Category Archives : Announcements

27

Jun

Azure Data Factory new capabilities are now generally available

Microsoft is excited to announce the General Availability of new Azure Data Factory (ADF V2) features that will make data integration in the cloud easier than ever before. With a new browser-based user interface, you can accelerate your time to production by building and scheduling your data pipelines using drag and drop. Manage and monitor the health of your data integration projects at scale, wherever your data lives, in cloud or on-premises, with enterprise-grade security. ADF comes with support for over 70 data source connectors and enables you to easily dispatch data transformation jobs at scale to transform raw data into processed data that is ready for consumption by business analysts using their favorite BI tools or custom applications.

For existing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) users, ADF now allows you to easily lift and shift your SSIS packages into the cloud and run SSIS as a service with minimal changes required to your existing packages. ADF will now manage your SSIS resources for you so you can increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership. Meet your security and compliance needs while taking advantage of extensive capabilities and paying only for what you use.

All of these new Azure

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20

Jun

Azure Service Bus is now offering support for Availability Zones in preview

Azure Availability Zones support for Service Bus Premium provides an industry-leading, financially-backed SLA with fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking. This preview begins with Central US, East US 2, and France Central.

This feature adds even more resiliency and fault tolerance capabilities to organizations in Finance, Healthcare, Retail, or other verticals that handle sensitive mission-critical data and transactions that simply cannot be lost or significantly impacted when using cloud messaging services.

Also, support for Availability Zones (AZ) combined with disaster recovery features offers high availability and fault tolerance that can withstand zone and regional outages.

Availability Zone support for Service Bus takes another step in the direction of keeping to our commitments in making sure customer cloud messaging between applications and services run as smoothly as possible. 

What regions will this be offered in during preview? Central US East US 2 France Central

Support for additional regions will be offered soon. Learn more about Availability Zones.  

How can you enable AZ on your Service Bus premium namespace?

You can enable Availability Zones on new namespaces only, we do not support migration of existing namespaces. 

If using an ARM template to create a Service Bus

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20

Jun

Azure Service Bus is now offering support for Availability Zones in preview

Azure Availability Zones support for Service Bus Premium provides an industry-leading, financially-backed SLA with fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking. This preview begins with Central US, East US 2, and France Central.

This feature adds even more resiliency and fault tolerance capabilities to organizations in Finance, Healthcare, Retail, or other verticals that handle sensitive mission-critical data and transactions that simply cannot be lost or significantly impacted when using cloud messaging services.

Also, support for Availability Zones (AZ) combined with disaster recovery features offers high availability and fault tolerance that can withstand zone and regional outages.

Availability Zone support for Service Bus takes another step in the direction of keeping to our commitments in making sure customer cloud messaging between applications and services run as smoothly as possible. 

What regions will this be offered in during preview? Central US East US 2 France Central

Support for additional regions will be offered soon. Learn more about Availability Zones.  

How can you enable AZ on your Service Bus premium namespace?

You can enable Availability Zones on new namespaces only, we do not support migration of existing namespaces. 

If using an ARM template to create a Service Bus

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19

Jun

Maven: Deploy Java Apps to Azure with Tomcat on Linux
Maven: Deploy Java Apps to Azure with Tomcat on Linux

We are pleased to announce a new feature in the Maven Plugin for Azure App Service. The plugin provides seamless integration of Azure services into Maven projects. With only one step, you can deploy your WAR file to Azure Web Apps on Linux with the built-in running stack of Java 8 and Tomcat 8.5 or 9.0. By leveraging Maven, the Azure App Service plugin is portable and can be integrated with your IDEs and CI/CD pipelines easily.

Web apps with Tomcat on Linux

A couple of months ago, we announced the preview release of built-in support for Java 8 and Tomcat 8.5/9.0 on Web Apps on Linux. This allows developers to get their Java apps up and running on Azure in a managed environment, benefitting from auto-scaling and high availability.

Getting started with Maven

After creating a new Azure Web App, choose Linux for OS and Tomcat as stack. Save the information of this new Web App to configurate the Maven plugin. Open the pom.xml file and add the following settings in the <configuration> section.

<!– Web App information –> <resourceGroup>your-resource-group</resourceGroup> <appName>your-app-name</appName> <!– Java Running Stack for Web App on Linux–> <linuxRuntime>tomcat 8.5-jre8</linuxRuntime> <!– Deployment Type –> <deploymentType>war</deploymentType>

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18

Jun

Announcing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Sync

We are delighted to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure SQL Data Sync! Azure SQL Data Sync allows you to synchronize data between Azure SQL Database and any other SQL endpoints unidirectionally or bidirectionally. It enables hybrid SQL deployment and allows local data access from both Azure and on-premises application. It also allows you to deploy your data applications globally with a local copy of data in each region, and keep data synchronized across all the regions. It will significantly improve the application response time and reliability by eliminating the impact of network latency and connection failure rate.

What’s new in Azure SQL Data Sync

With the GA announcement, Azure SQL Data Sync supports some new capabilities:

Better configuration experience – More reliable configuration workflow and more intuitive user experience. More reliable and faster database schema refresh – Load database schema more efficiently using new SMO library. More secured data synchronization – We reviewed the end-to-end sync workflow and ensured user data are always encrypted at rest and in transit. Data Sync service now meets GDPR compliance requirement. Get started today – Try out Azure SQL Data Sync

If you are building a hybrid platform or global distributed

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13

Jun

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) GA – New regions, more features, increased productivity

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and as I approach two years working on containers in Azure, I see the truth in that saying. Over the last two years we have launched a Kubernetes service in Azure, acquired Deis, joined the Linux foundation, launched the Draft and Brigade open source projects, launched the first serverless container infrastructure in the major public clouds, and most recently acquired GitHub where Kubernetes was born. We’ve also seen incredible growth in Kubernetes on Azure, with five times the number of customers and ten times the usage of a year ago. To say that the excitement never ends at Microsoft and Azure is an understatement!

Today, I’m incredibly excited to announce that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available. We are also adding five new regions including Australia East, UK South, West US, West US 2, and North Europe. AKS is now generally available in ten regions across three continents, and we expect to add ten more regions in the coming months!

With AKS in all these regions, users from around the world, or with applications that span the world, can deploy and manage their production Kubernetes applications with the confidence

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13

Jun

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) GA – New regions, more features, increased productivity

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and as I approach two years working on containers in Azure, I see the truth in that saying. Over the last two years we have launched a Kubernetes service in Azure, acquired Deis, joined the Linux foundation, launched the Draft and Brigade open source projects, launched the first serverless container infrastructure in the major public clouds, and most recently acquired GitHub where Kubernetes was born. We’ve also seen incredible growth in Kubernetes on Azure, with five times the number of customers and ten times the usage of a year ago. To say that the excitement never ends at Microsoft and Azure is an understatement!

Today, I’m incredibly excited to announce that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available. We are also adding five new regions including Australia East, UK South, West US, West US 2, and North Europe. AKS is now generally available in ten regions across three continents, and we expect to add ten more regions in the coming months!

With AKS in all these regions, users from around the world, or with applications that span the world, can deploy and manage their production Kubernetes applications with the confidence

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13

Jun

Exciting advances in Azure Alerts – From better alert management to Smart Groups

Today we are excited to announce preview of three new features in Azure Monitor that let you enumerate alerts at scale across log, metric or activity log alerts, filter alerts across subscriptions, manage alert states, look at alert instance specific details, and troubleshoot issues faster using SmartGroups that automatically group related alerts. These features continue to enhance the unified alerts configuration experience announced earlier this year. We look forward to your feedback to refine the functionality further.

The new alert enumeration experience and API allows observing alerts across Azure deployments. Alerts across multiple subscriptions can be queried and pivoted on severity, signal types, resource type, and more allowing a performant and easy summary-to-drill down experience. The new enumeration experience also supports multi-select filtering on any relevant dimension, allowing for example, looking up alerts across a set of resource groups or specific resource types.

Alert state management provides users a way to change the state of the alert to reflect the current situation of the issue in their environment. Currently three alert states are supported – New, Acknowledged, and Closed.

Alert states are separate from the monitoring condition, which is updated by the underlying monitoring service that detected the issue.

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13

Jun

Exciting advances in Azure Alerts – From better alert management to Smart Groups

Today we are excited to announce preview of three new features in Azure Monitor that let you enumerate alerts at scale across log, metric or activity log alerts, filter alerts across subscriptions, manage alert states, look at alert instance specific details, and troubleshoot issues faster using SmartGroups that automatically group related alerts. These features continue to enhance the unified alerts configuration experience announced earlier this year. We look forward to your feedback to refine the functionality further.

The new alert enumeration experience and API allows observing alerts across Azure deployments. Alerts across multiple subscriptions can be queried and pivoted on severity, signal types, resource type, and more allowing a performant and easy summary-to-drill down experience. The new enumeration experience also supports multi-select filtering on any relevant dimension, allowing for example, looking up alerts across a set of resource groups or specific resource types.

Alert state management provides users a way to change the state of the alert to reflect the current situation of the issue in their environment. Currently three alert states are supported – New, Acknowledged, and Closed.

Alert states are separate from the monitoring condition, which is updated by the underlying monitoring service that detected the issue.

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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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