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Azure Weekly Issue 326: 30th May 2021

Microsoft BUILD 2021 occurred this week, so there are quite a few announcements (you might want to make a ☕). As ever the Book of News is a great summary, and you can view any of the session on demand. It's worth calling out the keynote "Application Development with Scott Hanselman & Friends" because a huge amount of effort has been put into creating differentiated conference content in an attempt to break away from the PowerPoint + an autocue script session which has become the mainstay of remote conferences during the pandemic. Congrats to Scott & co for creating something engaging, entertaining and self-aware.

Many of the announcements at BUILD focused around Azure Arc and the ability to run more Azure PaaS services on it. This opens a number of very interesting scenarios for orgs that want the benefit of cloud services, but on prem (or "disconnected" or cross-cloud). There are many announcements in the Containers section of the newsletter, but I'll highlight this article as a good overview: Running Azure PaaS anywhere using Azure application services with Azure Arc. Another high level article that dovetails into this strategy is: Gain flexibility to run open-source applications your way with Microsoft Azure.

I'm going to highlight some of the non-arc related announcements; first off the public preview of Azure Confidential Ledger (hopefully with a smaller carbon footprint than traditional blockchain implementations). Next, the excellent Azure Cognitive Search service has new indexers allow you to ingest data from many new data sources, including Cosmos DB Gremlin API, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, SharePoint Online. This opens up knowledge management scenarios across a number of silos.

In the data & analytics arena Delta Lake comes to Synapse: Query Delta Lake files using T-SQL in Azure Synapse Analytics public preview, Azure Storage Blob inventory (which allows you to understand the number of objects and their sizes etc) is in public preview available in all public regions. And Azure Cosmos DB role-based access control RBAC now in general availability.

In web technologies, native support for WebSocket APIs in Azure API Management is in public preview. There are New Storage Providers (SQL Server and Netherite) for Azure Durable Functions, App Service Managed Certificates now generally available, and an interesting article on Levelling Up Static Web Apps With the CLI.

Finally, there's an interesting article about using the Azure Percept Development Kit to build and run object recognition models

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, Azure Purview


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

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


Covering: Microsoft Certifications, Azure Certifications, Microsoft Learning Paths, Certification Pathway Information

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, Scheduler, Azure Purview


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


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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