Client-Side Encryption with .NET for Microsoft Azure Storage | Microsoft Azure
"The Azure Storage Client Library for .NET supports encrypting data within client applications before uploading to Azure Storage, and decrypting data while downloading to the client. The library also supports integration with Azure Key Vault for storage account key management."
"Azure SQL Database transparent data encryption helps protect against the threat of malicious activity by performing real-time encryption and decryption of the database, associated backups, and transaction log files at rest without requiring changes to the application.
TDE encrypts the storage of an entire database by using a symmetric key called the database encryption key. In SQL Database the database encryption key is protected by a built-in server certificate. The built-in server certificate is unique for each SQL Database server."
some older info:
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Overview
"DSC is a new management platform in Windows PowerShell that enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services and managing the environment in which these services run.
DSC provides a set of Windows PowerShell language extensions, new Windows PowerShell cmdlets, and resources that you can use to declaratively specify how you want your software environment to be configured. It also provides a means to maintain and manage existing configurations."
Windows PowerShell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Introducing PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) - Building Clouds Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
Getting Started with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) - Microsoft Virtual Academy
Azure Automation DSC Overview | Microsoft Azure
"Azure Automation DSC builds on top of the fundamentals introduced in PowerShell DSC to provide an even easier configuration management experience. Azure Automation DSC brings the same management layer to PowerShell Desired State Configuration as Azure Automation offers for PowerShell scripting today.
Azure Automation DSC allows you to author and manage PowerShell Desired State Configurations, import DSC Resources, and generate DSC Node Configurations (MOF documents), all in the cloud. These DSC items will be placed on the Azure Automation DSC pull server so that target nodes (such as physical and virtual machines) in the cloud or on-premises can pick them up, automatically conform to the desired state they specify, and report back on their compliance with the desired state to Azure Automation."
Microsoft delivers free version of its R analytics Server for developers | ZDNet
"Microsoft is rolling out a free version of its R big-data analytics server for developers alongside the rest of the newly rebranded Revolution Analytics servers."
Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched • The Register
"The Microsoft R Server can be installed on-premises or on the Azure cloud platform. It will be integrated into Azure's HDInsight (Hadoop on Azure) and the Azure Machine Learning analytics suite. R Tools for Visual Studio will support developing R solutions."
R Server | Microsoft
"Use the powerful, statistical programming language—R—in an enterprise-class, big data analytics platform. Microsoft R Server is your flexible choice for analyzing data at scale, building intelligent apps, and discovering valuable insights across your business."