17

May

Announcing the preview of Windows Server containers support in Azure Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes is taking the app development world by storm. Earlier this month, we shared that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was the fastest growing compute service in Azure’s history. Customers like Siemens Healthineers, Finastra, Maersk, and Hafslund are realizing the benefits of using AKS to easily deploy, manage and scale applications without getting into the toil of maintaining infrastructures.  As the community and adoption grows, Kubernetes itself is evolving, adding more enterprise-friendly features and extending to more scenarios.  The release of production-level support for Windows Server containers is a true testament to the evolution.

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for versions 1.13.5 and 1.14.0.  With this, Windows Server containers can now be deployed and orchestrated in AKS enabling new paths to migrate and modernize Windows Server applications in Azure.

Our customers have applications running on Linux and on Windows.  The ability to manage Windows and the latest Linux containers side by side in the same Kubernetes cluster with the exact same APIs, tools and support is what you have been asking us to support, which opens an abundance of new scenarios. For example, you can now add Windows node pools to

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17

May

Optimize price-performance with compute auto-scaling in Azure SQL Database serverless

Optimizing compute resource allocation to achieve performance goals while controlling costs can be a challenging balance to strike especially for database workloads with complex usage patterns. To help address these challenges, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless (preview) is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage. Line-of-business applications, dev/test databases, content management, and e-commerce systems are just some examples across a range of applications that often fit the usage pattern ideal for SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless (preview) is also well-suited for new applications with compute sizing uncertainty or workloads requiring frequent rescaling in order to reduce costs. The serverless compute tier enjoys all the fully managed, built-in intelligence benefits of SQL Database and helps accelerate application development, minimize operational complexity, and lower total costs. 

Compute auto-scaling

SQL Database serverless (preview) automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and bills for compute used per second. Serverless contrasts with the provisioned compute tier in SQL Database which allocates a fixed amount of compute resources for a fixed price and is billed per hour. Over short time scales,

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16

May

Power BI Desktop May 2019 Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop May 2019 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-2019-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-2019-feature-summary/           We have an exciting release this month. On top of incremental improvements for several of our recent released features, such as the key influencers visual and our new filter pane, we also have READ MORE

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16

May

Meet Community stars at Microsoft Business Applications Summit!

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/meet-community-stars-at-microsoft-business-applications-summit/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/meet-community-stars-at-microsoft-business-applications-summit/           Microsoft Business Applications Summit June 10 – 11  in Atlanta, Georgia is almost here and you have one more reason to attend year…A chance to meet the community super stars.  We know, one of the primary reasons READ MORE

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16

May

SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux.

Together with our partners, SQL Server continues to innovate with high-performing, enterprise-ready solutions that deliver unparalleled price performance. Were pleased to share the results for the TPC-H (the industry standard for benchmarking data warehouse) performance at 3TB with HPE that currently holds the record as the industrys fastest 2-socket non-clustered solution, and 10TB with Cisco, as well as the TPC-E (the industry standard for benchmarking online transaction processing) performance at 10TB with Lenovo. Check out the results below.

 

System Performance Database Operating System HPE Proliant DL380 Gen10

1,244,450 QphH@3000GB

Learn more about price performance

SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15

 

Cisco UCS C480 M5 Server

1,651,514 QphH@10000GB

Learn more about price performance

SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6

 

 

The table above shows the TPC-H data warehousing results published on SQL Server 2017 with configuration

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16

May

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 36
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 36

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. For this volume, 22 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Applications

Bluefish Editor on Windows Server 2016: Apps4Rent helps you deploy Bluefish Editor on Azure. Bluefish, a free software editor with advanced tools for building dynamic websites, is targeted as a middle path between simple editors and fully integrated development environments.

BOSH Stemcell for Windows Server 2019: This offer from Pivotal Software provides Windows Server 2019-based Stemcell for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform.

Corda Opensource VM: R3’s Corda is an open-source blockchain platform that removes costly friction in business transactions by enabling institutions to transact directly using smart contracts and ensures privacy and security.

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra: DataStax offers a simple, cost-effective way to run the Apache Cassandra database in the cloud. DDAC addresses common challenges with adoption, maintenance, and support by streamlining operations and controlling costs.

DataStax Enterprise: DataStax delivers the always-on, active-everywhere, distributed hybrid cloud NoSQL database built on Apache Cassandra. DataStax Enterprise

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16

May

Accelerate bot development with Bot Framework SDK and other updates

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-bot-development-with-bot-framework-sdk-and-other-updates/

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16

May

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-365-boosts-usage-analytics-with-azure-cosmos-db-part-2/

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16

May

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-365-boosts-usage-analytics-with-azure-cosmos-db/

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15

May

Trusted Third Party Connectors for Power BI
Trusted Third Party Connectors for Power BI

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/trusted-third-party-connectors-for-power-bi/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/trusted-third-party-connectors-for-power-bi/           We’re happy to announce one of our most commonly requested features for custom connector support in Power BI – Trusted Third Party Connectors. As it stands today, the only way that you can READ MORE

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