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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from April 2021

By WatServ

April 30, 2021

Here is a list of our top cloud technology news stories from the industry.

Cloud Services (extended support) is generally available, migration tool in preview

April 5, 2021 | Gaurav Chandwani, Microsoft

Microsoft announced the general availability of Cloud Services (extended support). This is a new Azure Resource Manager (ARM)-based deployment model for Azure Cloud Services. This release provides regional resiliency and feature parity with Azure Cloud Services deployed using Azure Service Manager (ASM), as well as ARM capabilities such as role-based access and control, tags, policy, private link support and use of deployment templates.

Build secure manufacturing operations with nesting capabilities for Azure IoT Edge
April 12, 2021 | Christoph Berlin, Microsoft

This month, Microsoft announced the general availability of nesting capabilities for Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. These conform to the ANSI/ISA-95 standard for network isolation and make it easier for organizations to benefit from IoT, including Azure Defender for IoT, Azure IoT Edge security enclaves, Device Update for IoT Hub and Azure Digital Twins.

Hackers Exploit Unpatched VPNs to Install Ransomware on Industrial Targets
April 8, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

A new string of ransomware, called “Cring”, was deployed inside the corporate networks of several industrial enterprises that have unpatched Fortinet VPN devices. The hacking attacks occurred between January and March 2021 and at least one incident led to a temporary shutdown of a production site.

Alert — There’s A New Malware Out There Snatching Users’ Passwords
April 9, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

Known as “Saint Bot,” this malware was first detected in January 2021 and has since gained momentum. It uses a variety of sophisticated technologies to enable phishing attacks that deploy credential stealers and other malicious payloads. Although its capabilities aren’t extensive, the fact that Saint Bot serves as a downloader for other malware makes it a concern.

Azure adds programmatic pricing API to help you sniff out global deals
April 15, 2021 | Simon Sharwood, The Register

Microsoft has updated its Retail Rates API to provide retail pricing information in over 15 currencies. This offers a new, programmatic way for Azure customers to get pricing information without using the Azure Pricing Calculator or the Azure portal. There is a specific syntax to follow, and the output is in JSON.

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