Microsoft Antimalware for Azure services available for free
The solution is built on the same antimalware platform as Microsoft Security Essentials [MSE], MicrosoftForefront Endpoint Protection, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection and Windows Defender for Windows 8.0 and higher. Microsoft Antimalware for Azure is a single-agent solution for applications and tenant environments, designed to run in the background without human intervention. You can deploy protection based on the needs of your application workloads, with either basic secure-by-default or advanced custom configuration, including antimalware monitoring. When you deploy and enable Microsoft Antimalware for Azure for your applications, the following core
features are available:
Real-time protection – monitors activity in Cloud Services and on Virtual Machines to detect and block malware execution.
Scheduled scanning – periodically performs targeted scanning to detect malware, including actively running programs.
Malware remediation – automatically takes action on detected malware, such as deleting or quarantining malicious files and cleaning up malicious registry entries.
Signature updates – automatically installs the latest protection signatures (virus definitions) to ensure protection is up-to-date on a pre-determined frequency.
Antimalware Engine updates – automatically updates the Microsoft Antimalware engine.
Antimalware Platform updates – automatically updates the Microsoft Antimalware platform.
Active protection – reports telemetry metadata about detected threats and suspicious resources to Microsoft Azure to ensure rapid response to the evolving threat landscape, as well as enabling real-time synchronous signature delivery through the Microsoft Active Protection System (MAPS).
Samples reporting – provides and reports samples to the Microsoft Antimalware service to help refine the service and enable troubleshooting.
Exclusions – allows application and service administrators to configure certain files, processes, and drives to exclude them from protection and scanning for performance and/or other reasons.
Antimalware event collection – records the antimalware service health, suspicious activities, and remediation actions taken in the operating system event log and collects them into the customer’s Azure Storage account.
Microsoft Antimalware in Azure workflow – enable, configure, and monitor
How to enable and configure Microsoft Antimalware for Azure virtual machines?
There are multiple ways to do this, in this section I’m will let you know how to enable it using Azure management portal while provisioning a virtual machine.
- logon to Azure management portal at https://manage.windowsazure.com
- To create a new virtual machine, click New, Compute, Virtual Machine, From Gallery, as shown below.
- Select the Microsoft Windows Server image on the choose an image page.
- Click the right arrow and input the Virtual Machine configuration.
- Check the Microsoft Antimalware checkbox under Security Extensions on the Virtual Machine configuration page.
- Click the Submit button to enable and configure Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Virtual Machines with the default configuration settings.
Amazon workspaces brings desktop computing to cloud
Amazon WorkSpaces product gives Enterprise IT the power to meet this challenge head-on. You can now have a provision of desktop computing experience in the cloud for your users. Your users can access the applications, documents, and intranet resources that they need to get their job done, all from the comfort of their desktop computer, laptop, iPad, or Android tablet.
WorkSpaces Feature Set
Amazon WorkSpaces provides, as I have already mentioned, a desktop computing experience in the cloud. It is easy to provision and maintain, and can be accessed from a wide variety of client devices.
Each WorkSpaces user can install the client application on the device of their choice. After a quick download, they have access to a complete Windows 7 experience in the cloud, with persistent storage, bundled utilities and productivity applications, and access to files and other resources on the corporate intranet.
The IT professional chooses to supply each user with a given WorkSpaces Bundle. There are four standard bundles. Here are the hardware specifications for each one:
- Standard – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage.
- Standard Plus – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage.
- Performance – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage.
- Performance Plus – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage.
All of the bundles include Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, 7-Zip, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), and other utilities. The Standard and Performance Plus bundles also include Microsoft Office Professional and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services. The bundles can be augmented and customized by the IT professional in order to meet the needs of specific users.
Each user has access to between 50 and 100 GB of persistent AWS storage from their WorkSpace (the precise amount depends on the bundle that was chosen for the user). The persistent storage is backed up to Amazon S3 on a regular basis, where it is stored with 99.99999999% durability and 99.99% availability over the course of a year.
Pricing is on a per-user, per-month basis, as follows:
- Standard – $35 / user / month.
- Standard Plus – $50 / user / month.
- Performance – $60 / month.
- Performance Plus – $75 / user / month.
Alibaba group acquires Kanbox to expand cloud services
Alibaba group has announced plans to acquire Kanbox to expand it’s product range to consumer cloud services. Alibaba is one of the major Chinese e-commerce giant. Alibaba is also directly competing with rivals Tencent and Baidu in terms of storage space, as it is offering up to 10TB worth of free cloud storage.
Users get up to 10TB worth of free cloud storage on Kanbox once they link their Laiwang account to their Kanbox account. Laiwang is Alibaba’s chat app, which the company has been pushing hard to promote in the crowded field of social networking and messaging services.
Kanbox is complementary to Alibaba’s existing online shopping services.