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Azure Weekly Issue 150: 12th November 2017

This issue marks the 3rd anniversary of Azure Weekly! Doesn't time fly when you're busy compiling a newsletter! Three years ago Azure Automation had just gone GA, Azure Resource Manager was starting to gain traction and tooling support and Docker was talked about at TechEd. Quite a lot has happened since! The pace of innovation and change on Azure is simply staggering, and I hope that you find Azure Weekly helps you keep on top of the firehose of updates.

There are plenty of announcements this week; firstly the general availability of App Service and Functions on Azure Stack, and the general availability of Windows System State Backup to Azure with Azure Backup. Both Monitoring of Azure ExpressRoute and Microsoft Cosmos DB in Azure Storage Explorer are in public preview. The long-awaited feature of automatic OS upgrades for Azure VM scale sets has also been announced. On the DevOps front the VSTS Dashboard Application Insights chart widget now available, and Visual Studio Team Services is now available in the East Asia region.

My pick of the interesting articles this week are Microsoft and AWS Collaborate on Machine Learning, Microsoft's Batch AI Service train & test machine learning models on pools of GPU machines, DevOps for Data Science – Defining DevOps, Two Backlogs Integration Trello & VSTS, and finally using PowerBI with .NET Core

And if you wondered why our latest endjin apprentice has been a bit quite of late, it's because his appendix ruptured and he's been convalescing. Thankfully he's now fully recovered and back studying for his Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification. Welcome back Ed.

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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