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Jul

Re-platforming and modernizing your data workloads with SQL Server on Linux

This post is authored by Marko Hotti, Senior Product Marketing Manager, SQL Server.

Today, were excited to introduce a free e-book, SQL Server on Linux: A guide to re-platforming and modernizing your data workloads. This is the thirdin a series oftechnical e-books helping you get the most out of your database. With SQL Server 2017, you can harness the latest capabilities of SQL Server on the platform of your choicewhether thats Windows, Linux, or even containers.

In this guide, you getthe technical details for preparing your Linux system for SQL Server installation, managing a mixed environment, and migrating your existing data and databases. The e-book addresses flexibility, performance, and security with your data platform, whether youre a database architect, administrator, or developer working with data.

Here’s whats covered:

An overview of SQL Server on Linuxunderstand platform options, features, pricing, and more. Getting the most out of SQL Server on Linuxreview our planning considerations to prepare your Linux system to best support your business goalssuch as performance optimization, high availability, or enterprise-grade security. Tools and managementget a rundown of the many tools available from Microsoft that make managing your mixed environment easier. Migrations and upgradesdiscover the tools and services available

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02

Jul

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus VNET Service Endpoints in public preview

This blog was co-authored by Anitha Adusumilli , Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking and Sumeet Mittal, Program Manager, Azure Networking.

Azure Event Hubs, a highly reliable and easily scalable data streaming platform as a service (PaaS) offering has been prolific this year with new features such as Availability Zones and a big investment into Open Source with enabling support for Apache Kafka. Azure Service Bus, a feature cloud messaging PaaS offering that also just offered support for Availability Zones has also been busy. Today, both services are announcing a public preview of Virtual Network Service Endpoints.

This new feature adds to the security and control Azure customers have over their workload environments today. Now, traffic from your VNET to your Premium Service Bus namespaces and Standard or Dedicated Azure Event Hubs namespaces can be kept secure from public Internet access and completely private on the Azure backbone network.

Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus are joining the growing list of Azure services that have enabled Virtual Network Service Endpoints.

Important info Offered with Dedicated and Standard Event Hubs pricing plans as well as Premium Service Bus. The feature is offered at no cost, aside from the usual Event Hubs and

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02

Jul

Power BI Developer community June update
Power BI Developer community June update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-june-update/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-june-update/           This blog post covers the latest updates for Power BI Developers community- Power BI Embedded and Custom Visuals.

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02

Jul

Agile SAP development with SAP Cloud Platform on Azure

This blog post was co-authored by Mario Szpuszta, Principal Software Engineer, Azure CAT

Recently we announced that SAP Cloud Platform is transitioning from Beta to general availability on Azure. SAP Cloud Platform (SAP CP) is SAP’s multi-cloud platform-as-a-service offering and is now available for production use in Azure West Europe.

With SAP CP on Azure, we extend the choices available on Azure to meet your SAP development needs.  SAP CP offers a fully managed platform-as-a-service, operated by SAP, and is the first multi-tenant and fully managed Cloud Foundry PaaS on Azure. With SAP CP running on Azure, customers can

Leverage a broad range of certified SAP HANA offerings on Azure. Integrate with Azure-Native Services such as EventHubs, AzureSQL Database, Azure CosmosDB, Azure ServiceBus etc., using Meta Azure Service Broker. Integrate with Azure Active Directory to enable Single-Sign-On for SAP Cloud Platform SAP Cloud Platform on Azure – Getting started

To get started with SAP CP on Azure, login to your SAP CP account. Pick Cloud Foundry and select Europe (Netherlands) Azure region. This will create an Organization and Space within the SAP CP Cloud Foundry environment.

Deploying applications and services

Developers can use either the SAP CP cockpit

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02

Jul

Azure Search – Announcing the general availability of synonyms

Today we are announcing the general availability of synonyms. Synonyms allow Azure Search to associate equivalent terms that implicitly expand the scope of a query, without the user having to provide the alternate terms.

A good example of this capability was demonstrated at the recent Microsoft Build conference, where we showed how NBA.com searches their vast photo library of players, owners, and celebrities. In this application Azure Search synonyms are used to enable nicknames of Lebron James such as “The King” or “King James” to be returned regardless of which of the three terms are used in the query.

In Azure Search, synonym support is based on synonym maps that you define and upload to your search service. These maps constitute an independent resource, such as indexes or data sources, and can be used by any searchable field in any index in your search service. Synonym maps use the Apache Solr format as outlined in the example synonym map below:

POST https://[servicename].search.windows.net/synonymmaps?api-version=2017-11-11 api-key: [admin key] { “name”:”mysynonymmap”, “format”:”solr”, “synonyms”: ” USA, United States, United States of American Washington, Wash., WA => WAn” }

In the above example, you can see there are two types of synonyms that are

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02

Jul

Azure.Source – Volume 38
Azure.Source – Volume 38

Announcements at GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit

Microsoft from GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: New Azure innovations will advance the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge – Mark Russinovich CTO, Microsoft Azure, covers announcements he made at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. He also discussed how customers are using the cloud and what the future holds with GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit. This post provides a roll-up of the announcements made at the summit, which are covered in more details in the posts below.

The next level in big data analytics

Azure simplifies cloud analytics – This post provides a roll-up of the big data analytics news, including the preview release of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, which unifies the core capabilities from the first generation of Azure Data Lake with a Hadoop compatible file system endpoint now directly integrated into Azure Blob Storage. This enhancement combines the scale and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance typically associated only with on-premises file systems.

Azure Friday | Episode 446 – Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 overview – James Baker joins Lara Rubbelke to introduce Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, which is redefining cloud

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02

Jul

Securing the connection between Power BI and Azure SQL Database

How can you connect to Azure SQL Database from the Power BI service in a secure fashion? The easiest way to limit access to the database is to select the “allow access to Azure Services” option (Figure1). This can be found in the database server options in the Azure portal. This allows Power BI to access your database. However, it also makes the database visible to any component deployed within Azure, such as a virtual machine. For many organizations this is not sufficient for their security and compliance requirements.


Figure 1: Setting the database access in the Azure Portal.

  The following is a list of suggestions that one may want to consider achieving the organizations security goals:

To start, use VNet service endpoints to further secure access. This feature was introduced at the start of 2018. This is easy to configure. In the Azure portal either create a new virtual network or edit an existing VNet and enable service endpoints for SQL in the VNet (Figure2).

Figure 2: Creating a service endpoint in the virtual network.

Once completed, the next task is to set up a virtual network rule on the database server. This allows us to restrict

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02

Jul

Spoken Language Identification in Video Indexer

We are excited to share that Video Indexer has a new capability, Spoken Language Identification (LID)!

A common ask from our customers has been to enable indexing of videos or batches of videos, without manually providing their language. This is especially important for batch uploads. To support this, we have introduced automatic spoken language identification to Video Indexer. The identified language is used to invoke the appropriate speech-to-text model.

LID is based on state of the art Deep Learning applied on the audio. LID currently supports eight languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. It works with high accuracy for high-to-mid quality recordings. We are working on adding more languages to the list, so stay tuned.

Let’s learn more about LID in Video Indexer.

Using LID in Video Indexer

To use the LID capability, you have two options. If you use the portal, you can now select Auto detect in the language selection combo box when uploading a video.

If you use the API to upload a video, use auto as the language parameter value.

Attribute sourceLanguage in the video index JSON under root/videos/insights is assigned the detected language, and attribute sourceLanguageConfidence:

Note to

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02

Jul

Azure Databricks provides the best Apache Spark™-based analytics solution for data scientists and engineers

Azure Databricks provides a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform to accelerate and simplify the process of building Big Data and AI solutions that drive the business forward, all backed by industry leading SLAs.

I am excited to announce the availability of a set of new features and regions, which enable our customers to accelerate their AI journey with Azure Databricks.

RStudio integration generally available with Azure Databricks

Today, we are announcing the ability to use RStudio with Azure Databricks. Customers can now analyze data with RStudio while taking advantage of the scale and flexibility of Azure Databricks.

RStudio offers in a rich IDE that is very popular with the data scientists in the R community. With this integration, RStudio runs directly inside Azure Databricks. This enables data scientists to continue to use the familiar and powerful RStudio IDE while gaining the ability to build their solutions at unprecedented scale. Azure Databricks provides the flexibility to start with small jobs and automatically scale up to production workloads in the same environment.

Setting up RStudio in Azure Databricks is simple and fast. Learn how to get started today.

Azure Databricks available in Australia and UK

We are excited

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02

Jul

Azure Backup hosts Ask Me Anything session

The Azure Backup team will host a special Ask Me Anything session on Twitter, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM PST. You can tweet to @AzureBackup or @AzureSupport with #AzureBackupAMA

What’s an AMA session?

We’ll have folks from across the Azure Backup Engineering team available to answer any questions you have. You can ask us anything about our products, services or even our team!

Why are you doing an AMA?

We like reaching out and learning from our customers and the community. We had great conversations in the past when we did an AMA in 2016 and 2015. We want to know how you use Azure and Azure Backup and how your experience has been. Your questions provide insights into how we can make the service better.

How do I ask questions on Twitter?

You can ask us your questions by putting “#AzureBackupAMA” in your tweet. Your question can span multiple tweets by replying to first tweet you post with this hashtag.  You can also directly message @AzureBackup or @AzureSupport if you want to keep your questions private. You can start posting your questions one day before the scheduled time of AMA but we will start

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