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

12

Jan

Microsoft Deep Drive Track at the Data and BI Summit April 22-26

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-deep-drive-track-at-the-data-and-bi-summit-april-22-26/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-deep-drive-track-at-the-data-and-bi-summit-april-22-26/           Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI Users at the inaugural Data & BI Summit, located in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin. www.databisummit.com/

10

Jan

How to Run Large-Scale Educational Workshops in Deep Learning & Data Science

This post is authored by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager, and Paul Shealy, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft.

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, the need to rapidly train a large number of data scientists and AI developers has never been more urgent. Microsoft is always looking for efficient ways to educate employees and customers on AI and make them more productive when using these new capabilities. Aside from numerous technical conferences that we host and sponsor, we also offer the AI School and a range of tools such as the Data Science Virtual Machine, Visual Studio Tools for AI, Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft ML Server, and Batch AI to help developers and data scientists become more productive around building their intelligent AI-infused apps.

Pulling together deep learning workshops for a large number of students, however, can be a time consuming, error prone, and costly exercise. Furthermore, technical issues with the environment setup and compatibility problems during the workshops impede learning and cause student dissatisfaction. These workshops typically have participants bring their laptops and have them download and install new software. However, with the wide range of laptop platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), numerous configurations, and version conflicts with existing software, workshops

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

10

Jan

Manage and Auto-scale your IoT solution with a predictable IoT Cloud

As companies continue to fully roll out their IoT projects, management of the various components of the solution becomes a critical part of their operations. The flexibility of Azure IoT Hub to enable customers to start small, paying only for the amount of IoT Hub capacity needed at any point along the device deployment curve, helps drive predictability in the cost of an IoT solution.

However, the potentially irregular rate of device and message growth in an IoT solution does add a unique challenge for operations. When the number of messages ingested from devices in a given day exceeds the limit of the chosen IoT Hub capacity, the IoT Hub will begin to reject messages until either the IoT Hub is scaled-up, or the time rolls over into the next day (UTC time). Wouldn’t it be nice to have IoT Hub just automatically scale up to a higher capacity when a certain threshold of messages is met, before this limit is reached?

While at this point, IoT Hub does not have this capability built into the service, we have published a sample solution for monitoring and automatically scaling your IoT Hub based on reaching a specific threshold of messages. The sample,

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

08

Jan

How to Save Money and Control Costs with Azure Data Lake Analytics

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2018/01/08/how-to-save-money-and-control-costs-with-azure-data-lake-analytics/Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2018/01/08/how-to-save-money-and-control-costs-with-azure-data-lake-analytics/   Where there is great power there is great responsibility-Winston Churchill Azure Data Lake Analytics with its serverless approach and scale-up U-SQL query execution puts a lot of power in developers hands. As enterprises start exploring what is READ MORE

08

Jan

1/11/2018 Webinar: Integrating R Script and R Script Visuals with Power BI by Ginger Grant

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/1-11-2018-webinar-integrating-r-script-and-r-script-visual-with-power-bi-by-ginger-grant/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/1-11-2018-webinar-integrating-r-script-and-r-script-visual-with-power-bi-by-ginger-grant/           Power BI is a great tool for providing in-depth analysis of your data. In this webinar we are going to add R to Power BI to provide not only some R visualizations which READ MORE

08

Jan

At CES, kitchen and bath fixtures get Kohler’s smart treatment
At CES, kitchen and bath fixtures get Kohler’s smart treatment

https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2018/01/08/ces-kitchen-bath-fixtures-get-kohlers-smart-treatment/Source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2018/01/08/ces-kitchen-bath-fixtures-get-kohlers-smart-treatment/     In 1883, Wisconsin-based Kohler Co. delivered a breakthrough innovation: Founder John Michael Kohler had covered a cast-iron horse trough with enamel, thereby creating the first modern, comfortable bathtub for home use. Since then the company has READ MORE

08

Jan

Power BI Desktop January Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop January Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-january-2018-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-january-2018-feature-summary/           Happy new year to everyone! We are kicking off the new year with an update to Power BI Desktop focused on incremental improvements to popular features you are already using, including automatic date READ MORE