Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly Issue 191: 9th September 2018

Here are this week's announcements and updates:

Of the above links I'm most excited about the Cosmos DB emulator for VSTS; running large amounts of integration tests against Cosmos in your CI/CD environment can become very expensive, as you tend to need to increase your RU/s to run your tests quickly and in parallel! 

In other interesting content this week; I love how the Azure Event Hubs team are integrating popular open source technologies / protocols with proprietary Azure services (I wish more of the Azure product groups would take this approach; enriching rather than either / or) - see Azure Event Hubs with Kafka coolness with Dan Rosanova, A powerful cloud service from Microsoft has been rolled out to another UK region, a very interesting post about Connected Arms – Can AI Revolutionize Prosthetic Devices & Make them More Affordable and finally two really good articles about Azure (Durable) Functions: an Introduction to Azure Durable Functions and Correlated Structured Logging on Azure Functions

It's also time to get our monthly round-up of all the Microsoft Azure Industry Experiences team's content:

Firstly there's a nice overview of how to drive industry transformation with Azure – Getting started – Edition 1

Retail

Manufacturing

Health & Life Sciences

Banking

Insurance

Finally, it was an important week at endjin as we announced that Ian Griffiths has join as our first Technical Fellow. We took the opportunity to write a 5 part Q&A with Ian. The two topics that may be of interest to subscribers of this newsletter are part 2 - The .NET Ecosystem & The Cloud, and part 3 - Data & AI, although I'd highly recommend reading all 5 parts!

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

Analytics

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

Compute

Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

Containers

Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers

Databases

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

DevOps

Covering: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure DevOps Projects, Azure Lab Services

Identity

Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C

Integration

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

Media

Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer

Migration

Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box

Mobile

Covering: App Service (Mobile), Notification Hubs, Mobile apps, API apps, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin

Networking

Covering: ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher

Security

Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection

Storage

Covering: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage

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