Category Archives : Announcements

02

May

Digitizing trust: Azure Blockchain Service simplifies blockchain development

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/digitizing-trust-azure-blockchain-service-simplifies-blockchain-development/

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02

May

Intelligent edge innovation across data, IoT, and mixed reality

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/intelligent-edge-innovation-across-data-iot-and-mixed-reality/

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02

May

Making AI real for every developer and every organization

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/making-ai-real-for-every-developer-and-every-organization/

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29

Apr

Serverless automation using PowerShell preview in Azure Functions

As companies of all sizes move their assets and workloads to the cloud, there’s a clear need to provide more powerful ways to manage, govern, and automate their cloud resources. Such automation scenarios require custom logic best expressed in PowerShell. They are also typically executed either on a schedule or when an event happens like an alert on an application, a new resource getting created, or when an approval happens in an external system. 

Azure Functions is a perfect match to address such scenarios as it provides an application development model based on triggers and bindings for accelerated development and serverless hosting of applications. PowerShell support in Functions has been a common request from customers, given its event-based capabilities.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we have brought the benefits of this model to automating operational tasks across Azure and on-premises systems with the preview release of PowerShell support in Azure Functions.

Companies all over the world have been using PowerShell to automate their cloud resources in their organization, as well as on-premises, for years. Most of these scenarios are based on events that happen on the infrastructure or application that must be immediately acted upon in order to

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25

Apr

Announcing Azure Backup support to move Recovery Services vaults

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/announcing-azure-backup-support-to-move-recovery-services-vaults/

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22

Apr

Azure Cost Management now generally available for Pay-As-You-Go customers!

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-now-generally-available-for-pay-as-you-go-customers/

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17

Apr

Azure Container Registry now supports Singularity Image Format containers

Azure and Sylabs announced today a new collaboration which enables Singularity container images to be stored in registries supporting the Open Container Initiative (OCI) Distribution Specification. Singularity version 3.0 defines a new secure Singularity Image Format (SIF).

Azure Container Registry supports storing Helm, CNAB, and other cloud native artifacts in OCI distribution based registries, by working with the OCI Registry as Storage (ORAS) project as a common library to enable various artifact types to be stored. Leveraging the same common library, Singularity Image Format container images can now be stored in Azure Container Registry and other OCI distribution-based registries.

Compliance with standards emerging from the Open Containers Initiative (OCI) has been a matter of emphasis in some of our most-recent releases of Singularity,” stated Singularity founder and Sylabs CEO Gregory Kurtzer. “In fact, Singularity is compliant with both the image and runtime specifications championed by the OCI. To really drive adoption of these standards however, the matter of distributing containers also needs to be addressed. Fortunately, ORAS addresses this significant gap, and significantly lowers the barrier to widespread enterprise adoption. We are delighted to be collaborating on an ongoing basis with Azure to ensure that Singularity is ‘ORAS aware’. Through

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16

Apr

Announcing Azure Government Secret private preview and expansion of DoD IL5

Enabling government to advance the mission

Today we’re announcing a significant milestone in serving our mission customers from cloud to edge with the initial availability of two new Azure Government Secret regions, now in private preview and pending accreditation. Azure Government Secret delivers comprehensive and mission enabling cloud services to US Federal Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and US government partners working within Secret enclaves.

In addition, we’ve expanded the scope of all Azure Government regions to enable DoD Impact Level 5 (IL5) data, providing a cost-effective option for L5 workloads with a broad range of available services. With our focus on innovating to meet the needs of our mission-critical customers, we continue to provide more PaaS features and services to the DoD at IL5 than any other cloud provider.

For more than 40 years we have prioritized bringing commercial innovation to the DoD. We also continue to help our customers across the full spectrum of government, including every state, federal cabinet agency, and military branch, modernize their IT to better enable their missions.

Microsoft is helping customers across the full spectrum of government, including departments in every state, all the federal cabinet agencies, and

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14

Apr

Announcing general availability of Apache Hadoop 3.0 on Azure HDInsight

Today we’re announcing the general availability of Apache Hadoop 3.0 on Azure HDInsight. Microsoft Azure is the first cloud provider to offer customers the benefit of the latest innovations in the most popular open source analytics projects, with unmatched scalability, flexibility, and security. With the general availability of Apache Hadoop 3.0 on Azure HDInsight, we are building upon existing capabilities with a number of key enhancements that further improve performance and security, and deepen support for the rich ecosystem of big data analytics applications.

Bringing Apache Hadoop 3.0 and supercharged performance to the cloud

Apache Hadoop 3.0 represents over 5 years of major upgrades contributed by the open source community across key Apache frameworks such as Hive, Spark, and HBase. New features in Hadoop 3.0 provide significant improvements to performance, scalability, and availability, reducing total cost of ownership and accelerating time-to-value.

Apache Hive 3.0 – With ACID transactions on by default and several performance improvements, this latest version of Hive enables developers to build “traditional database” applications on massive data lakes. This is particularly important for enterprises who need to build GDPR/privacy compliant big data applications. Hive Warehouse Connector for Apache Spark – With the Hive Warehouse Connector, the Spark

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08

Apr

Want to evaluate your cloud analytics provider? Here are the three questions to ask.

We all want the truth. To properly assess your cloud analytics provider, ask them about the only three things that matter:

Independent benchmark results Company-wide access to insights Security and privacy What are their results on independent, industry-standard benchmarks? 

Perhaps you’ve heard from other providers that benchmarks are irrelevant. If that’s what you’re hearing, maybe you should be asking yourself why? Independent, industry-standard benchmarks are important because they help you measure price and performance on both common and complex analytics workloads. They are essential indicators of value because as data volumes grow, it is vital to get the best performance you can at the lowest price possible.

In February, an independent study by GigaOm compared Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Amazon Redshift, and Google BigQuery using the highly recognized TPC-H benchmark. They found that Azure SQL Data Warehouse is up to 14x faster and costs 94 percent less than other cloud providers. And today, we are pleased to announce that in GigaOm’s second benchmark report, this time with the equally important TPC-DS benchmark, Azure SQL Data Warehouse is again the industry leader. Not Amazon Redshift. Not Google BigQuery. These results prove that Azure is the best place for all your analytics.

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