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Azure Weekly Issue 258: 19th January 2020

A few announcements to share this week: we've been told that Azure is now certified for the ISO/IEC 27701 privacy standard, there is a New Azure blueprint for CIS Benchmark, and that Azure Storage Blobs User Delegation SAS Tokens now Generally Available. Elsewhere, James Ding has written about Azure Data Explorer and Stream Analytics for anomaly detection, and Adam Bertram has provided a complete guide to Understanding Azure DevOps Variables.

Last year I worked on a very complex project that used many aspects of Azure; Data Lake Storage, Azure Data Factory, Azure Functions, Machine Learning Services, Azure Kubernetes Service, API Management, and Logic Apps, to name a few!

The system processes 1.5bn+ messages per month & performs complex geospatial analytics to detect suspicious shipping vessel activity which could signify illegal fishing, human trafficking or illegal salvage of heritage sites. The project was very successful & featured in Future Decoded and Web Summit keynotes.

We are awash with high level Azure architectures, and low level implementation details, but there is a paucity of information about thinking how you solve the problem of migrating or re-engineering an existing platform onto Azure and how to optimise for performance, TCO, & value, and the various trade-offs you have to make.

We've been big fans of Wardley Maps since we came across them 18 months ago. We were inspired after attending Map Camp in 2019 to share something with the wider community. Although there is a fantastic free ebook to get you started, real world examples of Wardley Maps are thin on the ground. So my my colleague Jess Panni created an absolutely awesome 10 minute video explaining what Wardley Maps are, and how we used them to think strategically about building this solution on Azure.

Wardley Maps - Explaining how OceanMind use Microsoft Azure & AI to combat Illegal Fishing

If you have any questions or thoughts on Wardley Maps, please get in touch!

If this cause & architecture interests you, OceanMind are currently looking for a Development Manager in the UK.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Anomaly detector, Azure Bot Service, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Open Datasets, Bing APIs, Cognitive Services, Computer Vision, Content moderator, Custom vision, Data Science Virtual Machines, Face, Form Recogniser, Immersive Reader, Ink Recogniser, Language Understanding (LUIS), Machine Learning Studio, Microsoft Genomics, ML.NET, Personaliser, Project Cortex, QnA Maker, Speaker Recognition, Speech-to-Text, Speech translation, Text Analytics, Text to Speech , Translator Speech, Translator Text


Covering: Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Catalog, Data Factory, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, HDInsight, .NET for Apache Spark, R Server for HDInsight


Covering: Azure Blockchain Service, Azure Blockchain Tokens, Azure Blockchain Workbench


Covering: Azure CycleCloud, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure Functions, Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple, Batch, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances, Service Fabric, Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets


Covering: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Red Hat OpenShift, CNAB, CNCF, Container Instances, Container Registry, Porter, WSL, Web App for Containers


Covering: Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Database for MariaDB, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Edge, Azure Cache for Redis, SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Server on virtual machines, SQL Server Stretch Database, Table storage

Developer Tools

Covering: App Configuration, Azure Lab Services, CLIs, Developer tool integrations, SDKs, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Online


Covering: Azure Artifacts, Azure Boards, Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations


Covering: Azure Arc, Azure Stack


Covering: Azure Active Directory (AD), Azure Active Directory B2C, Azure Active Directory Domain Services


Covering: Azure API for FHIR, Event Grid, Logic Apps, Service Bus

Internet of Things

Covering: Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT solution accelerators, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere, Azure Time Series Insights, IoT DevKit, WildernessLabs, Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Management and Governance

Covering: Automation, Azure Advisor, Azure Backup, Azure Blueprints, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Managed Applications, Azure mobile app, Azure Monitor, Azure Policy, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Service Health, Azure Site Recovery, Cloud Shell, Cost Management, Microsoft Azure portal, Sceduler


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

Mixed Reality

Covering: Kinect DK, Remote rendering, Spatial anchors


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


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


Covering: Application Gateway, Azure Bastion, Azure DNS, Azure ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, Azure Firewall Manager, Azure Front Door, Azure Internet Analyzer, Azure Private Link, Content Delivery Network, Load Balancer, Network Watcher, Traffic Manager, Virtual Network, Virtual WAN, VPN Gateway, Web Application Firewall


Covering: Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection, Azure Sentinel, Key Vault, Security Center


Covering: Archive Storage, Avere vFXT for Azure, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure FXT Edge Filer, Azure HPC Cache, Azure NetApp Files, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, Storage Accounts, Storage Explorer, StorSimple


Covering: API apps, API Management, App Service (Web), Azure Cognitive Search, Azure SignalR Service, Azure Spring Cloud, Web apps

Windows Virtual Desktop

Covering: Windows Virtual Desktop

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