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Azure Weekly Issue 162: 18th February 2018

The first thing I'll point out is if you are, or know of an AWS expert looking to transfer knowledge into the Azure platform, a helpful blog with plenty of linked resources has been posted: Azure for AWS Professionals. In this week's news referring to another tech giant, Microsoft has also highlighted its partnership with Citrix, giving us Six reasons you'll love Citrix Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

On the technical side, there are a few features that have reached GA this week: Application consistent backup for Linux VMs using Azure Backup, Building Go apps for Azure with the Go SDK, ExpressRoute monitoring with Network Performance Monitor NPM and Azure Redis Cache geo-replication.

There are a few other announcements: the long awaited ability to view Microsoft Azure Data Lake Storage in Storage Explorer and the newLog Alerts feature for Application Insights have both gone into public preview, and Azure Site Recovery now has the ability to setup Disaster Recovery (DR) for IaaS VMs using managed disks.

If your interests lie with databases, there have been a number of new features in CosmosDB over the past few months, which are nicely summarized by Scott Hanselman and Kirill Gavrylyuk in this Channel 9 video. Barry Luijbregts has also provided a nice comparison of Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

If you're intrigued by the Data Science hype and want to get your hands dirty within your organization, Jen Stirrup has written an interesting article: How do you know if your org is ready for Data Science? Starting your journey with Azure Databricks. In the related space of AI, there is a fascinating use-case implemented by Ordnance Survey and Microsoft, using Microsoft AI technologies to classify the type of roof a house has, with the goal of saving people money on their insurance premiums.

Finally, have you ever found some incorrect or out-of-date info in the Azure docs? Sam Cogan reminds us that we can help improve the Azure Documentation.

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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