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Azure Weekly Issue 111: 12th February 2017

Starting off on a note of self-publicity - we're running a free 1 day workshop with the Azure App Service Black Belt team in the UK, at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on Feb 27th; lots of people are talking about "Digital Transformation", but are vague on the details of what this actually means, so we're going to examine it through the lens of  the API Economy, Modern Data Platform & DevOps. and will be talking about what a Modern Cloud Business Architecture looks like and how you build it on Azure. Register using this link to book your place. If you can't make it, don't fret, as we're looking to record a version of the content that we can share online.

Casey Karst unveils SQL Data Warehouse now supports seamless integration with Azure Data Lake Store, and Harsha Kiran Kanna reveals the release of StorSimple Virtual Array Update 0.4.

Orsolya Gal covers automating Azure Analysis Services processing with Azure Functions, whilst Sam George explains the Azure IoT Hub Connector to Cassandra is now available.

Sarah Fender previews the new enhancements to the Azure Security Center, and Andres Juarez announces that Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery are now available in UK.

Corey Sanders Announces the general availability of Managed Disks and larger Scale Sets, Venkat Gattamneni reveals new lower prices on Azure Virtual Machines and Blob Storage.

Finally, Adam Pedley takes a look at the Cognitive Services Language Understanding Intelligent Service.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Azure Batch AI, Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Genomics, Machine Learning services, Machine Learning Studio, Cognitive Services, Bing APIs, Computer Vision API, Content moderator, Custom Services, Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding (LUIS), Linguistic Analysis API, QnA Maker API, Speaker Recognition API, Text Analytics API, Translator Speech API, Translator Text API, Web Language Model API


Covering: Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Factory, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, Power BI, Azure Analysis Services, Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, R Server for HDInsight, Data Catalog


Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances


Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers


Covering: Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Data Warehouse, Redis Cache, SQL Server Stretch Database, SQL Server on virtual machines, Table storage, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL

Developer Tools

Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench


Covering: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure DevOps Projects, Azure Lab Services


Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C


Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid

Internet of Things

Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere

Management and Governance

Covering: Backup, Site Recovery, App Insights, Azure Advisor, Sceduler, Automation, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, Security & Compliance, Protection & Recovery, Automation & Control, Insight & Analytics, Azure Service Health, Microsoft Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager, Cloud Shell, the Azure mobile app, Azure Policy, Cost Management, Azure Managed Applications


Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer

Microsoft Azure Stack

Covering: Azure Stack


Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box


Covering: App Service (Mobile), Notification Hubs, Mobile apps, API apps, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin


Covering: ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher


Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection


Covering: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage


Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service

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