14

Aug

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge – Breakthrough Ideas Wanted!
The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge – Breakthrough Ideas Wanted!

This post is authored by Tara Shankar Jana, Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft.

All of us have creative ideas – ideas that can improve our lives and the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions of others. But how often do we act on turning those ideas into a reality? Most of the time, we do not believe in our ideas strongly enough to pursue them. Other times we feel like we lack a platform to build out our idea or showcase it. Most good ideas don’t go beyond those initial creative thoughts in our head.

If you’re a professional working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), or an aspiring AI developer or just someone who is passionate about AI and machine learning, Microsoft is excited to offer you an opportunity to transform your most creative ideas into reality. Join the Microsoft AI Idea Challenge Contest today for a chance to win exciting prizes and get your project featured in Microsoft’s AI.lab showcase. Check out the rules, terms and conditions of the contest and then dive right in!

The Challenge

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is seeking breakthrough AI solutions from developers, data scientists, professionals and

14

Aug

#Contest Microsoft AI Idea Challenge – AI’s next breakthrough is you!

All of us have creative ideas – ideas that can improve our lives and the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions of others. But how often do we act on turning those ideas into a reality? Most of the time, we do not believe in our ideas strongly enough to pursue them. Other times we feel like we lack a platform to build out our idea or showcase it. Most good ideas don’t go beyond those initial creative thoughts in our head.

If you’re a professional working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), or an aspiring AI developer or just someone who is passionate about AI and machine learning, Microsoft is excited to offer you an opportunity to transform your most creative ideas into reality. Join the Microsoft AI Idea Challenge Contest today for a chance to win exciting prizes and get your project featured in Microsoft’s AI.lab showcase. Check out the rules, terms and conditions of the contest and then dive right in!

The challenge

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is seeking breakthrough AI solutions from developers, data scientists, professionals and students, and preferably developed on the Microsoft AI platform and services. The challenge gives you a

14

Aug

Azure Site Recovery powers Veritas Backup Exec Instant Cloud Recovery for DR

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR) offers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for applications running in Azure and on-premises. Using ASR, you can reduce application downtime during IT interruptions, without compromising compliance. ASR provides comprehensive coverage for on-premises applications across Linux, Windows, VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines, and physical servers.

Azure Site Recovery now powers Veritas Backup Exec Instant Cloud Recovery (ICR) with Backup Exec 20.2 release. With ICR, Backup Exec users can easily configure continuous replication for on-premises virtual machines to Azure for a quick failover in case of a disruption on-premises. Backup Exec customers can minimize Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) for business-critical applications realizing the benefits of Azure as dynamic disaster recovery platform using ICR.

Instant Cloud Recovery requires an Azure subscription and supports VMware and Hyper-V Virtual Machines. ICR provides a summary view, monitoring, replication health details, and key actions directly from the familiar Backup Exec console. You can go to Azure portal for advanced monitoring and failover operations.

Backup Exec Instant Cloud Recovery to Azure is available in all Azure regions where ASR is available. Get started by downloading the Backup Exec 20.2 trial version.

Related links and additional content

13

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 44
Azure.Source – Volume 44

Now in preview

Announcing the public preview of Windows Container Support in Azure App Service – Windows Server Containers in Web App are now available in public preview. Azure App Service provides pre-defined application stacks on Windows like ASP.NET or Node.js, running on IIS. The preconfigured Windows environment locks down the operating system from administrative access, software installations, changes to the global assembly cache, and so on. If your application requires more access than the preconfigured environment allows, you can deploy a custom Windows container instead. Azure App Service caches several parent images to reduce start-up time.

New Azure #CosmosDB JavaScript SDK 2.0 now in public preview – Version 2.0 RC of the JavaScript SDK for SQL API is now available in public preview, which is also open source and available via NPM. For the SQL API, we support a JavaScript SDK to enable development against Azure Cosmos DB from JavaScript and Node.js projects. Version 2.0 of the SDK is written completely in TypeScript, and we’ve redesigned the object model and added support for promises.

Now generally available

Announcing general availability of Azure SQL Database reserved capacity – Azure SQL Database reserved capacity is generally available and is now

13

Aug

Azure Marketplace new offers: July 1–15
Azure Marketplace new offers: July 1–15

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From July 1 to 15, 97 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual Machines

Bloombase StoreSafe: Bloombase StoreSafe delivers agentless, non-disruptive, application-transparent encryption security of data at-rest in enterprise storage systems, enabling customers to lock down their crown jewels and achieve regulatory compliance requirements.

BlueCat DNS Edge Service Point VM for Azure: A virtual service point that extends DNS Edge capabilities into Azure environments, Edge adds a much-needed layer of visibility, control, and detection for corporate networks under siege from malware attacks that exploit DNS.

Centos 7 webserver (LAMP) with WAF: Secure your system with Centos LAMP server with Web Application Firewall, and use the Rimau WAF Panel to manage your security configuration and rules.

Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) v4.0: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) is a software-defined version of Dell EMC Data Domain. It can be downloaded, deployed, and configured in minutes on any server, converged or hyper-converged.

Dell

13

Aug

New customizations in Azure Migrate to support your cloud migration

You can accelerate your cloud migration using intelligent migration assessment services like Azure Migrate. Azure Migrate is a generally available service, offered at no additional charge, that helps you plan your migration to Azure. 

Azure Migrate discovers servers in your on-premises environment and assesses each discovered server’s readiness to run as an IaaS VM in Azure. In addition to Azure readiness, it helps you identify the right VM size in Azure after considering the utilization history of the on-premises VM. Azure Migrate also provides cost analysis for running the on-premises VMs in Azure. Additionally, if you have legacy applications, identifying the servers that constitute your application can become very complex. Azure Migrate helps you visualize dependencies of your on-premises VMs, so you can create high-confidence move groups and ensure that you are not leaving anything behind when you are moving to Azure.

Azure Migrate currently supports discovery and assessment of VMware virtualized Windows and Linux VMs; support for Hyper-V will be enabled in future.

When it comes to migration planning, every organization is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each organization will have its own needs and in this blog post, I am going to talk about some

13

Aug

Announcing the deprecation of custom visual’s API version 1.1 and older

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcement-custom-visual-api-deprecation/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcement-custom-visual-api-deprecation/           As of September 1st only API 1.2 and above will be supported.

13

Aug

Working with PowerShell in Power BI
Working with PowerShell in Power BI

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/working-with-powershell-in-power-bi/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/working-with-powershell-in-power-bi/           If you are following the Power BI blog on a regular basis, you probably have noticed the Power BI APIs and cmdlets announcement for administrators, which introduced a set of APIs and cmdlets READ MORE

13

Aug

Azure #CosmosDB reference solution: Visualizing real-time data analysis with change feed

This blog post was co-authored by Devki Trivedi, Serena Davis, and Pascal Habineza.

The Cosmos DB Explorer Interns are excited to release a reference solution that utilizes the Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed feature (+ Azure Functions, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics, Power BI). This solution features a hands-on lab that guides users through the entire pipeline: from uploading data onto Cosmos DB to implementing a Change Feed trigger to visualizing that data in a meaningful way on Power BI.

With this reference solution, businesses can:

Track sales and site activity in real time  Manipulate data to see only the metrics useful to them Choose specific time windows for data to be processed

The Cosmos DB Change Feed provides an automatic mechanism for getting a continuous and incremental feed of modified or inserted records from Cosmos DB. A few of its most popular use cases include:

Triggering microservices and functions within an event-driven architecture Replicating data to secondary data stores Real-time data processing

This reference solution focuses on real-time data processing, specifically to fit the needs of e-commerce companies. For example, while an e-commerce company may currently track the most popular products purchased, it may want to improve

13

Aug

How to enhance HDInsight security with service endpoints
How to enhance HDInsight security with service endpoints

HDInsight enterprise customers work with some of the most sensitive data in the world. They want to be able to lock down access to this data at the networking layer as well. However, while service endpoints have been available in Azure data sources, HDInsight customers couldn’t leverage this additional layer of security for their big data pipelines due to the lack of interoperability between HDInsight and other data stores. As we have recently announced, HDInsight is now excited to support service endpoints for Azure Blob Storage, Azure SQL databases and Azure Cosmos DB.

With this enhanced level of security at the networking layer, customers can now lock down their big data storage accounts to their specified Virtual Networks (VNETs) and still use HDInsight clusters seamlessly to access and process that data.

In the rest of this post we will explore how to enable service endpoints and point out important HDInsight configurations for Azure Blob Storage, Azure SQL DB, and Azure CosmosDB.

Azure Blob Storage

When using Azure Blob Storage with HDInsight, you can configure selected VNETs on a blob storage firewall settings. This will ensure that only traffic from those subnets can access this storage account.

It is important to