Category Archives : Last week in Azure

09

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 26
Azure.Source – Volume 26

Last week, Azure expanded its global footprint with new regions available for Australia and New Zealand. In addition, updates were made to reduce your Azure cost, such as flexible new ways to purchase Azure SQL Database, a new inexpensive pricing tier in Azure IoT Hub for device to cloud telemetry, and a new pricing model for Azure monitoring services.

Now in preview

A flexible new way to purchase Azure SQL Database – Recently announced with SQL Database Managed Instance, the vCore-based purchasing model reflects our commitment to customer choice by providing flexibility, control, and transparency. As with Managed Instance, the vCore-based model makes the Elastic Pool and Single Database options eligible for up to 30 percent savings with the Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

SQL Database: Long-term backup retention preview includes major updates – The preview of long-term backup retention in Azure SQL Database, announced in October 2016, has been updated with a set of major enhancements based on customer feedback requesting more regional support, more flexible backup policies, management of individual backups, and streamlined configuration.

Also in preview

Public preview: Read scale-out support for Azure SQL Database

Now generally available

Application Security Groups now generally available in all

09

Apr

Seamlessly upgrade Azure SQL Data Warehouse for greater performance and scalability

Azure SQL Data Warehouse recently announced the preview release of the Optimized for Compute performance tier providing customers with an enhanced offering of the service. With this major release, the service now has a 5X increase in compute scalability and unlimited storage for columnar data. Along with the increased capacity, customers are realizing an average increase of 5X in performance for query workloads. For existing Optimized for Elasticity customers wanting to capitalize on these benefits, there is now an option to seamlessly upgrade via the Azure Portal. The easy to use upgrade experience via the Azure Portal has no downtime associated with exporting and reimporting of the data.

Upgrade to optimize for performance

You can now upgrade to the latest performance tier within the Azure Portal. This will result in no change to your connection string details:

To learn more about the upgrade process, visit our upgrade documentation. If you need help for a POC, contact us directly. Stay up-to-date on the latest Azure SQL DW news and features by following us on Twitter @AzureSQLDW.

02

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 25
Azure.Source – Volume 25

One of the biggest news items out of last week was the arrival of Virtual Machine Serial Console access in public preview in all global regions. This is something customers have wanted for some time and the team was ecstatic to finally deliver it. Down below, you’ll find a blog post and episodes of Tuesdays with Corey and Azure Friday that go into all the details and show how it works.

Now in preview

Virtual Machine Serial Console access – Virtual machine serial console enables bidirectional serial console access to your virtual machines. The preview is available in global Azure regions. To try it, look for Serial console (Preview) in the Support+Troubleshooting section of your virtual machine. Serial Console access requires you to have VM Contributor or higher privileges to the virtual machine. This will ensure connection to the console is kept at the highest level of privileges to protect your system.

Preview: SQL Database Transparent Data Encryption with Azure Key Vault configuration checklist – Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse offer encryption-at-rest by providing Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all data written to disk, including databases, log files and backups. The TDE protector is by default managed by the

26

Mar

Azure.Source – Volume 24
Azure.Source – Volume 24

Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL, the next generation of Azure Alerts, and Azure Databricks are now generally available. Last week, we were at GDC 2018 in San Francisco with representation from Azure, PlayFab and Xbox. Meanwhile at OCP Summit 2018 in San Jose, we presented on Project Denali, Project Cerebrus, and SONiC. See all the details below on those topics and more.

Now in preview

Azure DNS Private Zones now available in public preview – Azure DNS Private Zones enables customers to host DNS zones within their virtual networks, and it enables name resolution both within and across virtual networks. You can also configure zone names with a split-horizon or split-brain view, allowing a private and public DNS zone to share the same name. Azure DNS Private Zones is available in all Azure regions.

Also in preview Public preview: Low-priority VMs on virtual machine scale sets Now generally available

Announcing general availability of Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL – Available in preview since May 2017, both services are now generally available with built-in high availability, a 99.99% availability SLA, elastic scaling for performance, and industry leading security and compliance to Azure. Azure Database for MySQL is

19

Mar

Last week in Azure #23: Week of March 12
Last week in Azure #23: Week of March 12

Last week in Azure, we were at the Rice Oil and Gas HPC conference showing how high-performance computing in the cloud is helping companies in that industry get more done. This week, we’ll be at GDC 2018 showing game developers how Azure can handle the management of their gaming platforms so that they can focus on what they do best: make games that make headlines. Week after week, we’re demonstrating how Azure is the cloud for all.

Now in preview

New machine-assisted text classification on Content Moderator now in public preview – Content Moderator enables you to create a complete, configurable content moderation lifecycle by combining automated moderation with human reviews and workflows. Going beyond existing technology that flags profanity terms, the text classification feature helps detect potentially undesired content that may be deemed as inappropriate depending on context. In addition, it can recommend a human review of the content. The text classification feature is in preview and supports the English language.

Now generally available

Azure Data Lake launches in the West Europe region – Azure Data Lake Store (a hyperscale repository for big data analytics workloads) and Azure Data Lake Analytics (a distributed analytics service that makes big data

12

Mar

Last Week in Azure #22: Week of March 5
Last Week in Azure #22: Week of March 5

Last week, it became even more evident that Azure is the best place for all of your applications and data with numerous announcements about investments that dramatically expand the choice and ROI of moving your SQL Server and open source applications to Azure. But these investments aren’t just about Azure. They deliver deeper platform consistency across on-premises and cloud with a rich open source application framework and database support, and expanded cost-savings for Microsoft customers.

Now in preview

Making Azure the best place for all your applications and data – SQL Server customers can now try the preview for SQL Database Managed Instance (see: Migrate your databases to a fully managed service with Azure SQL Database Managed Instance), an Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server license benefit, Azure Database Migration Service preview for Managed Instance, and the preview for Apache Tomcat® support in Azure App Service. This post also forecasts the general availability of Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL in the coming weeks, making even easier to bring your open source powered applications to Azure.

Introducing SQL Information Protection for Azure SQL Database and on-premises SQL Server! – SQL Information Protection (SQL IP) introduces a set of advanced services

05

Mar

Last week in Azure #21: Week of February 26
Last week in Azure #21: Week of February 26

A post on the Microsoft Imagine blog (Students: Get career-ready with Azure for Students) announced the new Azure for Students offer, which gets verified students started with US$100 in Azure credits to be used within the first 12 months plus select free services (subject to change) without requiring a credit card at sign-up. For all the details, see the Azure for Students FAQ.

Now in preview

Announcing new milestones for Microsoft Cognitive Services vision and search services in Azure – Microsoft Custom Vision service, now available in public preview on the Azure portal, makes it possible for developers to easily train a classifier with their own data, export the models and embed these custom classifiers directly in their applications, and run it offline in real time on iOS, Android and many other edge devices. In addition, Bing Entity Search, which developers can use to identify the most relevant entity based on searched terms and provide primary details about those entities is now generally available on the Azure portal.

Now generally available

Confidently plan your cloud migration: Azure Migrate is now generally available! – Azure Migrate is offered at no additional charge and provides appliance-based, agentless discovery of your on-premises environments.

26

Feb

Last week in Azure: NPM’s Service Endpoint Monitor in preview, and more

Now is a great time to learn more about Azure Cosmos DB through seven-part technical training series that started rolling out recently. The first part provides a technical overiew, and the second part on how to create a more intelligent and responsive globally distributed serverless application. Both are available now for on-demand viewing. You can join Part 3 live for an overview of both Graph API and Table API on Tuesday this week (10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time, UTC-8). Subsequent parts are rolling out weekly through the end of March. Learn more and register for all of them here: Azure Cosmos DB Technical Training Series.

Now in preview

Monitor network connectivity to applications with NPM’s Service Endpoint Monitor – public preview – Network Performance Monitor (NPM) introduces Service Endpoint Monitor in preview, which integrates the monitoring and visualization of the performance of your internally hosted & cloud applications with the end-to-end network performance. You can create HTTP, HTTPS, TCP and ICMP based tests from key points in your network to your applications, allowing you to quickly identify whether the problem is due to the network or the application.

Introducing backup for Azure file shares – Azure Backup now enables a native

19

Feb

Last week in Azure: Azure SDK for Go GA, and more
Last week in Azure: Azure SDK for Go GA, and more

On Wednesday, Microsoft CVP, Charlotte Yarkoni announced Microsoft for Startups, a new program that delivers access to technology, go-to-market and community benefits that helps startups grow their customer and revenue base. Of note, the program provides startups with up to $120,000 in free Azure credits, enterprise grade technical support and development tools – supporting the languages of their choice, such as Node.js, Java and .NET.

The Go gopher has cause to celebrate as the Azure SDK for Go became generally available, including an Azure for Go developers documentation hub that brings together quickstarts, code samples, and API reference to manage and interact with Azure services from your Go applications.

Now in preview

Preview of Log Alerts feature for Application Insights – You can now create alerts that automatically run log queries at regular intervals from Azure Log Analytics and Application Insights. If the results of the log query match particular criteria, it will create an alert record and automatically run one or more actions to proactively notify you of the alert, or invoke another process, such as running runbooks using Action Groups.

Microsoft Azure Data Lake Storage in Storage Explorer – public preview – With the release of Azure Data

12

Feb

Last week in Azure: Living the serverless life, Kubernetes, and more

Several of the items highlighted below focus on serverless solutions where you don’t need to provision and manage any servers so that you can take your mind off implementing infrastructure. Building a serverless application on Azure using services like Azure Functions, Logic Apps, and Azure Cosmos DB frees you to focus on what’s truly unique about your solution.

Last week, I published a special three-part episode series of Azure Friday that features Donovan Brown and Ralph Squillace exploring the open source tool chain that enables container-native, microservice-oriented app development & delivery in Kubernetes. While you’re at it, be sure to listen to last week’s Azure Podcast, which featured Kubernetes co-founder Brendan Burns. 

Now generally available

Azure M/B/V3-series VMs are now generally available in UK – Azure M/V3/B-series of VM sizes are now available in the UK South region. M-series is perfectly suited for your large in-memory database workloads like SQL Server with the In-Memory OLTP functionality and other contenders in this space. Dv3 and Ev3 VMs are some of the first VMs to enable nested virtualization and Hyper-V containers. B-series VMs provide the lowest cost option for customers with flexible vCPU requirements.

Azure #CosmosDB Graph API now generally available