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Azure Weekly Issue 128: 11th June 2017

Who doesn't like free stuff? BlueGranite have created a free ebook on extending the capabilities of Power BI with R. We've been doing a lot of work since BUILD, porting our own IoT Telemetry Anomaly Detection Platform on to Azure Data Lake using the new R Extension; if you haven't seen the new R Extension (AKA bring your own runtime), Tsuyoshi Matsuzaki has written a very handy overview showing how to analyze your data in Azure Data Lake with the R extension.

A feature we've been asking for the last few years for our Financial Services customers has finally been announced in limited preview: Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys. This should remove one of the last barriers to entry about storing data in blob storage.

We often get customers asking us to review their Azure architecture, and we tend to see a lot of mistakes (or missteps), Radu Vunvulea has started a blog series on the overengineering of a cloud application he recently saw. On a similar note, Saverio Guardato writes about the top 5 mistakes when people talk about Azure. Sacha Faust and Andrew Johnson presented on the topic of Azure Post Exploitation Techniques at the Infiltrate 2017 conference.

We're always fascinated to see organisations that push Azure to the limits, especially within academia and research; Microsoft have just published a new video case study highlighting cloud technology for high-energy physics computing.

Other highlights include: Scott Hanselman talking about .NET and Docker, Karthik Tunga Gopinath providing a Azure Cosmos DB case study around Request Units per Minute usage of the Universal Store Team, and Benjamin Perkins demonstrates how to configure Visual Studio Team Services in Visual Studio, to deploy to Azure App 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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