Category Archives : Last week in Azure

22

Oct

Azure.Source – Volume 54
Azure.Source – Volume 54

Now in preview

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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15

Oct

Azure.Source – Volume 53
Azure.Source – Volume 53

Now in preview

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

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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The Azure Podcast | Episode 250 – SignalR

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08

Oct

Azure.Source – Volume 52
Azure.Source – Volume 52

Now in preview

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.

Azure Friday | Get cloud-scale analytics

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02

Oct

Azure.Source – Volume 51
Azure.Source – Volume 51

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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21

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 50
Azure.Source – Volume 50

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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).

Now generally available

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

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17

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 49
Azure.Source – Volume 49

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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10

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 48
Azure.Source – Volume 48

Now in preview

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

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03

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 47
Azure.Source – Volume 47

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27

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 46
Azure.Source – Volume 46

Now in preview

Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade – One way to reduce exposure to an attack is to limit the amount of time that a port on your virtual machine is open. Ports only need to be open for a limited amount of time for you to perform management or maintenance tasks. Just-In-Time VM Access helps you control the time that the ports on your virtual machines are open. It leverages network security group (NSG) rules to enforce a secure configuration and access pattern.

Respond to threats faster with Security Center’s Confidence Score – Azure Security Center provides you with visibility across all your resources running in Azure and alerts you of potential or detected issues. Security Center can help your team triage and prioritize alerts with a new capability called Confidence Score. The Confidence Score automatically investigates alerts by applying industry best practices, intelligent algorithms, and processes used by analysts to determine whether a threat is legitimate and provides you with meaningful insights.

Tuesdays with Corey

Tuesdays With Corey | Awesome Demo of Azure Migrate tool – Corey Sanders, Corporate VP – Microsoft Azure Compute

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27

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 46
Azure.Source – Volume 46

Now in preview

Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade – One way to reduce exposure to an attack is to limit the amount of time that a port on your virtual machine is open. Ports only need to be open for a limited amount of time for you to perform management or maintenance tasks. Just-In-Time VM Access helps you control the time that the ports on your virtual machines are open. It leverages network security group (NSG) rules to enforce a secure configuration and access pattern.

Respond to threats faster with Security Center’s Confidence Score – Azure Security Center provides you with visibility across all your resources running in Azure and alerts you of potential or detected issues. Security Center can help your team triage and prioritize alerts with a new capability called Confidence Score. The Confidence Score automatically investigates alerts by applying industry best practices, intelligent algorithms, and processes used by analysts to determine whether a threat is legitimate and provides you with meaningful insights.

Tuesdays with Corey

Tuesdays With Corey | Awesome Demo of Azure Migrate tool – Corey Sanders, Corporate VP – Microsoft Azure Compute

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