Azure This Week

DDoS attack simulation testing & AKS scale-down mode

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Azure This Week is here, and Lars Klint is at Pluralsight HQ sharing all the Azure updates! Lars brings you the latest news on the Microsoft and Red Button collaboration for attack simulation testing, improved DevOps integrations with Static Web Apps, and some handy scaling updates for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Check out our free Intro to Networking course:

0:41 Cyberattack simulation testing with Red Button
1:56 Static Web App updates
3:31 AKS scale-down mode

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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!

From the Pluralsight global headquarters  in Salt Lake City, I am Jeremy Morgan.   Jeremy. This is Azure This Week.  It's not Linux. What you doing?   Can you? Some people, geez. Now I'm Lars Klint   and I'm indeed at Pluralsight headquarters in Salt  Lake City. And this is Azure This Week, not Linux.   I have three things for you this week, including  DDoS simulation, Static Web Application updates,   and AKS down-scaling modes, oh, and, and  a special guest too. So stay tuned.  

Several times on this show, we've talked about  cyber attacks and especially Distributed Denial   of Service attacks. Oh, well known as DDoS. Every  time we've mentioned how Azure is preventing the   vast majority to the point that you will never  notice and just go on with your life. And that's   great, of course, but what if you want to know  what happens in the case that Azure isn't up   to the job? Well, how will your app react? How  will your database perform? And how will your   integrations cope in the case of a DDoS attack?  Now, apparently Microsoft had the same question.   So this week a new collaboration with Red Button  was announced for simulating just that scenario.   This includes a fully integrated Red Button  service simulation environment with three   distinct stages. Number one, a planning session  with Red Button to map out the attack simulation.  

Step two, a controlled attack based on that  plan, which lasts three to six hours.   Number three, a summary of findings and  recommendations based on how your cloud   architecture performed. Now, you can only simulate  attacks against Azure-hosted public IP addresses,   belonging to the Azure subscription of your own,  which will be validated with Azure AD before   testing. That makes sense. You know, isn't  a platform for actually doing DDoS attacks.   Use the link in the description to get all the  details of this new collaboration as well.   One of my favorite services on Azure is Static Web  Apps. These apps require no server side rendering,  

and are usually built with JavaScript  framework, such as Angular, React, Vue,   or even Blazor. I like Blazor. There  are other ways to use 'em too.   There are other ways to use 'em too. Last  week, Wayne announced the stable URLs for   Static Web Apps. And this week, a few more  neat updates were announced for the service.   Improved DevOps integration, which means you can  choose Azure DevOps as a deployment source for   even more seamless CI/CD workflows. You can  link both GitLab and Bitbucket repositories   to Static Web Apps with a simple bit  of YAML, delicious YAML. And finally,  

you can now skip API builds. That means you can  bypass the automatic build and deploy the API   built in a previous step. So why would you do  that? I hear you ask. No, I definitely heard   you ask it. No. This is to keep the build time  minimal, if you know the API isn't changing,   for example. Small improvement, for sure,  but it can make a difference over time.   And here's the latest Pluralsight developer  advocate David Neal, with a quick message   Is 2022 the year of picking up cloud computing  knowledge? Then you should check out ACGs free   plan. You get access to free courses and quizzes  plus learning paths and original series content.  

There's even free course content. Right now you  can try Identity and Access Management for Azure,   or perhaps you'd prefer Introduction to Networking  on Azure. You don't even need a credit card to   sign up. You can just jump straight in and start.  I'll leave the links in the description.   If you've used any scaling services in the cloud,  you know that this is one of the core appeals of   cloud computing in general. Having services auto  scale to cope with increased demands for your   Nicholas Cage random face generator is paramount  for your success. Azure Kubernetes services,  

or AKS, is one of those services that lets  you scale up and down. But when you scale up,   you allocate and provision new nodes, and when  Static Web App scales down, they're deleted.   This can be an issue like if there's any  data on those nodes that you want to keep.   Now, hooray a fix is here. AKS will now let you  decide if you are deleting or just de-allocating,   also known as stopped. Stopping a node,  stops the charges for the compute,  

but any data services like storage attached  to the node are still chargeable. So   you're still paying, but you get the benefit of  much faster operation speed from cached images.   Read much more on how this works in the docs  linked in the description. That is the news for   this week. Are you gonna try out the new big red  button? There's much more useful and entertaining   technical content coming from us. So stay tuned  to both the ACG and the Pluralsight channels.  

Linux yet? Hang on. Geez.   We'll see you in the cloud. Keep being awesome  Cloud Gurus. Jeremy, you can come back now.

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