Category Archives : Announcements



Score one for the IT Pro: Azure File Sync is now generally available!

Azure File Sync replicates files from your on-premises Windows Server to an Azure file share. With Azure File Sync, you don’t have to choose between the benefits of cloud and the benefits of your on-premises file server – you can have both! Azure File Sync enables you to centralize your file services in Azure while maintaining local access to your data.

Visit our product page to learn more about Azure File Sync.

We created Microsoft Azure Files with the goal of making it easy for you to reap the benefits of cloud storage. We know from decades of experience building Windows file server that file shares are useful for more than just application development; file shares are used for everything under the sun. With Azure Files, we are focused on building general purpose file shares that can replace all the file servers and NAS devices your organization has, and today, we are happy to share an important milestone on that journey: the general availability of Azure File Sync! 
Azure File Sync grew out of our conversations with thousands of customers about the challenge of balancing the need for local and fast access to their frequently accessed data with the



R3 on Azure: Launch of Corda Enterprise v3.1

As part of our ongoing partnership, which my colleague Kashif Ali discussed in his November update, we are delighted to announce the launch of Corda Enterprise v3.1 to the Azure Marketplace.

This comes at a time when the state of digital ledger, blockchain technology, and the surrounding industry are maturing and continuing to rapidly growth. In particular, maturity around the R3 ecosystem is accelerating.

Today, R3 launches their Corda Enterprise v3.1 offering to the Azure Marketplace with a free trial offer, giving you the opportunity to kick the tires before you buy. As one of the few general purpose enterprise digital ledgers in the market, R3 continues to drive interesting projects like the recently launched KYC solution involving 33 institutions sharing KYC data geographically spread around the world all running in Azure.

Corda Enterprise offers a number of unique Azure features that make standing up a digital ledger environment inside an enterprise much simpler.

The deployment template in the Azure Marketplace:

Dramatically speeds deployment and configuration of Corda Enterprise. Is the gold standard reference implementation. Offers resilience and high availability. Easily integrate with existing enterprise systems through Azure services such as Logic Apps and Power Apps.

Some of the technical



Announcing the Azure Cloud Shell editor in collaboration with Visual Studio Code

Last year at the //Build conference we launched the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure portal, providing our users with a cloud-native command-line environment from any device, anywhere in the world. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible adoption, with thousands of users logging in every day.

We’ve added some incredible integrations that make Cloud Shell even more powerful. We added automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like Terraform, Ansible, and InSpec. We’ve also partnered with other Microsoft teams to enable the Try It experiences for Azure and .NET documentation. Additionally, we worked with the Visual Studio Code team to embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team to integrate Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app for easy access from mobile devices everywhere.

Overall, the feedback we received from our active user base demonstrates the utility and value of Cloud Shell to our users. As we looked at the ways that people are using Cloud Shell, we realized early on that providing our users with easy-to-use choices for managing their cloud infrastructure via the web browser was critical to success.

Since launch, we have provided a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano)



Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience

Securing your resources is important, which is why we’ve made it even simpler for you to do. Azure Security Center is available in public preview in the subscription experience. In just a few clicks, you can enable Security Center and quickly assess the security state of your resources, get actionable recommendations, and mitigate risks.

Azure Security Center gives you visibility into your security state across hybrid cloud workloads, gives you adaptive protections to reduce your exposure to attacks, and intelligent threat detection that helps you keep pace with rapidly evolving attacks.
The newly added Security tab provides a quick view into the security posture of your subscription, enabling you to discover and assess the security of your resources in that subscription and take action. The built-in dashboard provides instant insights into security alerts and vulnerabilities that require attention.

To make sure you can address the most important issues first, we provide a list of prioritized security recommendations and prioritized alerts. These recommendations and alerts are ranked from high severity to low severity to help you quickly respond and reduce the surface area in your environment susceptible to attack.

For further investigation or to respond to a detected issue, you



Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview
Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview

Azure Service Fabric is a highly-scalable distributed systems platform to build and manage scalable microservices and container-based applications for Windows and Linux. Service Fabric is a foundational technology powering core Azure infrastructure, as well as other Microsoft cloud services such as Skype for Business, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Dynamics 365, and many more.

At Build 2018, we shared the Service Fabric product roadmap and demonstrated Azure Service Fabric Mesh, a fully-managed service that enables developers to deploy and operate containerized applications without having to manage VMs, storage or networking configuration, while keeping the enterprise-grade reliability, scalability, and mission-critical performance of Service Fabric. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers, so you can develop with the programming language and framework of your choice.

Today, after a couple of months of private preview, we are excited to open the preview of Service Fabric Mesh to everyone. We invite you to try it and give us feedback. Thank you to all the participants for the invaluable feedback during our private preview! The public preview of Service Fabric Mesh is available in three Azure regions – US West, US East, and Europe West. We will expand the service to other



Spring Data Gremlin for Azure Cosmos DB Graph API

We are pleased to announce that Spring Data Gremlin is now available on Maven Central and source code on GitHub. This project provides Spring Data support for Graph databases that use Gremlin as a traversal language. For Azure users, it provides a delightful experience to interact with Azure Cosmos DB using Graph API. Java developers can now use Spring annotations to map with database entities, such as Vertex and Edge. It also allows developers to create their own database queries based on Spring Data Repository.

Key features

Spring Data Gremlin supports annotation-oriented programming model to simplify the mapping to the database entity. It also provides supports to create custom queries.

Mapping with database entities, including annotations.

@Id to map a filed in the domain class with id field of an entity.
@Vertex and @VertexSet map to Vertex. @Edge, @EdgeSet, @EdgeFrom and @EdgeTo to map with Edge

Advanced operations with Vertex, Edge and Graph.

findVertexById and findEdgeById to find data by specific field. vertexCount and edgeCount for counting Vertex and Edge numbers.

Spring Data CRUD functionality.

Custom database queries based on Spring Data Repository. Getting started

You can follow this tutorial to create a Graph database instance in



Announcing public preview of Azure Virtual WAN and Azure Firewall

Networking trends such as SDWAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) can improve performance by using path selection polices at the branch offices to send Internet-bound traffic directly to the cloud eliminating the backhaul to select breakout points. This traffic can quickly reach Microsoft’s global backbone network with intelligent routing to provide the best network experience.  However, having all branches directly accessing the Internet introduces new challenges such as managing branch connectivity and uniformly enforcing network and security polices at scale. Further complicating network policy management across all the branch offices is the trend of more employees working remotely with ever stricter security, privacy, and compliance requirements polices that vary by country/region.

Network security plays an important role in protecting users, data and applications. Cloud developers and IT teams struggle to stay ahead of security attacks. Cloud native network security solutions better fit the modern dev ops model of building and deploying applications while taking advantage of the economic and scale benefits of the cloud. Customers need turnkey solutions that are easy to deploy, use, and manage that offer high availability and  automatically scale.

To help customers with these massive modernization efforts, we are announcing Azure Virtual WAN to simplify large-scale



Welcome our newest family member – Data Box Disk

Last year at Ignite, I talked to you about the preview of Azure Data Box, a ruggedized, portable, and simple way to move large datasets into Azure. So far, the response has been phenomenal. Customers have used Data Box to move petabytes of data into Azure.

While our customers and partners love Data Box, they told us that they also wanted a lower capacity, even easier-to-use option. They cited examples such as moving data from Remote/Office Branch Offices (ROBOs), which have smaller data sets and minimal on-site tech support. They said they needed an option for recurring, incremental transfers for ongoing backups and archives. And they said it needed to have the same traits as Data Box – namely fast, simple, and secure.

Got it. We hear the message loud and clear. So, I’m here today with our partners at Inspire 2018 to announce a new addition to the Data Box family: Azure Data Box Disk.

How it works

Data Box Disk leverages the same infrastructure and management experience as Azure Data Box. You can receive up to five 8TB disks, totaling 40TB per order. Data Box Disk is fast, utilizing SSD technology, and is shipped overnight, so you can



Azure sets new performance benchmarks with SQL Data Warehouse

As the amount of data grows exponentially, the pressure to quickly harness it for insights to share across the organization also increases rapidly. As Microsoft continues to evolve our analytics portfolio, we are committed to delivering a data warehouse solution that provides a fast, flexible, and secure analytics platform in the cloud.

Today we are excited to announce that Azure SQL Data Warehouse has set new performance benchmarks for cloud data warehousing by delivering at least 2x faster query performance compared to before. The key to this technical innovation is instant data movement, a capability that allows for extremely efficient movement between data warehouse compute nodes. At the heart of every distributed database system is the need to align two or more tables that are partitioned on a different key to produce a final or intermediate result set. Instant data movement in SQL Data Warehouse now accelerates this movement, resulting in faster query performance. You can learn more about how your query performance will improve from this blog.

Insights in minutes with Azure SQL Data Warehouse

We know that data makes every decision better, but decisions need to be timely to be competitive in the market. Fast decisions need



Consulting offers in Azure Marketplace arrive in Canada

At Microsoft, we take pride in the fact that we have the biggest and best partner ecosystem in Canada, and it is incredible to see the amazing work that occurs each and every day. Digital transformation for many organizations can be a big undertaking, which is why it is important to have various types of partners like Systems Integrators and Managed Service Providers who can help customers navigate everything from simple migrations to complex cloud deployments. Following the rapid growth and positive response of Consulting Services offers on AppSource, we delivered the capability to Azure Marketplace customers in the US in May. Today, we are excited to announce that they are now available in Canada.

These new listing options expand Azure Marketplace beyond ISVs and applications so that customers can find a wide range of consulting services, such as assessments, onsite workshops, proofs of concept, and implementations, each backed by a partner with deep Azure expertise (Microsoft Partner Gold and Silver Competency). The Gold and Silver Cloud Platform competency partners help customers modernize their infrastructure, migrate applications and data to the cloud, and build analytics solutions on data platforms in the cloud, signaling their ability to deliver quality solutions in