Microsoft recently released an update to its Azure Cloud platform which brings some performance improvements and new features like public preview version of Azure Key Vault, G-Series and the Docker Image.
The Azure Key Vault formerly known as Microsoft’s Azure RMS bring-your-own-key makes the cloud safer and provides a secure Hardware Security Module to manage the cryptographic keys in your cloud applications. Furthermore, Azure Key Vault protects your passwords and gives you a more secure encryption of SQL Server databases in Azure Virtual Machines.
Azure G-Series released in this latest update is the most robust Virtual Machines service of Azure perfectly suitable to handle big cloud applications like NoSQL databases, MySQL and SQL Server etc.
As published in the official Azure blog, G-series offers up to 32 vCPUs using the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family, 448GB of memory, and 6.59 TB of local Solid State Drive (SSD) space.
The latest update shows the general availability status for G Series, but it is available just for the West US region for now.
Dockers added in Azure is an open source engine deploys your cloud applications automatically. Back in October 2014, Azure made several announcements about adding Dockers Technology as the main part of its cloud applications. Azure now is integrated with Docker container technology along with a fully integrated Docker engine on an Ubuntu image. Earlier the Azure users need to install the Docker Azure extension to select a Docker gallery item and provision it on Azure Ubuntu VM, but this new integration simplifies provisioning a Docker engine VM on Azure. Users just need to give their SSH and other credentials to VM and they are done.
Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management Azure posted in his official blogpost,
“Users will continue to have the flexibility to use our extension model to inject a Docker engine into all supported Linux VMs.
Check out more details here and enjoy the safer, faster and bigger Azure Cloud platform.