Live data local testing is now available for public preview in Azure Stream Analytics Visual Studio tools, which enables you to test jobs locally from the IDE using live event streams from Azure Event Hub, IoT Hub, and Blob Storage. The new local testing runtime can read live streaming data from the cloud or from a local static file. It works the same as the cloud runtime Azure Stream Analytics and therefore supports the same time policies needed for many testing scenarios. The query runs in a simulated environment suitable for a single server development environment and should only be used for query logic testing purposes. It is not suitable for performance/scalability and availability testing.
Also in preview Azure Event Grid, Advanced filtering – Public Preview Azure Container Instances custom Virtual Network support is in preview Azure App Service new Virtual Network Integration capability is in preview Apache Spark jobs gain up to nine times speed improvement with HDInsight IO Cache Approve and audit support access requests to VMs using Customer Lockbox for Azure Power BI service update Now generally available Avere vFXT for Azure
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The Text Analytics API is a cloud-based service that provides advanced natural language processing over raw text, and includes four main functions: sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, language detection, and entity linking. Named Entity Recognition (NER) is the ability to take free-form text and identify the occurrences of entities such as people, locations, organizations, and more. With just a simple API call, NER in Text Analytics uses robust machine learning models to find and categorize more than twenty types of named entities in any text documents. This adds to the suite of powerful and easy-to-use natural language processing solutions that make it easy to tackle many problems.
Also in preview Background on Azure Sphere tenant concept Public preview: Azure Container Instances support of managed identities Now generally available
PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell became generally available at Microsoft Ignite 2018. Azure Cloud Shell provides an interactive, browser-accessible, authenticated shell for managing Azure resources from virtually anywhere. With multiple access points, including the Azure portal, the stand-alone experience, Azure documentation, the Azure mobile app, and the Azure Account
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Announcing the public preview of Azure Digital Twins – Azure Digital Twins is an Azure IoT service that creates comprehensive models of the physical environment. Among its many features is the ability to create spatial intelligence graphs to model the relationships and interactions between people, spaces, and devices. Announced at Ignite last month in Orlando, Azure Digital Twins is now available in Public Preview. To provide concrete examples of how partners are packaging the capabilities present in Azure Digital Twins to create digital twins of physical environments, below are images of what finished solutions can look like and how they can be visualized.
IoT SWC 2018: IoT solutions for the built world – We attended the IoT Solutions World Congress (SWC) 2018 in Barcelona last week. Check out what was covered, including the public preview of the Vision AI developer kit and the announcement of Azure Digital Twins (see above).
Apache Spark jobs gain up to 9x speed up with HDInsight IO Cache – HDInsight IO Cache, a new transparent data caching feature of Azure HDInsight that provides customers with up to a 9x performance improvement for Apache Spark jobs, is now available in preview. Azure
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Protect data in use with the public preview of Azure confidential computing – Years of work with our silicon vendors have allowed us to bring application isolation technology to hardware in our datacenters to support this new VM family. While these virtual machines may ‘look and feel’ like standard VM sizes from the control plane, they are backed by hardware-based Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs), specifically the latest generation of Intel Xeon Processors with Intel SGX technology. You can now build, deploy, and run applications that protect data confidentiality and integrity in the cloud.
Azure Friday | Introducing new Azure API Management capabilities – Miao Jiang joins Scott Hanselman discuss the API economy and how companies must master the challenges inherent in building, maintaining, managing, and exposing APIs to participate. That’s where Azure API Management can help. Azure API Management is a solution for publishing APIs to external and internal consumers. With Azure API Management, you can take any backend system, hosted anywhere, and expose it through a modern API gateway.
The Azure Podcast
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Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage now in public preview – Azure Storage Advanced Threat Protection detects anomalies in account activity and notifies you of potentially harmful attempts to access your account. This layer of protection allows you to address threats without the need to be a security expert or manage security monitoring systems. Threats are surfaced by defining security alerts that trigger when anomalies in activity occur. These alerts integrate with Azure Security Center which include details of suspicious activity and recommendations on how to investigate and remediate threats.
Cloud Scale Analytics meets Office 365 data – empowered by Azure Data Factory – Azure Data Factory enables you to bring the rich organizational data in your Office 365 tenant into Azure in a scalable way and build analytics applications and extract insights based on these valuable data assets. Microsoft Graph contains rich data about workers and their workplace, including information about how people work and how they communicate, collaborate, and manage their time. Microsoft Graph data connect brings this data to Microsoft Azure, which gives you access to the best development and hosting tools to work with this data.
A Microsoft Ignite 2018 retrospective
As you probably know by now, many thousands of people descended on Orlando, Florida last week for Microsoft Ignite 2018. In this volume of Azure.Source, I’ve gathered in one place the links you need to dig through all of the announcements we made. As you will read and see below, a LOT happened last week.
Microsoft Ignite 2018 – Vision keynote – Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, kicks off Ignite and Envision 2018 with this keynote that lays out the Microsoft vision that will empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
IT and developer success with Microsoft Azure – Microsoft Azure gives you the freedom to build, manage, and deploy cloud native and hybrid applications on a massive, global cloud using your favorite tools and frameworks. Join Scott Guthrie, EVP Cloud + AI & Julia White, CVP Azure, as they demonstrate the latest advances.
Microsoft Ignite | The Tour – If you missed out on attending Ignite in Orlando, don’t fret – Ignite may be coming to a city near you over the coming months. Join us at the place where developers and tech professionals continue learning alongside experts.
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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).
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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
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
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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