Category Archives : Announcements

04

Dec

Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge now generally available

Today, we are announcing the general availability of Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) on IoT Edge, empowering developers to deploy near-real-time analytical intelligence closer to IoT devices, unlocking the full value of device-generated data. With this release, Azure Stream Analytics enables developers to build truly hybrid architectures for stream processing, where device-specific or site-specific analytics can run on containers on IoT Edge and complement large scale cross-devices analytics running in the cloud.

Why run stream analytics on the Edge?

Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge complements our cloud offering by unlocking the power and ease-of-use of Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) for new scenarios, such as:

Low-latency command and control: For example, manufacturing safety systems need to be able to respond to operational data with ultra-low latency. With ASA on IoT Edge, you can analyze sensor data in near real time and issue commands to stop a machine or trigger alerts when you detect anomalies. Limited connectivity to the cloud: Mission critical systems, such as remote mining equipment, connected vessels, or offshore drilling, need to analyze and react to data even when cloud connectivity is intermittent. With ASA on IoT Edge, your streaming logic runs independently of the network connectivity and you

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28

Nov

Announcing Azure Dedicated HSM availability

The Microsoft Azure Dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) service provides cryptographic key storage in Azure and meets the most stringent customer security and compliance requirements. This service is the ideal solution for customers requiring FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated devices with complete and exclusive control of the HSM appliance. The Azure Dedicated HSM service uses SafeNet Luna Network HSM 7 devices from Gemalto. This device offers the highest levels of performance and cryptographic integration options and makes it simple for you to migrate HSM-protected applications to Azure. The Azure Dedicated HSM is leased on a single-tenant basis.

Key benefits Migrate HSM-protected applications: The Gemalto HSM model uses hundreds of applications such as Oracle DB TDE, Active Directory Certificate Services, Apache/NGINX TLS offload, and your own applications that have integrated with SafeNet HSMs over the last 15 years. This makes it easy for you to migrate applications to Azure Virtual Machines or run hybrid topologies spanning across Azure and on-premises. It can also be used to back up keys on-premises. Once your applications have migrated to Azure, you will achieve low latency (single-digit millisecond) and high throughput for cryptographic operations (10,000 RSA-2048 tps). Azure Dedicated HSM supports up to ten partitions

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28

Nov

Simplifying security for serverless and web apps with Azure Functions and App Service

Serverless and PaaS are all about unleashing developer productivity by reducing the management burden and allowing you to focus on what matters most, your application logic. That can’t come at the cost of security, though, and it needs to be easy to achieve best practices. Fortunately, we have a whole host of capabilities in the App Service and Azure Functions platform that dramatically reduce the burden of securing your apps.

Today, we’re announcing new security features which reduce the amount of code you need in order to work with identities and secrets under management. These include:

Key Vault references for Application Settings (public preview) User-assigned managed identities (public preview) Managed identities for App Service on Linux/Web App for Containers (public preview) ClaimsPrincipal binding data for Azure Functions Support for Access-Control-Allow-Credentials in CORS config

We’re also continuing to invest in Azure Security Center as a primary hub for security across your Azure resources, as it offers a fantastic way to catch and resolve configuration vulnerabilities, limit your exposure to threats, or detect attacks so you can respond to them. For example, you may think you’ve restricted all your apps to HTTPS-only, but Security Center will help you make absolutely sure. If

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20

Nov

Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1
Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1

Today we’re excited to share the first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. Azure DevOps Server 2019 delivers the codebase of Microsoft Azure DevOps while being optimized for customers who prefer to self-host. This may be the case for some customers because they require Azure DevOps run on-premises, they require a guaranteed isolated instance of Azure DevOps, or because they want to run in regions where a hosted version of Azure DevOps is not available.

You can download Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 today.

Like the evolution of Team Foundation Server (TFS), Azure DevOps Server includes the new, fast, and clean Azure DevOps user interface with a multitude of new features. We’ll discuss some of the most beneficial features for our customers below, but you can check out our extensive release notes for all the features and information included in this initial release.

Added support for Azure SQL

Azure DevOps Server includes support for Azure SQL in addition to existing SQL Server support. This enables enterprises to self-host Azure DevOps in their own datacenter using an on-premises SQL Server. Customers now also have the option to self-host Azure DevOps in the cloud and take advantage of all the

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15

Nov

Introducing the Azure Blockchain Development Kit
Introducing the Azure Blockchain Development Kit

“Developers! Developers! Developers!” That phrase is synonymous with Microsoft’s history of democratizing complex technologies and empowering anyone with an idea to build software.

Over four decades, we’ve lowered barriers to development with developer tooling, enterprise integration, DevOps, PaaS, and SaaS. Today, serverless offerings from Functions and Logic Apps to Azure DevOps and IoT Central remove friction for development in the cloud.

This morning, we’re excited to announce the initial release of the Azure Blockchain Development Kit which is built on Microsoft’s serverless technologies and seamlessly integrates blockchain with the best of Microsoft and third-party SaaS.

This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications.

These tools have become the first step for many organizations on their journey to re-invent the way they do business. Apps have been built for everything from democratizing supply chain financing in Nigeria to securing the food supply in the UK, but as patterns emerged across use cases, our teams identified new ways for Microsoft to help developers go farther, faster.

This initial

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13

Nov

Bringing AI to the edge
Bringing AI to the edge

We are seeing a clear trend towards a future powered by the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. The intelligent cloud is ubiquitous computing at massive scale, enabled by the public cloud and powered by AI, for every type of application one can envision. The intelligent edge is a continually expanding set of connected systems and devices that gather and analyze data—close to end users and the data that is generated. Together, they give customers the ability to create a new class of distributed, connected applications that enable breakthrough business outcomes.

To accelerate this trend, today we are announcing the preview of Azure Cognitive Services containers, making it possible to build intelligent applications that span the cloud and the edge. Azure Cognitive Services allow developers to easily add cognitive features—such as object detection, vision recognition, and language understanding—into their applications without having direct AI or data science skills or knowledge. Over 1.2 million developers have discovered and tried Azure Cognitive Services to build and run intelligent applications. Containerization is an approach to software distribution in which an application or service is packaged so that it can be deployed in a container host with little or no modification.

With container support, customers

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13

Nov

Azure Kubernetes Service now in private preview in Azure China

We are pleased to announce the private preview of the Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in Azure China. With this announcement, Azure becomes the first cloud provider to provide a managed Kubernetes service within mainland China. As in the other regions where the service is available worldwide, AKS in China offers users a way to quickly and easily create a Kubernetes cluster on Azure infrastructure, then scale, upgrade, and monitor that cluster with a set of simple and intuitive tools.

If you have an Azure China account, creating a Kubernetes cluster in AKS is as simple as az aks create. Once the cluster is created, you can manage it in the Azure China portal, including scaling the cluster in and out, and upgrading to new Kubernetes versions.

When coupled with the Azure Container Registry, users now have the core tools to build and run large scale containerized applications in China. Over the coming months, we will enable other elements of the Azure container ecosystem, including Azure Container Instances and Azure Monitor for containers.

If you are interested in joining the private preview, please submit your contact details through the form at https://aka.ms/aks/chinapreview.

谢谢 (thank you!)

Sean

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07

Nov

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka®

In today’s business environment, with the rapidly increasing volume of data and the growing pressure to respond to events in real-time, organizations need data-driven strategies to gain valuable insights faster and increase their competitive advantage. To meet these big data challenges, you need a massively scalable distributed streaming platform that supports multiple producers and consumers, connecting data streams across your organization. Apache Kafka and Azure Event Hubs provide such distributed platforms.

How is Azure Event Hubs different from Apache Kafka?

Apache Kafka and Azure Event Hubs are both designed to handle large-scale, real-time stream ingestion. Conceptually, both are distributed, partitioned, and replicated commit log services. Both use partitioned consumer models with a client-side cursor concept that provides horizontal scalability for demanding workloads.

Apache Kafka is an open-source streaming platform which is installed and run as software. Event Hubs is a fully managed service in the cloud. While Kafka has a rapidly growing, broad ecosystem and has a strong presence both on-premises and in the cloud, Event Hubs is a cloud-native, serverless solution that gives you the freedom of not having to manage servers or networks, or worry about configuring brokers.

Announcing Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka

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07

Nov

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka®

In today’s business environment, with the rapidly increasing volume of data and the growing pressure to respond to events in real-time, organizations need data-driven strategies to gain valuable insights faster and increase their competitive advantage. To meet these big data challenges, you need a massively scalable distributed streaming platform that supports multiple producers and consumers, connecting data streams across your organization. Apache Kafka and Azure Event Hubs provide such distributed platforms.

How is Azure Event Hubs different from Apache Kafka?

Apache Kafka and Azure Event Hubs are both designed to handle large-scale, real-time stream ingestion. Conceptually, both are distributed, partitioned, and replicated commit log services. Both use partitioned consumer models with a client-side cursor concept that provides horizontal scalability for demanding workloads.

Apache Kafka is an open-source streaming platform which is installed and run as software. Event Hubs is a fully managed service in the cloud. While Kafka has a rapidly growing, broad ecosystem and has a strong presence both on-premises and in the cloud, Event Hubs is a cloud-native, serverless solution that gives you the freedom of not having to manage servers or networks, or worry about configuring brokers.

Announcing Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka

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07

Nov

Row-Level Security is now supported for Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Today we’re announcing the general availability of Row-Level Security (RLS) for Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, an additional capability for managing security for sensitive data. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible, and secure cloud data warehouse tuned for running complex queries fast and across petabytes of data.

As you move data to the cloud, securing your data assets is critical to building trust with your customers and partners. With the introduction of RLS, you can implement security policies to control access to rows in your tables, as in who can access what rows. RLS enables this fine-grained access control without having to redesign your data warehouse. This simplifies the overall security model as the access restriction logic is located in the database tier itself rather than away from the data in another application. RLS also eliminates the need to introduce views to filter out rows for access control management. In addition, RLS supports both SQL authentication and Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication.

Here are a few scenarios where RLS could be leveraged today:

A healthcare provider enforces a security policy that allows nurses to view only data rows for their own patients. A financial services firm restricts access

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