Microsoft unveils AI-focused Azure Data Box

Microsoft Azure gets new tools for edge computing and machine learning

Microsoft Azure gets new tools for edge computing and machine learning

"Nearly all data loss starts with compromised passwords, and so today we are declaring an end to the era of passwords", Rob Lefferts, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Security wrote in a blog post.

An IoT Edge computing platform is also provided by Data Box Edge, "which lets you deploy Azure services and custom code and applications to the edge". At one point known as "Windows 10 Enterprise for Remote Sessions", and more recently "Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops", this new Windows edition was first noticed by Windows 10 Redstone 5 testers weeks ago.

Also new is the Azure Data Box Edge, which is now also in preview.

The new features include tools to automate the process of building a machine learning model, by helping to identify the most efficient algorithms to make a prediction and optimize the performance of the trained model. "They are committed to creating a trusted customer experience across all brick-and-mortar locations which is a key scenario as we look to drive forward IoT solutions", said Paul Maher, general manager of Industry Experience at Microsoft. Software developers with applications in the Azure Marketplace also can support the Windows Virtual Desktop service.

Other benefits of using Microsoft's native virtualisation platform are free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for those using the legacy platform and the ability to virtualise both desktop and apps, depending on what your needs are at that time.

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The Windows Virtual Desktop service can be provided as an entire desktop experience or for delivering only specific apps, Microsoft said. The first is customized microcontroller units (MCUs) for IoT devices, which are authenticated using certificates encoded in on-board chips.

Reportedly, the Windows Virtual Desktop would be offering a multi-user support that would allow several users to simultaneously log into a Windows 10 virtual machine remotely.

Azure Sphere-certified development kits are now available. "Working together, these solutions streamline large-scale data migration to the cloud and help customers accelerate their Azure investments". In addition, the company is addressing the need for extra-large offline data transfers by introducing the 1PB Azure Data Box Heavy, which is also in preview.

Just recently, Microsoft's cloud-based machine learning models detected - with only 200 discrete targets - a stealthy and highly targeted attack aimed at small businesses across the United States.

The Microsoft Authenticator app will support password-less logins for hundreds of thousands of Azure Active Directory-connected apps on its clout platform. After signing up for the service, which will be released as a preview later this year, you can use an Azure subscription to get started right away.

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