Category Archives : Updates

30

Jul

Azure Monitor: Route AAD Activity Logs using diagnostic settings

Today in partnership with the Azure Active Directory (AAD) team we are excited to announce the public preview of AAD Activity Logs using Azure Monitor 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. With today’s announcement, you will now be able to route your AAD audit and sign in logs to these same destinations, centralizing all of your Azure service logs in one pipeline.

Until now, all log data handled by Azure Monitor came from an Azure resource deployed within an Azure subscription. We often describe this type of data as “resource-level log data,” and it is configured using a resource diagnostic setting. AAD log data is the first type of log data from a tenant-level service made available through Azure Monitor. Tenant-level services aren’t deployed as resources within an Azure subscription, rather they function across an entire AAD tenant. To handle this new type of “tenant-level log data,” Azure Monitor has introduced a

30

Jul

How to upgrade your financial analysis capabilities with Azure

In corporate finance and investment banking, risk analysis is a crucial job. To assess risk, analysts review research, monitor economic and social conditions, stay informed of regulations, and create models for the investment climate. In short, the inputs into an analysis make for a highly complex and dynamic calculation, one that requires enormous computing power. The vast number of calculations and the way the math is structured typically allows for high degrees of parallelization across many separate processes. To satisfy such a need, grid computing employs any number of machines working together to execute a set of parallelized tasks — which is perfect for risk analysis. By using a networked group of computers that work together as a virtual supercomputer, you can assemble and use vast computer grids for specific time periods and purposes, paying, only for what you use. Also, by splitting tasks over multiple machines, processing time is significantly reduced to increase efficiency and minimize wasted resources.


The Azure Industry Experiences team has recently authored two documents to help those involved in banking scenarios. We show how to implement a risk assessment solution that takes advantage of cloud grid computing technologies.

The first document is a short

26

Jul

How to move your e-commerce infrastructure to Azure
How to move your e-commerce infrastructure to Azure

Retailers everywhere have started moving parts of their business to Azure. When looking at moving more of the data center into Azure, teams can see the current state, and the end state. At the end state, they see all the possibilities: AI, chatbots, advanced analytics, elastic scalability, and more. They also see how many of the services they use already run in the cloud. Databases, marketing tools, supply chain management, retail optimization platforms, and more are waiting for you once you make the move.

Working with people across Microsoft to understand what retailers go through to move from on-premises to the cloud, I learned a number of important things that many customers face when migrating to the cloud. At the start, retailers take baby steps: they rehost their applications in virtual machines. During that phase, they get comfortable with just using Azure. Next, they realize that maintenance of the infrastructure services could be eliminated if they switch from virtual machines to services. That refactoring frees up a lot of maintenance time, so the retailer looks at doing more: they rebuild parts of the solution to be cloud native. This effort resulted in putting together an article on Migrating your

26

Jul

Marketplace news from Inspire 2018
Marketplace news from Inspire 2018

Did you miss Inspire in Las Vegas this month? Here is your quick recap of what announcements we made regarding Microsoft’s cloud marketplace.

Marketplace continues to be a big investment and focus area for Microsoft, reinforcing our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our efforts. To extend these investments, at Inspire, we announced some new features and functionality in our marketplace including: empowering P2P joint selling, extended private offer capabilities, expanded geographical availability of consulting offers and new integrated solutions.

A quick recap of top announcements can be found in this previous blog post.

Got a little more time to spare and want to go deeper? Check out some of the key marketplace sessions and content available on-demand.

Grow your business with AppSource and Azure Marketplace
The nature of cloud software sales is rapidly changing. Customers are increasingly using online marketplaces to find, try, and buy solutions. Learn about these trends in customer buying behavior and how you can grow your business with joint Go-To-Market and Co-Sell with Microsoft cloud marketplaces. Best practices for successful GTM in Azure Marketplace and AppSource
So you’ve published an offer in Microsoft’s marketplace, now what? Join this session to hear how

24

Jul

Top feature requests added with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.2.0

We’re excited to see a ton of engagement and positive feedback on Azure Blockchain Workbench since our initial public preview release in May. Last month, we made our first major update to the public preview release based on your feedback and feature requests. Today, we’re releasing our next update to Workbench, which we’re calling version 1.2.0. You can either deploy a new instance of Workbench through the Azure Portal or upgrade your existing deployment to 1.2.0 using our upgrade script.

This update includes the following improvements:

Enable/disable apps

Many of you have started to iterate and create multiple blockchain apps using Workbench. One of the most requested features we’ve heard is the ability to disable unused blockchain apps within the Workbench Web app. With 1.2.0, you will be able to enable or disable applications. In addition, the UI will allow you to filter the list of applications to only show enabled or disabled applications.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Blockchain

As part of the Workbench deployment, we deploy a set of Ethereum Proof-of Authority (PoA) nodes within a single member’s subscription. This topology works great for situations where it’s OK to have one member manage all the blockchain

24

Jul

Top feature requests added with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.2.0

We’re excited to see a ton of engagement and positive feedback on Azure Blockchain Workbench since our initial public preview release in May. Last month, we made our first major update to the public preview release based on your feedback and feature requests. Today, we’re releasing our next update to Workbench, which we’re calling version 1.2.0. You can either deploy a new instance of Workbench through the Azure Portal or upgrade your existing deployment to 1.2.0 using our upgrade script.

This update includes the following improvements:

Enable/disable apps

Many of you have started to iterate and create multiple blockchain apps using Workbench. One of the most requested features we’ve heard is the ability to disable unused blockchain apps within the Workbench Web app. With 1.2.0, you will be able to enable or disable applications. In addition, the UI will allow you to filter the list of applications to only show enabled or disabled applications.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Blockchain

As part of the Workbench deployment, we deploy a set of Ethereum Proof-of Authority (PoA) nodes within a single member’s subscription. This topology works great for situations where it’s OK to have one member manage all the blockchain

23

Jul

Accelerated and Flexible Restore Points with SQL Data Warehouse

We are thrilled to announce that SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) has released accelerated and flexible restore points for fast data recovery. SQL DW is a fully managed and secure analytics platform for the enterprise, optimized for running complex queries fast across petabytes of data.

The ability to quickly restore a data warehouse offers customers data protection from accidental corruption, deletion, and disaster recovery. We have seen scenarios where compliance requirements and having multiple test and development environments of a data warehouse enforce stricter capabilities in this area as well. To continue delivering first-class data protection and recovery, we have released the following critical improvements which are seamlessly integrated within the Azure Portal.

Finer granularity for cross region and server restores

You can now restore across regions and servers using any restore point instead of selecting geo redundant backups which are taken every 24 hours. Cross region and server restore is supported for both user-defined or automatic restore points enabling finer granularity for additional data protection. With more restore points available, you can be assured that your data warehouse will be logically consistent when restoring across regions.

Fast restore with Enhanced Restore Points

You can now restore your

23

Jul

Accelerated and Flexible Restore Points with SQL Data Warehouse

We are thrilled to announce that SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) has released accelerated and flexible restore points for fast data recovery. SQL DW is a fully managed and secure analytics platform for the enterprise, optimized for running complex queries fast across petabytes of data.

The ability to quickly restore a data warehouse offers customers data protection from accidental corruption, deletion, and disaster recovery. We have seen scenarios where compliance requirements and having multiple test and development environments of a data warehouse enforce stricter capabilities in this area as well. To continue delivering first-class data protection and recovery, we have released the following critical improvements which are seamlessly integrated within the Azure Portal.

Finer granularity for cross region and server restores

You can now restore across regions and servers using any restore point instead of selecting geo redundant backups which are taken every 24 hours. Cross region and server restore is supported for both user-defined or automatic restore points enabling finer granularity for additional data protection. With more restore points available, you can be assured that your data warehouse will be logically consistent when restoring across regions.

Fast restore with Enhanced Restore Points

You can now restore your

18

Jul

Speech services July 2018 update
Speech services July 2018 update

A lot has happened since we announced that Speech services is now in preview, we have released the Cognitive Services Speech SDK June 2018 update.

Today, we are excited to announce that we have just released the 0.5.0 version of the Speech SDK. With this update, we have added support for UWP (on Windows version 1709), .NET Standard 2.0 (on Windows), and Java on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow, API level 23) or higher. We have made some feature changes and done some bug fixes. Most notably, we now support long-running audio and automatic reconnection. This will make the Speech service more resilient overall, in the event of timeout, network failures or service errors. We’ve also improved the error messages to make it easier to handle the errors. Please visit the Release Notes page for details. We will continue to add support for more platforms and programming languages, as we work toward making the Speech SDK generally available this fall.

Besides the Speech SDK, Custom Voice has also released a new feature to support more training data formats. All ‘.wav’ files (RIFF) with a sampling rates equal to or higher than 16khz are now accepted. Furthermore, we have extended support to more

18

Jul

Speech services July 2018 update
Speech services July 2018 update

A lot has happened since we announced that Speech services is now in preview, we have released the Cognitive Services Speech SDK June 2018 update.

Today, we are excited to announce that we have just released the 0.5.0 version of the Speech SDK. With this update, we have added support for UWP (on Windows version 1709), .NET Standard 2.0 (on Windows), and Java on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow, API level 23) or higher. We have made some feature changes and done some bug fixes. Most notably, we now support long-running audio and automatic reconnection. This will make the Speech service more resilient overall, in the event of timeout, network failures or service errors. We’ve also improved the error messages to make it easier to handle the errors. Please visit the Release Notes page for details. We will continue to add support for more platforms and programming languages, as we work toward making the Speech SDK generally available this fall.

Besides the Speech SDK, Custom Voice has also released a new feature to support more training data formats. All ‘.wav’ files (RIFF) with a sampling rates equal to or higher than 16khz are now accepted. Furthermore, we have extended support to