Azure Stack HCI delivers world-class hyperconverged infrastructure
As a new normal has been defined by a worldwide pandemic and economic changes this year, businesses have sought new ways to optimize the delivery of their goods and services and better IT cost efficiency in an increasingly remote work environment. The technology that lays the foundation for remote work, hyperconverged infrastructure, has long been an ideal way for organizations to deliver key workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), IT for remote offices and branch offices (ROBO) and for companies to drive datacenter modernization. Azure Stack HCI delivers on these customer needs with the innovation of Azure integration. With our cloud-native approach, our goal is to help customers realize higher value HCI through quick deployment and integration that leverages familiar management and tools with flexible Azure subscription pricing.
Microsoft introduces steps to improve internet routing security
Routing security is vital to the future and stability of the Internet and Microsoft has long been committed to improving internet routing security. Back in 2019, Microsoft joined the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative to address the challenges related to routing security, which impacts businesses and consumers daily. We implemented the existing MANRS framework in our operations and partnered with Internet Society, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and other organizations to examine how actors beyond network operators and internet exchange points (IXPs) can effectively contribute to routing security.
On December 9th we announced the steps Microsoft will take to implement the new actions defined by the MANRS Cloud and CDN program.
Microsoft’s 2020 Diversity & Inclusion report: A commitment to accelerate progress amidst global change
This year’s report focuses on three core areas in addition to the data: the ways that diversity and inclusion is integrated into our employee pandemic response, our commitments to addressing racial injustice, and our investment in the Allyship at Microsoft learning path. The report also includes:
- For the first time, our data on the number of employees in the U.S. who self-identify as having a disability;
- An expanded look at our global equal pay data including 10 of the largest markets outside of the U.S.;
- A closer look at our Inclusion Index and the various ways we receive insights on how employees experience our efforts to strengthen our culture of inclusion; and
- A more global mix of employee voices and experiences across a range of communities, identities, and geographies.
The broadest range of cloud innovation across US Government data classifications
On December 7th, we announced the expansion of our mission-critical cloud for US Government with new capabilities in Azure Government, the expansion of Azure Government Secret, and the announcement of a new cloud to serve customers with Top Secret classified data—Azure Government Top Secret.
Azure Modular Datacenter – Mission resiliency for the field
Defense and national security missions often occur away from headquarters and in the field, where things happen quickly and rapid decision making can translate to success or failure.
With Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC), Microsoft has brought key aspects of the Azure cloud to the edge, ready to deliver enterprise-class compute, storage, and Azure services wherever the mission needs them.