Category Archives : Events

16

Nov

Taboola Improves customer experiences with Azure Data Explorer
Taboola Improves customer experiences with Azure Data Explorer

How can you take billions of lines of log data, explore it to identify those hidden gems of information, and act on those insights instantly to improve your customers’ experience, enhance your products, and maintain a competitive advantage in a digital-first world?

This past week at PASS Summit 2018, Taboola, a discovery platform, shared how they are tackling this with the help of Azure Data Explorer, a lightning fast service optimized for data exploration. Azure Data Explorer allows users to get instant visibility into very large, raw datasets in near-real time to analyze performance, identify trends and anomalies, and diagnose problems.

Staying competitive

Taboola delivers personalized recommendations to more than one billion users every month, rendering 3 billion web pages daily on many of the web’s most innovative and highly visited websites. Thousands of leading publishers, marketers, and agencies utilize Taboola’s predictive technology to increase user engagement, monetize their traffic, and distribute their content to engaged audiences across the web. Ensuring customers achieve maximum success from their campaigns is crucial to Taboola’s success.

Taboola’s data generates more than 22 billion records of edge delivery logs daily. Taboola needed a way to quickly, simply, and cost-effectively analyze this edge delivery log

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13

Nov

Join Azure at Supercomputing 2018
Join Azure at Supercomputing 2018

This blog post was authored by the Azure High Performance Computing Team.

Every year at Supercomputing, over 12,000 researchers and practitioners come together to push the state of the art in high-performance computing forward. This year is no exception, and we’re excited to join the global HPC community in Dallas, Texas next week.

In booth #3442, Microsoft will showcase the work we have done to address key cloud migration blockers including price performance, simple/performant file access for both MPI and massive-read workloads, and challenges for hybrid HPC enterprises managing across cloud and on-premises clusters.

Over the last year, we have worked to deliver the most complete set of integrated services and solutions to enable customers to get started faster, run HPC workloads cost-effectively, easily migrate or burst workloads to Azure with little risk, and start to control costs/access across the hybrid HPC enterprise. These capabilities are highly scalable, deeply integrated, and very efficient in price-performance and time-to-value.

Specifically, at our booth we’ll show off these Azure HPC solutions:

Price-performant cloud infrastructure Virtual Machines: New releases of HPC Inifiniband interconnected VMs for leading price/performance and MPI scale: HB VMs with AMD EPYC processors, 60 cores, and 4GB RAM per core

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12

Nov

Start asking your questions for the Azure Monitor AMA now!
Start asking your questions for the Azure Monitor AMA now!

The Azure Monitor team is hosting a special Ask Me Anything session on Twitter, Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific Time. You can tweet to @AzureMonitor or @AzureSupport with #AzureMonitorAMA.

What’s an AMA session?

AMA stands for Ask Me Anything – this is an opportunity for Twitter users to send questions directly to the Azure Monitor Engineering team. We will be on standby to answer any questions you have about our products, services, or even our team!

Why are you doing an AMA?

We want to hear more from our customers and the community. We want to know how you use Azure, Azure Monitor, Application Insights, and Log Analytics, and how your experience has been. Your questions provide insights into how we can make the service better.

How do I ask questions on Twitter?

You can ask us your questions by putting “#AzureMonitorAMA” in your tweet. Your question can span multiple tweets by replying to first tweet you post with this hashtag. You can also directly message @AzureMonitor or @AzureSupport if you want to keep your questions private. You can start posting your questions before the scheduled time of the AMA, but we will start

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08

Nov

The smart way to a smarter city: Three critical considerations

The concept of smart buildings is generating lots of excitement, but what’s the transformation to intelligent cities look like at ground level for those in charge of making it happen? This post is the first in a series of three illustrating how Internet of Things technology can change urban areas for the better—for those who run them and those who live in them. First up, a rundown on the most common barriers to adoption for administrators embarking on the journey to a smarter city.

From traffic management to sewer maintenance to building management and infrastructure, cities around the world are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the lives of citizens and visitors. Networks of sensors connected to the cloud provide insights that make urban areas safer, more adaptive, and more economically robust. McKinsey estimates that the economic impact of IoT in cities could be as much as $1.6 trillion per year by 2025.

However, creating genuine impact with IoT isn’t easy. Cities are complex places, with layers of different IT systems; citizens, data, and infrastructure whose security needs protection; inflexible budgets; and intermeshing operations. Choosing the right platform is a lot more complicated when you don’t have the

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05

Nov

Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for MySQL at PASS SUMMIT!
Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for MySQL at PASS SUMMIT!

This blog post was authored by Debbi Lyons, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Marketing.

Get inspired by our industry-leading keynote speakers on the Microsoft data platform at PASS Summit 2018! There has never been a more exciting time for data professionals and developers as more organizations turn to data-driven insights to stay ahead and prepare for the future. For those wanting to know more about Azure SQL Database and migrating your SQL Server databases without changing your apps, we’ve got some great sessions for you.

Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, fully managed relational cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility. Learn about managed instances to accelerate app development and simplify maintenance using the SQL tools you love to use. 

Azure Database for MySQL provides a fully managed, enterprise-ready community MySQL database as a service. The MySQL Community edition helps you easily lift and shift to the cloud, using languages and frameworks of your choice. Azure Database for MySQL enables popular open source frameworks and languages, and it features tight integration with Azure Web Apps.

Below are three must attend sessions!

Introducing Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

In this session, we will talk about our newest offerings

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30

Oct

Microsoft @ DevCon4
Microsoft @ DevCon4

At DevCon in 2015, I announced support for Ethereum on Microsoft Azure. It was a humble beginning consisting of a private Ethereum network and a corresponding “Hello World” smart contract. Now in 2018, Azure supports all the major blockchain platforms and can deploy a wide variety of network configurations from a lab environment to more sophisticated consortium networks targeted at production workloads.

Since that time, we have engaged with hundreds of customers across every industry and every corner of the world. We have learned a lot about what business scenarios are viable and what it truly takes to deliver an end to end blockchain solution.

A key learning has been what it takes to build and establish blockchain networks. We strive to improve the overall lifecycle of these networks with better management capabilities, governance frameworks, and integrations with the cloud services needed to build dapps. One of the most impactful observations we have shared with the broader community is a requirement for untrusted networks to support robust applications with multiple participants using varying trust model’s privacy for its participants and potentially outcomes.

The previous statement might seem simple at first, but it’s quite complex if you examine some of the

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30

Oct

Your guide to Azure Stack, Azure Data Box, and Avere Ignite sessions

On behalf of the Azure Stack team, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Ignite 2018 attendees for the overwhelming response to our series of Azure Stack, Azure Data Box, and Avere sessions. Now, we’re thrilled to share the sessions on-demand to everyone, everywhere.

Before diving into the session videos below, I encourage you to learn more about the Azure solutions enabling a new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge computing. Read an excellent overview from Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, and visit our new Future of Cloud webpage.

Azure Stack

These sessions are packed with information, use cases, and guidance to help you understand the principles of Azure Stack. Explore use cases for implementing the solution and get started.

To help you zero in on content relevant to your interests and expertise, follow our two learning paths—four sessions tailored for operators and four sessions for developers (with a special session for CSPs), then explore over 12 additional sessions that drill down into topics that may interest you.

To learn more about Azure Stack, visit the Azure Stack website, view the documentation, download the development kit, and explore real-world stories of Azure Stack

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22

Oct

Expanding the HashiCorp partnership
Expanding the HashiCorp partnership

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to speak at HashiConf ’18. It’s always awesome to work with Mitchell, Armon, and the talented engineers at HashiCorp because I believe that we share the same focus on building pragmatic, open-source, and enterprise-ready tools for the cloud. With that strong vision and partnership in mind, I’m excited to describe some of the work that we have done since our announcements at last year’s HashiConf, to bring together the best of HashiCorp’s user focused experiences with the strengths of the Azure cloud.

Our engineering teams have collaborated to expand the resources and services supported by the Terraform provider for AzureRM and added several new integrations with HashiCorp Vault. For this post, I thought it would be beneficial for readers to see the great strides that we’ve made in our partnership with HashiCorp by reviewing some of the major milestones that we hit this year.

Terraform updates in Azure Cloud Shell

Honestly, Cloud Shell is one of my favorite features in Azure. A cloud-based workspace accessible from anywhere and on any device means that I can easily create, monitor and update my cloud resources regardless of where I am. For some time now, we have

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21

Oct

Microsoft and SWIFT make Azure cloud native payments a reality
Microsoft and SWIFT make Azure cloud native payments a reality

Today at Sibos 2018, the world’s premier financial services event, Microsoft and SWIFT announced a cloud native proof of concept (POC) to host SWIFT infrastructure and enable cloud native payment transfers on Microsoft Azure. Together, the two companies are working to facilitate the future deployment of SWIFT messaging solutions in the cloud, enabling faster, more efficient and secure operations for banks, corporates, service bureaus, and other payments ecosystem players.

SWIFT is the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services used and trusted by more than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories. Today, enterprises and banks conduct these transactions by sending payment messages over the highly secure SWIFT network, leveraging on-premises installations of SWIFT technology. The proof of concept creates a bank-like wire transfer experience with the added operational, security and intelligence benefits the Microsoft Cloud offers.

“This is a big step forward in demonstrating the potential of the cloud in improving back-office operational efficiency. SWIFT continually seeks to reduce and remove friction and eliminate operational inefficiencies within the financial services payment ecosystem,” said Arnaud Boulnois, head of customer platforms at SWIFT. “Cloud adoption continues to increase within the financial services industry, and we are thrilled

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16

Oct

Accelerating AI in healthcare: Security, privacy, and compliance

Healthcare is drowning in data. Every patient brings a record that could span decades, with x-rays, MRIs, and other data that can affect every decision. Providers and payers bring their own collateral to the table. Skills, policies, and certifications are just the start. Complying with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) present additional burdens on any process. But there is a remedy: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (machine learning) are powerful tools that can change the way healthcare organizations deal with the tsunami of healthcare data.

Use cases where AI can help vary from diagnostic imaging to predicting the patient length of stay, and even chatbots. But these initiatives must avoid breaches, ransomware, and other privacy compliance issues.

Join this upcoming webinar live on October 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, bringing you thought leaders from across the healthcare industry including:

Andrew Hicks, VP, Healthcare Assurance Services at Coalfire Mitch Parker, Executive Director, Information Security, and Compliance at IU Health David Houlding, Principal Healthcare lead at Microsoft

Each presenter will provide practical advice on how to address security, privacy, and compliance with AI solutions in healthcare.

Key takeaways: AI in healthcare trends and risks

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