High-Performance Clouds Take Flight at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Microsoft Ignite 2017 was all about speed and performance in the cloud. And A10 was in the driver’s seat.

The industry was abuzz about Microsoft’s news that it could achieve 30 Gbps of performance on a virtual machine (VM) in Azure clouds. That’s literally the fastest VM in public cloud on the planet. Yes, the planet Earth.

It was part of Microsoft’s key Ignite launch, during which the tech giant and A10 partner introduced those 30 Gbps-reaching VMs with Accelerated Networking (Accel-Net) to deliver high throughput and low latency in the cloud.

And A10 became the first partner to demonstrate this high-performance capability with A10 vThunder virtual appliances in Azure Accelerated Networking – a capability we showcased when A10 joined Microsoft for an on-stage demo during Ignite.

“We’ve been working with our partners to deliver performant network virtual appliances with fast packet processing using Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) technology that provides direct access to network hardware. As announced in our Ignite session, we’ve been working with A10 to bring up their appliance in a production environment in Azure using Accelerated Networking and DPDK in D series VMs and they are seeing 30Gbps line rate with their vThunder appliance!” Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure Networking, wrote in a blog post.

The goal of the partnership is to give customers the very best performance when they migrate workloads to the public cloud. A10 vThunder on Azure can deliver 10x more performance and reduced latency, A10 CTO Raj Jalan said in Khalidi’s blog post.

A10 vThunder is now available in Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace as an hourly rental and Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL).

A10 will work closely with our customers who are interested in building high-performance solutions, either on-premise, in Azure or in other environments. vThunder instances help accelerate applications and security services in traditional and hybrid cloud deployments, and it can run on multiple hypervisors, including HyperV, KVM and VMware.

Other Key Cloud Takeaways from Ignite

Azure was a key topic throughout all of Microsoft Ignite. Here are some other cloudy topics from Ignite:

  • Microsoft announced that Azure Cost Management services, tools that help companies keep a handle on cloud spend, will be free for customers and partners through June 2018.
  • Microsoft announced Azure Machine Learning Experimentation, a service for AI developers and data scientists to build machine learning models.
  • Microsoft unveiled migration services that enable companies to move on-premise SQL Server databases to cloud-based Azure SQL databases

What were some of your biggest cloud takeaways from Microsoft Ignite? Let us know in the comments.