Category Archives : Last week in Azure

06

Aug

Azure.Source – Volume 43
Azure.Source – Volume 43

Now in preview

Announcing public preview of Azure IoT Hub manual failover feature – IoT Hub cloud service manual failover enables customers to failover an IoT hub instance from its primary Azure region to its corresponding geo-paired region with a recovery time objective (RTO) of 10 min–2 hours. The IoT Hub service provides cross-regional automatic disaster recovery as a default mitigation for region-wide failures or extenuated outages, which has an RTO of 2 – 26 hours. If your business uptime goals are not satisfied by the RTO that the Microsoft-initiated failover provides, you should consider using manual failover to trigger the failover process yourself.

Azure Monitor: Route AAD Activity Logs using diagnostic settings – Azure Monitor diagnostic settings enable you to stream log data from an Azure service to three destinations: an Azure storage account, an Event Hubs namespace, and/or a Log Analytics workspace. This allows you to easily route logs from any Azure service to a data archive, SIEM tool, or custom log processing tool. Now you can route your AAD audit and sign-in logs to these same destinations, centralizing all of your Azure service logs in one pipeline.

Now generally available

General availability of instance size flexibility for

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30

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 42
Azure.Source – Volume 42

Now in preview

Azure App Service now supports Java SE on Linux – Support for Java SE 8-based applications on Linux in Azure App Service is now available in public preview. Now you can build and deploy Java web apps on a highly scalable, self-patching web hosting service where bug fixes and security updates will be maintained by Microsoft. Additional performance features include scaling to support millions of users with multiple instances, applications, and regions in a dynamic scaling intelligent configuration.

Build richer applications with the new asynchronous Azure Storage SDK for Java – Azure Storage SDK v10 for Java is currently in Preview and supports Blob storage only. Azure Storage SDK v10 for Java adopts the next-generation Storage SDK design providing thread-safe types that were introduced earlier with the Storage Go SDK release. This new SDK is built to effectively move data without any buffering on the client, and provides interfaces close to the ones in the Storage REST APIs.

Also in preview Public preview: Metric alerts for logs Public preview: Azure App Service support for Java SE on Linux Now generally available

Security Center’s adaptive application controls are generally available – Adaptive application controls help you define the

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23

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 41
Azure.Source – Volume 41

Now in preview

Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview – Azure Service Fabric Mesh is a fully-managed service that enables developers to deploy and operate containerized applications without having to manage VMs, storage or networking configuration, while keeping the enterprise-grade reliability, scalability, and mission-critical performance of Service Fabric. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers, so you can develop with the programming language and framework of your choice. The public preview of Service Fabric Mesh is available in three Azure regions – US West, US East, and Europe West. We will expand the service to other Azure regions in the coming months.

Azure Friday | Azure Service Fabric Mesh preview – Chacko Daniel joins Scott Hanselman to discuss Azure Service Fabric Mesh, which offers the same reliability, mission-critical performance and scale customers get with Service Fabric, but no more overhead of cluster management and patching operations. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers allowing you to develop with any programming language and framework of your choice.

Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience – Azure Security Center is available in public preview from within

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23

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 41
Azure.Source – Volume 41

Now in preview

Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview – Azure Service Fabric Mesh is a fully-managed service that enables developers to deploy and operate containerized applications without having to manage VMs, storage or networking configuration, while keeping the enterprise-grade reliability, scalability, and mission-critical performance of Service Fabric. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers, so you can develop with the programming language and framework of your choice. The public preview of Service Fabric Mesh is available in three Azure regions – US West, US East, and Europe West. We will expand the service to other Azure regions in the coming months.

Azure Friday | Azure Service Fabric Mesh preview – Chacko Daniel joins Scott Hanselman to discuss Azure Service Fabric Mesh, which offers the same reliability, mission-critical performance and scale customers get with Service Fabric, but no more overhead of cluster management and patching operations. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers allowing you to develop with any programming language and framework of your choice.

Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience – Azure Security Center is available in public preview from within

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16

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 40
Azure.Source – Volume 40

Highlights

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future – In preparation for Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this week (where partners and Microsoft meet to connect, learn, and collaborate to accelerate the digital transformation and success of our customers), Jason Zander (Executive Vice President, Microsoft Azure) highlighted new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their own digital transformation and build the critical foundations for cloud and AI. He showcases momentum from businesses and partners who are investing in intelligent tech from the cloud to the edge. This roundup post provides an overview of news items included below, including Azure Data Box Disk, Azure Virtual WAN, Azure Firewall, Azure SQL Data Warehouse performance, an offer for customers of Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, Azure Stack, and more.

Announcing new offers and capabilities that make Azure the best place for all your apps, data, and infrastructure – Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 are nearing the end of support in January 2020 and July 2019, respectively. Julia White (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure) explains how you can migrate to Azure with free Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 extended security updates for

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09

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 39
Azure.Source – Volume 39

Now in preview

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus VNET Service Endpoints in public preview – Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus joins the growing list of Azure services enabled for Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Virtual Network (VNet) service endpoints extend your virtual network private address space and the identity of your VNet to the Azure services, over a direct connection. Endpoints allow you to secure your critical Azure service resources to only your virtual networks. Traffic from your VNet to the Azure service always remains on the Microsoft Azure backbone network.

IP filtering for Event Hubs and Service Bus – IP Filter rules are now available in public preview for Service Bus Premium and Event Hubs Standard and Dedicated price plans. For scenarios in which you want Service Bus or Azure Event Hubs to only be accessible from certain well-known sites, IP filter rules enable you to configure when to reject or accept traffic originating from specific IPv4 addresses.

New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview – Azure Cosmos DB Explorer (https://cosmos.azure.com) is a full-screen, standalone web-based version of the Azure Cosmos DB Data Explorer found in the Azure portal, which provides a rich and unified developer experience

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09

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 39
Azure.Source – Volume 39

Now in preview

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus VNET Service Endpoints in public preview – Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus joins the growing list of Azure services enabled for Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Virtual Network (VNet) service endpoints extend your virtual network private address space and the identity of your VNet to the Azure services, over a direct connection. Endpoints allow you to secure your critical Azure service resources to only your virtual networks. Traffic from your VNet to the Azure service always remains on the Microsoft Azure backbone network.

IP filtering for Event Hubs and Service Bus – IP Filter rules are now available in public preview for Service Bus Premium and Event Hubs Standard and Dedicated price plans. For scenarios in which you want Service Bus or Azure Event Hubs to only be accessible from certain well-known sites, IP filter rules enable you to configure when to reject or accept traffic originating from specific IPv4 addresses.

New Azure #CosmosDB Explorer now in public preview – Azure Cosmos DB Explorer (https://cosmos.azure.com) is a full-screen, standalone web-based version of the Azure Cosmos DB Data Explorer found in the Azure portal, which provides a rich and unified developer experience

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02

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 38
Azure.Source – Volume 38

Announcements at GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit

Microsoft from GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: New Azure innovations will advance the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge – Mark Russinovich CTO, Microsoft Azure, covers announcements he made at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. He also discussed how customers are using the cloud and what the future holds with GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit. This post provides a roll-up of the announcements made at the summit, which are covered in more details in the posts below.

The next level in big data analytics

Azure simplifies cloud analytics – This post provides a roll-up of the big data analytics news, including the preview release of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, which unifies the core capabilities from the first generation of Azure Data Lake with a Hadoop compatible file system endpoint now directly integrated into Azure Blob Storage. This enhancement combines the scale and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance typically associated only with on-premises file systems.

Azure Friday | Episode 446 – Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 overview – James Baker joins Lara Rubbelke to introduce Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, which is redefining cloud

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25

Jun

Azure.Source – Volume 37
Azure.Source – Volume 37

Big Data Analytics

Microsoft deepens its commitment to Apache Hadoop and open source analytics – Last week, Hortonworks hosted the DataWorks Summit in San Jose, California, which is billed as the world’s premier big data community event for everything data. This post provides a rollup of Azure HDInsight info and reflects on the progress made since the start of Microsoft’s partnership with Hortonworks and contributions made to Apache projects, such as Hadoop, Kafka, and Spark. More details are also available in the four posts listed below.

Top 8 reasons to choose Azure HDInsight – Learn the top eight reasons why enterprises such as Adobe, Jet, ASOS, Schneider Electric, and Milliman are choosing Azure HDInsight for their big data applications.

Azure Data ingestion made easier with Azure Data Factory’s Copy Data Tool – The Copy Data Tool sets up a pipeline to accomplish the data loading task in minutes, without having to understand or explicitly set up Linked Services and datasets for source and destination. Now, it supports all 70+ on-prem and cloud data sources, and we will continue to add more connectors in the coming months.

Event trigger based data integration with Azure Data Factory – This post announces support

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18

Jun

Azure.Source – Volume 36
Azure.Source – Volume 36

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Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management in public preview – Both Blob-Level Tiering and Archive Storage help you optimize storage performance and cost. Blob-Level Tiering enables you to transition blobs between the Hot, Cool, and Archive tiers without moving data between accounts. In response to customer feedback, you can now automate blob tiering and retention with lifecycle management policies. Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management offers a rich, rule-based policy which you can use to transition your data to the best access tier and to expire data at the end of its lifecycle.

Exciting advances in Azure Alerts – From better alert management to Smart Groups – Three new features in Azure Monitor enable you to enumerate alerts at scale across log, metric or activity log alerts, filter alerts across subscriptions, manage alert states, look at alert instance specific details, and troubleshoot issues faster using SmartGroups that automatically group related alerts. Observe alerts across Azure deployments with the new alert enumeration experience and API. Change the state of an alert to reflect the current situation of the issue in their environment with Alert state management. To reduce alert noise and help in mitigating events faster, Smart Groups encapsulate mutliple

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