Category Archives : Updates

21

Mar

Data integration with ADLS Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer using Data Factory

Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer in early February, which arms Azure with unmatched price performance and security as one of the best clouds for analytics. Azure Data Factory (ADF), is a fully-managed data integration service, that empowers you to copy data from over 80 data sources with a simple drag-and-drop experience and operationalize and manage the ETL/ELT flows with flexible control flow, rich monitoring, and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) capabilities. In this blog post, we’re excited to update you on the latest integration in Azure Data Factory with ADLS Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer. You can now meet the advanced needs of your analytics workloads by leveraging these services.

Ingest and transform data with ADLS Gen2

Azure Data Lake Storage is a no-compromises data lake platform that combines the rich feature set of advanced data lake solutions with the economics, global scale, and enterprise grade security of Azure Blob Storage. Our recent post provides you with a comprehensive insider view on this powerful service.

Azure Data Factory supports ADLS Gen2 as a preview connector since ADLS Gen2 limited public preview. Now the connector has also reached general availability along

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20

Mar

Windows Virtual Desktop now in public preview on Azure

We recently shared the public preview of the Windows Virtual Desktop service on Azure. Now customers can access the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, while enjoying built-in security and compliance.

This means customers can now virtualize using multi-session Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows Server desktops and apps (RDS) to Windows Virtual Desktop for a simplified management and deployment experience with Azure. We also built Windows Virtual Desktop as an extensible solution for our partners, including Citrix, Samsung, and Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSP).

Access to Windows Virtual Desktop is available through applicable RDS and Windows Enterprise licenses. With the appropriate license, you just need to set up an Azure subscription to get started today. You can choose the type of virtual machines and storage you want to suit your environment. You can optimize costs by taking advantage of Reserved Instances with up to a 72 percent discount and using multi-session Windows 10.

You can read more detail about Windows

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19

Mar

March 2019 changes to Azure Monitor Availability Testing

Azure Monitor Availability Testing allows you to monitor the availability and responsiveness of any HTTP or HTTPS endpoint that is accessible from the public internet. You don’t have to add anything to the web site you’re testing. It doesn’t even have to be your site, you could test a REST API service you depend on. This service sends web requests to your application at regular intervals from points around the world. It alerts you if your application doesn’t respond, or if it responds slowly.

At the end of this month we are deploying some major changes to this service, these changes will improve performance and reliability, as well as allow us to make more improvements to the service in the future. This post will highlight some of the changes, as well as describe some of the changes you should be aware of to ensure that your tests continue running without any interruption.

Reliability improvements

We are deploying a new version of the availability testing service. This new version should improve the reliability of the service, resulting in fewer false alarms. This change also increases the capacity for the creation of new availability tests, which is greatly needed as Application Insights

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14

Mar

Microsoft Azure portal March 2019 update
Microsoft Azure portal March 2019 update

This month’s updates include an improved “All services” view, Virtual Network Gateway overview updates, an improved DNS Zone and Load Balancer creation experience, Management Group integration into Activity Log, redesigned overview screens for certain services within Azure DB, an improved creation experience for Azure SQL Database, multiple changes to the Security Center, and more updates to Intune.

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Here’s the list of March updates to the Azure portal: Shell Improved “All services” view IaaS Virtual network gateway overview updates New full-screen DNS zone and Load Balancer create blades Management experiences Management Group integration into Activity Log SQL Redesigned overview blade for Azure Database for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB services Improved creation experience for Azure SQL Database Azure Security Center Secure score added as a dashboard KPI New regulatory compliance dashboard Updated security policies Updated security recommendations Other Updates to Microsoft Intune Shell

Improved “All services” view

We have improved the “All services” view, the view that shows all available services and resources in Azure:

The entire screen’s real estate is now utilized to

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13

Mar

Spinning up cloud-scale analytics is even more compelling with Talend and Microsoft

Special thanks to Lee Schlesinger and the Talend team for their contribution to this blog post.

Following the significant announcement around the continued price-performance leadership of Azure Data Warehouse in February 2019, Talend announced support of Stitch Data Loader for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Stich Data Loader is Talend’s recent addition to its offering portfolio small and mid-market customers. With Stitch Data Loader, customers can load 5 million rows/month into Azure SQL Data Warehouse for free or scale up to an unlimited number of rows with a subscription.

All across the industry, there is a rapid shift to the cloud. Utilizing fast, flexible, and secure cloud data warehouse is an important first step in that journey. With Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Stitch Data Loader companies can get started faster than ever. The fact that ADW can be up to 14x faster, and 94 percent less expensive than similar options in the marketplace, should only help further accelerate adoption of cloud scale analytics by customers of all sizes.

Building pipelines to the cloud with Stitch Data Loader

The Stitch team built the Azure SQL Data Warehouse integration with the help of Microsoft engineers. The solution leverages Azure Blob Storage

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04

Mar

Azure Communications is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” session!

Have you ever wondered where those service notifications in the Azure Portal and the Azure Status page come from? Curious why some messages appear to have more information than others? Interested in learning more about what goes into an outage statement? This is your chance to find out!

The Azure Communications team will be hosting a special “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit and Twitter. The Reddit session will be held on Monday, March 11th, from 10:00 AM to noon PST. Customers can participate by posting to the /r/Azure subreddit when the AMA is live. The Twitter session will follow soon after on Wednesday, March 13th, from 10:00 AM to noon PST. Be sure to follow @AzureSupport before March 13th and tweet us during the event using the hashtag #AzureCommsAMA.

Who are we?

We are among the first responders during times of crisis – the ones who draft, approve, and publish most customer-facing communications when outages happen. You’ve probably seen our messages on the Azure Service Health blade in the Portal, the Azure Status webpage, or even on the @AzureSupport Twitter handle. We’d like to think we bridge the gap between customers and the action happening behind the scenes.

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27

Feb

Latest enhancements now available for Cognitive Services’ Computer Vision

This blog was co-authored by Lei Zhang, Principal Research Manager, Computer Vision

You can now extract more insights and unlock new workflows from your images with the latest enhancements to Cognitive Services’ Computer Vision service.

1. Enrich insights with expanded tagging vocabulary

Computer Vision has more than doubled the types of objects, situations, and actions it can recognize per image.

Before

Now

2. Automate cropping with new object detection feature

Easily automate cropping and conduct basic counting of what you need from an image with the new object detection feature. Detect thousands of real life or man-made objects in images. Each object is now highlighted by a bounding box denoting its location in the image.

3. Monitor brand presence with new brand detection feature

You can now track logo placement of thousands of global brands from the consumer electronics, retail, manufacturing, entertainment industries.

With these enhancements, you can:

Do at-scale image and video-frame indexing, making your media content searchable. If you’re in media, entertainment, advertising, or stock photography, rich image and video metadata can unlock productivity for your business. Derive insights from social media and advertising campaigns by understanding the content of images and videos and

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20

Feb

Update to Azure DevOps Projects support for Azure Kubernetes Service

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/update-to-azure-devops-projects-support-for-azure-kubernetes-service/

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14

Feb

Update 19.02 for Azure Sphere public preview now available
Update 19.02 for Azure Sphere public preview now available

The Azure Sphere 19.02 release is available today. In our second quarterly release after public preview, our focus is on broader enablement of device capabilities, reducing your time to market with new reference solutions, and continuing to prioritize features based on feedback from organizations building with Azure Sphere.

Today Azure Sphere’s hardware offerings are centered around our first Azure Sphere certified MCU, the MediaTek MT3620. Expect to see additional silicon announcements in the near future, as we work to expand our silicon and hardware ecosystems to enable additional technical scenarios and ultimately deliver more choice to manufacturers.

Our 19.02 release focuses on broadening what you can accomplish with MT3620 solutions. With this release, organizations will be able to use new peripheral classes (I2C, SPI) from the A7 core. We continue to build on the private Ethernet functionality by adding new platform support for critical networking services (DHCP and SNTP) that enable a set of brownfield deployment scenarios. Additionally, by leveraging our new reference solutions and hardware modules, device builders can now bring the security of Azure Sphere to products even faster than before.

To build applications that leverage this new funcionality, you will need to ensure that you have installed

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11

Feb

Get started quickly using templates in Azure Data Factory
Get started quickly using templates in Azure Data Factory

Cloud data integration helps organizations integrate data of various forms and unify complex processes in a hybrid data environment. A number of times different organizations have similar data integration needs and require repeat business processes. Data Engineers or data developers in these organizations want to quickly get started with building data integration solutions and avoid building same workflows repeatedly. Today, we are announcing the support for templates in Azure Data Factory (ADF) to get started quickly with building data factory pipelines and improve developer productivity along with reducing development time for repeat processes. The template feature enables a ‘Template gallery’ for our customers that contains use-case based templates, data movement templates, SSIS templates or transformation templates that you can use to get hands-on with building your data factory pipelines.

Simply click Create pipeline from template on the Overview page or click +-> Pipeline from template on the Author page in your data factory UX to get started.

Select any template from the gallery and provide the necessary inputs to use the template. You can also read detailed description about the template or visualize the end to end data factory pipeline.

You can also create new connections

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