18

Mar

Azure Data Studio: An Open Source GUI Editor for Postgres

When you are working with a database, or any other kind of software, your experience is enhanced or hindered by the tools you use to interact with it. PostgreSQL has a command line tool, psql, and it’s pretty powerful, but some people much prefer a graphical editor. Even if you typically use command line, you may want to go visual sometimes. At Microsoft we’ve spent many years building experiences to enhance developers’ day-to-day productivity. Having choices is important. It allows you to go with the tool that works for you.

Today we’re excited to announce preview support for PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio. Azure Data Studio is a cross-platform modern editor focused on data development. It’s available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows. Plus, Azure Data Studio comes with an integrated terminal so you’re never far away from psql.

We’re also introducing a corresponding preview PostgreSQL extension in Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Both Azure Data Studio and VS Code are open source and extensible – two things that PostgreSQL itself is based on.

Azure Data Studio inherits a lot of VS Code functionality. It also supports most of VS Code’s extensions like Python, R, and Kubernetes support. If your primary

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18

Mar

Power IoT and time-series workloads with TimescaleDB for Azure Database for PostgreSQL

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Timescale that introduces support for TimescaleDB on Azure Database for PostgreSQL for customers building IoT and time-series workloads. TimescaleDB has a proven track record of being deployed in production in a variety of industries including oil & gas, financial services, and manufacturing. The partnership reinforces our commitment to supporting the open-source community to provide our users with the most innovative technologies PostgreSQL has to offer.

TimescaleDB allows you to scale for fast ingest and complex queries while natively supporting full SQL. It leverages PostgreSQL as an essential building block, which means that users get the familiarity and reliability of PostgreSQL, along with the scalability and performance of TimescaleDB. Enabling TimescaleDB on your new or existing Azure Database for PostgreSQL server will eliminate the need to run two databases to collect relational and time-series data.

How to get started

If you don’t already have an Azure Database for PostgreSQL server, you can create one with the Azure CLI command az postgres up. Next, run the following command to add TimescaleDB to your Postgres libraries:

az postgres server configuration set –resource-group mygroup –server-name myserver –name shared_preload_libraries –value timescaledb

Restart the server to load the

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18

Mar

Azure Container Registry virtual network and Firewall rules preview support

While Azure Container Registry (ACR) supports user and headless-service account authentication, customers have expressed their requirements for limiting public endpoint access. Customers can now limit registry access within an Azure Virtual Network (VNet), as well as whitelist IP addresses and ranges for on-premises services.

VNet and Firewall rules are supported with virtual machines (VM) and Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

Choosing between private and PaaS registries

As customers move into production, their security teams have a checklist they apply to production workloads, one of which is limiting all public endpoints. Without VNet support, customers had to choose between standalone products, or OSS projects they could run and manage themselves. This puts a larger burden on the customers to manage the storage, security, scalability, and reliability a production registry requires.

With VNet and Firewall rules, customers can achieve their security requirements, while benefiting from integrated security, secured at rest, geo-redundant, and geo-replicated PaaS Container Registry. Thus, freeing up their resources to focus on the unique business problems they face.

Azure Container Registry PaaS, enabling registry products

The newest VNet and Firewall rule capabilities of ACR are just the latest set of capabilities in container lifecycle management. ACR provides core primitives that

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18

Mar

Azure Backup for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines now generally available!

How do you back up your SQL Servers today? You could be using backup software that require you to manage backup servers, agents, and storage, or you could be writing elaborate custom scripts which need you to manage the backups on each server individually. With the modernization of IT infrastructure and the world rapidly moving to the cloud, do you want to continue using the legacy backup methods that are tedious, infrastructure-heavy, and difficult to scale? Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines (VMs) is the modern way of doing backup in cloud, and we are excited to announce that it is now generally available! It is an enterprise scale, zero-infrastructure solution that eliminates the need to deploy and manage backup infrastructure while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups on standalone SQL instances and Always On Availability Groups.

 

Built into Azure, the solution combines the core cloud promises of simplicity, scalability, security and cost effectiveness with inherent SQL backup capabilities that are leveraged by using native APIs, to yield high fidelity backups and restores. The key value propositions of this solution are:

15-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO): Working with uber critical

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18

Mar

Azure.Source – Volume 74
Azure.Source – Volume 74

Now in preview AzCopy support in Azure Storage Explorer now available in public preview

AzCopy in Azure Storage Explorer is now in public preview. AzCopy is a popular command-line utility that provides performant data transfer into and out of a storage account. AzCopy enhances the performance and reliability through a scalable design, where concurrency is scaled up according to the number of machine’s logical cores. Azure Storage Explorer provides the UI interface for various storage tasks, and now it supports using AzCopy as a transfer engine to provide the highest throughput for transferring your files for Azure Storage. This capability is available today as a preview in Azure Storage Explorer.

Now available for preview: Workload importance for Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Announcing the preview of Workload Importance for Azure SQL Data Warehouse on the Gen2 platform. Manage resources more efficiently with Azure SQL Data Warehouse – a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform for enterprises of all sizes. Workload importance gives data engineers the ability to use importance to classify requests. Requests with higher importance are guaranteed quicker access to resources which helps meet SLAs.

Also available in preview Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in France Central, Korea Central,

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18

Mar

ONNX Runtime integration with NVIDIA TensorRT in preview

Today we are excited to open source the preview of the NVIDIA TensorRT execution provider in ONNX Runtime. With this release, we are taking another step towards open and interoperable AI by enabling developers to easily leverage industry-leading GPU acceleration regardless of their choice of framework. Developers can now tap into the power of TensorRT through ONNX Runtime to accelerate inferencing of ONNX models, which can be exported or converted from PyTorch, TensorFlow, and many other popular frameworks.

Microsoft and NVIDIA worked closely to integrate the TensorRT execution provider with ONNX Runtime and have validated support for all the ONNX Models in the model zoo. With the TensorRT execution provider, ONNX Runtime delivers better inferencing performance on the same hardware compared to generic GPU acceleration. We have seen up to 2X improved performance using the TensorRT execution provider on internal workloads from Bing MultiMedia services.

How it works

ONNX Runtime together with its TensorRT execution provider accelerates the inferencing of deep learning models by parsing the graph and allocating specific nodes for execution by the TensorRT stack in supported hardware. The TensorRT execution provider interfaces with the TensorRT libraries that are preinstalled in the platform to process the ONNX sub-graph

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17

Mar

Power BI Service and Mobile February 2019 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-service-and-mobile-february-2019-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-service-and-mobile-february-2019-feature-summary/           February was yet another exciting and busy month for Power BI, as we rolled out many features that were highly requested by our customers and community. Here’s a recap of all the announcements: READ MORE

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16

Mar

BI Bake-Off at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2019
BI Bake-Off at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2019

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bi-bake-off-at-gartner-data-and-analytics-summit-2019/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bi-bake-off-at-gartner-data-and-analytics-summit-2019/           Today we presented at the 5th annual Gartner BI Bake Off session at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Orlando, Florida and we are very excited to share the report with everyone. READ MORE

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15

Mar

Microsoft Azure Government is First Commercial Cloud to Achieve DoD Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization, General Availability of DoD Regions

Furthering our commitment to be the most trusted cloud for Government, today Microsoft is proud to announce two milestone achievements in support of the US Department of Defense.

Information Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency

Azure Government is the first commercial cloud service to be awarded an Information Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency. This provisional authorization allows all US Department of Defense (DoD) customers to leverage Azure Government for the most sensitive controlled unclassified information (CUI), including CUI of National Security Systems. 

DoD Authorizing Officials can use this Provisional Authorization as a baseline for input into their authorization decisions on behalf of mission owner systems using the Azure Government cloud DOD Region. 

This achievement is the result of the collective efforts of Microsoft, DISA and its mission partners to work through requirements pertaining to the adoption of cloud computing for infrastructure, platform and productivity across the DoD enterprise.

General Availability of DoD Regions

Information Impact Level 5 requires processing in dedicated infrastructure that ensures physical separation of DoD customers from non-DoD customers. Over the past few months, we ran a preview program with more than 50 customers

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15

Mar

Join Microsoft at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference
Join Microsoft at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

The world of computing goes deep and wide on working on issues related to our environment, economy, energy, and public health systems. These needs require modern, advanced solutions that were traditionally limited to a few organizations, are hard to scale, and take a long time to deliver. Microsoft Azure delivers High Performance Computing (HPC) capability and tools to power solutions that address these challenges integrated into a global-scale cloud platform. 

Whether it’s a manufacturer running advanced simulations, an energy company optimizing drilling through real-time well monitoring, or a financial services company using AI to navigate market risk  Microsoft’s partnership with NVIDIA makes access to NVIDIA GPUs easier than ever.

Join us in San Jose next week at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference to learn how Azure customers combine the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud with the capability of NVIDIA GPUs. We will share examples of work we’ve done in oil & gas, automotive, artificial intelligence, and much more. Also, be on the lookout for new and exciting integrations between Azure AI and NVIDIA that bring GPU acceleration to more developers.

Microsoft sessions at the conference include: Using ONNX for Accelerated Inferencing on Cloud and Edge – Prasanth Pulavarthi (Microsoft) Accelerated

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