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Azure Weekly Issue 448: 10th December 2023

This is going to be the last edition for 2023. It's been an incredibly busy year and I'm looking forward to a few weeks to decompress before it all starts again in 2024. I wanted to say a big thank you to all the readers, and the contributors - the newsletter only exists to amplify the great content you produce.

To start off - some updates from the data and analytics space: Microsoft Fabric real-time analytics exploration: Managed Grafana integration and Performing Change Data Capture CDC of MySQL tables using FlinkSQL, and Using Spark to track PowerBI Activity Events, and Migrating from Amazon RDS for MySQL to Azure Database for MySQL online using Azure DMS.

In Cloud Native Apps; Azure Container Apps Newsletter – December 2023, Generally Available: Azure Functions support on Apple Silicon Macs. Two interesting posts on GitOps: Deploying Azure AKS with Application Gateway and Flux extension – An introduction to GitOps and Deploying Azure AKS GitOps Flux extension with Terraform.

There are a few interesting articles around the web and app integration space: Smart load balancing for OpenAI endpoints and Azure API Management, and Passing Complex Objects to .NET Framework Custom Code in Azure Logic Apps Standard, and Build and deploy .NET 8 Blazor WASM apps with serverless APIs using Azure Static Web Apps, and Azure Bastion: Enable Azure Bastion Standard SKU features with Azure PowerShell, and How to use a cloud native DNS resolver in Azure.

Finally, two posts from us; the first is one I asked James Dawson to write - to showcase how we use Polyglot Notebooks for Ops - especially them as runbooks for deploying into Azure. And the second post in our series on benchmarking the performance improvements we've seen from .NET 8.0. This post is by Matthew Adams: How .NET 8.0 boosted JSON Schema performance by 20%. See you all again in the new year!

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, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Factory, Event Hubs, HDInsight, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Fabric


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

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

Hybrid + Multicloud

Covering: Azure Arc, Azure Stack


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

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

Azure Virtual Desktop

Covering: Azure Virtual Desktop

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