Category Archives : Last week in Azure

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May

Azure.Source – Volume 31
Azure.Source – Volume 31

Build 2018

Last week, thousands of developers gathered in Seattle for Microsoft Build 2018, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, to learn how we are empowering them to advance the future of society with AI and the intelligent edge. This week’s Azure.Source covers a lot of content. For a more concise (TL;DR) summary of Build 2018, check out the Microsoft press release, Microsoft Build highlights new opportunity for developers, at the edge and in the cloud. For a roll-up of all the Azure announcements, see: Azure Announcements from Microsoft Build. And if you want to dig into all of the content delivered at Build 2018 session-by-session, you can now do so at Microsoft Build Live 2018.

New Azure innovations are helping developers write code today for tomorrow’s technology challenges – Scott Guthrie’s technology keynote at Build 2018 focused on the key areas of new Azure innovation that enable the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge – spanning developer tools, DevOps, containers, serverless, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).

Technology Keynote: Microsoft Azure – Watch the keynote to see how we are helping every developer be an AI developer on Azure. Learn about and see demos of

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04

May

Azure.Source – Volume 30
Azure.Source – Volume 30

Microsoft Build 2018 is just a few days away on May 7-9. Whether you can’t make it to Seattle or you just want to enhance your on-the-ground experience at the event, Microsoft Build Live brings you live as well as on-demand access to three days of inspiring speakers, spirited discussions, and virtual networking. The livestream gives you another way to connect, spark ideas, and deepen your engagement with the latest ideas in the cloud, AI, mixed reality, and more.

Now in preview

Python, Node.js, Go client libraries for Azure Event Hubs in public preview – Azure Event Hubs is expanding its ecosystem to support more languages. Azure Event Hubs is a highly scalable data-streaming platform processing millions of events per second. Event Hubs uses Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP 1.0) to enable interoperability and compatibility across platforms. Now, you can easily get started with Event Hubs with the addition of new client libraries for Go, Python, and Node.js in public preview.

Monitor Microsoft peering in ExpressRoute with Network Performance Monitor – public preview – Connectivity to Microsoft online services (Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure PaaS services) is through the Microsoft peering. We enable bi-directional connectivity between your WAN and

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Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 29
Azure.Source – Volume 29

Microsoft Build 2018 is only a short week away on May 7-9. Whether you can’t make it to Seattle or you just want to enhance your on-the-ground experience at the event, Microsoft Build Live brings you live as well as on-demand access to three days of inspiring speakers, spirited discussions, and virtual networking. The livestream gives you another way to connect, spark ideas, and deepen your engagement with the latest ideas in the cloud, AI, mixed reality, and more.

Now in preview

How Azure Security Center helps detect attacks against your Linux machines – Azure Security Center (ASC) is now extending its Linux threat detection preview program, both on cloud and on-premise. New capabilities include detection of suspicious processes, suspect login attempts, and anomalous kernel module loads. Security Center is using auditd for collecting machines’ events, which is one of the most common frameworks for auditing on Linux. Any Linux machine that runs auditd by default and is covered by Security Center will benefit from this public preview. This post will also walk you through an example of detection analytics in action in the form of malicious crypto coin mining. It also includes some tips on using Azure Log Analytics

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23

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 28
Azure.Source – Volume 28

Azure Security News at RSA Conference 2018

Last week, we made several Azure Security announcements in conjunction with RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco:

Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: Secure and power the intelligent edge – Microsoft Azure Sphere is a new solution for creating highly-secured, Internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. Azure Sphere includes three components that work together to protect and power devices at the intelligent edge: Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers (MCUs), Azure Sphere OS, and Azure Sphere Security Service.

Microsoft Azure Sphere Leadership Vision – Microsoft product and business leaders introduce Azure Sphere, the latest IoT offering from Microsoft that extends security and new consumer experiences to a whole new class of devices at the intelligent edge.

The 3 ways Azure improves your security – Learn how Azure provides value in three key areas – a secure foundation that is provided by Microsoft, built-in security controls to help you quickly configure security across the full-stack, and unique intelligence at cloud scale to help you safeguard data and respond to threats in real-time. Announcing new Azure Security Center capabilities at RSA 2018 – Azure Security Center provides centralized visibility of the

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16

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 27
Azure.Source – Volume 27

Welcome to Azure.Source #27! Last week in Azure, we made quite a few announcements about updates to Azure Stream Analytics, which you’ll find captured below. In addition, Microsoft was at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which provided an opportunity to reflect on how far Azure’s media services have come over the past year and the exciting future that lays ahead. For more information on that, see the Events section below.

Now in preview

Public preview: Integration of Stream Analytics with Azure Monitor – To improve the self-service troubleshooting experience, integration of Azure Stream Analytics with Azure Monitor is in preview. This integration provides a systematic way to deal with lost, late, or malformed data, while enabling efficient mechanisms to investigate errors caused by bad data.

Now generally available

General availability: Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio – To help maximize end-to-end developer productivity across authoring, testing, and debugging Stream Analytics jobs, Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio are now generally available.

News & updates

Seamlessly upgrade Azure SQL Data Warehouse for greater performance and scalability – Upgrade from the Optimized for Elasticity tier to the new Optimized for Compute performance tier with a simple click in the

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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