Category Archives : Updates

16

Jan

ADF v2: Visual Tools enabled in public preview
ADF v2: Visual Tools enabled in public preview

ADF v2 public preview was announced at Microsoft Ignite on Sep 25, 2017. With ADF v2, we added flexibility to ADF app model and enabled control flow constructs that now facilitates looping, branching, conditional constructs, on-demand executions and flexible scheduling in various programmatic interfaces like Python, .Net, Powershell, REST APIs, ARM templates. One of the consistent pieces of customer feedback we received, is to enable a rich interactive visual authoring and monitoring experience allowing users to create, configure, test, deploy and monitor data integration pipelines without any friction. We listened to your feedback and are happy to announce the release of visual tools for ADF v2. The main goal of the ADF visual tools is to allow you to be productive with ADF by getting pipelines up & running quickly without requiring to write a single line of code. You can use a simple and intuitive code free interface to drag and drop activities on a pipeline canvas, perform test runs, debug iteratively, deploy & monitor your pipeline runs. With this release, we are also providing guided tours on how to use the enabled visual authoring & monitoring features and also an ability to give us valuable feedback.

15

Jan

Announcing the extension of Azure IP Advantage to Azure Stack

Azure IP Advantage now covers workloads deployed to Azure Stack. As customers rely on Azure Stack to enable hybrid cloud scenarios and extend the reach of Azure to their own data centers or in hosted environments, they increasingly need to navigate unfamiliar IP risks inherent in the digital world. The Azure IP Advantage benefits, such as the uncapped IP indemnification of Azure services, including the open source software powering these services, or the defensive portfolio of 10,000 patents, are available to customers innovating in the hybrid cloud with Azure Stack.

Customers use Azure Stack to access cloud services on-premises or in disconnected environments. For example, oil and gas giant Schlumberger use Azure Stack to enhance its drilling operations. Customers such as Saxo Bank also use Azure Stack in sovereign or regulated context where there is not an Azure region, while reusing the same application code globally. With Azure Stack, customers can rely on a consistent set of services and APIs to run their applications in a hybrid cloud environment. Azure IP Advantage IP protection benefits now cover customers consistently in the hybrid cloud.

With Azure IP Advantage, Azure Stack services receive uncapped indemnification from Microsoft, including for the open source

10

Jan

Azure Marketplace new offers in December 2017
Azure Marketplace new offers in December 2017

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. In December 2017, seven new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Heimdall Data SQL Optimization Platform: Heimdall Data is an all-in-one SQL platform for the application developer and DBA.

Luminate Security Connector: Luminate Security revolutionizes the way enterprises provide secure access to corporate applications and services hosted in Microsoft Azure.

Renku Language Detection Engine: Renku Language Detection Engine performs language detection on natural language text. When given input text, Renku applies statistical methods to determine probabilities of the text belonging to over 100 languages.

BeeGFS Free – Community Support: High performance distributed, parallel file system from Thinkparq.

Elastic Stack on Kubernetes: Bring your own license enabled. This application, from Visual Studio China, is free to use, without any software fees and is fully functional without limitations or the need to purchase a license.

Quartus® Pro and Intel® FPGA SDK For OpenCL™: The revolutionary Intel Quartus Prime design software includes everything you need to design for Intel FPGAs, SoCs, and CPLDs from design entry and synthesis

09

Jan

Azure Security Center and Microsoft Web Application Firewall Integration

Web applications are increasingly becoming targets of attacks such as cross-site scripting, SQL injection, and application DDoS. While OWASP provides guidance on writing applications that can make them more resistant to such attacks, it requires rigorous maintenance and patching at multiple layers of application topology. Microsoft Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Azure Security Center (ASC) can help secure web applications against such vulnerabilities.

Microsoft WAF is a feature of Azure Application Gateway (layer 7 load balancer) that protects web applications against common web exploits using OWASP core rule sets. Azure Security Center scans Azure resources for vulnerabilities and recommends mitigation steps for those issues. One such vulnerability is the presence of web applications that are not protected by WAF. Currently, Azure Security Center recommends a WAF deployment for public facing IPs that have an associated network security group with open inbound web ports (80 and 443). Azure Security Center offers provisioning of application gateway WAF to an existing Azure resource as well as adding a new resource to an existing web application firewall. By integrating with WAF, Azure Security Center can analyze its logs and surface important security alerts.

In some cases, the security admin may not have resource permissions

03

Jan

Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure
Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure

I’m excited to announce that the AzureCAT patterns and practices team has published new guidance about microservices titled Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure.

Microservices have become a popular architectural style for building cloud applications that are resilient, highly scalable, and able to evolve quickly. To be more than just a buzzword, however, microservices require a different approach to designing and building applications.

In this set of articles, we explore how to build and run a microservices architecture on Azure, using Kubernetes as a container orchestrator. Future articles will include Service Fabric. Topics include:

Using Domain Driven Design (DDD) to design a microservices architecture. Choosing the right Azure technologies for compute, storage, messaging, and other elements of the design. Understanding microservices design patterns. Designing for resiliency, scalability, and performance. Building a CI/CD pipeline.

Throughout, we focus on an end-to-end scenario for a drone delivery service that lets customers schedule packages to be picked up and delivered via drone. A reference implementation for this project is available on GitHub.

The reference implementation includes a number of different Azure and open source technologies:

Azure Container Service (Kubernetes) to run frontend and backend services. Azure Functions to run event driven services. Linkerd

03

Jan

Build richer apps with your time series data
Build richer apps with your time series data

Today, we are pleased to announce the release of new TSI developer tools, including an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, API code samples, and easy-to-follow documentation for developers. TSI’s developer tools will shorten the time it takes to get started developing. Using these developer tools, customers can more easily embed TSI’s platform into custom applications to power charts/graphs, compare data from different points in time, and dynamically explore trends and correlations in their data.

As organizations transition their go-to-market and business models from selling devices to selling services, they are developing companion applications that provide operational insights and analytics to their customers.  Much of the data required to power these applications is time series, but large volumes of time series data can be very challenging to store and query. Time Series Insights (TSI) takes the burden of time series data management away from these organizations, and TSI’s platform capabilities enable developers to build applications that provide valuable insights to their customers.

Why time series data is difficult to embed in applications today

Time series data at IoT-scale can lead to high latency and long rendering times when querying traditional databases. Many customers have told us that it’s easy to hang

21

Dec

Azure Backup now supports BEK encrypted Azure virtual machines

Azure Backup stands firm on the promise of simplicity, security, and reliability by giving customers a smooth and dependable experience across scenarios. Continuing on the enterprise data-protection promise, today, we are excited to announce the support for backup and restore of Azure virtual machines encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) for managed or unmanaged disks. This announcement augments the existing capability to backup VMs encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) and Key Encryption Key(KEK). This support is available using Portal and PowerShell.

Key benefits

With this release, Azure Backup provides:

Backup of VMs encrypted using BEK-only as well as BEK and KEK both: Azure Backup now supports backup of VMs encrypted using BEK along with the already supported scenario of BEK and KEK both. The BEK(secrets) and KEK(keys) backed up are encrypted so they can be read and used only when restored back to key vault by the authorized users. Backup of both managed and unmanaged disks in encrypted VMs: Application-consistent backup for both managed and unmanaged disks is supported now which gives user the freedom to create any kind of encrypted VM and then back it up using Azure Backup. Value proposition

This feature provides:

Simplified experience: With this release,

20

Dec

New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2
New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2

We keep enriching the breadth of connectivity in Azure Data Factory to enable customers to ingest data from various data sources into Azure when building modern data warehouse solutions or data-driven SaaS applications. Today, we are excited to announce that Azure Data Factory newly enabled copying data from the following data stores using Copy Activity in V2. You can always find the full supported connector list from supported data stores, and click into each connector topic there to learn more details.

Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Beta) Azure Database for PostgreSQL Concur (Beta) Couchbase (Beta) Drill (Beta) Google BigQuery (Beta) Greenplum (Beta) HBase Hive HubSpot (Beta) Impala (Beta) Jira (Beta) Magento (Beta) MariaDB Marketo (Beta) Oracle Eloqua (Beta) Paypal (Beta) Phoenix Presto (Beta) QuickBooks (Beta) SAP Cloud for Customer (C4C) ServiceNow (Beta) Shopify (Beta) Spark Square (Beta) Xero (Beta) Zoho (Beta)

If you are using PowerShell or .NET/Python SDK to author, make sure you upgrade to the December version to use these new features. And for hybrid copy scenario, note these connectors are supported since Self-hosted Integration Runtime version 3.2.

You are invited to give them a try and provide us feedback. We hope you find them helpful in your scenario.

19

Dec

Announcing the preview release of subscription level budgets via ARM APIs

Azure customers manage budgets at a workload level and need granular controls on monitoring the spend on cloud services. Workloads sometimes share a subscription and yet need to be budgeted for individually. As a first step in making these granular controls available we are previewing an ARM API to set and manage a budget at the subscription scope. Current EA customers have a similar capability in the EA portal, at the department level. This release is the first step towards making the same set of capabilities work for you across the hierarchy of your management plane.

The budgets API enables you to setup a budget for a subscription, and also setup multiple notification thresholds. To illustrate, you might have a subscription where you setup a budget of $1,000 and setup notifications at 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. These notifications would be triggered when your usage costs exceed $250, $500, $750, and $1,000 respectively.

Subscription budget API

The API documentation provides detailed guidance on the operations supported and the payloads. The API supports multiple budgets to be created for a subscription over the duration of the budget. At the end of the duration the budget resets and starts over. For this

19

Dec

Reference Architecture and automation for Financial Services web applications

Today we are pleased to announce the release of a new Azure Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint.

The Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint Program provides automated solutions and guidance for rapid deployment of Azure services that meet specific regulatory requirements from weeks to a few hours. The new Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint gives you an automated solution that will help guide you in storing and managing sensitive financial information such as payment data in Azure. The Financial Services Blueprint is designed to help customers meet compliance requirements outlined in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, as well as the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

Using the Financial Services Blueprint, you can deploy and securely configure an Azure SQL Database, a web application protected by security services such as Azure App Service Environment (ASE), the Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Azure Security Center (ASC). Automated templates and reference architectures are provided to help you implement the technical controls required to achieve a trusted and more secure end to end compliant deployment.

The Financial Services