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May

Get started with U-SQL: It’s easy!
Get started with U-SQL: It’s easy!

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2018/05/26/get-started-with-u-sql-its-easy/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2018/05/26/get-started-with-u-sql-its-easy/   Azure Data Lake Analytics combines declarative and imperative concepts in the form of a new language called U-SQL. The idea of learning a new language is daunting. Don’t worry!  U-SQL is easy to learn. You can learn READ MORE

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May

Microsoft continues to be a leader in Gartner’s Cloud IaaS MQ

We’re in the midst of the cloud revolution. Customers – big and small – are betting on Azure and undergoing massive digital transformation. While industry stalwarts like Rio Tinto are powering their mission critical SAP deployments with powerful Azure infrastructure, startups like Audioburst are envisioning entire new businesses on Azure with AI technologies, and many others like Adobe are delighting their customers with better digital experiences. Every customer has a fascinating story on what they’re doing with Azure. And we’re proud to be the cloud – across IaaS and PaaS – underpinning this transformation and enabling IT.

Today, we’re honored to be recognized as a leader in Gartner’s IaaS MQ for the fifth consecutive year.

Many of our customers choose IaaS as the entry point to Azure and I am happy to note that the recent Right Scale State of the Cloud survey placed Azure ahead of any other cloud for enterprises beginning their cloud journey. The reason customers are choosing Azure is not just because Azure offers unparalleled security, the largest global datacenter footprint, true hybrid consistency and a rich set of application services. It’s also because Microsoft leads across a broad spectrum of cloud services. This gives our

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May

M-Series certified for SAP HANA and available worldwide

Last December, we announced general availability of Azure M-series Virtual Machines with memory configuration from 1 TB to 4 TB, offering on-demand scalability and agility for workloads requiring large memory consumption. We recently announced SAP HANA certification for M-series VMs, enabling you to run production SAP HANA workloads with a pay-as-you-go, per second VM billing. Customers can now deploy entire SAP landscapes in minutes with Azure automation templates like this one from our partner, SUSE, offering unprecedented agility for SAP HANA applications with error-free setup following reference architecture guidance. With Azure Reserved VM Instances, you can save up to 72% on the M-series VMs when running in Azure. Agile, inexpensive, and certified. 

Given the excitement we have seen from customers on this SKU, we have been steadily launching M-series VMs all over the world. Today, I’m excited to announce that M-series VMs are now generally available in four more regions: Australia East, Australia Southeast, Japan East, Japan West. This adds to availability in US East 2, US West 2, West Europe, UK South, Southeast Asia and US Gov Virginia. M-series VMs are now available and GA in 10 regions worldwide with plans for 12 additional regions later this year, doubling

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May

New capabilities to enable robust GDPR compliance
New capabilities to enable robust GDPR compliance

Today marks the beginning of enforcement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and I’m pleased to announce that we have released an unmatched array of new features and resources to help support compliance with the GDPR and the policy needs of Azure customers.

New offerings include the general availability of the Azure GDPR Data Subject Request (DSR) portal, Azure Policy, Compliance Manager for GDPR, Data Log Export, and the Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint for GDPR.

In our webcast today, President Brad Smith outlined our commitment to making sure that our products and services comply with the GDPR, including having more than 1,600 engineers across the company working on GDPR projects. As Brad noted, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right, and that individuals must be in control of their data. So I am pleased that Azure is part of keeping that commitment by being the only hyperscale cloud provider to offer the level of streamlined mechanisms and tools for GDPR compliance enforcement we are announcing today.

Azure Data Subject Request (DSR) portal enables you to fulfill GDPR requests. The DSR capability is generally available today through the Azure portal user interface, as well as through pre-existing

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May

5/29 Webinar: Building Spectacular Power BI Dashboards with Zebra BI visuals

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/5-29-webinar-building-spectacular-power-bi-dashboards-with-zebra-bi-visuals/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/5-29-webinar-building-spectacular-power-bi-dashboards-with-zebra-bi-visuals/           See how many of the internal teams at Microsoft are using Zebra BI visuals to visualize typical business data such as YOY growth.

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May

Explore Build 2018 content with playlists
Explore Build 2018 content with playlists

If you couldn’t attend Microsoft Build 2018, now is your opportunity to do so online with Microsoft Build Live 2018. Learn about the cloud, AI, IoT, and much more. But as you browse the hundreds of recordings available, you may find it overwhelming to find the things that are the most relevant to what you want to learn. That’s why we organized select content into playlists.

Playlist: Migrate existing apps to the cloud

Simply select the playlist that is most interesting to you, and you’ll get our top picks for the most relevant sessions, resources, and expert interviews:

Migrate existing apps to the cloud – Learn the best strategy and which tools to use for migrating your infrastructure and applications to Azure. Extend existing apps with cloud services – Learn how to take your applications to the next level by using your current skills to use Azure services and let Azure do the heavy lifting for you. Learn to build cloud-native apps – Learn how easy it is to create a cloud-native application in Azure that is intelligent, performant, highly-available, and cost-effective. Add intelligence to apps using machine learning and AI – Learn how to use the power of

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May

Accelerate your SAP on Azure HANA project with SUSE Microsoft Solution Templates

This blog post has been co-authored by Sebastian Max Dusch

Following the launch of M-SERIES/SAP HANA certified Virtual Machines (VMs) on Azure, we are happy to announce a new marketplace offering in partnership with SUSE. The offering leverages Azure Resource Manager Templates to automate the rapid provisioning of an SAP HANA infrastructure in Azure with SUSE technology.

The templates deploy VMs which are optimized for SAP HANA using the latest pay-as-you-go version of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating system. The templates are based on a simplified SAP sizing in four t-shirt sizes Demo, Small, Medium and Large.

Each template first lays the network foundation by implementing an Azure Virtual Network, enabling subnet customization and Network Security Groups. All templates use Premium (SSD) Managed Disks and can be deployed in 2-tier, 3-tier and 3-tier high availability (HA) architectures. The Demo and Small templates are targeted at non-productive SAP HANA workloads. The Medium and Large templates can be used for productive SAP HANA workloads and are based on best practice for storage configuration and utilizing Write Accelerator technology for sub-millisecond writes of the SAP HANA transaction log.

An overview of each template is shown below with an

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May

Devs imagine, create, and code the future at Microsoft Build

On Monday, May 7, more than 6,000 developers from more than 70 countries descended on the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, for Microsoft Build. From experienced coders to eight-year-old prodigies, the attendees were united by a passion for building apps for the intelligent cloud. To catch up on sessions you missed, check out the on-demand content.

CEO Satya Nadella kicked things off by talking about how the intelligent cloud will revolutionize every aspect of our lives. Alongside Executive Vice President for Cloud and Enterprise Group Scott Guthrie and Corporate Vice President for Windows Joe Belfiore, Nadella showed developers how they can use Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 to create transformational multisense and multidevice experiences.

In one keynote demonstration, attendees got to see how an audio-video device using Microsoft 365 and AI services could transform a common business meeting. Through the use of facial recognition, each attendee was greeted by name as they entered the room. The device even transcribed their speech in real-time, automatically assigning the text to the right speaker. Power BI was used to visualize data. Cortana, together with Microsoft Graph, created a summary of action items, automatically attaching the files that were mentioned.

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May

New container images in Azure Marketplace
New container images in Azure Marketplace

Azure has a thriving ecosystem where partners can publish many different offer types including virtual machine images, SaaS, solution templates, and managed applications, allowing customers to solve their unique problems in the way which best fits their scenario.

At Build, we announced a new category of offer in Azure Marketplace – container images

Azure customers can now discover and acquire secure and certified container images in Azure marketplace to build a container-based solution. All images available in Azure marketplace are certified and validated against container runtimes in Azure like managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) allowing customers to build with confidence and deploy with flexibility.

For ISVs who have their applications offered in container-based images, this new offer type offers the opportunity to publish their solutions and reach Azure users who are building container-based architecture. This helps ISVs to publish with confidence through Azure Certified program and validation across industry-standard container formats and across the different Azure container services.

Get started with Azure Marketplace container images

Container images can be discovered in Azure Marketplace, as well as Azure portal under the ‘Container apps’ section.

 
Here, you can browse the range of container images available and once you select one you

24

May

Transact capabilities for SaaS apps now available in Azure Marketplace

Increasingly, customers are turning to cloud marketplaces to discover, trial, and buy cloud solutions. Software as a service (SaaS) apps are a core part of those customer needs. Azure Marketplace has long-offered SaaS apps for discovery and trial. At Build, we announced that SaaS apps can now be transacted within Azure Marketplace.

What does this mean for partners?

ISVs building and selling SaaS applications built for Azure can now not only list or offer trials, but also monetize their SaaS applications directly with customers. This allows partners:

To expose offers easily Simple listing with a Contact Me option Easy integration of a trial experience from Azure Marketplace Monetize with a subscription API service More procurement options Offer simple, flat monthly pre-paid billing Streamline billing for customers through consolidated Azure billing and invoicing Spend less time wrestling with enterprise procurement To get access to a global customer base and a global salesforce Gather leads immediately to a CRM Let marketplace facilitate co-selling with Microsoft sellers and help customers: find, try and buy partner SaaS applications What does this mean for customers?

For IT Pros and Developers looking for any SaaS offer or subscription, Azure Marketplace allows those users to discover, try