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Azure Weekly Issue 143: 24th September 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the Azure Weekly Newsletter.

I was in a bit of a rush last Sunday as I was heading off on holiday, and I completely forgot to include a very big announcement from the API Management Team about the new API Versioning (and Revisions) feature that has just been released. On a related note, we created a presentation in July called "Unlocking your Digital Transformation with Azure API Management" and have recorded three video versions - a 5 minute exec summary, a more detailed 20 minute overview and a 50 minute deep dive. We're quite pleased with the content - let me know if you have any thoughts or feedback.

Our summer project of revamping also went live on Friday; it contains plethora of new content covering our services, solutions, products, information about the industries we work in, and some detailed customer case studies. I'm really pleased to announce our Incubator, based on our work with Microsoft Accelerator and many other start-ups over the last few years, we will allow start-ups access all of our IP to jump start their development, hopefully reducing their need for seed funding. We're also launching the endjin Academy - an online training resource; the first course will be "Real World Data Science", based on all of our experience running and operationalizing Machine Learning and Data Science experiments.

Back to the world of Azure - there have been a number of annoucements ahead of this week's Ignite conference. Firstly Tom Keane Head of Global Infrastructure for Azure introduced Azure Availability Zones for resiliency and high availability, Dinesh Murthy announced larger, higher scale storage accounts, and Alex Simons announced a feature that will make all users of Azure rejoice - the new "Keep me signed in" experience for Azure AD.

Paul Batum showcases processing 100,000 Events Per Second on Azure Functions - we're pleased to see this blog post as we've been processing 200 million messages a day for the last 3 months using Azure Functions on top of our Modern Data Platform solution blueprint (blog post coming soon!). Azure Functions really is a game changer!

On the Azure blog this week, Corey Sanders has More and more fun with Terraform on Azure while Noa Kuperberg invites you to Ask anything about the new Azure Log Analytics language.

Erich Andersen walks through extending Microsoft Azure IP Advantage to China, and Justin Incarnato covers servicing Azure Stack using the Update resource provider.

Nicole Berdy explains how to Route IoT device messages to Azure Storage with Azure IoT Hub, and Andres Juarez discusses Azure's IoT Hub global expansion.

Finally from the Seattle Times, a fascinating article about Microsoft's experiments with Fuel Cell technology for reducing Azure Data Centre energy costs.

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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