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04

Jun

Microsoft Azure Stack expands availability to 92 countries

Earlier today, we announced some exciting updates across Azure IaaS, including that we will expand the footprint of Microsoft Azure Stack to a total of 92 countries. On my first week as the new Azure Stack marketing leader, I am incredibly proud of the great work that has been done by the Azure Stack team and our hardware partners to make this happen.

I am very excited about this investment and effort to meet our growing customer interest and demand for a true hybrid cloud. We are seeing amazing use cases envisioned by our customers, and solutions built by our partners that leverage Azure and Azure Stack together, such as Intelligent Edge scenarios, DevOps, or solutions that meet policy requirements.

At Ignite last year, we launched Azure Stack in 46 countries, and given customer demand since then, we worked with our hardware partners to double the number of countries Azure Stack now supports.

Since launch, we have heard some great stories from our customers and partners on how they are using Azure Stack, and the value they see Azure and Azure Stack bring to their business and IT environments in true distributed and hybrid environments. For example, Azure Stack

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04

Jun

Subscribe others to email subscriptions in Power BI
Subscribe others to email subscriptions in Power BI

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/subscribe-others-to-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/subscribe-others-to-email-subscriptions-in-power-bi/           Today, we’re pleased to announce we’ve added the ability to subscribe other users to e-mail subscriptions you setup for reports and dashboards in PowerBI.com. This highly requested feature allows Pro…

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04

Jun

Regenerative Maps alive on the Edge

This week Mapbox announced it will integrate its Vision SDK with the Microsoft Azure IoT platform, enabling developers to build innovative applications and solutions for smart cities, the automotive industry, public safety, and more. This is an important moment in the evolution of map creation. The Mapbox Vision SDK provides artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for identifying objects through semantic segmentation – a technique of machine learning using computer vision that classifies what things are through a camera lens. Semantic segmentation on the edge for maps means objects such as stop signs, crosswalks, speed limits signs, people, bicycles, and other moving objects can be identified at run time through a camera running AI under the covers. These classifications are largely referred to as HD (high definition) maps.

HD maps are more machine friendly as an input to autonomous vehicles. Once the HD map objects are classified, and because other sensors like GPS and accelerometer are onboard, the location of these objects can be registered and placed onto a map, or in the advancement of “living maps,” registered into the map at run time. This is an important concept and where edge computing intersects with location to streamline the digitization of our

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04

Jun

Empowering developers to ship iOS apps that scale
Empowering developers to ship iOS apps that scale

Microsoft believes any developer should be able to build, deploy, and scale their apps seamlessly on our trusted Azure cloud without having to manage services or infrastructure. Whether you are an Objective-C or Swift developer, Azure has what you need to ship your apps faster and with more confidence. Scaling your apps from zero to millions of users is easy with Azure’s powerful Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS). Azure also offers Artificial Intelligence services that you can easily integrate into your apps, so you’re not only building apps—you’re building intelligent apps.

Last year, we announced the general availability of Visual Studio App Center, a continuous integration, delivery, and monitoring service that lets you easily connect your repo. Within minutes build your iOS app in the cloud, test on thousands of real iOS devices, distribute to beta testers and the App Store, and monitor real-world usage with crash and analytics data.

As part of our mission to simplify the process of distributing and deploying your apps to users, we’re excited to release the App Center auto-provisioning feature, so you can spend your time focusing on creating great apps, not on iOS provisioning. For more about auto-provisioning, see our post on

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04

Jun

Use Azure Monitor to integrate with SIEM tools
Use Azure Monitor to integrate with SIEM tools

Over the past two years since introducing Azure Monitor, we’ve made significant strides in terms of consolidating on a single logging pipeline for all Azure services. A majority of the top Azure services, including Azure Resource Manager and Azure Security Center, have onboarded to Azure Monitor and are producing relevant security logs.

We’ve also delivered key capabilities to simplify the integration process with security information and event management (SIEM) tools, such as routing data to a single event hub and enabling multiple diagnostic settings per resource, and have work in flight that will ease setup and management of log routing across large Azure environments.

Meanwhile, we’ve been partnering with the top SIEM partners to build connectors that get the data from Azure Monitor into those tools. These connectors consume data routed to Azure Event Hubs by Azure Monitor – a simple, scalable, and manageable approach for delivering log data to an external application, and Microsoft’s recommended approach for integrating Azure with SIEM tools going forwards. Read more about how you can set up your Azure environment to send data to these SIEM tools.

We’ve also continued to support customers who are using the Azure Log Integration tool (AzLog) to integrate

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04

Jun

(Preview) Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual machine workloads

We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Standard SSD Managed Disks, a new type of durable storage for Microsoft Azure Virtual machines. Standard SSD Disks are a cost effective storage option optimized for workloads that need consistent performance at lower IOPS levels. The new Azure Standard SSD Disks store data on Solid State Drives (SSDs), like our existing Premium Storage Disks. Whereas our Standard HDD disks store data on Hard Disk Drive (HDD). With the addition of Standard SSD, Azure now offers three types of persistent Disks for use with Azure Virtual machines, optimized for different workload requirements: Premium SSD Disks, Standard SSD Disks, and Standard HDD Disks.

Following is a summary comparing Azure Disk types.

Disk Type

Premium SSD

new Standard SSD

Standard HDD

Summary

Designed for IO intensive enterprise workloads. Delivers consistent performance with low latency and high availability.

Designed to provide consistent performance for low IOPS workloads. Delivers better availability and latency compared to HDD Disks.

Optimized for low-cost mass storage with infrequent access. Can exhibit some variability in performance.

Workload

Demanding enterprise workloads such as

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04

Jun

Why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs, today and in the future

I love all the amazing things our partners and customers are doing on Azure! Adobe, for example, is using a combination of infrastructure and platform services to deliver the Adobe Experience Manager globally. HP is using AI to help improve their customer experiences. Jet is using microservices and containers on IaaS VMs to deliver a unique ecommerce experience. These three customers are just a few examples where major businesses have bet on Azure, the most productive, hybrid, trusted and intelligent cloud.

For the last few years, Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) has been the primary service hosting customer applications. Azure VMs are the easiest to migrate from on-premises while still enabling you to modernize your IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, enhance security, manage apps better and reduce costs. And I am proud that Azure continues to be recognized as a leader in this key area.

As you are considering your movement and deployment in the cloud, I want to share a few key reasons you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs.

Infrastructure for every workload

We are committed to providing the right infrastructure for every workload. Across our 50 Azure regions, you can pick from a broad array of virtual machines with

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01

Jun

SQL Server 2016/2017: Availability group secondary replica redo model and performance

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/sql-server-20162017-availability-group-secondary-replica-redo-model-and-performance/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/sql-server-20162017-availability-group-secondary-replica-redo-model-and-performance/   When availability group was initially released with SQL Server 2012, the transaction log redo was handled by a single redo thread for each database in an AG secondary replica. This redo model is also called as serial READ MORE

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01

Jun

How I choose which services to use in Azure
How I choose which services to use in Azure

This blog post was co-authored by Barry Luijbregts, Azure MVP.

Last year, I attended a Pluralsight webinar hosted by Azure MVP and Pluralsight author, Barry Luijbregts, called Keep your dev team productive with the right Azure service. It was a fantastic webinar and I really enjoyed learning Barry’s thought process on how he selects which Azure services and capabilities to use for his own projects, and when he consults for his clients. Recently, I asked Barry to share his process in this blog post and on an episode of Azure Friday with Scott Hanselman (included below).

Microsoft Azure is huge and changes fast! I’m impressed by the services and capabilities offered in Azure and by how quickly Microsoft releases new services and features. It can be overwhelming. There is so much out there — and the list continues to grow — it is sometimes hard to know which services to use for a given scenario.

I create Azure solutions for my customers, and I have a method that I use to help me pick the right services. This method helps me narrow down the services to choose from and pick the right ones for my solution. It helps me decide

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01

Jun

Power BI Developer community May update
Power BI Developer community May update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-may-update/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-may-update/           This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI Developers community- Power BI Embedded and Custom Visuals.

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