Azure This Week

Azure Site Recovery Updates & IoT Central Made Easy

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David Tucker joins us in his first Azure This Week to discuss all the latest Azure news and updates! Azure IoT Central is making it easier for developers with the launch of a new GitHub repository full of useful resources. You’ve also got some time back, with an Azure Site Recovery update extending recovery point timing from 72 hours to 15 days. And finally, Microsoft has added a new Azure Kubernetes Service capability, allowing you to backup and restore app data within persistent volume backup!

0:00 Introduction
0:49 Azure IoT Central updates
2:01 Azure Site Recovery updates
3:03 AKS cluster persistent volume backups


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Developer Resources for IoT Central
https://github.com/Azure/iot-central
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-central/core/concepts-faq-start-iot-central

Azure Site Recovery Updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/retain-recovery-now-points-up-to-15-days-with-azure-site-recovery/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-site-recovery-update-rollup-60-is-now-generally-available-january-2022/

AKS cluster persistent volume backup
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/akspvbackupprivatepreview/

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Azure This Week is your weekly news roundup for all things Azure. Join our expert hosts as they cover everything you need to know about the past week’s developments, keeping it short, fun and informative. Whether you’re just beginning your cloud journey, or you know your stuff, there’s something for everyone!

I surveyed 100 people to see what they wanted  most in 2022. And the top two answers were more   resources to get started with IoT and more ways  to back up their data. Now, this was followed   by an end of the pandemic and world peace.  Unfortunately, we won't get to tackle those   last two in this episode, but ya better believe  we're gonna knock the first two out of the park.   But wait, you might be saying, who is this guy?  Well, my name is David Tucker and I was the   host of Cloud Tracker for Pluralsight. And now  that Pluralsight and ACG are coming together,  

you'll be seeing me here periodically giving you  the Azure updates you crave. But don't worry,   Lars will be back next week. Oh and while you’re  here, if you want to keep up to date with this   Azure news, hit the subscribe button below. On to the news. Microsoft has made a big push this week in the  overall developer experience for IoT Central.   First up Microsoft had launched a new GitHub  repository cataloging resources that can help   you get started with your IoT Central  solution. This repository can be your  

bookmark for getting access to code samples in  a variety of languages, architectural guidance,   sample applications that leverage the IoT  Central APIs, and helpful utilities like   the Azure IoT CLI extension. Now you can grab a  link to this repository in the description. Now,   in addition to this, Microsoft has also provided  additional resources in the documentation to   help people get started with IoT Central. If you  have a connected device solution on the horizon,   these resources should make  getting started a little bit   easier. Next are you keen to start your cloud  journey? If you scan the QR code on the screen,   or click the link in the description, you can  get 40% off all of our personal annual plans.   This will give you access to all of our  courses and great features like Hands-on Labs   and practice exams, making it easier to kickstart  your cloud career. You've got until March 11th.

Next up, do you remember that time you left a  perfectly functioning datacenter to head off   on a week-long vacation to Tahiti only to come  back and discover that ransomware has effectively   taken down your painstakingly curated collection  of cat videos? Really it's happened to all of   us at some point. Thankfully, Azure Site Recovery  is now able to solve this problem for you as they   have extended the time you can hold onto recovery  points from 72 hours to 15 days. That means you   can sip a few more drinks on the beach without  having to worry about needed recovery points,   sailing away beyond the horizon. In addition,  Azure Site Recovery's recent updates include a   lot of additional goodies, including additional  replication options, expanded Linux support,   and the ability to leverage zone-redundant  storage discs when replicating Azure VMs.   If you play a critical role in planning  your organization's disaster recovery plans,   you'll want to review these features to see how  you can take advantage of these new capabilities.

Finally, I've got some good news and some bad  news. The good news is that Microsoft is making   it easier to leverage persistent volumes in  your Azure Kubernetes Service workloads, with   AKS persistent volume backup. With this new AKS  capability, you can backup and restore application   data stored in a persistent volume. Now you might  be saying, that's great news. How can there be a   bad side to this? Well, the bad news is that  this is only available in a private preview.   So you'll have to request entry into the preview.  However, if you look on the bright side, I don't  

expect it to be too long before this ends up in a  public preview so that everyone can try this out.   Whatever your hopes and dreams are for 2022,  I hope that these Azure updates get you   a step closer. If you have any comments or  questions at all, let us know in the comments!  Seek and you shall cloud. See you next  week and keep being awesome Cloud Gurus.

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