Category Archives : Serverless

29

Apr

Real-time application scenarios such as chat for streaming videos, interactive whiteboards for remote education, and IoT dashboards are becoming ever more popular. Businesses are keen to build such applications for enhanced user experiences and real-time interactions with end customers.

Today, we are announcing the preview of the Azure Web PubSub service for building real-time web applications with WebSockets. WebSocket is a standardized protocol that provides full-duplex communication. It is key to building efficient real-time web interactions and is supported by all major browsers as well as web servers. Azure Web PubSub enables you to use WebSockets and the publish-subscribe pattern to easily build real-time web applications, like live monitoring dashboards, cross-platform live chat, real-time location on maps, and more.

Figure 1: Azure Web PubSub service usage scenarios

Fully managed, globally available

Real-time scenarios often require high-frequency data flows and large quantities of concurrent connections between the client and server. For example, a finance app to visualize market data may need up to 100,000 connections and live data with low latency in milliseconds. A non-trivial infrastructure setup is required to get such functionality up and running at scale. To implement a WebSocket-based real-time experience, a developer would first need to set up infrastructure for

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22

Apr

OK, all you #AzureTrivia fans! This year, we’re ramping up the fun and the challenge of everyone’s favorite cloud services game, so get ready to get your trivia on—this is going to be the best year yet.

It’s bigger. Every week, ten lucky winners will be chosen at random. That means 40 people at the end of this will get major trivia bragging rights.

It’s better. Not only do you get to flaunt your trivia muscles, but we’re giving away a prize that you’ll be able to put to good use—a super cool IoT DevKit. Have fun and experience new learnings by building cloud-enabled IoT apps.

It’s faster. To up the ante—and the thrill—this year, there are only four weeks to play—so make each week count.

How to play

Starting April 26, 2021, check out @Azure every Monday on Twitter for a new Azure-related question to tackle. Get it right, and you’ll be entered to win a weekly prize. Just select your answer from multiple choices and tweet out the correct answer no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Thursday each week. (Be sure to use the handy auto-generated tweet, including #AzureTrivia and the original image, for official

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17

Mar

Customers with qualifying subscription types* can now try the new serverless SQL pool and Apache Spark pool resources in Azure Synapse Analytics using free quantities until July 31, 2021. Sign-in to your Azure Synapse Analytics account to get started.

Serverless SQL pool

Customers can enjoy up to 10TB of free queries per month using the serverless SQL pool resource until July 31, 2021.

  Free quantity Serverless *10 TB of free queries per month until July 31, 2021

The new flexible service model for query processing in Azure Synapse Analytics allows data teams to use both serverless and dedicated options. Organizations can now choose the most cost-effective option for each use case—enjoying the advantages of a data lake for quick data exploration with pay-per-query pricing and or a dedicated data warehouse for more predictable and mission-critical workloads.

A serverless SQL pool is serverless, so there’s no infrastructure to set up or clusters to maintain. A default endpoint for this service is provided within every Azure Synapse Analytics workspace, so customers can start querying data as soon as the workspace is created.

Apache Spark pool

Customers can enjoy up to 120 free vCore-hours per month

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10

Mar

In 2021, each month we will be releasing a monthly blog covering the webinar of the month for the Low-code application development (LCAD) on Azure solution. LCAD on Azure is a new solution to demonstrate the robust development capabilities of integrating Low-code Microsoft Power Apps and the Azure products you may be familiar with.  
This month’s webinar is Deliver Java apps quickly using Custom Connectors in Power Apps. In this blog, I will briefly recap Low-code application development on Azure, how the app was built with Java on Azure, app deployment, and building the app’s front end and user interface (UI) with Power Apps.

What is Low-code application development on Azure?

Low-code application development (LCAD) on Azure was created to help developers build business applications faster with less code, leveraging the Power Platform, and more specifically Power Apps, yet helping them scale and extend their Power Apps with Azure services.  

For example, a pro developer who works for a manufacturing company would need to build a line-of-business (LOB) application to help warehouse employees track incoming inventory. That application would take months to build, test, and deploy. However, with Power Apps’ it can take hours to build, saving time and

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22

Feb

In 2021, each month we will be releasing a monthly blog covering the webinar of the month for the low-code application development (LCAD) on Azure solution. LCAD on Azure is a new solution to demonstrate the robust development capabilities of integrating low-code Microsoft Power Apps and the Azure products you may be familiar with.  

This month’s webinar is A Deep Dive into Serverless Applications on Power Apps and Azure. In this blog, I will briefly recap low-code application development on Azure, provide an overview of serverless, reasons for why to build a serverless Power App, and what to look forward to in the webinar’s demos.

What is low-code application development on Azure? 

Low-code application development (LCAD) on Azure was created to help developers build business applications faster with less code, leveraging the Power Platform, and more specifically, Power Apps—helping them scale and extend their Power Apps with Azure services.  

For example, a pro developer who works for a manufacturing company would need to build a line-of-business (LOB) application to help warehouse employees track incoming inventory. That application would take months to build, test, and deploy. However, with Power Apps’ it can take hours to build, saving time and resources. However, say the

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08

Feb

As customers grow their mission critical workloads, scaling up to manage spiky workloads in house can become an expensive proposition. Icertis, a leading provider of contract lifecycle management in the cloud, had one such workload managing over 7.5 million contracts spanning over a trillion dollars. The Icertis Contract Intelligence (ICI) platform is hosted entirely on Azure, providing their customers with new flexibility and scale to suit any size organization. Managing the growing number of customers and the volatility of daily spikes in database workload demand required manual interventions through an in-house solution that soon proved costly to maintain. Icertis needed an automated solution that could instantly scale when they needed it and chose Azure SQL Database serverless, improving their client query response times by over 80 percent while managing costs better.

Azure SQL Database serverless is a compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. Serverless automatically scales compute when needed and pauses during inactive periods. With per-second billing, customers only pay for the compute resources used, potentially saving significant money in the process.

“Billing with serverless is per second, versus per hour using provisioned compute, and scaling up and down

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30

Nov

Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Customize language in budget alerts Preview new views optimized for resources and reservations What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure Recent changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Customize language in budget alerts

Budgets allow you to get notified as you breach predefined thresholds. You can set up budgets for yourself or for others within your organization to drive accountability and proactively notify teams about potentially

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27

Oct

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score Create subscriptions with ARM templates Tell us what you need when verifying billed charges What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score

Wouldn’t it be great to have some assurances that you’re running your workloads in a cost-efficient manner? That’s exactly what Azure Advisor gives you and now, with the Advisor Score, it’s easier than ever for you

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07

Oct

With the wrong architecture, APIs can be a bottleneck to not only your applications but to your entire business. Bottlenecks such as downtime, low performance, or high application complexity, can result in exaggerated infrastructure and organizational costs and lost revenue. Serverless APIs mitigate these bottlenecks with autoscaling capabilities and consumption-based pricing models.

Once you start thinking of serverless as not only a remover-of-bottlenecks but also as an enabler-of-business, layers of your application infrastructure become a source of new opportunities. This is especially true of the API layer, as APIs can be productized to scale your business, attract new customers, or offer new services to existing customers, in addition to its traditional role as the communicator between software services.

Given the increasing dominance of APIs and API-first architectures, companies and developers are gravitating towards serverless platforms to host APIs and API-first applications to realize these benefits. One serverless compute option to host API’s is Azure Functions, event-triggered code that can scale on-demand, and you only pay for what you use. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of global enterprises will have deployed a serverless functions platform by 2025, up from only 20 percent today. You can publish Azure Functions through API

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30

Sep

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management + Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Simplify financial reporting with cost allocation, now in preview. Connector for AWS is now generally available. Get pay-as-you-go rates for all Azure products and services. What’s new in Cost Management Labs. Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting. 15 ways to optimize your Azure costs. New ways to save money with Azure. Upcoming changes to Azure usage data. Documentation updates.

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Simplify financial reporting with cost allocation, now in preview

Managing cloud

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