Category Archives : Announcements

06

Dec

General availability of VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Data Warehouse

This blog post was co-authored by Anitha Adusumilli, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking.

We’re excited to share the general availability of Virtual Network (VNet) Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Data Warehouse in all Azure regions. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible, and secure cloud data warehouse tuned for running complex queries fast and across petabytes of data.

VNet Service Endpoints enable you to isolate connectivity to your logical server from a given subnet or set of subnets within your virtual network. The traffic to Azure SQL Data Warehouse from your VNet will always stay within the Azure backbone network. This direct route will be preferred over any specific routes that take Internet traffic through virtual appliances or on-premises. There is no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. Current pricing model for Azure SQL Data Warehouse applies as is.

With this release, we also enabled PolyBase connectivity to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 (ADLS) via Azure Blob File System (ABFS) driver. Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 brings all the qualities that are required for the full lifecycle of analytics data to Azure Storage. It is the result of converging the capabilities of our two existing storage

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04

Dec

Accelerating IoT solution development and testing with Azure IoT Device Simulation

IoT solutions can be a hefty investment that you want to make sure to get right. Testing throughout the development lifecycle enables you to evaluate how well your IoT solution processes, manages, and presents device data ensuring project success. Azure IoT Device Simulation is a tool that you can rely on to help accelerate the testing and development of these solutions. Since its creation a year ago, Azure IoT Device Simulation has quickly become an essential tool in the developer’s toolbox.

We are thrilled to announce the latest update to Azure IoT Device Simulation. This latest release highlights our continued investment in the vital IoT simulation space and is available now.

Device Simulation is an open source project that you can deploy directly to your Azure subscription. The solution includes a web-based interface and a rich API allowing you to create powerful IoT simulations pushing realistic telemetry to your IoT Hub.

Device simulation helps you build simulated devices that look and behave like the real thing. With Device Simulation you can gather, process, analyze, and act on data from simulated devices allowing you to test your solution’s functionality and reliability.

Validate the solution works as expected from device

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04

Dec

Azure IoT Remote Monitoring extends operator capabilities to the edge

In May, we announced a major update to our Azure IoT Remote Monitoring solution accelerator. This included key functionality such as enhanced operator scenarios through the configuration of rules, easier device connectivity, and richer integration options with tools such as Power BI and Azure Data Lake. Over the past few months we have continued to improve the scenarios by adding features like integration of Time Series Insights to allow for root cause analysis, or roles-based access control through AAD.

Today, we are excited to announce another wave of functionality that will continue accelerating companies towards achieving their scenarios faster.

Manage and deploy Azure IoT Edge components from Azure IoT Remote Monitoring

Real-time data analytics and insights drive business value in IoT solutions, but not all customer scenarios can rely on cloud processing. Azure IoT Edge solves these challenges by delivering cloud intelligence locally on IoT devices. Azure IoT Edge is now seamlessly integrated with the Azure IoT Remote Monitoring solution accelerator. Customers can leverage this feature to reduce bandwidth costs by processing data locally or achieving near real-time actions by using AI at the edge. For operators, the user interface in Azure IoT Remote Monitoring allows customers to add edge

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04

Dec

Azure Cosmos DB now supports Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

Azure Cosmos DB now supports Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) “allowedOrigins” header for our core SQL API. You can configure this setting via the portal or ARM templates. With CORS support, you can make your web app talk directly to Cosmos DB from the browser using the @azure/cosmos JavaScript library, and get a more responsive, snappy end-user experience by avoiding an extra hop through a middle-tier.

What is Azure Cosmos DB?

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service that enables you to read and write data from any Azure region. It offers turnkey global distribution, guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and elastic scaling of throughput and storage.

For the Azure Cosmos DB core SQL API, we offer a JavaScript library which works in both Node.js and browser environments. This library can now take advantage of CORS support. There is no client-side configuration needed to use this feature. Now that the browser can talk directly to Cosmos DB, you can get even higher performance for web scenarios by avoiding the extra hop through a web app. In the sample we link to below, we’re able to directly listen for changes from Cosmos DB, rather than needing to

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04

Dec

Azure Cosmos DB Developer experience updates December 2018
Azure Cosmos DB Developer experience updates December 2018

The Azure Cosmos DB team is excited to announce new features and improvements for developers:

.NET SDK Version 3.0 Preview 25x Lower Entry Point for Database-level throughput CORS support Change Feed support for JavaScript SDK Cassandra API support in Emulator NET SDK Version 3.0 preview

Version 3.0 of the .NET SDK is now in preview! We’ve redesigned the object model to use a new “fluent” style API surface, added support for streams and other performance improvements, and are open source on GitHub. The new SDK also targets .NET Standard 2.0, allowing you to use the SDK in both your .NET Framework 4.6.1+ and .NET Core 2.0+ applications.

We’re excited to hear your feedback. Read more in the blog post, “Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK Version 3.0 now in public preview,” for updates in our blog and get started with a tutorial.

New 25x lower entry point for database-level throughput

We’ve lowered the entry point for database-level throughput 25x to just 400 RU/s, down from 10,000 RU/s. With database level throughput, all containers in the database share the throughput of the database. After the first four containers, each additional container requires a minimum of 100 RU/s. Learn more about Cosmos

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04

Dec

Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK Version 3.0 now in public preview
Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK Version 3.0 now in public preview

The Azure Cosmos DB team is excited to announce version 3.0 of the .NET SDK, now in public preview and open sourced on GitHub!

We are excited to get your feedback, so please try it out and let us know what you think. You can get the latest version through NuGet, and contribute on GitHub.

Install-Package Microsoft.Azure.Cosmos -Version 3.0.0.1-preview –prerelease What is Azure Cosmos DB?

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service that enables you to read and write data from any Azure region. It offers turnkey global distribution, guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and elastic scaling of throughput and storage.

What is new in version 3.0 of .NET SDK?

Version 3.0 of the SDK targets .NET Standard 2.0 and features numerous usability and performance improvements, including a new, more intuitive object model and support for streams. The SDK also joins our Java, JavaScript, and Python SDKs in being open source on GitHub.

This is an early preview of the version 3.0 SDK, and we recommend folks continue to use version 2.x of our .NET SDK for production workloads. We have no immediate plans at this time to deprecate or discontinue support for version

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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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