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Azure Weekly Issue 151: 19th November 2017

Last week saw the Microsoft Connect() 2017 conference, which means there were LOTS of announcements (which in addition to all the announcements made at Ignite 2017 at the end of September gives you a clue as to the rate of innovation on Azure). A key theme of the conference was Data & AI.

One of the big announcement was around Azure Databrick, a "big data / data science in a box" offering based on an Apache Spark foundation. Another was the introduction of Azure DevOps Project - which helps create a full DevOps CI/CD environment for Azure App Service. General availability of Azure CosmosDB Table API was also announced, which means you can now have a premium table experience and secondary indexes all powered by Cosmos DB. Support for MongoDB aggregation pipeline and unique indexes were also added to Cosmos DB.

Azure Time Series Insights also reached general availability, as did Reserved VM Instances. Reserved Instances (RIs) enable you to reserve Virtual Machines on a one or three-year term, and provide up to 72% cost savings versus pay-as-you-go prices. The preview of Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge (i.e. it can run in a Docker container on the IOT device) was also announced. Two other services reached GA: Windows System State Backup from On-Prem to Azure and Azure App Service diagnostics.

In other news, a preview the new Azure Storage SDK for Go was released, and updates to the Azure DNS service CAA Record Support and IPv6 Nameservers, and an interesting video of build a Virtual Data Centre in Azure.

Other community articles of interest are: a script for exporting transactionally consistent bacpac from Azure SQL Database, understanding the Azure B (burstable) Series and CPU credits, find if you Are using only TLS 1.2 Protocol with Log Analytics, and Unattended authentication against the Microsoft Graph API from PowerShell

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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