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https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2019/06/26/sql-server-2019-community-technology-preview-3-1-is-now-available/Source: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2019/06/26/sql-server-2019-community-technology-preview-3-1-is-now-available/     Were excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 3.1. Customers can download this free build, try out features in this release and prior releases, and provide feedback to the READ MORE

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Jun

Were excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 3.1. Customers can download this free build, try out features in this release and prior releases, and provide feedback to the engineering team. Your feedback READ MORE

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Jun

Were excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 3.1. Customers can download this free build, try out features in this release and prior releases, and provide feedback to the engineering team. Your feedback READ MORE

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26

Jun

Announcing the general availability of Azure premium files

Highly performant, fully managed file service in the cloud!

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Azure premium files for customers optimizing their cloud-based file shares on Azure. Premium files offers a higher level of performance built on solid-state drives (SSD) for fully managed file services in Azure.

Premium tier is optimized to deliver consistent performance for IO-intensive workloads that require high-throughput and low latency. Premium file shares store data on the latest SSDs, making them suitable for a wide variety of workloads like databases, persistent volumes for containers, home directories, content and collaboration repositories, media and analytics, high variable and batch workloads, and enterprise applications that are performance sensitive. Our existing standard tier continues to provide reliable performance at a low cost for workloads less sensitive to performance variability, and is well-suited for general purpose file storage, development/test, backups, and applications that do not require low latency.

Through our initial introduction and preview journey, we’ve heard from hundreds of our customers from different industries about their unique experiences. They’ve shared their learnings and success stories with us and have helped make premium file shares even better.

“Working with clients that have large amounts of data that

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25

Jun

Using natural language processing to manage healthcare records

The next time you see your physician, consider the times you fill in a paper form. It may seem trivial, but the information could be crucial to making a better diagnosis. Now consider the other forms of healthcare data that permeate your life—and that of your doctor, nurses, and the clinicians working to keep patients thriving. Forms and diagnostic reports are just two examples. The volume of such information is staggering, yet fully utilizing this data is key to reducing healthcare costs, improving patient outcomes, and other healthcare priorities. Now, imagine if artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to help the situation.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend, and build industry solutions. Here we describe how SyTrue, a Microsoft partner focusing on healthcare uses Azure to empower healthcare organizations to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes.

Billions of records

Valuable insights remain locked in unstructured medical records such as scanned documents in PDF format that, while human-readable, present a major obstacle to the automation and analytics required. Over four billion medical notes are created every year. The clinical and financial insights embodied within these records are needed by an average of

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24

Jun

Announcing the New Viewer Role for Power BI Workspaces

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-viewer-role-for-power-bi-workspaces/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-viewer-role-for-power-bi-workspaces/           We’re excited to announce we’ve started to roll-out the Viewer role for the new workspace experience, perfect for users who need to view content within workspaces without the ability to modify it. Viewer role READ MORE

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Jun

Power BI Dataflows June 2019 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-dataflows-june-2019-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-dataflows-june-2019-feature-summary/           We are excited to announce new improvements to Power BI dataflows releasing this month including an enhanced compute engine to drastically improve data refresh times and a new set of dataflow templates to READ MORE

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24

Jun

Azure.Source – Volume 88
Azure.Source – Volume 88

News and updates Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure

With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s offer of free extended security updates for three years provides a new lease on life to these servers while giving organizations time to upgrade. Learn how easy it is to protect your SQL databases in Azure.

Microsoft and Truffle partner to bring a world-class experience to blockchain developers

Last month, Microsoft released Azure Blockchain Service making it easy for anyone to quickly setup and manage a blockchain network and providing a foundation for developers to build a new class of multi-party blockchain applications in the cloud. To enable end-to-end development of these new apps, we’ve collaborated with teams from Visual Studio Code to Azure Logic Apps and Microsoft Flow to Azure DevOps, to deliver a high-quality experience that integrates Microsoft tools developers trust and open-source tools they love. Now we have doubled down on our relationship by announcing an official partnership between our organizations to bring Truffle blockchain

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Jun

Azure Cosmos DB: A competitive advantage for healthcare ISVs

This blog was co-authored by Shweta Mishra, Senior Solutions Architect, CitiusTech and Vinil Menon, Chief Technology Officer, CitiusTech

CitiusTech is a specialist provider of healthcare technology services which helps its customers to accelerate innovation in healthcare. CitiusTech used Azure Cosmos DB to simplify the real-time collection and movement of healthcare data from variety of sources in a secured manner. With the proliferation of patient information from established and current sources, accompanied with scrupulous regulations, healthcare systems today are gradually shifting towards near real-time data integration. To realize such performance, healthcare systems not only need to have low latency and high availability, but should also be highly responsive. Furthermore, they need to scale effectively to manage the inflow of high speed, large volumes of healthcare data.

The situation

The rise of Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled ordinary medical devices, wearables, traditional hospital deployed medical equipment to collect and share data. Within a wide area network (WAN), there are well defined standards and protocols, but with the ever increasing number of devices getting connected to the internet, there is a general lack of standards compliance and consistency of implementation. Moreover, data collation and generation from IoT enabled medical/mobile devices need specialized

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Jun

Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure

With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s offer of free extended security updates for three years provides a new lease on life to these servers while giving organizations time to upgrade.

Of the available migration options, if you choose to lift and shift your on-premises SQL Server to an Azure virtual machine as-is, you will still need to manage backups. Although you moved your SQL Server to Azure, you dont have to move your legacy backup application thats likely infrastructure-heavy and difficult to scale in the cloud. Instead, Azure Backup is an enterprise-scale, zero-infrastructure solution that protects SQL Server on Virtual Machines (VM) in Azure without the need to deploy and manage any backup infrastructure. This offering is already generally available for more recent SQL Server versions, and today were excited to announce Azure Backup support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in public preview.

Built-into Azure, the solution is designed to automatically scale protection to thousands of databases with terabytes of data, so you get the peace

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