Many customers use Azure Stream Analytics to continuously monitor massive amounts of fast-moving streams of data to detect issues that do not conform to expected patterns and prevent catastrophic losses. This in essence is anomaly detection. Built-in machine learning models for anomaly detection in Azure Stream Analytics significantly reduces the complexity and costs associated with building and training machine learning models. This feature is now available for public preview worldwide. See how to use simple SQL language to author and deploy powerful analytics processing logic that can scale-up and scale-out to deliver insights with millisecond latencies.
Device builders can now bring the security of Azure Sphere to products even faster than ever before. The Azure Sphere 19.02 release is now available in preview and focuses on broader enablement of device capabilities, reducing time to market with new reference solutions, and continuing to prioritize features based on feedback from organizations building with Azure Sphere. To build applications that leverage this new functionality, you will need to ensure that
Now in preview Account failover now in public preview for Azure Storage
If you want to control storage account failover so that you can determine when storage account write access is required and the secondary replication state is understood, account failover for geo-redundant storage (GRS) enabled storage accounts is now available in preview. If the primary region for your geo-redundant storage account becomes unavailable for an extended period of time, you can force an account failover. As is the case with most previews, account failover should not be used with production workloads. There is no production SLA until the feature becomes generally available.
Reference data is a dataset that is static or slow changing in nature that you can correlate with real-time data streams to augment the data. Stream Analytics leverages versioning of reference data to augment streaming data by the reference data that was valid at the time the event was generated. You can try using Azure SQL Database as a source of reference data input to your Stream Analytics job today. This feature is available for public preview in all Azure regions. This feature is also
Now available in preview Read Replicas for Azure Database for PostgreSQL now in preview
Scale out read-heavy workloads on Azure Database for PostgreSQL with read replicas, which enable continuous, asynchronous replication of data from one Azure Database for PostgreSQL master server to up to five Azure Database for PostgreSQL read replica servers in the same region. Replica servers are read-only except for writes replicated from data changes on the master. Stopping replication to a replica server causes it to become a standalone server that accepts reads and writes. Replicas are new servers that can be managed in similar ways as normal standalone Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers. For each read replica, you are billed for the provisioned compute in vCores and provisioned storage in GB/month.
Scaling out the reporting workload for a BI Reporting workload with read replicas
Now generally available Announcing the general availability of Lsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines
Power your high throughput and high IOPS workloads including big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, and large transactional databases with Lsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), which run on the AMD EPYCTM 7551 processor with an all core boost of 2.55GHz. The Lsv2-series VMs offer various configurations
Now in preview Introducing IoT Hub device streams in public preview
Azure IoT Hub device streams is a new PaaS service that addresses the need for security and organization policy compliance by providing a foundation for secure end-to-end connectivity to IoT devices. At its core, an IoT Hub device stream is a data transfer tunnel that provides connectivity between two TCP/IP-enabled endpoints: one side of the tunnel is an IoT device and the other side is a customer endpoint that intends to communicate with the device. IoT Hub device streams address end-to-end connectivity needs by leveraging an IoT Hub cloud endpoint that acts as a proxy for application traffic exchanged between the device and service. IoT Hub device streams are particularly helpful when devices are placed behind a firewall or inside a private network.
Azure API Management has just introduced preview support of OpenAPI Specification v3 – the latest version of the broadly used open-source standard of describing APIs. We based the implementation of this feature on the OpenAPI.NET SDK. OpenAPI Specification is a widely-adopted industry standard that enables you to
Now in preview Azure Monitor logs in Grafana – now in public preview
Grafana offers great dashboarding capabilities, rich visualizations, and integrations with over 40 data sources. Grafana integration is now available in preview for Microsoft Azure Monitor logs. This integration is achieved through the new Log Analytics plugin, now available as part of the Azure Monitor data source. If you’re already using Grafana for your dashboards, this new plugin can help you create a single pane of glass for your various monitoring needs. The new plugin enables you to display any data available in Log Analytics, such as logs related to virtual machine performance, security, Azure Active Directory which has recently integrated with Log Analytics, and many other log types including custom logs.
Support for HDInsight in Microsoft Azure CLI is now available in public preview. With the addition of the new HDInsight command group, you can now utilize all of the features and benefits that come with the familiar cross-platform Azure CLI to manage your HDInsight clusters.With the addition of the new HDInsight command group, you can now utilize all of the features and benefits that come with
Now generally available Announcing the general availability of Azure Data Box Disk
Azure Data Box Disk, an SSD-based solution for offline data transfer to Azure, is now generally available in the US, EU, Canada, and Australia, with more country/regions to be added over time. Each disk is an 8 TB SSD that can copy data up to USB 3.1 speeds and support the SATA II and III interfaces. The disks are encrypted using 128-bit AES encryption and can be locked with your custom passkeys. In addition, check out the end of this post for an announcement about the public preview for Blob Storage on Azure Data Box. When this feature is enabled, you will be able to copy data to Blob Storage on Data Box using blob service REST APIs.
The following Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service features are now generally available: Symmetric key attestation support; Re-provisioning support; Enrollment-level allocation rules; and Custom allocation logic. The IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is a helper service for IoT Hub that enables zero-touch, just-in-time provisioning to the right IoT hub without requiring human intervention, enabling you to provision millions of
The Azure Migrate service assesses on-premises workloads for migration to Azure. The service assesses the migration suitability of on-premises machines, performs performance-based sizing, and provides cost estimations for running on-premises machines in Azure. If you’re contemplating lift-and-shift migrations, or are in the early assessment stages of migration, this service is for you. Azure Migrate now supports Azure Government as a migration project location. This means that you can store your discovered metadata in an Azure Government region (US Gov Virginia). In addition to Azure Government, Azure Migrate supports storing the metadata in United States and Europe geographies. Support for other Azure geographies is planned for the future.
Last month, built-in Python images for Azure App Service on Linux became available in public preview for Python 3.7 and 3.6. Python 2.7 is now available in the public preview of Python on Azure App Service (Linux). When you use the official images for Python on App Service on Linux, the platform automatically installs the dependencies specified in the requirements.txt file.
If you’re interested in building with Python on Azure, be sure to check out
Announces the public preview of Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) with Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) support for Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a new deployment option in SQL Database that combines the best of on-premises SQL Server with the operational and financial benefits of an intelligent, fully-managed relational database service. TDE with BYOK support has been generally available for single databases and elastic pools since April 2018. TDE with BYOK support is offered in addition to TDE with service managed keys which is enabled on all new Azure SQL Databases, single databases, pools, and managed instances by default.
Announces a public preview of a new feature in Azure SQL Database, both in logical server and Managed Instance, called CLUSTERED COLUMNSTORE ONLINE INDEX build. This operation enables you to migrate your data stored in row-store format to the columnstore format and maintain your columnstore data structures with the minimal downtime on your workload. Learn why this format is valuable and how it can compress data and boost the performance
KubeCon North America 2018 KubeCon North America 2018: Serverless Kubernetes and community led innovation!
Brendan Burns, Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft Azure and co-founder of the Kubernetes project, provides a welcome to KubeCon North America 2018, which took place last week in Seattle. In his post, Brendan provides a retrospective on Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), including how engineers at companies such as Maersk, Siemens, and Bosch benefited from adoption of AKS in their solutions. He also provides an overview of the various announcements we made at KubeCon. With Docker, Bitnami, Hashicorp, and others we announced the Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) specification, which is a new distributed application package that combines Helm or other configuration tools with Docker images to provide a complete, self-installing cloud applications. He also announced that Microsoft is donating the likeness of Phippy, and all of your favorites from the Children’s Illustrated Guide to Kubernetes to the CNCF, and the release of a special second episode of the guide, Phippy Goes to the Zoo, which covers ingresses, CronJobs, CRDs, and more.
Azure Stack enables you to run your containers on-premise in pretty much the same you as you do with global
Microsoft Connect(); 2018
On Tuesday, December 4th, Microsoft Connect(); 2018 provided a full day of developer-focused content—including updates on Azure and Visual Studio, keynotes, demos, and real-time coding with experts. Scott Guthrie’s keynote provided all the Azure and Visual Studio news on how you can stay productive and focus on what matters to you.
Guthrie’s keynote was followed by a demo-packed session hosted by Scott Hanselman and friends that provided a full tour on how you can build your apps on Azure using best-in-class developer tools.
The day continued with coding sessions hosted on Twitch and Mixer, where developers joined interactive Q&As to share what they’ve been building with Azure. An additional collection of announcement and programming language-focused videos provided a deeper dive into the topics that were covered. You can access all of this content for on-demand viewing on the Microsoft Connect(); 2018 site.
Eric Boyd, Corporate Vice President, Azure AI, shares several new announcements we made at Microsoft Connect(); to enable organizations to easily apply AI to transform their businesses, which are covered in further detail in the next four blog posts below.