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Mar 28, 2017 10:20 AM EDT

New Microsoft Azure Update Focuses On VM Backups And High-Precision Botnet Detection & Response


Microsoft Azure has another big news for its cloud customers, and this time it's all about another major cloud update. The newly announced update will help cloud customers secure their Azure resources and also ensure the good condition of their virtual machine backups. The company made the huge announcement this week.

As mentioned earlier by the IT-focused site eWeek, which got the full details of the story, the new feature will check for VMs configuration for issues that can adversely affect backup and even provides recommendations for corrective measures to ensure the safety and good condition of the customers' VM backups.

The Backup Pre-Checks runs during scheduled backups and will alert Azure customers about possible issues related to their VMs. It issues a warning if detected something wrong in the customers' current VM configuration, such as an outdated VM Agent that can lead to system failures. The system will even notify customers if the issues can cause system failures, along with some recommendations for avoiding such system failure.

Other newly released Azure updates include the general availability of Geographic Routing, a feature in Azure Traffic Manager that allows businesses and organizations with global user bases to customize their content based on the geographic location of their customers or users. Then, there's a public preview of a new feature in Azure Active Directory B2C that offers Azure cloud customers more granular access token management capabilities, the eWeek reported.

In addition to the Geographic Routing, the software giant has also added some security enhancement to its Azure Security Center, which primarily designed to monitor the current security of Azure resources and respond to cyber attacks. In keeping with its strong commitment to the Enterprise IT market, the Redmond-based software company has decided to beef up its artificial intelligence chops to better protect Azure cloud resources. The company now employs a machine learning technology for high-precision Botnet detection based on analysis of DNS query logs from Azure virtual machines (VMs). Microsoft claims that the newly updated Azure Security Center can now analyze domain name system query logs with a 95 percent level of precision. Additionally, it can also detect Botnets before they are detected or reported by antimalware applications. For more about Azure Security Center, check out Microsoft Azure website.

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