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Azure Weekly Issue 336: 15th August 2021

This week, the updates team have announced global disaster recovery via Azure Site Recovery. Deborah Chen has announced that partition keys are now available in private preview for the Azure Cosmos DB Core (SQL) API, which means scaling for SaaS applications just got much easier. Tobi Otolorin announces that Azure Firewall Premium is now in general availability!

Anna Hoffman provides a summary of all Azure SQL, including product updates, videos & blogs. Goran Vuksic runs through detecting room occupancy with Azure Percept. Daniela Encarnacion Holguin dicusses anchoring with Azure Spatial Anchors and Azure Object Anchors. There are two good Dapr related blog posts; the first asks Why do we need Dapr? and the second highlights a better developer experience with the Dapr Visual Studio Code extension. AzureFunBytes covers an ntro to BicepLang with Alex Frankel. Well worth a watch - Bicep is a significant productivity improvement over ARM templates for Infrastructure as Code.

And finally, I wanted to end this issue by bidding a very fond farewell to Carmel Eve. Carmel first joined endjin in 2016 as an intern, and joined our apprenticeship programme two years later after graduating and taking a year out to travel. In 2019 she won Apprentice Engineer of the Year at the Rising Star awards, and she also became a STEM ambassador, with the aim of promoting and supporting women entering the technology industry in her local area. To top the year off, she trained for, and then climbed to Everest Base Camp (using Azure to help her train of course!). Within a year of going to NDC as an attendee she was on stage at NDC London giving a talk about Combatting illegal fishing with Machine Learning and Azure, sharing her thoughts on what makes a good API as API Specification Conference and showed how to build a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake Store at SQLBits. Carmel shared 5 ways to prepare for public speaking to help others following in her footsteps. During the pandemic Carmel shared her own tips on managing mental health and remote working and effectively managing mental capacity, these blogs were incredibly popular and highlighted common mental health issues in our industry. This year she became a LinkedIn Learning Instructor and published her first course Exam Tips AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure. She helped launch Reaqtor, by creating a 101 video demonstrating how Reaqtor combines reactivity with reliable data processing. It's been thoroughly joyful to watch Carmel grow from a graduate to a seasoned professional over the last 5 years. We wish her the best of luck with her travels through Europe and South America over the next few years, and hope to cross paths again in the future!

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


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


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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