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Azure Weekly Issue 126: 28th May 2017

Eagle-eyed readers may notice a few changes in this issue of Azure Weekly; as there were many big announcements at BUILD, I thought it would be worth revisiting the taxonomy of the newsletter to align it more with the Azure product offerings as they stand now. This means we have a new "Containers" section, as well as "AI + Cognitive Services". I've also separated "Security + Identity" from "Enterprise Integration". Hopefully this all makes sense!

It seems a relatively quiet week after the tidal wave of news that accompanied the BUILD conference. My picks from this weeks articles are:

As we at endjin are particularly interested in all things Big Compute (it was nice to get a call out from the Batch product team last week), first up are two Batch/GPU related articles: the latest Azure Podcast covers Batch / HPC workloads: Episode 180 - HPC/Batch & Bright Computing while Yannis Assael from Oxford University talks about Neural networks and deep learning with Microsoft Azure GPU.

Next, Shahed Chowdhuri shows how to get up and running with your Azure Functions Dev Workflow

Sam Cogan digs a little deeper into one of the announcements at BUILD that makes life for anyone who authors ARM templates a whole lot better: Conditions in ARM Templates – The Right Way

Scott Hanselman explores the preconfigured browser-based Linux Cloud Shell built into the Azure Portal

We've spent most of this year creating modern data platforms based on Azure Data Lake and think it's one of the hidden gems in the Azure Ecosystem; at BUILD it was announced that you could provision HBase cluster with Azure Data Lake Store in a few easy steps.

In Container-Land, there's a great in-depth article by Péter Márton, about how you can pack a Kubernetes Microservices App with Helm on Azure Container Service.

One of the most exciting announcements at BUILD was Cosmos DB; Paulo Marques shows how the Azure RM Storage Tables PowerShell module now includes support for Cosmos DB Tables.

Finally, two interesting articles about using Power BI to visualise data you can obtain from Azure: SQL Azure Blob Auditing Basic Power BI Dashboard, and Visualize DSC Reporting with PowerBI

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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