Azure Weekly Issue 144: 1st October 2017
This week, we have some exciting announcements from Microsoft Ignite, as well as all the usual Azure developments from the last few days.
First, I was on holiday two weeks ago and read Simon Sinek's "Start With Why", this week I read Satya Nadella's "Hit Refresh"; even though the books were written 8 years apart the first is a great prologue for the second - I wrote an article explaining why (and this is the reason why the newsletter is being published so late today!).
There were a mind-boggling number of annoucements at Ignite this week. I could try and cover them in this editorial, but several others have already done a fantastic job. The best I've come across is James Serra's summary.
The annoucements that I am most exicited about are the new Azure Data Factory capabilities in public preview - I've been saying for a number of years that ADF is the glue that holds many of the Azure Services together (Functions is also increasingly becoming another "glue" service). Next it's the the public preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell, and finally the public announcement of Azure Machine Learning WorkBench.
Other items of note this week are the Azure Interactives microsite, the GeekWire article How Microsoft become a destination for a new generation of open-source developers, the AnsibleFest session Automate And Configure Azure Cloud Resources Using Ansible, and the always fascinating Mark Russinovich 75 minute session called inside Microsoft Azure datacenter hardware and software architecture.
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
On MSDN, Krishnakumar Rukmangathan covers ARM Resource Manager Template Deployment with Azure Analysis Services.
On the Azure blog, Kay Unkroth reveals Azure Analysis Services has added firewall support.
On the Azure blog, Ashish Thapliyal (@ashishth) unveils the General availability of HDInsight Interactive Query.
Pranav Rastogi (@rustd) reveals that Paxata has launched Self-Service Data Preparation on Azure HDInsight to accelerate Data Prep.
On the Azure blog, Pranav Rastogi (@rustd) covers WANdisco enabling continuous data replication on Azure HDInsight for Big Data applications.
Ronit Reger introduces the SQL Vulnerability Assessment for Azure SQL Database and on-premises SQL Server.
Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances
Devendra Tiwari announces the Azure Disk Encryption Preview for Virtual Machine Scale Sets.
On the Azure blog, Ziv Rafalovich announces A new Planned Maintenance experience for your virtual machines.
Roberto (@soyroberto) writes about Upgrading the Kernel of a Linux VM hosted in Azure.
On Channel 9, Mani Ramaswamy talks about Azure Service Fabric on Linux.
On MSDN, Larry Wall blogs about a Full/Incremental backup and restore sample.
Armin Reiter (@arminreiter) writes about Weekly Azure billing report per mail with Azure functions.
Bill Wilder covers A Gentle Intro to Serverless Azure.
Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers
On the Azure blog, Asir Selvasingh talks about Bringing Java and Kubernetes together in Azure.
Elton Stoneman writes about The Container Filesystem and talks about Why Not To Use curl or iwr for Docker Healthchecks.
Prasad Kerhalkar walks through Debugging Java 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
On the MSSQL Tips site, John Miner talks about Bulk Inserting Data into a Azure SQL Database with PowerShell.
On the Azure blog, Dhruv Malik announces that Azure SQL Database VNET Service Endpoints are now in public preview.
Mark Kromer announces new Azure Data Lake capabilities in public preview.
On the Azure blog, Luis Vargas (@LuisVargas_SQL) announces new Azure VM sizes for more cost-effective database workloads.
Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench
On MSDN, Gregg Boer blogs about Burndown and Burnup Widgets available for the VSTS Analytics Extension.
Joseph Bourne explains Chef brings Habitat to VSTS, and Agile Extensions makes editing your backlog a breeze.
Jenny Jiang discusses Running you Hive LLAP & PySpark Job in Visual Studio Code.
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
On MSDN, Nick McCollum covers Getting Started with the Azure AD B2B Invite API.
On TechNet, John Craddock talks about Integrating with on-prem AD and AD FS.
On the Azure blog, Jeremy Winter writes about Built-in security and operations management for Azure and hybrid environments.
On the Azure blog, the Azure Teams previews the Azure DDoS Protection Service.
Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid
On MSDN, Matt Farmer provides A look under the hood of our Power BI solution template for Azure API Management.
Internet of Things
Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere
On the Azure blog, Cory Newton-Smith expains that The next generation of Azure IoT Suite accelerates IoT solutions.
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
Also on the Azure blog, David Seidman shows you how to Get started with Monitoring in Azure.
On the Azure blog, Anirudh Cavale announces that New services and capabilities for Azure Monitor metrics.
Noa Kuperberg writes about the new query language for Log Analytics.
Ashish Thapliyal (@ashishth) Introduces the HDInsight integration with Azure Log Analytics Preview.
Francis Yu announces the public preview of Azure Storage metrics in Azure Monitor.
On the Stackify Blog, Matt Watson explains How to Monitor Azure WebJobs for Performance, Errors and Usage.
Kirill Gavrylyuk explains how to Get insights into your Azure CosmosDB with partition heatmaps, OMS, and more.
Hemant Mahawar talks about the public preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell.
Joshua Gnanayutham describes Monitoring Azure SQL Data Sync using OMS Log Analytics.
Mayank Nayar talks about Azure Site Recovery powers new Managed DR offerings by Microsoft Partners.
Shiva Sivakumar announces End-to-end monitoring solutions in Azure for Apps and Infrastructure.
Rossano Vitulli explains How to monitor and alert potential Disk and VM Level IO Throttling on Linux VMs using ARM.
Gaurav Bhatnagar announces the general availability of Azure Managed Applications Service Catalog.
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
Yousef Khalidi talks about Azure Networking announcements for Ignite 2017.
On the Azure blog, Anitha Adusumilli announces Virtual Network integration for Azure Storage and Azure SQL.
Adam Raffe writes about Secure Connectivity from Azure VNets to Public Services.
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
On the Azure blog, Klaas Langhout announces the public preview for Azure File Sync.
Chris Brooks announces the Preview of Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks.
Vincent-Philippe Lauzon walks through Moving from Standard to Premium disks and back.
On TechNet, Shannon Gowen discusses Online training for Azure Data Lake.
Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service
Stella Lin shares news of the general availability of the new App Service Premium Plan.
Michael Crump (@mbcrump) discusses Deployment Slots for Web Apps using Azure App Service, Testing Web Apps in Production with Azure App Service and Adding logic to your Testing in Production sites with PowerShell.
Shankar Sivadasan writes about Five more reasons why you should download the Azure mobile app.
Sunitha Muthukrishna announces the Kentico Cloud Solution in Azure Marketplace.
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