AzUpdate S03E03: Azure Orbital – Edge Computing – Azure Ad

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Today we'll discuss new frontiers, news about how you can know who is using Windows Hello for Business, VM series being retired and a new service to help deliver ultra-low-latency networking, applications, and services at the enterprise edge.



Cloud ‘data bursts’ from space move astronauts closer to Mars — and improve life on Earth






Installed in 2017, Spaceborne Computer-1, designed by HPE, validated that a modern, commercial-off-the-shelf computer could survive a launch into space, be installed by astronauts, and operate correctly on the ISS—without “flipping bits” due to increased radiation in space. Basically, it was a year-long test to see if the computer hardware used on Earth would function normally in space.


BUilding on that success, the Azure Space team at Microsoft proposed an experiment that simulates how NASA might monitor astronaut health in the presence of increased radiation exposure, as exists outside of our protective atmosphere. The experiment however can generate an incredible amount of data—far too much for a 2Mbps/sec downlink


To overcome those limitations, the experiment uses HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 to perform the initial process and capture only the deltas, which are then downloaded to the HPE ground station.


Making such capabilities available to others is just one early step for Azure Space, a new vertical within Microsoft that was publicly announced about a year ago. Its twofold mission: to enable organizations who build, launch, and operate spacecraft and satellites and to “democratize the benefits of space” by enabling more opportunities for all actors, large and small, in much the same way that support for open source on Azure has helped democratize cloud computing.


Details on this initiative can be found here:

Azure private multi-access edge compute (MEC)




Azure private MEC combines network functions, applications, and edge-optimized Azure services to deliver a broad portfolio of high performance, ultra-low latency solutions that address the modern business needs of enterprise customers.



Our global cloud platform, connectivity and ecosystem of partners and application developers allows operators and systems integrators to offer these enterprise solutions as fully managed services across a broad range of compute platforms.


Details on this new service can be found here:

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