Category Archives : Developer

14

May

Howden: How they built a knowledge mining solution with Azure Search

Customers across industries including healthcare, legal, media, and manufacturing are looking for new solutions to solve business challenges with AI, including knowledge mining with Azure Search.

Azure Search enables developers to quickly apply AI across their content to unlock untapped information.  Custom or prebuilt cognitive skills like facial recognition, key phrase extraction, and sentiment analysis can be applied to content using the cognitive search capability to extract knowledge that’s then organized within a search index. Let’s take a closer look at how one company, Howden, applies the cognitive search capability to reduce time and risk to their business.

Howden, a global engineering company, focuses on providing quality solutions for air and gas handling. With over a century of engineering experience, Howden creates industrial products that help multiple sectors improve their everyday processes; from mine ventilation and waste water treatment to heating and cooling.

Too many details, not enough time

Every new project requires the creation of a bid proposal. A typical customer bid can span thousands of pages in differing formats such as Word and PDF.  The team has to scour through detailed customer requirements to identify key areas of design and specialized components in order to produce accurate bids. 

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14

May

Premium files redefine limits for Azure Files

Premium files sets new scale and performance bar for Azure Files, providing more power to developers and IT pros.

Today, we are excited to share that Azure Premium Files preview is now available to everyone! Premium files is a new performance tier that unlocks the next level of performance for fully managed file services in the cloud. Premium tier is optimized to deliver consistent performance for IO-intensive workloads that require high-throughput and low latency. Premium shares store data on the latest solid-state drives (SSDs) making it suitable for a wide variety of workloads like file services, databases, shared cache storage, home directories, content and collaboration repositories, persistent storage for containers, media and analytics, high variable and batch workloads, and many more. Our standard tier continues to provide reliable performance to workloads that are less sensitive to performance variability and is well-suited for general purpose file storage, development/test, and application workloads.

Provisioned performance – Dynamically scalable and consistent

With premium files, you can customize the performance of file storage to fit your workload needs. Premium file shares allow you to dynamically scale premium shares up and down without any downtime. The premium shares’ IOPS and throughput instantly scale based on changes

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08

May

Introducing health integrated rollouts to Azure Deployment Manager

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/introducing-health-integrated-rollouts-to-azure-deployment-manager/

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07

May

Key improvements to the Azure portal user experience
Key improvements to the Azure portal user experience

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/key-improvements-to-the-azure-portal-user-experience/

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07

May

Azure App Service update: Free Linux Tier, Python and Java support, and more

Web applications continue to be at the center of business-critical applications for many Azure App Service customers, whether it’s helping migrate existing applications into the cloud or innovate by adding new functionality to delight end-users. We recently celebrated a couple of important milestones for Azure App Service, crossing the mark of over 2 million applications and websites hosted on Azure App Service and 550,000 monthly active customers. Our recent customer success story with LaLiga media and entertainment company from Spain illustrates some of the amazing work our customers are doing leveraging Azure App Service and Cognitive Services or AI to build truly engaging experiences.

We’re excited to share new capabilities for Azure App Service, especially those that focus on enabling a richer set of applications, both Microsoft stack and open source, to be hosted efficiently on our platform-as-a-service.

Build, deploy and run Node.js, Python, and PHP apps using the perpetually Free Tier with App Service on Linux! Python (3.7, 3.6, 2.7) support Linux is now generally available. Java 11 is now available on Windows and Linux. A new intrinsic build system on Linux handles resolving and installing Node.js and Python package dependencies as well as running custom build scripts. Linux

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07

May

Advancing the developer experience for serverless apps with Azure Functions

Azure Functions constantly innovates so that you can achieve more with serverless applications, enabling developers to overcome common serverless challenges through a productive, event-driven programming model. Some releases we made in the last few weeks are good examples of this, including:

The Azure Functions premium plan, enables a whole new range of low latency and networking scenarios. The preview of PowerShell support in Azure Functions, provides a way to tackle cloud automation scenarios which is a common challenge to IT pros and SREs all around the globe.

The new releases and improvements do not stop there, and today we are pleased to present several advancements intended to provide a better end-to-end experience when building serverless applications. Keep reading below to learn more about the following:

A new way to host Azure Functions in Kubernetes environments Stateful entities with Durable Functions (in preview) Less cluttered .NET applications with dependency injection Streamlined deployment with Azure DevOps Improved integration with Azure API Management (in preview) Bring Azure Functions to Kubernetes with KEDA

There’s no better way to leverage the serverless advantages than using a fully managed service in the cloud like Azure Functions. But some applications might need to run on disconnected environments,

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06

May

Partnering with the community to make Kubernetes easier

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/partnering-with-the-community-to-make-kubernetes-easier/

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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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01

May

Deploy a FHIR sandbox in Azure
Deploy a FHIR sandbox in Azure

This blog post was authored by Michael Hansen, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure.

In connection with HIMSS 2019, we announced the Azure API for FHIR, which provides our customers with an enterprise grade, managed FHIR® API in Azure. Since then, we have been busy improving the service with new configuration options and features. Some of the features we have been working on include authentication configuration and the SMART on FHIR Azure Active Directory Proxy, which enable the so-called SMART on FHIR EHR launch with the Azure API for FHIR.

We have developed a sandbox environment that illustrates how the service and the configuration options are used. In this blog post, we focus on how to deploy the sandbox in Azure. Later blog posts will dive into some of the technical details of the various configuration options.

The Azure API for FHIR team maintains a GitHub repository with sample applications. It is maintained by the product engineering team to ensure that it works with the latest features of the Azure API for FHIR. The repository contains a patient dashboard application, Azure Function that will load patient data generated with Synthea, and example templates for SMART on FHIR applications:

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26

Apr

Azure Tips and Tricks – Become more productive with Azure
Azure Tips and Tricks – Become more productive with Azure

Today, we’re pleased to re-introduce a web resource called “Azure Tips and Tricks” that helps existing developers using Azure learn something new within a couple of minutes. Since inception in 2017, the collection has grown to over 200+ tips as well as videos, conference talks, and several eBooks spanning the entire universe of the Azure platform. Featuring a new weekly tip and video it is designed to help you boost your productivity with Azure, and all tips are based off of practical real-world scenarios. The series spans the entire universe of the Azure platform from App Services, to containers, and more!

 

Figure 1: The Azure Tips and Tricks homepage.

 

With the new site, we’ve included the much-needed ability to navigate between Azure services, so that you can quickly browse your favorite categories.

 

Figure 2: The new Azure Tips and Tricks navigation capabilities.

 

There is search functionality to assist you to quickly find what you are looking for.

 

 

Figure 3: The new Azure Tips and Tricks search function.

 

The site is also open-source on GitHub, so anyone can help contribute to the site, ask questions, and jump-in wherever they want! While

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