Security automation on display in 2019 RSAC Innovation Sandbox

Odds are good that the winner of this year’s RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox will be a security automation player — because almost all of the finalists for this year’s competition for “most innovative startup” highlight security automation in some form or another.

As has happened almost every year since 2005, Innovation Sandbox finalists will face a panel of judges to make their cases for why they should win the title of most innovative startup. The finalists each get three minutes to present a “quick pitch” followed by a Q&A with the judging panel on Monday afternoon. The Innovation Sandbox debuted in 2005 under the name “Innovation Station,” and continued under that name until 2007 — but the program took a break in 2008 before returning with the new name in 2009.

Long-term success is not a lock for Innovation Sandbox winners, but many past winners are notable, including Sourcefire (2005), Imperva (2006), Appthority (2012), Waratek (2015) and BigID (2018). Even being nominated may help point the way as some leading infosec names that were runners-up in recent years include Cylance, Fortanix and Silent Circle are some notable alumni of the competition.

The judging panel this year includes Asheem Chandna, partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners; Patrick Heim, operating partner and CISO at cloud storage provider ClearSky; Niloofar Razi Howe, cybersecurity entrepreneur and investor; Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder at cybersecurity vendor Cato Networks; and Richard Seiersen, author and former CISO at LendingClub, Twilio and GE Healthcare. Returning as emcee is Symantec CTO Herbert (Hugh) Thompson.

Chandna, Heim and Howe have served on the judge’s panel in previous Innovation Sandbox contests; according to an RSAC spokesperson, this is to provide consistency and integrity of the process.

“We select judges that are leaders in their field, bring a broad spectrum of expertise, and who are exceptionally well-versed in market trends, buyer needs and emerging security challenges,” the spokesperson said, adding that Kramer and Seiersen were selected as new judges to provide additional perspective.

RSAC 2019 Innovation Sandbox finalists

For most this year, the three-minute presentation will at least touch on innovative new security automation technologies. This year’s finalists, listed alphabetically, include:

Arkose Labs: Arkose Labs’ approach to fraud prevention is two-pronged, focusing on both easing the authentication process for legitimate users based on telemetry and behavioral risk assessment, while also adding enforcement challenges for suspicious login attempts. The result is that the San Francisco-based startup offers a 100% service-level agreement that guarantees automated attack remediation.

Axonius Inc.: Axonius, based in New York City, offers a cybersecurity asset management platform that consolidates information about every asset in an organization, and matches that with threat and security information that relates to those assets, in order to detect automatically whether those assets meet the organization’s security policies. Axonius’ platform enables a process of ongoing and automated security policy validation for all identifiable cybersecurity assets in the organization.

Capsule8 Inc.: Capsule8, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., brings security automation to zero-day exploit detection for Linux production environments of all types: containerized, virtualized or bare metal. The company’s platform detects — and shuts down — exploits as they happen, while protecting production infrastructure from risk of disruption from those exploits.

CloudKnox: CloudKnox, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., brings automation to managing and authenticating credentials for all types of cloud access — whether initiated by humans or processes. The CloudKnox Security Platform is touted as a non-intrusive, automated mechanism for responding to accidental or malicious misuse of credentials through a continuous detection and mitigation process.

DisruptOps Inc.: Based in Kansas City, Mo., DisruptOps brings security automation to cloud management. DisruptOps’ Security Operations Platform monitors and controls cloud infrastructure automatically, with the goal of maintaining consistent and secure cloud configurations that comply with customer policy “guardrails.”

Duality Technologies: Duality Technologies, based in Newark, N.J., bucked the security automation trend this year with its SecurePlus platform for applying analytics and AI on encrypted data — the data is encrypted end-to-end with quantum-resistant, homomorphic encryption. SecurePlus enables secure processing of encrypted data, without risk of exposing the data.

Eclypsium Inc.: Based in Beaverton, Ore., Eclypsium focuses on security threats at the hardware and firmware levels. Nominated for its firmware protection platform, Eclypsium addresses threats to all enterprise systems, from end-user desktop and laptops to enterprise servers by scanning and categorizing potential threats in system firmware, including the firmware incorporated in system components like hard drives, networking interfaces and system controllers, and gives defenders a tool for detecting and mitigating firmware threats.

Salt Security: Salt Security, a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., puts its “AI-powered” API Protection Platform to work continuously — and automatically — to identify, review and monitor all the APIs used in enterprise environments.

ShiftLeft Inc.: ShiftLeft brings automation to application security. The startup, based in Santa Clara, Calif., offers a line of products that aim to improve application security through a combination of improved tools for analyzing, protecting and auditing code for security issues, as well as reducing the need for human intervention when issues arise.

WireWheel Inc.: WireWheel protects privacy through its cloud-based Data Privacy & Protection Platform. The Arlington, Va., startup’s platform enables customers to do data inventory and mapping, collaboration, vendor risk management and more. The platform helps automate important privacy tasks, including providing a comprehensive workflow for privacy compliance and automating discovery of cloud assets and mapping of business processes.

Innovation Sandbox finalist selection criteria

To be considered for the Innovation Sandbox contest, a product must have been on the market for no more than one year. Beyond that, it must meet several other criteria, according to the RSAC spokesperson, including:

  • The product matches an identified problem in the information security marketplace.
  • The product takes an original and sound approach to solving a problem and has the potential to make a significant impact on information security.
  • The product is validated through a client’s beta testing or purchase of product.
  • The product can be demonstrated live and on-site during the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest.
  • The company has a management team with a track record of successfully delivering products to market.
  • The company is privately held, with less than $5 million in revenue in 2018.

This year’s contest will again be hosted in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis on Monday afternoon.

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IT pros must adapt to Azure certification path changes

Certifications are one way IT pros tout their expertise to employers, particularly in hot fields such as cloud computing. Microsoft recently shook up its Azure certification path to make it correlate to job functions in the workplace and help IT workers market themselves.

In a company blog in July 2018, Microsoft said the previous Azure certification path was too wide-ranging and covered topics such as designing and implementing cloud data platform solutions or developing Azure web services that only applied to a very narrow section of administrators. The new Microsoft Azure certification path emphasizes the cloud skills needed for specific roles in real-world scenarios.

“We want to offer and update our exams that will help people to get jobs. We want to make it clear to prospective employers who is qualified,” said Geoffrey Hirsch, senior director of Microsoft’s Learning Partner Channel, in a webinar entitled “What’s Next For Your Azure Certification Journey” with learning partner Global Knowledge.

Microsoft retired its Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert cloud platform and infrastructure certification on Dec. 31, 2018, along with its corresponding exams, 70-532 (Developing Microsoft Azure solutions), 70-533 (Implementing Azure infrastructure solutions) and 70-535 (Architecting Azure solutions). The webinar, presented along with Tom Tuttle, Global Knowledge product marketing manager, covered the new Azure certifications and how they affect people who have the retired certifications, and those who are on their way to gain Azure cloud certification.

Breaking down the Azure certification path

For IT pros with older certifications or who were on the retired certification path, Microsoft has a few options.

The revamped Azure certifications feature three levels, from fundamentals to associate to expert. IT pros must pass one optional exam to reach the fundamentals level and two for the associate level. For expert certifications, they must pass two expert-level exams or earn an associate-level certification and then pass one expert-level exam. Lower level exams do not necessarily precede a higher level certification.

“Microsoft conducted a ton of research in terms of the skills needed in the market, and we evaluated how our prior curriculum and certification push aligned to meet market needs and demands,” Hirsch said. “One of the more immediate conclusions for us was that we needed to evolve our approach to better align with specific jobs in the market both from a training and recognition standpoint.”

The webinar detailed three new roles with their corresponding tier in the Azure certification path: Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Developer Associate and Azure Solutions Architect Expert.

  1. Azure Administrator Associate. Associates must prove expertise on managing Azure services throughout the IT lifecycle and how to work with infrastructure services, applications and environment requests. Administrators must pass the AZ-100 exam (Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment) and then the AZ-101 exam (Microsoft Azure Integration and Security) for this certification.
  2. Azure Developer Associate. IT pros need to pass AZ-203 (Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure) for this certification. Microsoft retired the AZ-200 and AZ-201 beta exams for an Azure Developer Associate certificate after receiving testers’ feedback. Exam takers need to show proficiency in developing apps and services with Azure tools and have experience developing scalable software solutions. They must also know one cloud-supported programming language.
  3. Azure Solutions Architect Experts. Experts need advanced experience in how decisions affect a system and multiple areas of IT, including security, data management and virtualization. They should be able to accomplish tasks in administration, development and DevOps. IT pros must pass AZ-300 (Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies) and then AZ-301 (Microsoft Azure Architect Design).

IT pros can take the Azure fundamentals AZ-900 exam as the first step toward associate-level and expert-level certifications. The optional exam tests IT pros on the basics of cloud concepts and Azure services, such as the differences between cloud and service models and understand best practices for security, privacy, compliance and trust.

“[With these certifications] we focused on apps and infrastructure. We’re going to be taking a much deeper dive now into data and AI. … In the future you’re going to hear more about role-based learning and certifications and our other solution areas like modern workspace and business applications,” Hirsch said.

How to upgrade to new certifications

For IT pros with older certifications or who were on the retired certification path, Microsoft has a few options.

Users who did not finish the legacy exam training should stop and switch to the new courses.

If IT pros finished the training but still needed to take the exam, they should study the new exam content and take both the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams for the Azure Administrator Associate certification.

Certificate holders have a short amount of time to take advantage of the transition exams and migrate to the new certifications.

  • Administrators who passed the 70-533 exam must take the AZ-102 exam (Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition) to get their Azure Administrator Associate certification before June 30.
  • IT pros with a 70-532 certification must pass AZ-202 (Microsoft Developer Certification Transition) before March 31 to get the Azure Developer Associate certification.
  • IT pros who passed the 70-535 exam must take the AZ-302 exam before June 30 for a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification.

The Microsoft Learn site offers three levels of role-based training to help IT workers develop their skills online or in person. Administrators can begin with foundational role-based training. Advanced role-based training helps IT master their Azure skills and prepare for certifications and advanced workload-based training goes further into Azure workloads with workshops.

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Microsoft collaborates with Telecom Egypt to extend its global cloud network to Egypt – Stories

Network collaboration will further enhance delivery of services to customers in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 27, 2019 — On Wednesday, during MWC Barcelona, Microsoft Corp. and Telecom Egypt announced their collaboration to extend Microsoft’s cloud network to Egypt. Telecom Egypt will provide low-latency connectivity into and across Egypt to help enhance performance and increase reliability for customers of Microsoft services. The partnership will increase Microsoft’s reach to the large Egyptian market in addition to improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East.

Microsoft’s global network is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. It connects Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure of more than 100 datacenters, 135 edge node locations and more than 100,000 miles of fiber and undersea cable systems to deliver Microsoft services to customers. The new point of presence in Egypt will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft’s global infrastructure to enhance the delivery of numerous services for customers. Microsoft’s network investment will increase capacity and use the latest in network optimization for the delivery of Microsoft services in Egypt.

“Through our collaboration with Telecom Egypt, we are extending Microsoft’s global network in Egypt and improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure Networking, Microsoft. “We are continuously investing to increase the size, speed, reliability and intelligence of Microsoft’s global network to help enable the digital transformation of organizations and enterprises locally and abroad.”

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Amr Talaat, minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt, said, “Our commitment to the industry comes in line with the government’s Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030. Egypt is spearheading a promising digital transformation strategy that will transform the society and the economy. We value collaboration that aims to empower local enterprises and accelerate transformation for business advancement.” The Minister also, on the occasion of this new relationship, emphasized that “Egypt is capitalizing on its unique geographic location, which makes it a hub for digital businesses and datacenter activity due to the strong presence of submarine cables passing through both the Red and Mediterranean seas.”

Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in consortiums and private international submarine cable systems. Its reach and position as an international hub with tens of terabits per second lit capacity makes it the partner of choice for content providers. Egypt’s distinctive geographic location on the Red and Mediterranean seas has enabled Telecom Egypt to connect more than 11 cable systems from the east and 13 from the west linked with the Red-Med Corridor consisting of 7 diversified highly reliable routes across Egypt.

“We are pleased to partner with Microsoft as it represents one of the first steps toward our strategic digital transformation plan,” said Adel Hamed, chief operating officer, Telecom Egypt. “Telecom Egypt’s geographical position and its digital infrastructure will enable major cloud providers such as Microsoft to enhance their reach to consumers and enterprises in Egypt as well as reach other markets.”

Khaled Abdel Kader, general manager, Microsoft Egypt said: “Microsoft is committed to providing world-class cloud services to enable and accelerate the digital transformation of organizations, businesses and people in Egypt. Our collaboration with Telecom Egypt and Microsoft’s investment in the country will further empower Egypt to achieve more through Microsoft services.”

The new enhanced network presence in Egypt will connect via Microsoft’s global network to transatlantic and trans-Arabian paths, which will improve connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East, including enhancing connectivity to the new Microsoft cloud regions in development in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

About Telecom Egypt

Telecom Egypt is the first total telecom operator in Egypt providing all telecom services to its customers including fixed and mobile voice and data services. Telecom Egypt has a long history serving Egyptian customers for over 160 years maintaining a leadership position in the Egyptian telecom market by offering its enterprise and consumer customers the most advanced technology, reliable infrastructure solutions and the widest network of submarine cables. Aside from its mobile operation “WE”, the company owns a 45% stake in Vodafone Egypt. Telecom Egypt’s shares and GDRs (Ticker: ETEL.CA; TEEG.LN) are traded on The Egyptian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Please refer to Telecom Egypt’s full financial disclosure on ir.te.eg.

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5G at MWC, here’s how this will change the way you work and live | Windows Experience Blog

Back in 1999, the first Wi-Fi-enabled laptop was introduced, and it wasn’t long before connectivity became a driving force in how the workplace evolved. Laptop sales began to overtake desktop PCs. As people realized the benefits of portability, open offices became a thing, as did laptops in conference rooms and coffee shops. And a few years later, smart phones made connectivity even more central to modern work and life.
At MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), we’re seeing a similar evolution. Announcements this week from telecoms and eSIM service enablers, demonstrate momentum toward building the infrastructure to provide the connectivity and capacity that LTE-enabled devices have been missing. These services are critical for customers to take advantage of 5G. The result is a wave of product innovation in both the consumer and corporate spaces like we haven’t seen in years.
Next Generation PCs
Over the past few months, we have seen the rise of LTE-enabled PCs that have extended battery life such as the ASUS NovaGo, HP Spectre x360 13, Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS and Samsung Galaxy Book2. These PCs marry the experience of a phone—awakening quickly, instantly connected and ready to go—with improved power availability.
Surface is also adopting this innovation with both the Surface Pro (5th Gen) and Surface GO available in LTE-enabled versions, offering our customers the perfect balance of performance, portability with additional connectivity options.
LTE-enabled PCs offer an always connected experience. You may not realize how frictionless the hunt for connectivity can be until you experience one of these PCs for yourself. No longer will you need to click on anything to connect, or duck into a coffee shop to get a signal, or ask your server what the Wi-Fi password is, or wait for a file to download on your hotel’s painfully slow connection. It’ll just be there, ready to go whenever you are—and more importantly, wherever you are. The beach, a park, or the back of a taxi.
These capabilities have been available as a PC add-on for some time. But with these new PCs it’s native, and while they work well with today’s 4G LTE connections, upcoming 5G connectivity will make for a transformative experience in personal computing.
Enabling constant connectivity with eSIMs
A big part of making that ubiquitous connectivity happen on a broader scale is the move from physical SIM cards in connected devices to embedded SIMs, or eSIMs.
eSIMs come with several advantages. For consumers, they bring the ability to stay connected by purchasing a data subscription on demand, when and where they need it. Since eSIMs can be updated over the internet, there is no need to visit a provider’s store.
Enterprises, meanwhile, get much more security and control with eSIMs in both phones and PCs. They can create multiple profiles for users traveling to different countries, enabling employees to be constantly connected to resources in the cloud. If a device is ever lost or stolen, it can be wiped first and then the connectivity disabled, without having to worry about whether it’s connected to the internet.
Since Microsoft announced Windows 10 support for eSIM back in 2016, we’ve seen much more interest in cellular-enabled devices, not only from PC makers, but also from the hardware vendors who create modems that now support eSIMs. As manufacturers and service providers roll out support for eSIMs in the coming months, expect to see them become a centerpiece for the connected computing movement.
5G: the newest technology disruptor
With so much potential just around the corner, there’s no doubt that 5G has MWC buzzing this week. As 5G capabilities begin to become available around the world, people are working to understand and prepare for the inevitable innovation and disruption it will bring across industries.
The high throughput of 5G enables extraordinary reductions in latency. Besides things like extremely fast downloads, improved clarity and reliability, the ability to deliver so much data, so quickly, opens up a world of possibilities for new technology solutions.
5G can enable and extend the intelligent edge, reaching drones flying remote inspections, allowing them to return high-definition video feeds and data analytics instantly. Autonomous vehicles in factories, warehouses or airports can be controlled and continually tracked to within one centimeter. New types of collaborative experiences can be enabled, putting everyone in the same virtual room. We’re talking untethered AR and VR and real-time gaming from anywhere.
Many are calling this the “year of infrastructure” as providers build out 5G capabilities across industries. On one hand, you have the telecommunications industry deploying the infrastructure and innovating with new services. And on the other, the entire ecosystem of connected computing device makers of all types, working to tap into the possibilities.
The results will be truly transformative. In our homes, in our cars, at our work, in our stadiums, in our entertainment centers, every industry, from precision agriculture to precision medicine, from personalized retail to personalized banking—every walk of life could see real changes in the coming years.
Microsoft partners and network providers jump in
With all of this going on, we’re very excited about some of the big announcements from our partners and device makers here at MWC. Partners are critical to making this a reality—device makers, silicon manufacturers, mobile operators, eSIM enablers, mobile device management providers (MDMs) and ISVs, all need to establish a new “connected computing” approach to business. And we’re hearing that’s just what they’re up to.
Devices
Qualcomm Technologies announced a new 5G-enabled Snapdragon X55 modem in the lead up to MWC, their second-generation 5G modem after the X50, which was announced in October, 2016.
This 5G modem will enable connectivity for smartphones, mobile hotspots, fixed wireless access points, extended reality devices, automotive applications, and larger-screen devices like LTE enabled PCs, laptops, tablets, which are critical to the ecosystem. For Microsoft this is foundational technology that underpins the sexier intelligent edge solutions to come, a key part of the full picture: PCs connected to a cloud service via 5G, with all of that computing power served up as if you were right there at the server farm.  They also announced Wi-Fi 6, which will play an important role for both consumers and in the enterprise.
Telecommunications services
Another foundational element will be onboarding service providers and offering up mobile data plans that let users get the most from LTE-enabled PCs and 5G. Mobile Plans is a Windows experience that provides consumers with an easy way to top off a data plan with their existing carrier, or sign up for additional data plans with local MNOs if their carrier is not available based on location. On that front, we’ve been working with Telstra in Australia for more than a year, and in the next few weeks they will launch a marketing push, offering customers who wish to sample the new technology, a 30-day trial that includes 30GB free data to use in Australia. Telstra joins our growing ecosystem of mobile operators including GigSky, KDDI Japan, Swisscom, Tele2 and Ubigi.
eSIMs
With eSIMs coming on in a big way, a new ecosystem has evolved, working together to address the productivity, connectivity and manageability gaps that commercial customers are currently experiencing. This week, several of these players are announcing new releases and partnerships within this category at MWC. As an example, IDEMIA and Mobile Iron will be sharing the offering for their common customers and mobile operators in support of the Windows commercial solution for eSIM. Wandera showcased its Windows connected PC solution, which helps enterprise customers define policies that govern how mobile data can be utilized by both users and mobile apps across a variety of network scenarios (physical SIMs, eSIMs, Wi-Fi, etc.). We are also excited to continue to work with mobile operators, such as C Spire and KDDI, as we get closer to deploying eSIM within the organizations of their customers.
Consumers are also benefitting from two new partnerships that will make it much easier for mobile operators to deliver support for easy connectivity with eSIM through Microsoft’s “Mobile Plans” app. Shown for the first time at MWC this week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft demonstrated the expansion of “Digital Identity” with HPE’s Device Entitlement Gateway (DEG), a software product that enables mobile network operators to safely and securely connect to the Windows 10 eSIM platform.
Microsoft is also partnering with Amdocs to take advantage of their “Digital eSIM platform” offering to streamline the Mobile Operator onboarding process into Mobile Plans.
Just like the Wi-Fi revolution at the turn of the century, we expect this transformation to connected computing and 5G to take time. But as we’re seeing this week in Barcelona, the entire ecosystem is working to sort out the challenges and make this a new era of continuous, instantaneous, high-speed connectivity.
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Introducing Dynamics 365 mixed reality applications for HoloLens 2 and mobile devices – Microsoft Dynamics 365

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Some of the most inspiring mixed reality fans we’ve met are those who have become champions of forward motion within their organizations. These people are agents of change who look at the working environment around them and discover firsthand the opportunity mixed reality represents to engage employees and improve operations in ways that simply weren’t possible before. These are also the agents of change in our own team—the individuals who influence how we build products, prioritize features, and provide continuous value to customers in monthly updates.

Last year, we released Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Layout, two new mixed reality apps built specifically for the needs and problems customers told us they wanted to be able to solve. People have told us they’re already seeing immense value as they deploy Remote Assist and Layout across their organizations. This is extremely fulfilling for us as it’s why we’re here, and it motivates us to do more. In December, I promised that you could expect more from Dynamics 365 mixed reality this year. This week marks the next step in our journey together.

Check out what we announced this week.

HoloLens 2

Yesterday, we introduced the world to HoloLens 2. Customers asked us to focus on three key areas to make HoloLens even better. They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value. I’m inspired to see what new things customers will accomplish with HoloLens 2 and Dynamics 365 mixed reality applications.

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We’re also making it possible for organizations to get HoloLens 2 and Remote Assist together for a low monthly price per employee – learn how to preorder here.

Benefits include:

  • Same-day deployment
  • Low-cost financing for the device
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • No custom development required

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Dynamics 365 Guides for HoloLens devices

One of the things we’ve continued to hear from customers is the growing need to equip new employees with skills as they get started on-the-job, so they can get up to speed faster and do what they do even better.

This week we introduced Dynamics 365 Guides, a new mixed reality app that empowers employees to learn by doing. Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations.

With Guides, we’ve also eliminated a longstanding problem that’s existed with AR and VR experiences: the need for an easy way to create content. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models, and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

Employee performance data is securely collected and pulled into real-time Power BI dashboards, making it easy to identify where instruction is needed and where to improve the process.

Guides is available today in preview for existing HoloLens customers and will become generally available on HoloLens 2 later this year.

Learn more about Guides

Dynamics 365 Remote Assist for mobile devices

At Microsoft Business Forward in Paris, James Phillips and Alysa Taylor announced that we’re bringing our mixed reality communication app cross-platform.

Customers continue to tell us that HoloLens is the best mixed reality device for business, and that it’s a breakthrough for many areas that require heads up, hands free work. But we also know that many employees carry AR-capable phones and tablets everywhere they go. We want to provide every employee with the ability to get help from experts in remote locations, no matter what device they use.

Remote Assist will be coming to Android in preview on April 1st.

Learn more about Remote Assist

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Dynamics 365 Product Visualize for mobile devices

As we’ve listened to all the ways customers have told us they want to be able to use mixed reality, a universal desire they share is the ability to look at something together through a hologram or 3D visualization that stays in place in the actual, physical environment.

That’s what led us to announce Dynamics 365 Product Visualize this week; it’s a new way to empower sellers to showcase and customize product visuals in their actual environment so they can interact with and understand the product. This helps create a shared understanding between buyer and seller, allowing stakeholders to quickly weigh in and answer questions—helping simplify complex sales processes. Product Visualize integrates deeply with Dynamics 365 for Sales. This means voice notes and annotations captured by the seller are saved to the sales opportunity so sellers can leverage this information from a customer visit in future engagements.

Product Visualize comes to iOS in preview on April 1st.

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Customers continue to inspire us

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Create Hyper-V containers in Windows Server 2016

There are a few tasks you must complete to prepare the host machine before installing and running Hyper-V containers on Windows Server 2016. First, you must install the Hyper-V role, the container feature, Docker Engine and the base OS image for the container.

Windows Server 2016 supports running applications in an isolated mode via containers, with Docker software providing that isolation. The application running inside a container has no knowledge of other processes and applications running on the host OS. Microsoft implements two types of containers: Windows containers and Hyper-V containers. Although the process for installing Hyper-V containers is similar to that of Windows containers, you must prepare the host machine by installing some of the components.

Before you begin, you must have a Windows Server 2016 machine to host Hyper-V containers. As a high-level overview, you must enable the Hyper-V role and the container feature on the Windows host machine, install the latest Docker software — including modules and libraries — and the base container images of the Windows OS, and then you can create the Hyper-V container.

Enable the Hyper-V role and Windows container feature

Your first task is to enable the Hyper-V role and then select the container feature on the installation screen, as shown in Figure 1 below:

Add container feature
Figure 1. Install the container feature on Windows Server 2016.

Alternatively, you can install both the Hyper-V role and container feature using the PowerShell commands below:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-V
Install-WindowsFeature -Name containers

You might need to restart the host machine after enabling the Hyper-V role.

Install Docker Engine and container modules

Docker Engine helps create the isolation environment. Docker consists of Docker Engine and the client. You can use PowerShell commands to install the Docker package and container modules. You’ll install the Docker container for Microsoft using PowerShell Gallery. To begin the installation, execute the following PowerShell command:

Install-Module -Name DockerMsftProvider -REpository PSGallery -Force

You must then approve the Docker installation. Once the DockerMsftProvider module is installed, you must deploy Docker Engine by executing the PowerShell command below. This is when containers are actually installed.

Install-Package -Name docker -ProviderName Docker -ProviderName DockerMsftProvider

Once the command executes, you’ll be asked to restart the host machine. Once restart is complete, the Windows host machine should automatically run Docker, which you can verify by executing Docker commands in the command prompt.

Install the base OS image

Docker needs an OS image to work with. Installing the base OS image for Hyper-V containers is the final step. Use the command below to pull images for Nano Server:

Docker pull Microsoft/nanoserver

If you use Windows Server Core, substitute windowsservercore in place of nanoserver as shown in the command below:

Docker pull Microsoft/windowsservercore

Spin up new Hyper-V containers

Once Docker pulls the OS images, you’re ready to create a Hyper-V container by executing the command below:

docker run -i --isolation=hyperv microsoft/nanoserver cmd

The –isolation=hyperv parameter in the above command is what instructs Docker Engine to create a Hyper-V container.

Verify Hyper-V container installation

To ensure that Hyper-V containers were created successfully with the OS image of your choice, you can execute a series of commands. Executing docker info provides a wealth of information about Docker and the containers installed. Use the docker container is command to list the container’s name, creation date and status. If you need to kill a container, first, list containers by executing docker container is, and then use the docker container kill command to kill the container.

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Attunity acquisition expands data management for Qlik users

With its new Attunity acquisition, BI and data visualization vendor Qlik has enlisted the Israel-based data integration and data management vendor to move Qlik further into the competitive realm of data management — targeting users looking for a more all-inclusive data platform.

The $560 million Attunity acquisition follows a string of other purchases by Qlik, most recently of AI chatbot CrunchBot and data management startup Podium Data, and signals anew that Qlik wants to more directly take on one of its biggest competitors — Tableau.

The acquisitions show Qlik’s ambitions to become a bigger and more wide-ranging technology vendor, said Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

“With its acquisitions of Podium and, now, Attunity, Qlik is becoming a broader technology provider encompassing data management at scale, as well as developing analytics on top of that data,” Henschen said.

Qlik, in a Feb. 21 press release about the deal, cited Attunity’s ability to deliver data in real time, across multiple cloud and data environments, as critical to the acquisition. Qlik didn’t respond to requests to interview executives about the Attunity acquisition.

What it means for users

Qlik’s Attunity acquisition will appeal particularly to larger users in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and retail, Henschen said. Attunity’s change data capture technology that addresses low-latency needs and data migration capabilities will help these users with cloud deployments, he added.

Long-standing Qlik customers will want to see evidence that Qlik is continuing to develop and invest in its core analytics capabilities.
Doug Henschenanalyst, Constellation Research

But Henschen also said customers should be wary of any vendor in the wake of acquisitions.

“You want to know that [Qlik’s] not distracted by such deals,” he said. “Long-standing Qlik customers will want to see evidence that Qlik is continuing to develop and invest in its core analytics capabilities and pursuing, for example, AI augmentation and cloud deployment capabilities.”

Meanwhile, it is still unclear how Qlik will package the Attunity technology, which enables enterprise users to integrate data across multiple platforms.

However, Qlik’s relaunch of Podium Data’s technology as a stand-alone product called Qlik Data Catalyst is indicative of what users can also expect with the Attunity acquisition, said Matt Aslett, an analyst at 451 Research.

“In the longer term, Qlik customers stand to benefit from an integrated environment incorporating Attunity’s data replication and data warehouse automation functionality,” Aslett said.

Also, Aslett said that Qlik will now be able to provide a foundation of governed data on which to enable more powerful self-service analytics, in addition to the existing data catalog, data governance and self-service data preparation tools that are part of Qlik Data Catalyst.

Qlik takes on old and new competitors

The Attunity acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019. Through the deal, Qlik is aiming at new markets — including the data lake arena — in which it will have to compete with big-name cloud providers, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as data management software vendors like Informatica, Information Builders and Tibco.

“This move sets up new dimensions of competition with data management vendors,” Henschen said.

But Aslett said that Tableau also recently sharpened its focus on data management with the launch of its Tableau Prep Builder and Tableau Prep Conductor data preparation tools and the Tableau Data Management Add-on bundle, which is set to expand later this year to include a data catalog.

“It is interesting to contrast Qlik’s approach of acquiring assets to build up data management capabilities from the bottom up, versus Tableau, which is working top-down, driven by internal research and development,” Aslett said.

Despite the increased emphasis on data management, Henschen noted that Qlik last year laid out an analytics product roadmap, and that users will also “want to hear more about progress and future plans on those fronts.”

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