Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 has just been released at Ignite!! This release provides new features for both tenants and administrators.
Have a look at the new features:
- Key Vault provides secure management of your keys and passwords for cloud apps. Allows for auditing and monitoring of key usage by apps and VMs.
- iDNS provides internal network name registration and DNS resolution without additional DNS infrastructure.
- Virtual Network Gateways provide VPN connectivity options to Azure or other on-premises resources.
- User Defined Routes allow you to route network traffic through firewall, security, or other appliances and services.
- You can create network resources from the marketplace
- Azure Queues enable reliable and persistent service messaging
- Storage analytics capture storage performance data. You can use this data to trace requests, analyze usage trends, and diagnose issues with your storage account
- Storage service support for common tools and SDKs, such as Azure CLI, PowerShell, .NET, Python, and Java SDK
- Storage Account Shared Access Signature enable granular delegation of access to your storage services without having to share your full account key.
- Storage services now use Group Managed Service Accounts for strong security with low management overhead
VMs and Resource Manager
- You can deallocate and capture virtual machines, redeploy virtual machine extensions, and resize virtual machine disks.
- Export Resource Manager templates from portal. Billing and usage
- Billing and consumption APIs expose data on how your services are consumed.
- You can capture plans and offers in Resource Manager templates.
- Delegated Providers enable resellers to offer your Azure Stack services to their customers.
- Reclaim unused tenant resources on-demand.
Monitoring and health
- Azure Stack Regions are a logical unit of scale and management within Azure Stack. In this preview, you can view resource consumption of network, storage, and compute resources by region.
- New monitoring capabilities available in the portal and APIs allow you to proactively view and manage alerts on your environment.
- System Health Tests automatically test your fabric to ensure services are working as expected
More info can be found here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-stack-architecture/