Azure This Week

Azure WAF upgrades and extended support for Windows and SQL Server

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Brian Roehm joins us again this week to update you on all the Azure news. There are new upgrades to Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF), with the addition of Managed Default Rule Set 2.0 and general availability of the next generation WAF engine on Azure Application Gateway. Extended support is being rolled out for Windows Server or SQL Server, and new voices and emotions have been added to Azure Neural Text to Speech (Azure Neural TTS).

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0:25 Announcing new investments to help accelerate your move to Azure
1:41 Intelligent application protection from edge to cloud with Azure WAF
2:52 New voices and emotions for Azure Neural Text to Speech

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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!

Hey, what's up Gurus. Welcome to Azure This  Week. I'm Brian Roehm and I'll be taking you   through what's been happening in the world of  Azure. In this episode, we'll talk about some   new investments to help you migrate to Azure. Get  a WAF of some new threat application protection.   Eh, see what I did there? And check in on some  cool new upgrades to Azure text to speech.   If you're on Windows Server or a SQL  Server and looking to move to the cloud,   I have some good news for you. Microsoft is giving  you an additional three years beyond the initial  

10 granted by Microsoft support. Azure is offering  free extended security updates for both SQL Server   2012 and Windows Server 2012. They are also  offering savings of up to 85% when compared to   other cloud services through Azure Hybrid Benefit.  If you do find yourself running Windows or   SQL Server, keep in mind the end of support is  July 12th, 2022 and October 10th, 2023. So make   sure that you follow up on the extended support  offer if you're not ready yet to move fully to   the cloud. While you're there, you should look  in at some of the other hybrid offerings to  

make sure that you are taking advantage of all  of the savings, both in time and resources.   Keen to start your cloud journey? We've just  launched a limited time offer on all our Personal   Annual Plans, saving you 40%. These plans give  you access to great course features like hands-on   labs and practice exams, making it easier to  kickstart your cloud career. If you're interested,   click the link in the description, but  be quick. This one won't last long.   Security has definitely been at the forefront  of cloud conversations. Cyberattacks are  

becoming more common and advanced. This is  definitely a high priority for Microsoft.   This week, Microsoft has announced upgrades to  Azure WAF or Web Application Firewall. They have   recently added Managed Default Rule Set 2.0.  This rule set integrates with Azure Front Door   Premium and includes proprietary rules authored by  Microsoft Threat Intelligence. It also will help   reduce false positives with anomaly scoring  and allows API security to support XML and   JSON content types. It's not just the rule sets  however, Microsoft has also announced general  

availability of the next generation WAF engine on  Azure Application Gateway. This new engine will   offer increased performance and scale, as well as  offer increased protection against DDoS attacks.   You can also access new analytics capabilities  through Azure Monitor metrics, and don't forget to   utilize Microsoft Sentinel integration to analyze,  detect threats, and automate incidence response.   This is only a few of the updates that Microsoft  has announced for its Web Application Firewall,   and you definitely should head on over  to Azure and check out what's new.   Last up, we're gonna discuss some new voices  and emotions that you can take advantage of   with Azure text to speech. "I can't sleep since I'm  

too excited for tomorrow." Yep. That's Jane. And as you can tell,   she's pretty excited about this section. That  sample is one of the new emotions that you   can take advantage of. In addition to excited,  hopeful, friendly, unfriendly, and terrified,   you can also leverage updates that will allow you  to project speech in new ways, such as shouting or   whispering. Customers can leverage these updates  to keep content reading fresh and exciting,   and also more accurately convey the  intended message and emotion of the speaker.  

Whether from a presentation, voice  assistance, chat bots, or general reading.   As always, there is a lot going on in the world  of Azure, but unfortunately that's all the time   we have for this Azure This Week. Sad to  say goodbye, but I do have some good news.   We'll be back next week to hear all the  new updates going on in the world of Azure.   It will definitely be a show that you don't wanna  miss. Until then keep being awesome Gurus.

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