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Aug

On-premises data gateway August 2019 update is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-august-2019-update-is-now-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-august-2019-update-is-now-available/           August release of Gateway

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15

Aug

Azure Ultra Disk Storage: Microsoft’s service for your most I/O demanding workloads

Today, Tad Brockway, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure, announced the general availability of Azure Ultra Disk Storage, an Azure Managed Disks offering that provides massive throughput with sub-millisecond latency for your most I/O demanding workloads. With the introduction of Ultra Disk Storage, Azure includes four types of persistent disk—Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD. This portfolio gives you price and performance options tailored to meet the requirements of every workload. Ultra Disk Storage delivers consistent performance and low latency for I/O intensive workloads like SAP Hana, OLTP databases, NoSQL, and other transaction-heavy workloads. Further, you can reach maximum virtual machine (VM) I/O limits with a single Ultra disk, without having to stripe multiple disks.

Durability of data is essential to business-critical enterprise workloads. To ensure we keep our durability promise, we built Ultra Disk Storage on our existing locally redundant storage (LRS) technology, which stores three copies of data within the same availability zone. Any application that writes to storage will receive an acknowledgement only after it has been durably replicated to our LRS system.

Below is a clip from a presentation I delivered at Microsoft Ignite demonstrating the leading performance of Ultra Disk Storage:

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15

Aug

Announcing the general availability of Azure Ultra Disk Storage

Today, we are announcing the general availability (GA) of Microsoft Azure Ultra Disk Storage—a new Managed Disks offering that delivers unprecedented and extremely scalable performance with sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding Azure Virtual Machines and container workloads. With Ultra Disk Storage, customers are now able to lift-and-shift mission critical enterprise applications to the cloud including applications like SAP HANA, top tier SQL databases such as SQL Server, Oracle DB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, as well as NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra.With the introduction of Ultra Disk Storage, Azure now offers four types of persistent disks—Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD. This portfolio gives our customers a comprehensive set of disk offerings for every workload.

Ultra Disk Storage is designed to provide customers with extreme flexibility when choosing the right performance characteristics for their workloads. Customers can now have granular control on the size, IOPS, and bandwidth of Ultra Disk Storage to meet their specific performance requirements. Organizations can achieve the maximum I/O limit of a virtual machine (VM) with Ultra Disk Storage without having to stripe multiple disks. Check out the blog post “Azure Ultra Disk Storage: Microsoft’s service for your most I/O demanding

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14

Aug

Better together, synergistic results from digital transformation

Intelligent manufacturing transformation can bring great changes, such as connecting the sales organization with field services. Moving to the cloud also provides benefits such as an intelligent supply chain and innovations enabled by connected products. As such, digital transformation is the goal of many, as it can mean finding a competitive advantage.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend, and build industry solutions. Here we describe how one Microsoft partner uses Azure to solve a unique problem.

Leverage through Azure services

One company, PTC, is well-known for ThingWorx, a market-leading, end-to-end Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution platform, built for industrial environments. PTC has moved its platform to Azure, and in doing so, leverages the resources and technical advantages of Microsoft. Together, the two create a synergy that can help any manufacturer make a successful move to the digital world.

Why things matter

The ThingWorx by PTC platform includes a number of components that can kickstart any effort to digitally transform a manufacturing floor. The platform consists of two notable components:

ThingWorx analytics ThingWorx industrial connectivity

By implementing the platform, developers can create comprehensive, feature-rich IoT solutions and deliver faster time-to-insights, critical to

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14

Aug

Geo Zone Redundant Storage in Azure now in preview

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/geo-zone-redundant-storage-in-azure-now-in-preview/

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14

Aug

Improving Azure Virtual Machines resiliency with Project Tardigrade

“Our goal is to empower organizations to run their workloads reliably on Azure. With this as our guiding principle, we are continuously investing in evolving the Azure platform to become fault resilient, not only to boost business productivity but also to provide a seamless customer experience. Last month I published a blog post highlighting several initiatives underway to keep improving in this space, as part of our commitment to provide a trusted set of cloud services. Today I wanted to expand on the mention of Project Tardigrade – a platform resiliency initiative that improves high availability of our services even during the rare cases of spontaneous platform failures. The post that follows was written by Pujitha Desiraju and Anupama Vedapuri from our compute platform fundamentals team, who are leading these efforts.” Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure

This post was co-authored by Jim Cavalaris, Principal Software Engineer, Azure Compute. 

 

Codenamed Project Tardigrade, this effort draws its inspiration from the eight-legged microscopic creature, the tardigrade also known as the water bear. Virtually impossible to kill, tardigrades can be exposed to extreme conditions, but somehow still manage to wiggle their way to survival. This is exactly what we envision our servers to emulate

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13

Aug

Power BI Desktop August 2019 Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop August 2019 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-august-2019-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-august-2019-feature-summary/           Our August release has another hotly anticipated feature from the Microsoft Business Application Summit, grouping. Grouping in reports, similar to PowerPoint’s grouping, lets you easily organize groups of visuals to move and resize READ MORE

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13

Aug

Your single source for Azure best practices

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/your-single-source-for-azure-best-practices/Optimizing your Azure workloads can feel like a time-consuming task. With so many services that are constantly evolving it’s challenging to stay on top of, let alone implement, the latest best practices and ensure you’re operating in a cost-efficient manner READ MORE

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13

Aug

New for developers: Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK v3 now available

The Azure Cosmos DB team is announcing the general availability of version 3 of the Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK, ​released in July. Thank you to all who gave feedback during our preview. 

In this post, we’ll walk through the latest improvements that we’ve made to enhance the developer experience in .NET SDK v3.

You can get the latest version of the SDK through NuGet and contribute on GitHub.

//Using .NET CLI dotnet add package Microsoft.Azure.Cosmos //Using NuGet Install-Package Microsoft.Azure.Cosmos What is Azure Cosmos DB?

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service that enables you to read and write data from any Azure region. It offers turnkey global distribution, guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, 99.999 percent high availability, and elastic scaling of throughput and storage.

What is new in Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK version 3?

Version 3 of the SDK contains numerous usability and performance improvements, including a new intuitive programming model, support for stream APIs, built-in support for change feed processor APIs, the ability to scale non-partitioned containers, and more. The SDK targets .NET Standard 2.0 and is open sourced on GitHub.

For new workloads, we recommend starting with the latest version

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13

Aug

Announcing the preview of Azure Actions for GitHub

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, GitHub announced the preview of GitHub Actions with support for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). Actions makes it possible to create simple, yet powerful pipelines and automate software compilation and delivery. Today, we are announcing the preview of Azure Actions for GitHub.

With these new Actions, developers can quickly build, test, and deploy code from GitHub repositories to the cloud with Azure.

You can find our first set of Actions grouped into four repositories on GitHub, each one containing documentation and examples to help you use GitHub for CI/CD and deploy your apps to Azure.

azure/actions (login): Authenticate with an Azure subscription. azure/appservice-actions: Deploy apps to Azure App Services using the features Web Apps and Web Apps for Containers. azure/container-actions: Connect to container registries, including Docker Hub and Azure Container Registry, as well as build and push container images. azure/k8s-actions: Connect and deploy to a Kubernetes cluster, including Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Connect to Azure

The login action (azure/actions) allows you to securely connect to an Azure subscription.

The process requires using a service principal, which can be generated using the Azure CLI, as per instructions. Use the GitHub Actions’ built-in secret store for

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