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Azure Weekly Issue 458: 17th March 2024

One very interesting announcement is Free data transfer out to internet when leaving Azure. In AI, there are two interesting posts: Journey Series for Generative AI Application Architecture - Fine-tune SLM with Microsoft Olive and Build RAG Chat App using Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore and Azure OpenAI: Step-by-Step Guide, and in Analytics How to access multi-select choice column choice labels from Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse with PySpark or SQL.

In Cloud Native App Dev, End-to-end TLS with AKS, Azure Front Door, Azure Private Link Service, and NGINX Ingress Controller and Configure Azure connection strings and keys in Azure Bicep

It's nice to see some new features and use cases for Azure Static Web Apps: Distributed Functions Preview for Azure Static Web Apps and Seamless Integration: Enhancing your Static Web App by adding an Azure Functions backed AI Chatbot.

Finally a very interesting deep dive into Azure Event Grid's MQTT Broker Performance.

It's the SQLBits Conference in the UK this week. Ed & Barry are running the "DataOps: How to Deliver Data Faster and Better with Microsoft Cloud" training day, Barry is presenting "Turbo charge your Data Science workflow with Microsoft Fabric" on Friday from 10:10-11:00 and "Microsoft Fabric and Data Mesh - a perfect fit?" from 14:50-15:10. Ed is presenting "How To Actually Make Decisions When Architecting a Data Platform" on Thursday from 13:40-14:00 and is taking part in the "Ask the Expert - Group B" on Wednesday from 13:50-14:40 and "Ask the Expert - Group A" on Saturday from 09:00-09:50. James Broome is presenting "Do those numbers look right? How to ensure quality, and avoid inaccuracies in your data insights." on Saturday from 14:10 - 15:00. The rest of the endjin folk (myself included) will be at the event Thur / Fri / Sat and be looking considerably less stressed, so please do say "hi!" if you see any of us!

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


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

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: 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: 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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