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Feb

Azure Marketplace new offers in January 2018
Azure Marketplace new offers in January 2018

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. In January 2018, 32 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Moogsoft AIOps: Moogsoft AIOps gives application owners, developers and site reliability engineering, early warning and situation awareness of service impacting issues before the customer calls. 

FileCatalyst Direct Server (BYOL):  FileCatalyst Direct is a software-only file transfer solution that provides accelerated, secure, reliable delivery and file transfer tracking and management.

FileCatalyst Direct Server (BYOL):  FileCatalyst Direct is a software-only file transfer solution that provides accelerated, secure, reliable delivery and file transfer tracking and management.

RackNap: RackNap enables traditional IT vendors (system integrators, distributors), telcos & CSPs (Cloud Service Providers) to offer cloud services via an unified marketplace.

Stratumn Indigo Node: A Proof-of-process protocol that allows participants to trust a common process by immutably recording who did what, when and in which order. 

UXP Security Server: UXP Security Server acts as a gateway between the organization’s information system and the UXP infrastructure. Supporting SOAP

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14

Feb

Preview of Log Alerts feature for Application Insights
Preview of Log Alerts feature for Application Insights

This blog post was co-authored by Vijay Nagarajan, Senior Program Manger and Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, Azure Infrastructure Management

Application Insights is an extensible application performance management (APM) service for web developers on multiple platforms. Customers use Application Insights to monitor live web applications, detect performance anomalies, diagnose issues and to understand usage patterns. In addition to the alerts on application health based on different metrics, you can now monitor e-log files by setting up a query to run at specified intervals and trigger alerts based on the result. For example, let’s say you deployed a new fix for a specific exception and want to make sure it doesn’t surface again. You can now setup an alert to trigger if that exception appears in your Application Insights trace file.

Log Alerts for Application Insights can be accessed from the new Azure Alerts experience. Learn more about Azure Alerts (preview). Create a new alert and specify the target resource to be Application Insights:

Log Analytics customers will find a familiar interface for creating alerts. Much like Log Analytics, log alerts support two types:

Number of Records: Triggers alerts based on the number of records returned for query on

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13

Feb

Create tomorrow today with emerging tech at Microsoft Build
Create tomorrow today with emerging tech at Microsoft Build

This blog post was authored by the Microsoft Build Team.

On May 7–9, brilliant developers and industry game-changers will meet at Microsoft Build in Seattle, Washington. Creators of all kinds will gather to spark ideas, get inspired, and build what’s next. Save the date to register tomorrow for your ringside seat.

Spend three days exploring AI, mixed reality, cloud, data, and quantum. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Celebrate your community of tech pioneers with a keynote address by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and sessions led by leading developers behind solutions that are changing the world. Choose your own adventure with meetups, deep dives, and more. You can sample a bit of everything or focus on the area that most intrigues you. The schedule is yours to build. Get ready to code with demos and labs on emerging tech and push your edge toward mastery. There’s a wealth of learning opportunities that are just your flavor. Mingle with your tribe, bouncing ideas off product engineers, hanging out with new connections, or sharing strategies over one of Seattle’s famous brews.

Innovative software is transforming the world in remarkable ways—and you can be at the epicenter of it all

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13

Feb

New reference architecture for Jenkins on Azure
New reference architecture for Jenkins on Azure

The patterns & practices (p&p) group of the Azure Customer Advisory Team (Azure CAT), has published a new reference architecture for deploying and running a Jenkins server on Azure with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Jenkins is a powerful open source tool for building DevOps solutions. This reference architecture helps identify the best practices for setting up a Jenkins server on the Azure platform and helps you make the most of Azure services for supporting your engineer requirements.

It provides prescriptive guidance for the following topics:

Architecture, including plugins for the deployment Scalability Availability Manageability Security

This reference architecture is based on the Microsoft published Jenkins master in the Azure Marketplace. This installs a Microsoft image for Jenkins on Azure along with several Azure plugins:

Azure AD Plugin enables you to set up a single sign-on (SSO) experience. Azure VM Agent Plugin allows you to scale the pipeline with Jenkins agents in Azure virtual machines. Windows Azure Storage Plugin provides storage for build assets that are shared in a pipeline. Azure Credentials Plugin works with the Azure Key Vault service.

Like other Azure reference architectures, this Jenkins deployment and associated resources include a GitHub repository. For example, you can download scripts

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13

Feb

Application consistent backup for Linux VMs using Azure Backup is generally available

We are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of application consistent backup for Linux VMs running in Azure using Azure Backup. We did a preview of this feature last year and customers are already using this framework for various applications like Oracle, MySQL, Mongo DB, SAP HANA, and PostGreSQL.

What is application consistent backup?

Application consistent backup ensures that the backed-up data is transactionally consistent, and that applications will boot up post VM restore. To ensure transactional consistency, applications need to be quiesced and there should be no unfinished transactions when taking a VM snapshot.

Windows has the Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) framework to ensure application consistent VM backup, but there is no such generic framework for Linux. With greater adoption of Azure Linux VMs, there is an increasing demand to backup critical enterprise applications running inside Azure VMs. We introduced a VSS-like generic framework for ensuring application consistent VM backup for Linux applications running on any Linux distribution. This framework gives you the flexibility to execute custom pre and post scripts as part of the VM backup process. These scripts can be used to quiesce application IOs while taking a VM snapshot that guarantees application consistency.

The

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13

Feb

Microsoft partners with National Science Foundation to empower data science breakthroughs

Over the past decade, Microsoft has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on three separate programs, first in 2010, and more recently through a commitment of $6M in cloud credits across two NSF supported data science programs – with the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and as part of the NSF BigData solicitation.

The engagement with NSF has helped Microsoft reach diverse research groups such as the Big Data Hubs1 that brings together communities of data scientists to spark and nurture collaborations between domain experts, researchers, communities, state partners, nonprofits, and industry.

As of today, Microsoft has provided 17 cloud credit awards to Principal Investigators (PIs) who benefit from NSF supported programs. These collaborations are already seeing some interesting breakthroughs across the human body, microbial diseases, and even everyday communication –

Franco Pestilli, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Indiana University is an Azure awardee and PI through the Midwest Big Data Hub2 – his group has built a platform called Brainlife using the Azure award, with the goal of fostering collaboration with sixty-six different global scientific communities such as developmental and learning sciences, network science, computer science, engineering, psychology, statistics, traumatic brain injury, vision science. Chirag

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12

Feb

ICYMI: Recent Microsoft AI Updates, Including in Custom Speech Recognition, Voice Output, and Video Indexing

A quick recap of three recent posts about Microsoft AI platform developments – just in case you missed it.

1. Start Building Your Own Code-Free, Custom Speech Recognition Models

Microsoft is at the forefront of speech recognition, having reached human parity on the Switchboard research benchmark. This technology is truly capable of transforming our daily lives, as it indeed already has started to, be it through digital assistants, or our ability to dictate emails and documents, or via transcriptions of lectures and meetings. These scenarios are possible thanks to years of research and recent technological jumps enabled by neural networks. As part of our mission to empower developers with our latest AI advances, we now offer a spectrum of Cognitive Services APIs, addressing a range of developer scenarios. For scenarios that require the use of domain specific vocabularies or the need to navigate complex acoustic conditions, we offer the Custom Speech Service which lets developers automatically tune speech recognition models to their needs.

As an example, a university may be interested to accurately transcribe and digitize all their lectures. A given lecture in biology, to cite one example, may include a term such as “Nerodia erythrogaster”. Although extremely domain-specific, terms

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12

Feb

Week 2/13 Webinars: Advanced non text data with Flow, Dynamics with Flow and Power BI Security

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/week-2-13-webinars-advanced-non-text-data-with-flow-dynamics-with-flow-and-power-bi-security/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/week-2-13-webinars-advanced-non-text-data-with-flow-dynamics-with-flow-and-power-bi-security/           This week we have three great webinars! John Liu on Flowing non Text Data, Jerry Weinstock on using Flow with Dynamics and none other than Reza Rad on Power BI Security!

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12

Feb

Build Go apps for Azure with the Go SDK, now generally available

We’re pleased to announce that the Azure SDK for Go is now generally available to help developers build apps for Azure with Go. The SDK features support for connecting to data sources including Cosmos DB and Azure Storage, deploying Azure resources programmatically, authenticating users, and much more. Alongside the SDK update, we are also making the Azure Go Dev Center available on our docs.

With today’s announcement, we are once again reinforcing our commitment to build an open cloud, supporting open source technologies such as Go and enabling our customers to innovate faster, using the tools they prefer.

Why Go? In today’s digitally transformed world, developer and software efficiency have a major impact on project success. Cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure increase that efficiency by managing infrastructure and platforms on behalf of developers. Go also increases both developer and software efficiency through clear syntax, modern standard libraries, native compilation, and reliable concurrency primitives. By expanding Azure’s support for Go we hope to enable our customers to capitalize on both simultaneously.

 
Image credits: @ashleymcnamara

Azure SDK for Go

Developers can use the Azure SDK for Go to more quickly build cloud apps. For example, the SDK allows you to:

Interact with

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12

Feb

Last week in Azure: Living the serverless life, Kubernetes, and more

Several of the items highlighted below focus on serverless solutions where you don’t need to provision and manage any servers so that you can take your mind off implementing infrastructure. Building a serverless application on Azure using services like Azure Functions, Logic Apps, and Azure Cosmos DB frees you to focus on what’s truly unique about your solution.

Last week, I published a special three-part episode series of Azure Friday that features Donovan Brown and Ralph Squillace exploring the open source tool chain that enables container-native, microservice-oriented app development & delivery in Kubernetes. While you’re at it, be sure to listen to last week’s Azure Podcast, which featured Kubernetes co-founder Brendan Burns. 

Now generally available

Azure M/B/V3-series VMs are now generally available in UK – Azure M/V3/B-series of VM sizes are now available in the UK South region. M-series is perfectly suited for your large in-memory database workloads like SQL Server with the In-Memory OLTP functionality and other contenders in this space. Dv3 and Ev3 VMs are some of the first VMs to enable nested virtualization and Hyper-V containers. B-series VMs provide the lowest cost option for customers with flexible vCPU requirements.

Azure #CosmosDB Graph API now generally available

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