Category Archives : Last week in Azure

21

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 50
Azure.Source – Volume 50

Now in preview

Jenkins Azure ACR Build plugin now in public preview – Azure Container Registry (ACR) Build is a suite of features within ACR. It provides cloud-based container image building for Linux, Windows, and ARM, and can automate OS and framework patching for your Docker containers. Now you can use Azure ACR Plugin in Jenkins to build your Docker image in Azure Container Registry based on git commits or from a local directory. One of the best things about ACR build is you only pay for the compute you use to build your images.

Also in preview Update Management: Pre/post tasks, dynamic groups, and update inclusion The Azure Podcast

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The Azure Podcast | Episode 247 – Partner Spotlight – Snowflake – Cynthia, Evan and Cale talk to Leo Giakoumakis, head of Snowflake’s Seattle Development Center, about their Data warehouse platform built for the cloud (and now available on Azure).

Now generally available

Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs now generally available – Many industries are required to retain business-related communications in a Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) or immutable state that ensures they are non-erasable and non-modifiable for a specific retention interval. Immutable

17

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 49
Azure.Source – Volume 49

Welcome to Azure DevOps

The big news last week was the introduction of Azure DevOps, which represents the evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). Azure DevOps is a set of five new services that can be used together as a unified product, independently as stand-alone services or in any combination: Azure Pipelines, Azure Boards, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, and Azure Artifacts. Azure Pipelines is a fully-managed CI/CD service that enables developers to continuously build, test, and deploy any type of app, to any platform or cloud, which is available with free, unlimited CI/CD minutes for open source projects and integrated with the GitHub CI marketplace. In partnership with GitHub, we built an extension for Visual Studio Code that give developers the ability to review GitHub pull request source code from within the editor.

 

Azure DevOps & Azure Pipelines Launch Keynote – Learn all about our announcement from hosts Jamie Cool, Donovan Brown and guests who will cover what’s new in Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, our GitHub CI integration and much more. Watch more content here: aka.ms/AzureDevOpsLaunch.

Introducing Azure DevOps – Announcement blog post from Jamie Cool, Director of Program Management, Azure

10

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 48
Azure.Source – Volume 48

Now in preview

Avere vFXT for Microsoft Azure now in public preview – The Avere vFXT for Azure is a high-performance cache for HPC workloads in the cloud that provides low-latency access to Azure compute from Azure Blob and file-based storage locations. The Avere vFXT for Azure has no charge associated with licensing; however, costs associated with consumption do apply at normal rates. Avere Systems joined Microsoft earlier this year.

Powerful Debugging Tools for Spark for Azure HDInsight – Microsoft runs one of the largest big data cluster in the world – internally called “Cosmos”, which runs millions of jobs across hundreds of thousands of servers over multiple exabytes of data. Being able to run and manage jobs of this scale by developers was a huge challenge. We built powerful tools that graphically show the entire job graph, which helped developers greatly and we want to bring that power to all HDInsight Spark developers. The default Spark history server user experience is now enhanced in HDInsight with rich information on your spark jobs with powerful interactive visualization of Job Graphs & Data Flows. The new features greatly assist Spark developers in job data management, data sampling, job monitoring and job

03

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 47
Azure.Source – Volume 47

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27

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 46
Azure.Source – Volume 46

Now in preview

Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade – One way to reduce exposure to an attack is to limit the amount of time that a port on your virtual machine is open. Ports only need to be open for a limited amount of time for you to perform management or maintenance tasks. Just-In-Time VM Access helps you control the time that the ports on your virtual machines are open. It leverages network security group (NSG) rules to enforce a secure configuration and access pattern.

Respond to threats faster with Security Center’s Confidence Score – Azure Security Center provides you with visibility across all your resources running in Azure and alerts you of potential or detected issues. Security Center can help your team triage and prioritize alerts with a new capability called Confidence Score. The Confidence Score automatically investigates alerts by applying industry best practices, intelligent algorithms, and processes used by analysts to determine whether a threat is legitimate and provides you with meaningful insights.

Tuesdays with Corey

Tuesdays With Corey | Awesome Demo of Azure Migrate tool – Corey Sanders, Corporate VP – Microsoft Azure Compute

27

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 46
Azure.Source – Volume 46

Now in preview

Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade – One way to reduce exposure to an attack is to limit the amount of time that a port on your virtual machine is open. Ports only need to be open for a limited amount of time for you to perform management or maintenance tasks. Just-In-Time VM Access helps you control the time that the ports on your virtual machines are open. It leverages network security group (NSG) rules to enforce a secure configuration and access pattern.

Respond to threats faster with Security Center’s Confidence Score – Azure Security Center provides you with visibility across all your resources running in Azure and alerts you of potential or detected issues. Security Center can help your team triage and prioritize alerts with a new capability called Confidence Score. The Confidence Score automatically investigates alerts by applying industry best practices, intelligent algorithms, and processes used by analysts to determine whether a threat is legitimate and provides you with meaningful insights.

Tuesdays with Corey

Tuesdays With Corey | Awesome Demo of Azure Migrate tool – Corey Sanders, Corporate VP – Microsoft Azure Compute

20

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 45
Azure.Source – Volume 45

Now generally available

Announcing VNet service endpoints general availability for MySQL and PostgreSQL – Virtual network service endpoints for Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL in all regions where the service is available for General Purpose and Memory Optimized servers. You can use virtual network service endpoints to isolate connectivity to your logical server from only a subnet or a set of subnets within your virtual network. The traffic to Azure Database for MySQL from your virtual network always stays within the Azure backbone network. Preference for this direct route is over any specific routes that take internet traffic through virtual appliances or on-premises.

News and updates

New customizations in Azure Migrate to support your cloud migration – Azure Migrate is a generally available service, offered at no additional charge, that helps you plan your migration to Azure. Azure Migrate discovers servers in your on-premises environment and assesses each discovered server’s readiness to run as an IaaS VM in Azure. Several new features in Azure Migrate enable you to customize the assessments to meet your migration needs, including support for Reserved Instances (RI) and specifying VM series and storage types.

Azure HDInsight Apache Phoenix now supports Zeppelin – Apache

13

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 44
Azure.Source – Volume 44

Now in preview

Announcing the public preview of Windows Container Support in Azure App Service – Windows Server Containers in Web App are now available in public preview. Azure App Service provides pre-defined application stacks on Windows like ASP.NET or Node.js, running on IIS. The preconfigured Windows environment locks down the operating system from administrative access, software installations, changes to the global assembly cache, and so on. If your application requires more access than the preconfigured environment allows, you can deploy a custom Windows container instead. Azure App Service caches several parent images to reduce start-up time.

New Azure #CosmosDB JavaScript SDK 2.0 now in public preview – Version 2.0 RC of the JavaScript SDK for SQL API is now available in public preview, which is also open source and available via NPM. For the SQL API, we support a JavaScript SDK to enable development against Azure Cosmos DB from JavaScript and Node.js projects. Version 2.0 of the SDK is written completely in TypeScript, and we’ve redesigned the object model and added support for promises.

Now generally available

Announcing general availability of Azure SQL Database reserved capacity – Azure SQL Database reserved capacity is generally available and is now

06

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 43
Azure.Source – Volume 43

Now in preview

Announcing public preview of Azure IoT Hub manual failover feature – IoT Hub cloud service manual failover enables customers to failover an IoT hub instance from its primary Azure region to its corresponding geo-paired region with a recovery time objective (RTO) of 10 min–2 hours. The IoT Hub service provides cross-regional automatic disaster recovery as a default mitigation for region-wide failures or extenuated outages, which has an RTO of 2 – 26 hours. If your business uptime goals are not satisfied by the RTO that the Microsoft-initiated failover provides, you should consider using manual failover to trigger the failover process yourself.

Azure Monitor: Route AAD Activity Logs using diagnostic settings – Azure Monitor diagnostic settings enable you to stream log data from an Azure service to three destinations: an Azure storage account, an Event Hubs namespace, and/or a Log Analytics workspace. This allows you to easily route logs from any Azure service to a data archive, SIEM tool, or custom log processing tool. Now you can route your AAD audit and sign-in logs to these same destinations, centralizing all of your Azure service logs in one pipeline.

Now generally available

General availability of instance size flexibility for

06

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 43
Azure.Source – Volume 43

Now in preview

Announcing public preview of Azure IoT Hub manual failover feature – IoT Hub cloud service manual failover enables customers to failover an IoT hub instance from its primary Azure region to its corresponding geo-paired region with a recovery time objective (RTO) of 10 min–2 hours. The IoT Hub service provides cross-regional automatic disaster recovery as a default mitigation for region-wide failures or extenuated outages, which has an RTO of 2 – 26 hours. If your business uptime goals are not satisfied by the RTO that the Microsoft-initiated failover provides, you should consider using manual failover to trigger the failover process yourself.

Azure Monitor: Route AAD Activity Logs using diagnostic settings – Azure Monitor diagnostic settings enable you to stream log data from an Azure service to three destinations: an Azure storage account, an Event Hubs namespace, and/or a Log Analytics workspace. This allows you to easily route logs from any Azure service to a data archive, SIEM tool, or custom log processing tool. Now you can route your AAD audit and sign-in logs to these same destinations, centralizing all of your Azure service logs in one pipeline.

Now generally available

General availability of instance size flexibility for