08

Mar

Join Microsoft at Supercomputing Frontiers Europe

If you’re in Warsaw, Poland March 12-15, you’ll want to come and join Microsoft at Supercomputing Frontiers Europe. This conference is a great opportunity to come together with high-performance computing leaders and practitioners. Microsoft will be there to talk about how Azure enables our customers to run true HPC workloads in the cloud.

Associate Professor Dariusz Mrożek from Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice will deliver a keynote titled “Accelerating scientific discoveries in protein bioinformatics with Microsoft Azure cloud platform”. In addition, we will be delivering a half-day of hands-on workshops on March 15. The workshop will include:

Deploying Linux RDMA Infiniband cluster with Azure CLI. Deploying HPC cluster from CycleCloud template. Azure Batch AI training lab. OpenFOAM simulation in Azure Marketplace UberCloud container.

The workshop will demonstrate different ways of using Azure for running HPC jobs. Instructors will start with an introductory presentation of HPC services on Azure and the workshop environment, followed by a hands-on lab session in which they will go step-by-step with the participants through the lab content. Participants will also receive free Azure passes and will be able to execute the labs following the instructor guidance or at their own pace.

If you’re coming to

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08

Mar

Share your Power BI content with anyone by email
Share your Power BI content with anyone by email

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/share-your-power-bi-content-with-anyone-by-email-2/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/share-your-power-bi-content-with-anyone-by-email-2/           I’m excited to announce the ability to share content with users using their personal email accounts, making it easier to share data with people outside of your organization. Previously, you could…

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08

Mar

Update management, inventory, and change tracking in Azure Automation now generally available

Azure Automation provides the ability to automate, configure, and deploy updates across your hybrid environment using serverless automation. These capabilities are now generally available for all customers.

With the release of these new capabilities, you can now:

Get an inventory of operating system resources including installed applications and other configuration items. Get update compliance and deploy required fixes for Windows and Linux systems across hybrid environments. Track changes across services, daemons, software, registry, and files to promptly investigate issues.

These additional capabilities are now available from the Azure Resource Manager virtual machine (VM) experience as well as from the Automation account when managing at scale within the Azure portal.

Azure virtual machine integration

Integration with virtual machines enables update management, inventory, and change tracking for Windows and Linux computers directly from the VM blade.

With update management, you will always know the compliance status for Windows and Linux, and you can create scheduled deployments to orchestrate the installation of updates within a defined maintenance window. The ability to exclude specific updates is also available, with detailed troubleshooting logs to identify any issues during the deployment.

The inventory of your VM in-guest resources gives you visibility into installed applications as

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08

Mar

A digital transformation Journey featuring Contoso Manufacturing and Azure IoT

This is a story about the digital transformation of Contoso HVAC Manufacturing, a virtual company that is growing its business from a traditional HVAC Chillers manufacturer, to delivering value to customers as a service. Contoso HVAC understands that the Internet of Things is a key ingredient to this transformation, but rapidly realizes that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all IoT solution. Each industry, each company have their own constraints and requirements. Each are trying to navigate and understanding the vast list of IoT services and solutions which have often proved tricky to grasp.

Instead of listing a portfolio of products and services, let me tell you the story of how Contoso HVAC’s journey to introduce Azure IoT with a different perspective transformed its business.

Contoso HVAC manufactures HVAC Chillers, the big industrial ones used in large buildings and enterprises. The company has been manufacturing HVAC Chillers for 50 years. In recent times, to stay competitive the company is going through a digital transformation, expanding their support agreements to become remote operations and maintenance agreements. Customers of Contoso HVAC will no longer just buy an HVAC system, but instead will buy a fully managed “HVAC-as-a-Service” solution.

To achieve

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08

Mar

Azure’s layered approach to physical security

We have heard from many customers that cloud security is one of their top concerns. Another thing we’ve heard from customers is that they want clarity around what they are responsible for securing in Azure and what Azure will do. Azure helps provide a highly secure foundation, built from the ground up, to host your infrastructure, applications, and data.

We understand the importance of protecting customer data, which is why we are committed to helping secure the datacenters that contain your data. Microsoft has invested over a billion dollars into security, including the physical security of the Azure platform, so you can devote your time and resources towards other business initiatives. Over the next few months, as part of the secure foundation blog series, we’ll discuss the components of physical, infrastructure (logical) and operational security that help make up Azure’s platform. Today, we are focusing on physical security.

Physical security refers to how Microsoft designs, builds and operates datacenters in a way that strictly controls physical access to the areas where customer data is stored. Our datacenters are certified to comply with the most comprehensive portfolio of internationally-recognized standards and certifications of any cloud service provider. We have an entire

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07

Mar

ONNX models to be runnable natively on 100s of millions of Windows devices

This post was authored by Eric Boyd, CVP, AI Data & Infrastructure.

Today Microsoft is announcing the next major update to Windows will include the ability to run Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) models natively with hardware acceleration. This brings 100s of millions of Windows devices, ranging from IoT edge devices to HoloLens to 2-in-1s and desktop PCs, into the ONNX ecosystem. Data scientists and developers creating AI models will be able to deploy their innovations to this large user base. And every developer building apps on Windows 10 will be able to use AI models to deliver more powerful and engaging experiences.

ONNX is an open source model representation for interoperability and innovation in the AI ecosystem. We helped start ONNX last September, added support from many other companies, and launched ONNX 1.0 in December with Facebook and Amazon Web Services. With the ONNX format, developers can choose the right framework for their task, framework authors can focus on innovative enhancements and hardware vendors can streamline optimizations.

 

Thanks to ONNX-ML, Windows supports both classic machine learning and deep learning, enabling a spectrum of AI models and scenarios. Developers can obtain ONNX models to include in their apps

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07

Mar

Using Microsoft AI to Build a Lung-Disease Prediction Model Using Chest X-Ray Images

This blog post is co-authored by Xiaoyong Zhu, George Iordanescu and Ilia Karmanov, Data Scientists at Microsoft, and Mazen Zawaideh, Radiologist Resident at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Introduction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most disruptive forces behind digital transformation that is revolutionizing the way we live and work. This applies to the field of healthcare and medicine too, where AI is accelerating change and empowering physicians to achieve more. At Microsoft, the Health NExT project is looking at innovative approaches to fuse research, AI and industry expertise to enable a new wave of healthcare innovations. The Microsoft AI platform empowers every developer to innovate and accelerate the development of intelligent apps. AI-powered experiences augment human capabilities and transform how we live, work, and play – and have enormous potential in allowing us to lead healthier lives.

Take the task of detecting diseases from chest x-ray images, for instance. This is a challenging task, one that requires consultation with an expert radiologist. However, two-thirds of the world’s population lacks access to trained radiologists, even when imaging equipment is readily available. The lack of image interpretation by experts may lead to delayed diagnosis and could potentially

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07

Mar

Power BI Desktop March Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop March Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-march-2018-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-march-2018-feature-summary/           This month is a very exciting month for us! We are making several of our most popular connectors generally available, including SAP HANA. Bookmarking is also now generally available, which means you can READ MORE

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07

Mar

Build Spring Boot 2.0 apps with Azure Starters and new VSCode extensions

Spring fans, we are excited to announce full support of Spring Boot 2.0 on the Spring Boot Starters for Azure, already available on Spring Initializr. Plus, with new Java and Spring extensions for Visual Studio Code you can build production-ready apps and easily deploy them to the cloud.

Integrate Azure services with Spring Boot 2.0 apps

Spring Initializr enables developers to handle the dependency management and make the bootstrapping process for Spring projects much easier. Today, we’re announcing that the Azure Starters have been updated to support Spring Boot 2.0, so you can easily integrate cloud services with your application.

All of the Azure Spring Boot Starters are available on Spring Initializr:

Azure Support: Provides support for the Azure services below, plus all other services currently available via Spring Boot Starters. Azure Active Directory: Enterprise grade authentication using Azure Active Directory, integrated with Spring Security. Azure Key Vault: Manage application secrets using Azure Key Vault, providing Spring value annotation support. Azure Storage: Integration with Azure Storage, including object storage, queues, tables, and more.

You can create a Spring Boot 2.0 project on Spring Initializr, then search for “Azure” to find the Azure modules:

Spring and Java extensions with Visual

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07

Mar

Faster Metric Alerts for Logs now in limited public preview
Faster Metric Alerts for Logs now in limited public preview

I am happy to share the public preview of a new capability – Metric Alerts on Logs for OMS Log Analytics. With this capability, customers can get lower latency alerts from logs. Interested…read on!

Customers rely on alerts in Azure monitoring tools to stay on top of issues. While log alerts are popular, one concern is the time it takes to find the trace patterns and trigger alerts. We are happy to share the limited public preview of the new capability Metric Alerts for Logs that brings down the time it takes to generate a log alert to sub 5 minutes.

The Metric Alerts on Logs preview currently supports the following log types on OMS Log Analytics – heartbeat, perf counters (including those from SCOM), and update. To see full list of the generated metrics from logs, see our documentation. In the near future, we plan to expand this list to include events.

In this blog post, we will walk through the new feature. But first, for those who are curious, we will do a quick peek under the hood to show how it all works.   

Monitoring tools rely on telemetry emitted by the underlying resources. This telemetry is

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