of the projects pushing the limits of science and engineering, and find out how these innovations will empower you to transform your business or even the world around us.

Microsoft delivers the world’s most comprehensive developer toolkit and application platform to support every developer in their journey to build amazing cloud apps with Azure. This session covers modern app development best practices for Code-to-Cloud with Visual Studio, GitHub, and Azure, including Azure Communication Services, Azure Kubernetes Service and more.

Join Rick and Mark in a conversation discussing Azure innovation, cloud native programming models, and other exciting technology.

During this session we will briefly explain our Open Source Strategy and how we translated that into innovative use cases.

Organizations are looking to cloud infrastructure to scale up and down with demand, optimize costs, ensure reliable, and secure business continuity. Join Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President of Azure Compute, to learn how our latest innovations in Azure compute, storage, and networking can help you unlock more business value by achieving these goals. In this session we will demo new product capabilities and share real-world examples.

Join Scott Guthrie, EVP, Cloud + AI Group, and Merrie Williamson, VP, Azure Apps and Infrastructure for a Q&A on the breadth and depth of the Microsoft Cloud. You won’t want to miss it.

Today, all organizations are on a journey to become digital organizations and, in the process, achieve greater agility and resiliency to navigate the future. Join Judson Althoff, EVP of Worldwide Commercial Business, in conversation with five IT decision makers from industry-leading companies as they unpack their digital journey, explore the case for change in their organization and the digital solutions that are enabling better business outcomes.

Join Azure Migration engineering lead, Abhishek Hemrajani, for a hands-on tour of the latest updates in Azure Migrate and walkthrough of new experiences for discovering, assessing and matching your SQL Server databases to the right Azure services. Azure Migrate is now a unified environment to discover and assess your servers, databases and Web apps, and migrate them to Azure. This is an Ignite exclusive show from Microsoft Mechanics.

Notable takeaways & new features/additions to look at from the above sessions and other areas I was looking at within Microsoft Ignite

Azure Percept – Azure Percept is a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform with added security for creating edge AI solutions.

Azure Sentinel – What’s New in Azure Sentinel            

Azure Purview – Azure Purview is a unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data

Azure ARC Enabled for Kubernetes – With Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes, you can attach and configure Kubernetes clusters located either inside or outside Azure

Innovate across hybrid and multicloud with new Azure Arc capabilities

Azure Automanage – Simplify and optimize IT management with automated operations

Rebootless security patching – https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/4e9caffe-f185-421f-b4ae-088907457b46?source=schedule

Azure Backup now also offers archive support for Azure VMs and SQL server running on Azure VMs via PowerShell in limited preview. Users of this feature can save by storing backups in lower-cost archive storage tiers.

On-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines will be available in preview in April. On-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines enable customers to access virtual machines (VMs) in advance with service-level agreement (SLA) guarantees. This is particularly important to organizations that want to ensure high levels of availability when running business-critical applications on Azure.

Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode is now available in preview. Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets help customers simplify the deployment, management and scalability of their applications while increasing high availability. Customers may now change VM sizes without redeploying their scale set, resulting in greater operational agility. Customers will also be able to mix Spot Virtual Machines and pay-as-you-go VMs within the same scale set to optimize costs

Azure Route Server – Overview of Azure Route Server

Azure Firewall Premium has been upgraded with next-generation firewall, now available in preview, which provides enhanced security with intrusion, detection and prevention system capabilities​ required for highly sensitive and regulated environments.

Announcing Azure Synapse Pathway: Turbocharge your data warehouse migration

Containerize and migrate applications to AKS with the Azure Migrate’s new App Containerization tool

Limited preview: Azure Backup now supports archive tier for backup of Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server in Azure VMs

4 ways Microsoft is delivering security for all in a Zero Trust world

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