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Nov

Creating a data hub for your analytics with PolyBase
Creating a data hub for your analytics with PolyBase

Data is the new currency of the digital world, and Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help businesses and consumers get the most out of their data assets. With the leading database in the world, SQL Server, and the rapidly growing Azure cloud data platform, Microsoft is delivering a modern data platform. We are witnessing a paradigm shift in data management where data in different silos are being brought together to create high-value data sets that are used to drive critical business divisions in industry verticals like retail, banking, healthcare, and more.

SQL Server 2016 introduced a new feature called PolyBase that enables your SQL Server instance to process Transact-SQL queries that read data from Hadoop. The same query can also join with relational tables in your SQL Server. SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0 introduces new connectors for PolyBase including SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, MongoDB, Azure SQL DB, Azure SQL DW, Cosmos DB, and virtually any ODBC-accessible data source.

The arrival of the new connectors enables customers to leverage PolyBase for creating a virtual data hub for a wide variety of data sources within the enterprise. Its very common to find an enterprise scenario where data from an Oracle database needs

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Nov

Protect Linux containers running in IaaS with Azure Security Center

Nowadays, more and more enterprises are migrating their monolith applications to run mission-critical, containerized cloud-native applications in production. Containers provide multiple advantages, both for developers and IT professionals. They are easy and fast to deploy, immutable, and provide fast iteration. As the number of containers deployed continues to increase, security solutions need to be in place to provide you with visibility into the security state of your containers and help protect them from threats.

Azure Security Center now provides you with several new capabilities to help you secure your containers.

1. Visibility to the containers hosted on IaaS Linux machines

In Azure Security Center, a new tab of containers is now available and displays all virtual machines with Docker.

When exploring the security issues of a virtual machine, Security Center now provides additional information related to the containers on the machine, such as Docker version and the number of images running on the host.

2. Security recommendations based on the CIS benchmark for Docker

Security Center scans your Docker configurations and gives you visibility into misconfigurations by providing a list of all failed rules that were assessed. Security Center gives you guidelines to help you resolve these issues

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Nov

Holiday season is DDoS season
Holiday season is DDoS season

Is your business ready for the holiday season?

As we approach the holiday season and bring in thoughts of good cheers, many companies are faced with an elevated risk of cyber-attacks. What makes the holidays such an enticing time for hackers is the combination of an increase in traffic volume due to an uptick in eCommerce that helps disguise hackers from detection, and reduced staff. All of which makes this time of year too attractive for cyber-criminals to pass up.

In fact, security firms report a 150 percent increase in DDoS attacks in the months between summer and the end of the year. DDoS is becoming an unfortunate and inevitable addition to the holidays.

DDoS is an ever-growing problem, and the types of attacks are getting increasingly sophisticated. More importantly, DDoS attacks are often used as a “smokescreen,” masking more malicious and harmful infiltration of your resources. The technology to create DDoS attacks continues to increase in sophistication while the cost and ability to instigate these attacks get more and more accessible. Therefore, driving up the frequency and ease at which criminals can wreak havoc on businesses and users.

Readily available DDoS toolkits, botnet-for-hire services and an explosion of inadequately

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Nov

Power BI Desktop November 2018 Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop November 2018 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-november-2018-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-november-2018-feature-summary/           We have a massive Power BI Desktop update this month. Composite models, which allow you combine direct query and import sources together in one model, is now generally available. Two of the top READ MORE

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13

Nov

Azure Kubernetes Service now in private preview in Azure China

We are pleased to announce the private preview of the Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in Azure China. With this announcement, Azure becomes the first cloud provider to provide a managed Kubernetes service within mainland China. As in the other regions where the service is available worldwide, AKS in China offers users a way to quickly and easily create a Kubernetes cluster on Azure infrastructure, then scale, upgrade, and monitor that cluster with a set of simple and intuitive tools.

If you have an Azure China account, creating a Kubernetes cluster in AKS is as simple as az aks create. Once the cluster is created, you can manage it in the Azure China portal, including scaling the cluster in and out, and upgrading to new Kubernetes versions.

When coupled with the Azure Container Registry, users now have the core tools to build and run large scale containerized applications in China. Over the coming months, we will enable other elements of the Azure container ecosystem, including Azure Container Instances and Azure Monitor for containers.

If you are interested in joining the private preview, please submit your contact details through the form at https://aka.ms/aks/chinapreview.

谢谢 (thank you!)

Sean

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13

Nov

Deploy, develop, and troubleshoot faster with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.5.0

On behalf of the entire Workbench team, thank you for your continued support and interest in Azure Blockchain Workbench. With every month’s release, our focus areas are driven by the topics you care about the most. Workbench 1.5.0 focuses on two key themes, making Workbench easier to deploy and simplifying the process of developing and testing your end to end blockchain solutions.

Whether you’re a new customer or upgrading your current deployment, we hope you like what we have built.

Deploy faster

The previous Workbench installation provided a lot of flexibility that most people didn’t need. We have streamlined the deployment template with default values and easier Azure Active Directory (AAD) integration. For advanced users, you still have customization options available within the template. For customers with higher scale needs, we also have newly published guidance on how to scale your deployment.

Develop and troubleshoot easier

You’ve told us that Workbench helps you build and deploy blockchain applications faster, but you would like more help with debugging issues in your contracts and your integration code. We’ve added guidance on how to use Application Insights to troubleshoot issues, added robust telemetry, and more targeted error messages to help you pinpoint issues

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13

Nov

Join Azure at Supercomputing 2018
Join Azure at Supercomputing 2018

This blog post was authored by the Azure High Performance Computing Team.

Every year at Supercomputing, over 12,000 researchers and practitioners come together to push the state of the art in high-performance computing forward. This year is no exception, and we’re excited to join the global HPC community in Dallas, Texas next week.

In booth #3442, Microsoft will showcase the work we have done to address key cloud migration blockers including price performance, simple/performant file access for both MPI and massive-read workloads, and challenges for hybrid HPC enterprises managing across cloud and on-premises clusters.

Over the last year, we have worked to deliver the most complete set of integrated services and solutions to enable customers to get started faster, run HPC workloads cost-effectively, easily migrate or burst workloads to Azure with little risk, and start to control costs/access across the hybrid HPC enterprise. These capabilities are highly scalable, deeply integrated, and very efficient in price-performance and time-to-value.

Specifically, at our booth we’ll show off these Azure HPC solutions:

Price-performant cloud infrastructure Virtual Machines: New releases of HPC Inifiniband interconnected VMs for leading price/performance and MPI scale: HB VMs with AMD EPYC processors, 60 cores, and 4GB RAM per core

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13

Nov

View chooses Microsoft Azure IoT to accelerate development of smart building applications

Innovation in smart buildings has been increasing in recent years, catalyzed by the democratization of cloud, AI, and IoT. Our recent Azure Digital Twins announcement highlights Microsoft’s commitment to IoT innovation. Organizations benefit from virtually representing their physical environments to deliver on various IoT scenarios, including smart buildings. By gathering data from a broad variety of sensors and devices, organizations are able to more precisely understand and optimize the spaces they occupy, and alter them to best serve people’s needs. As compute power disseminates to every physical environment that people use, buildings have become top-of-mind in their potential to generate efficiency gains and occupant satisfaction. Making IoT accessible to any customer, regardless of size or background, heavily relies on our partners’ creativity and unique domain expertise. New revolutionary devices allow us to capture richer and more meaningful data, and create breakthrough smart building applications. We’re thrilled to share some of the work we are doing with View, a company that has reinvented something that hasn’t changed for centuries – the window.

View is on a mission to create delightful human environments

View believes human health and wellness should be central to smart buildings. That’s why they are on a mission

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Nov

Developing hybrid applications with Azure Stack
Developing hybrid applications with Azure Stack

More and more we hear from our customers that building hybrid applications is necessary for their business. While Microsoft Azure continues to be the platform of choice for building applications, Azure Stack and Azure together enable building hybrid applications. The consistent experience across both makes it easy. You can use Azure services from anywhere, whether at the bottom of a mine, from inside a container on a cargo ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or from the top of Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Andes. Literally, you can run apps that you developed in Azure any place where traditional data centers don’t exist.

You can use Azure Stack close to your operations while using your favorite tools and programming language. Push your apps through dev, test, and into production with a single integrated DevOps pipeline.

Nothing illustrates the power of hybrid apps like the disaster relief prototype my team designed and implemented. This is a great demo of Azure services in a mobile deployment, disconnected in a remote environment. The solution supports data collection and decision making, and we can also see it being tested in areas such as healthcare.

Azure Stack offers capabilities today that make

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12

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-azure-tutorial-how-to-integrate-azure-functions-with-mongodb/Special thanks to Graham Neray and the MongoDB team for their contribution to this blog post.  We’re excited to share that teams can now use the global cloud database MongoDB Atlas for free on Microsoft Azure. The newly available free READ MORE

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