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We are excited to announce the general availability of Azure premium files for customers optimizing their cloud-based file shares on Azure. Premium files offers a higher level of performance built on solid-state drives (SSD) for fully managed file services in Azure.
Premium tier is optimized to deliver consistent performance for IO-intensive workloads that require high-throughput and low latency. Premium file shares store data on the latest SSDs, making them suitable for a wide variety of workloads like databases, persistent volumes for containers, home directories, content and collaboration repositories, media and analytics, high variable and batch workloads, and enterprise applications that are performance sensitive. Our existing standard tier continues to provide reliable performance at a low cost for workloads less sensitive to performance variability, and is well-suited for general purpose file storage, development/test, backups, and applications that do not require low latency.
Data is rarely simple. Not every piece of data we
News and updates Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure
With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s offer of free extended security updates for three years provides a new lease on life to these servers while giving organizations time to upgrade. Learn how easy it is to protect your SQL databases in Azure.
Last month, Microsoft released Azure Blockchain Service making it easy for anyone to quickly setup and manage a blockchain network and providing a foundation for developers to build a new class of multi-party blockchain applications in the cloud. To enable end-to-end development of these new apps, we’ve collaborated with teams from Visual Studio Code to Azure Logic Apps and Microsoft Flow to Azure DevOps, to deliver a high-quality experience that integrates Microsoft tools developers trust and open-source tools they love. Now we have doubled down on our relationship by announcing an official partnership between our organizations to bring Truffle blockchain
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One of the largest gatherings of healthcare IT developers will come together on the Microsoft campus June 10-12 for HL7 FHIR DevDays, with the goal of advancing the open standard for interoperable health data, called HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, pronounced “fire”). Microsoft is thrilled to host this important conference, and engage with the developer community on everything from identifying immediate use cases to finding ways for all of us to hack together in ways that help advance the FHIR specification.
For businesses today, data is indispensable. Innovative ideas in manufacturing, health care, transportation, and financial industries are often the result of capturing and correlating data from multiple sources. Now more than ever, the ability to reliably ingest and respond to large volumes of data in real time is the key to gaining competitive advantage for consumer and commercial businesses alike. To meet these big data challenges, Azure Event Hubs offers a fully managed and massively scalable distributed streaming platform designed for a plethora of use cases from telemetry processing to fraud detection.
We’re now sharing our ability to provide Azure public services that meet U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High impact level and extend FedRAMP High Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) to all of our Azure public regions in the United States. Achieving FedRAMP High means that both Azure public and Azure Government data centers and services meet the demanding requirements of FedRAMP High, making it easier for more federal agencies to benefit from the cost savings and rigorous security of the Microsoft Commercial Cloud.
We are excited to share the preview of the Autoscale feature for Azure HDInsight. This feature enables enterprises to become more productive and cost-efficient by automatically scaling clusters up or down based on the load or a customized schedule.
Kubernetes is taking the app development world by storm. Earlier this month, we shared that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was the fastest growing compute service in Azure’s history. Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows
Azure makes big news at Build 2019
What a great week we had at Build 2019! We all had tremendous fun meeting developers, talking about new technologies, and sharing our vision for the future. Plus, the weather was nearly perfect, and attendees had time to see some sights and sample Seattle’s terrific restaurant scene.
Azure was one of the stars of the show. And as you can imagine, we had a ton of announcements to make that we think are really going to benefit developers using Azure. Three of the top ones:
Offering serverless Kubernetes has been key part of our vision to make Kubernetes simpler for everyone. At Build we announced the general availability of AKS virtual notes and Azure Dev Spaces, as well as Kubernetes-based Event-driven Autoscaling, and a preview of Azure Policy support for Azure Kubernetes Service.
We continue to innovate to make our DevOps services even easier and more productive. We were excited to announce new innovations to help our customers build better apps. GitHub and Azure play big parts in this.
We’re really looking forward to Microsoft Build 2019, our premier event for developers happening next week, May 6-8 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. It’s a chance for developers to gain access to the latest updates and developments across Microsoft’s products and solutions, understand our strategy and product roadmaps, and learn about new technology and open source software in innovative ways. Even the weather in Seattle looks like it’s going to cooperate.
The Azure team is of course a big part of Build. We’ll be giving loads of presentations, and also posting a wide range of blog posts providing more details about what we share throughout the event. This Channel 9 video gives you a look ahead with the Azure IoT team:
As we’re gearing up for Microsoft Build 2019, the IoT Show goes into Azure IoT’s building on the Microsoft Campus to meet some of the speakers who are preparing awesome IoT content for you.
In the meantime, there’s plenty of other stuff going on around Azure right now. Here are some of the highlights:
News and updates: Intelligent edge innovation across data, IoT, and mixed reality
We’re at an incredibly exciting technology inflection point. The
Spark + AI Summit 2019 Spark + AI Summit – Developing for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge
Last week at Spark + AI Summit 2019, Microsoft announced joining the open source MLflow project as an active contributor. Developers can use the standard MLflow tracking API to track runs and deploy models directly into Azure Machine Learning service. We also announced that managed MLflow is generally available on Azure Databricks and will use Azure Machine Learning to track the full ML lifecycle. The combination of Azure Databricks and Azure Machine Learning makes Azure the best cloud for machine learning. Databricks open sourced Databricks Delta, which Azure Databricks customers get greater reliability, improved performance, and the ability to simplify their data pipelines. Lastly, .NET for Apache Spark is available in preview, which is a free, open-source, .NET Standard compliant, and cross-platform big data analytics framework.
With only a few lines of code you can start integrating the power of Azure Cognitive Services into your big data workflows