Well Microsoft Ignite 2020 is over and while our step counters may not have captured as many steps as last year... it doesn't mean that there wasn't a plethora of Azure news shared. Here are the headlines we are covering this week: The IT Professional's role in the Responsible use of AI, Azure Automanage for VMs, Move resources to another region with Azure Resource Mover, New Windows Virtual Desktop Capabilities, Hybrid Cloud announcements surrounding Azure Arc and Azure Stack as well as the Microsoft Learn module of the week.
The IT Professional’s Role in the Responsible use of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence, like Operations, is in everything these days. From the way we work - to the way we go about our daily lives - AI enables us to make quicker, smarter decisions on what our next steps should be. But that also raises the question of ethics and more specifically the ethical use and management of AI.
An example of responsible AI utilization came in the form of the newly announced spatial analysis capability in the Computer Vision Azure Cognitive Service. Its advanced AI models aggregate insights from multiple cameras to count the number of people in the room, measure the distance between individuals, and monitor wait and dwell times. Organizations can now apply this technology to use their space in a safe, optimal way.
I also had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Microsoft Ethics & Society team to discuss the IT Professional's role in responsible adoption of Artificial Intelligence as well as share the corresponding resources made available.
Azure Automanage for virtual machines
Newly announced service, Azure Automanage reduces the OpEx burden for VMs further by automating day-to-day operational requirements in areas such as security, anti-malware, compliance, disaster recovery, etc. Through its virtual machine best practices capability, select services are discovered, onboarded, and configured across the entire lifecycle of both dev/test and production VMs. You can add VMs individually or do so at scale safe in the knowledge that if your VMs deviate from best practices, Azure Automanage will detect and automatically correct it.
Azure Resource Mover: Move resources across regions from resource groups
Resource Mover helps you to move Azure resources between Azure regions. You might move resources to different Azure regions to: Align to a region launch, Align for services/features, Respond to business developments, Align for proximity, Meet data requirements, Respond to deployment requirements, and Respond to decommissioning.
New Windows Virtual Desktop Capabilities Announced
To help customers continue to accelerate this move to secure remote work with Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft has announced several new capabilities that make it even easier to deploy, secure, and scale your virtual desktop deployments. These new capabilities will be available in public preview by the end of the calendar year 2020. These capabilities include:
- Microsoft Endpoint Manager support for Windows 10 multisession will provide IT admins with the ability to manage and secure virtual desktops the same way as physical devices.
- New integration with Azure Monitor, providing customers with a workbook that captures all the relevant monitoring insights and provides rich visualizations to identify and troubleshoot issues quickly. This is an important consideration for customers looking to monitor and troubleshoot easily while deploying virtual desktops at scale.
- The ability to add application layers from the Azure portal, helping customers onboard applications quickly — with a few clicks, you can now deploy and publish applications for your employees.
MS Learn Module of the Week
This Microsoft Learn module provides an introductory overview of various hybrid-cloud technologies and how you can connect an on-premises environment to Azure in a way that works best for your organization.
Let us know in the comments below if there are any news items you would like to see covered in next week show. Az Update streams live every Friday so be sure to catch the next episode and join us in the live chat.