We are pleased to announce the Azure Functions Premium plan in preview, our newest Functions hosting model. This plan enables a suite of long requested scaling and connectivity options without compromising on event-based scale. With the Premium plan you can use pre-warmed instances to run your app with no delay after being idle, you can run on more powerful instances, and you can connect to VNETs, all while automatically scaling in response to load.
We are happy to announce Windows Server 2019 Container support in public preview. Using a custom Windows container in App Service lets you make OS changes that your app needs, so it’s easy to migrate on-premises app that requires custom OS and software configuration. Windows Container support is available in our West US, East US, West Europe, North Europe, East Asia, and East Australia regions. Windows Containers are not supported in App Service Environments at present.
Build a Successful Hybrid Strategy
Do you have workloads in the cloud & on-premises? Then you know how important it is to have a comprehensive hybrid design and implementation plan. To help you approach hybrid cloud even more effectively, Microsoft announced two new hybrid cloud services: Azure Stack HCI Solutions and Azure Data Box Edge. Whether you need a single or multi-cloud, or are looking to bring intelligent edge computing to your business, you need a consistent and secure environment, no matter where your data resides.
The ability for customers to embrace both public cloud and local datacenter, plus edge capability, is enabling customers to improve their IT agility and maximize efficiency. The benefit of a hybrid approach is also what continues to bring customers to Azure, the one cloud that has been uniquely built for hybrid. We haven’t slowed our investment in enabling a hybrid strategy, particularly as this evolves into the new application pattern of using intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. We are continuing to expand
Now in preview Windows Virtual Desktop now in public preview on Azure
The public preview of the Windows Virtual Desktop service is now available on Azure. Customers can now access the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, while enjoying built-in security and compliance. Access to Windows Virtual Desktop is available through applicable RDS and Windows Enterprise licenses.
Support for PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio is now available in preview. Azure Data Studio is a cross-platform modern editor focused on data development. It’s available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. We’re also introducing a corresponding preview PostgreSQL extension in Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Both Azure Data Studio and Visual Studio Code are open source and extensible – two things that PostgreSQL itself is based on. If your primary
AzCopy in Azure Storage Explorer is now in public preview. AzCopy is a popular command-line utility that provides performant data transfer into and out of a storage account. AzCopy enhances the performance and reliability through a scalable design, where concurrency is scaled up according to the number of machine’s logical cores. Azure Storage Explorer provides the UI interface for various storage tasks, and now it supports using AzCopy as a transfer engine to provide the highest throughput for transferring your files for Azure Storage. This capability is available today as a preview in Azure Storage Explorer.
Announcing the preview of Workload Importance for Azure SQL Data Warehouse on the Gen2 platform. Manage resources more efficiently with Azure SQL Data Warehouse – a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform for enterprises of all sizes. Workload importance gives data engineers the ability to use importance to classify requests. Requests with higher importance are guaranteed quicker access to resources which helps meet SLAs.
Also available in preview Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in France Central, Korea Central,
Now in preview Azure Premium Blob Storage public preview
Announcing the public preview of Azure Premium Blob Storage. Premium Blob Storage is a new performance tier in Azure Blob Storage, complimenting the existing Hot, Cool, and Archive tiers. Premium Blob Storage is ideal for workloads with high transactions rates or require very fast access times, such as IoT, Telemetry, AI, and scenarios with humans in the loop such as interactive video editing, web content, online transactions, and more.
Service Fabric Processor is a new library for consuming events from an Event Hub that is directly integrated with Service Fabric, it uses Service Fabric’s facilities for managing partitions, reliable storage, and for more sophisticated load balancing. Service Fabric Processor is currently in preview and available on NuGet. The source code and a sample application is available on GitHub. See post for links.
Introducing auto-tiering and auto-expiration functionalities to our “Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge” module and are now available in public preview. Azure Blob Storage on IoT Edge is a light-weight, Azure-consistent module which provides local block blob storage allowing you to
Azure Spatial Anchors, a mixed reality service that enables you to build a new generation of mixed reality applications that are collaborative, cross-platform, and spatially aware, is now in public preview. Across industries, developers and businesses are using mixed reality in their daily workflows and giving us feedback on what they’d like to see next. When we look across all the mixed reality solutions that customers have built, two things stand out: they want to easily share their mixed reality experiences and place applications in the context of the real world. Learn about two application patterns gaining momentum across industries, and how Azure Spatial Anchors can help you deliver them with greater ease and speed.
Microsoft Azure Sentinel is available in preview in the Azure portal. Security can be a never-ending saga—a chronicle of increasingly sophisticated attacks, volumes of alerts, and long resolution timeframes where today’s Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) products can’t keep pace. We’ve reimagined a new cloud-native SIEM tool called Microsoft Azure Sentinel to provide intelligent security analytics at cloud scale
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-source-volume-71/Now in preview Preview: Distributed tracing support for IoT Hub Announcing distributed tracing support for IoT Hub now in public preview. As with most IoT solutions, including our Azure IoT reference architecture, an IoT message travels from a device through READ MORE
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