Category Archives : Last week in Azure



Last week in Azure: Event Grid GA, Ansible in Cloud Shell, and more

Last week in Azure, Azure Event Grid, a fully managed, scalable and flexible event routing service became generally available. Event Grid enables you to build reactive, event-driven apps with a fully managed event routing service using a publish-subscribe model to connect data sources and event handlers, automate operations, and integrate applications.

In addition, Ansible is now pre-installed in Bash in Cloud Shell. Ansible is an open-source product that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, and application deployments. By using Ansible, you can provision virtual machines, containers, and cloud infrastructures. You can also use Ansible to automate the deployment and configuration of resources in your environment.

Now in preview

Integrate Azure Security Center alerts into SIEM solutions – Announces the public preview of a new feature, SIEM Export, which enables you to export Azure Security Center alerts into popular SIEM solutions such as Splunk and IBM QRadar.

Now generally available

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Grid – Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service that simplifies the development of reactive, event-driven applications, is now generally available.

Network Watcher Connection Troubleshoot now generally available – Azure Network Watcher Connection Troubleshoot, previously in preview as Connectivity Check, is now generally



Last week in Azure: New Zone Redundant capabilities now in preview, and more

Last week in Azure, several announcements were made for Zone Redundant capabilities now in public preview that build on Azure Availability Zones. In addition, new backup and update capabilities make it easier to manage and help protect your virtual machines. There’s also a new, intuitive and simplified onboarding experience for Azure Site Recovery service for VMware to Azure.

Now in preview

Zone Redundant Virtual Machine Scale Sets now available in public preview – Zone Redundant Virtual Machine Scale Sets bring the scalability and ease of use of scale sets to availability zones by automatically spreading your virtual machines across availability zones. You don’t need to worry about distributing VMs across zones, choosing which VMs to remove when scaling in, etc.

Azure Zone Redundant Storage in public preview – Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) greatly simplifies development of highly available applications by storing three replicas of your data in different Availability Zones, with inserts and updates to data being performed synchronously across these Availability Zones. This enables you to continue to read and write data even if the data in one of the Availability Zones is unavailable or unrecoverable. ZRS is built over Availability Zones in Azure which provide resilience against failures



Last week in Azure: WAF integrates with Azure Security Center, and more

The first full work week of 2018 was a light week for new Azure functionality since everyone was returning from the holidays, but that won’t last for long.


#Azure #SQLDW, the cost benefits of an on-demand data warehousing – Learn how you can move from an on-premises static and monolithic data warehouse costing US$28k per month to an elastic Hub & Spoke data warehouse in the cloud optimized for performance and accessed by thousands of users with a potential cost saving of 50 percent.

Azure Security Center and Microsoft Web Application Firewall Integration – Azure Security Center now automatically discovers non-ASC provisioned Microsoft Web Application Firewall (WAF) instances. Previously provisioned WAF instances will be displayed in ASC security solutions pane under discovered solutions where the security admin can integrate them with Azure Security Center. Connecting existing Microsoft WAF deployments will help you take advantage of ASC detections regardless of how WAF was provisioned. Additional configuration settings such as custom firewall rules sets are available in the WAF console via links from Azure Security Center.

Manage and Auto-scale your IoT solution with a predictable IoT Cloud – A new sample solution is now available to show how to monitor and



Last week in Azure: Securing Azure infrastructure from CPU vulnerability, and more

As we ushered in 2018, our industry was busy responding to an industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability related to CPU data cache timing. We updated the Azure infrastructure to address this vulnerability at the hypervisor level. You can get more details about the steps taken to address this vulnerability here: Securing Azure customers from CPU vulnerability.

As announced last month (Azure portal update for classic portal users), today is the official sunset date for the Azure classic portal, The Azure portal (, which launched in December 2015, is now the place to find all of our services and your resources.


Azure Data Lake tools integrates with VSCode Data Lake Explorer and Azure Account – Learn about the Azure Data Lake Tools extension in VS Code, which provides a lightweight, cross-platform, authoring experience for U-SQL scripts.

Asynchronous refresh with the REST API for Azure Analysis Services – Introduces the REST API for Azure Analysis Services, which enables you to perform asynchronous data-refresh operations instead of using long-running HTTP connections from client applications.

Build richer apps with your time series data – Check out the new Time Series Insights (TSI) developer tools, which include an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, API



Last week in Azure: Azure HDInsight, Azure Cosmos DB, and more

Welcome to 2018! This edition of Last Week in Azure covers the final two weeks of 2017. Just before everyone disappeared for the holiday break here in Redmond, the news focused on Azure HDInsight.

Azure HDInsight

We lowered prices and raised capabilities for Azure HDInsight. Some capabilities of HDInsight, such as Apache Kafka and Azure Log Analytics integration, reached general availability, and the Enterprise Security Package released in Preview. You can also learn about how Xbox uses HDInsight to spelunk through a mountain of gaming data, and then check out how Fast SQL query processing in HDInsight performs at scale against industry standard TPCDS benchmarks.

You can get all of the details in the following Azure HDInsight posts:

Azure HDInsight announcements: Significant price reduction and amazing new capabilities Announcing Apache Kafka for Azure HDInsight general availability Azure HDInsight Integration with Azure Log Analytics is now generally available Xbox – Analytics on petabytes of gaming data with Azure HDInsight Enterprise Security Package preview for Azure HDInsight Azure HDInsight Performance Benchmarking: Interactive Query, Spark and Presto Data

New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2 – A list of over 25 new data connectors to enable copying data from additional data stores



Last week in Azure: Azure France regions, cost savings, and more

Two new Azure regions are now in preview in France: France Central in Paris, and France South in Marseille. These regions are part of Azure’s global portfolio of announced regions in 42 locations around the world. Availability Zones in France Central can be paired with the geographically separated France South region for regional disaster recovery while maintaining data residency requirements. This past week also saw new capabilities added to help manage cost on Azure. With Azure Cost Management, Azure is the only platform that offers an end-to-end cloud cost management and optimization solution to help customers make the most of cloud investment across multiple clouds. Cost Management is free to all customers to manage their Azure spend.


Microsoft Azure preview with Azure Availability Zones now open in France – The preview of Microsoft Azure in France is open today to all customers, partners and ISVs worldwide giving them the opportunity to deploy services and test workloads in these latest Azure regions. This is an important step towards offering the Azure cloud platform from our datacenters in France.

Cloud storage now more affordable: Announcing general availability of Azure Archive Storage – Learn how to reduce your storage costs by storing



Last week in Azure: OSBA, DevOps and Kubernetes, VM sizes, and more

Whether you followed KubeCon in Austin, or SpringOne Platform in San Francisco, there were several announcements of interest last week – especially if containers are of interest to you. See the links below to learn more about the Open Service Broker for Azure, projects that are bringing DevOps capabilities to Kubernetes and serverless on Azure, and the updated Azure Management Libraries for Java. In addition, several storage-optimized and burstable VM sizes are now available in GA.


Announcing the Lv2-Series VMs powered by the AMD EPYC™ processor – Lv2-Series VMs are next-generation storage-optimized VMs powered by AMD’s EPYC™ processors to support customers with demanding workloads like MongoDB, Cassandra, and Cloudera that are storage intensive and demand high levels of I/O.

Announcing the general availability of B-Series and M-Series – Burstable VM sizes (B-Series) and the largest VM sizes available in Azure (M-Series) are now GA.

cloud-init for RHEL 7.4 and CentOS 7.4 preview – Now you can migrate existing cloud-init Linux configurations to Azure from other environments. cloud-init allows for VM customization during VM provisioning, adding to the existing Azure parameters used to create a VM.


Connect your applications to Azure with Open Service Broker for Azure – The