Azure This Week

Biggest DDoS Attack Ever & Quantum Computing

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In Azure news this week, Lars Klint is back in the saddle. He takes a look at the new report of DDoS attacks in 2021, with a huge 3.47 Tbps in November – possibly one of the biggest in history – and Microsoft’s DDoS mitigation of them. Azure also goes to space, with NASA turning to Azure Quantum to help optimize their communications. And finally, the Landing Zone accelerator has been launched for Azure Arc-enabled servers!

0:00 Introduction
0:36 Biggest DDoS Attack Ever?
2:46 Azure Quantum and NASA
4:45 Landing Zone Accelerator for Azure Arc Servers


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Microsoft mitigated a 3.47 Tbps attack, and two more attacks above 2.5 Tbps
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-ddos-protection-2021-q3-and-q4-ddos-attack-trends/

Microsoft partners with NASA to take quantum computing into space
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/quantum/2022/01/27/nasas-jpl-uses-microsofts-azure-quantum-to-manage-communication-with-space-missions/

Microsoft launches landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/blog/microsoft-launches-landing-zone-accelerator-for-azure-arcenabled-servers/

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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!

I'm back. How good were James and Wayne though?  Yeah, I know. So thanks fellow Azure dudes for   championing the show when I went away on a  little break. Yep. Now this week I have some   excellent stories for you as well. The  biggest DDoS attack in internet history,   Azure does space and quantum at the same time,  and Azure Arc gets a really cool update. And   now I would normally tell you an interesting tech  fact, but there's too much to get through. Sorry.

This week, Microsoft released some stats on how  they are mitigating distributed denial of service,   or DDoS, attacks. They're not only describing  how they protected Azure services, but also   how many attacks there were. And this blew  my mind. Yeah. Now we all know that internet   services experience attacks frequently and the  bigger the service, well the bigger the target,   I just didn't know it was this much. In August,  2021 there was an average of 1,955 attacks per   day, that Azure prevented or mitigated with the  highest being 4,296 on August 10. That's over   4,000 in a single day. In the second half of 2021,  there were 359,713 attacks in total. Holy Batman.  

That's like an attack now and now and now. So last  October on this show, I did tell you about a huge   DDoS attack of 2.4 Tbps. That's 300 gigabytes per  second of rubbish data being hurled at a service. Now, since then three larger attacks have been  mitigated Azure. The biggest being in November   and measuring 3.47 Tb on the DDoS-o-meter. That is  probably the biggest in DDoS and internet history,   and Azure was able to squash that one too. Now  while the numbers I impressive and quite frankly,  

hard to comprehend, I think the main message  here is that DDoS attacks are not going away   nor getting any smaller. Because they are so easy  to mount and cheap to buy, yes, you can buy a DDoS   as a service. You can. We'll only see more of  them and bigger ones. However, taking advantage   of cloud platforms like Azure means you will most  likely never have to worry about it. That is one   of the reasons I love cloud. You can get all the  details in the link in the description as well. Have you heard of Azure Open Source day? This  predominantly Linux event is free to attend and is   all online on 15th of February.  Microsoft has put together a list of  

seven reasons why you should  attend, which I have linked below. Okay. This is another favorite story from the  past week, mainly because the headline had quantum   and space in it. I make no excuses. So  "NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL,   has turned to Azure Quantum to explore ways to  communicate more efficiently with spaceclaft,   spacecraft, spacecraft exploring our solar  system and beyond." That's what Microsoft   said in a blog post. Now, JPL are using  quantum-inspired optimization algorithms  

on Azure to increase the fidelity they can  use for missions such as the Mars Rover   and the James Webb space telescope. The  quantum service on Azure is complimenting   the JPL Deep Space Network, a network of  large radio telescopes in California, Spain,   and right here in Australia. In this specific  example, Microsoft is describing how they reduce   the time needed for a scheduling optimization  from two hours to, ready for this, 16 minutes. When you're dealing with messages going to Mars,  optimizing the process time for each update or   schedule to the Rover, telescope, or whatever  you're controlling, an almost tenfold decrease   in time is huge. For those that still doubt  the value of space exploration and technology,   remember that scheduling problems are not  unique to NASA and space. These problems  

exist in most industries and they will  benefit from this advance too. Love it.   I said NAASA, is it NASA or. It's NASA isn't  it? I'm sorry. Let's say NASA. NASA. Yes. And now the plug. Is 2022 the year of  picking up cloud computing knowledge,   then check out ACG’s free plan. It gives you  access to free courses and quizzes, plus learning   paths and original series content. The entire  month of February the full course “Introduction  

to the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for  Azure” is free as well as a bunch of other   content. And you don’t need a credit card to sign  up. I’ll include links in the description below. Azure Arc lets you include your  on-premises and "other cloud" VMs,   SQL servers and Kubernetes clusters in Azure.  With Arc you can control them and monitor them   as if they were on Azure. It's one of those  key tools on Azure to facilitate an efficient   hybrid infrastructure. Now Azure Landing  Zones are the output of a multi-subscription   Azure environment that accounts for scale,  security, governance, networking, and identity.

In other words, it's a recommended approach to  get the best out of Azure in a secure and scalable   way. Putting this together with the Cloud Adoption  Framework, you get a Landing Zone Accelerator,   which can now take Arc into account. Yeah,  it's pretty cool. As Microsoft puts it, "The   Landing Zone Accelerator provides best practices,  guidance, and automated reference implementations   so that customers can get started with their  deployments quickly and easily." Now the quickly   and easily parts should be taken with a grain  of salt. As hybrid environments are not always   straightforward. But at least the Landing Zone  Accelerator will provide an initial approach  

and way forward. We got no more for you this  week. Covering huge internet attacks, quantum,   space and hybrid is no small feat though. So I  hope you enjoyed the episode. If you want more   cloud knowledge, ACG has a ton of no, no, no,  it's an actual ton cos I measured it. A ton   of cloud content on both the ACG platform and  YouTube. Check it out and consider signing up   for a free account too. We'd love to have  you join our friendly learner community.  

I'll see you in the clyde, in the  clyde? I'll see you in the clyde.   I'll see you in the cloud. Keep being awesome  Cloud Gurus. I'll see you in the clyde cloud.

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