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Azure Weekly Issue 161: 11th February 2018

We were very proud to sponsor DDD Scotland yesterday; the free-to-attend conference had a number of Azure related session covering everything from Cosmos DB, Functions to Cognitive Services.

There are a few service announcements this week: firstly CosmosDB Graph API and Virtual Network Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database have reached Generally Availability. SAP HANA supportable VMs are available in UK with the Azure M/B/V3-series, Azure Search service has been upgraded: New hardware, unlimited document counts, and more. Azure SQL Database – Managed Instance Management Pack is now in Public Preview, and an update has been released of the excellent Microsoft Azure Symbol / Icon Set Download available in Visio stencil, PNG, and SVG - an essential tool for anyone needing to design architecture diagrams or presentations.

Other interesting articles this week include a reflection of the one of the non-technical areas in which Microsoft are innovating in Azure: Microsoft Azure IP Advantage: Our first year. Chris Rhodes shared some tips on optimising Azure Spending, and Azure CosmosDB and Microsofts Project Olympus were honored in InfoWorlds 2018 Technology of the Year Awards.

There's an interesting new case study about Munich RE in The most innovative analysis of weather risks. and Stéphane Fréchette has written an article about analyzing NYC Citi Bike data with Azure Databricks.

In the realms of serverless there are two articles of note: an introduction to Azure serverless with Azure Functions, Logic Apps and Azure Event Grid, and a great project released on GitHub that shows how to use the Azure Advisor API and Logic Apps to send daily email alerts.

Finally, Scott Guthrie makes an appearance on .NET Rocks to talk about building Cloud Native Apps in Azure.

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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