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July 8, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – AWS App2Container, Azure Firewall Manager, Microsoft Blob Storage and Google Cloud VMware Engine

Kevin Paiva

Each week, we highlight the latest cloud provider news from the industry’s top providers. This week, Amazon announces AWS App2Container, Microsoft brings centralized management to Azure Firewall, Microsoft increases blob storage capacity limits, and Google Cloud VMware Engine is now generally available.

  • Amazon announced AWS App2Container, a new command-line tool for converting .NET and Java apps into containerized applications. It analyzes and builds an inventory of all apps running in virtual machines, on-premises or in the cloud. Customers can choose an application and A2C will package the application artifacts and run-time dependencies into container images, configure the network ports, and generate the ECS task and Kubernetes pod definitions. This tool allows customers to easily migrate the less complex aspects of containerization, leaving more time to focus on the more complex areas of migration. Learn more here.
  • Microsoft has developed a centralized management interface for Azure Firewall, which provides a single tool to manage all security policies for local and regional firewall deployments. This provides a “single pane of glass” view of all Azure Firewall deployments within a subscription, giving organizations one place to manage security policies for their Azure environments. Customers can now ensure that the same security policies are in place across all Azure Firewall deployments, and this is especially important for those with large (firewall) deployments. Learn more here.
  • Microsoft has announced increases to its block blob storage capacity limits – from 5TB to 200TB. This increase provides the capability for VMs or other storage mechanisms to consume significantly more data than was previously possible. This is important to customers because there are many compute workloads than require much more than 5 TB of storage in a single block blob. This new capacity limit empowers IT teams by supporting workloads that previously could not be migrated to the cloud, giving them more time to focus on strategic initiatives. Find out more here.
  • Google Cloud VMware Engine is now available, which allows customers to create and manage dedicated VMware environments on Google Cloud, and manage other services through a single Google Cloud interface. Organizations can migrate existing VMware-based applications to Google Cloud without refactoring or rewriting them. This offering also delivers a fully managed hybrid cloud foundation including vSphere, NSX-T networking and HCX. Get more details here.

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About Kevin Paiva

Kevin is a Principal Systems Engineer for Navisite Professional Services, helping customers drive innovation and efficiency through migration and management of on-premises, hosted, cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT, with deep expertise in Microsoft-based technologies, virtualization platforms and cloud computing. Before joining Navisite, Kevin held senior systems engineer roles for a variety of organizations and was a technical team manager at a global e-commerce company, overseeing the infrastructure team of systems and network engineers managing SaaS-based applications. Kevin is a VMware Certified Professional in vSphere 6.5 and holds a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.