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Azure Weekly Issue 59: 17th January 2016

Welcome back! We wish our readers a happy new year, and hope those of you who had holidays had a good break.

Here's a round up of the Azure news in the last two weeks. 

A new version of the open source Azure Storage Data Movement Library is available. Version 0.2.0 includes the ability to download, upload & copy directories, transfer directories in recursive mode or flat mode, specify a search pattern when copying, and download Snapshots under directories. The Azure Storage Data Movement Library was recently introduced in response to requests for programatic access to AzCopy.

Azure Blockchain as a Service has been accumulating new partners: BitPay, Manifold Technology, LibraTaz and Emercoin. There are also new resources: a C++ Ethereum client and CryptoSwap demo from ConsenSys and the the OpenChain implementation by CoinPrism.

There's been a update for Azure Batch, which now offers multi-instance task support, the ability to take a node offline without deleting it and the ability to change the autoscale formula evaluation interval.

A new ARM template is available for WordPress on Azure App Service backed by MySQL Virtual Machines

Azure API Management has introduced some new caching and throttling policies to support fragment caching, transparent API versioning, tenant isolation, user identity throttling and client-application driven throttling. 

The configuration experience for SQL Server in Azure VMs has been simplified

Finally, the hardware requirements for the Azure Stack preview release were made available

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Azure Batch AI, Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Genomics, Machine Learning services, Machine Learning Studio, Cognitive Services, Bing APIs, Computer Vision API, Content moderator, Custom Services, Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding (LUIS), Linguistic Analysis API, QnA Maker API, Speaker Recognition API, Text Analytics API, Translator Speech API, Translator Text API, Web Language Model API


Covering: Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Factory, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, Power BI, Azure Analysis Services, Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, R Server for HDInsight, Data Catalog


Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances


Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers


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

Developer Tools

Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench


Covering: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure DevOps Projects, Azure Lab Services


Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C


Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid

Internet of Things

Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere

Management and Governance

Covering: Backup, Site Recovery, App Insights, Azure Advisor, Sceduler, Automation, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, Security & Compliance, Protection & Recovery, Automation & Control, Insight & Analytics, Azure Service Health, Microsoft Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager, Cloud Shell, the Azure mobile app, Azure Policy, Cost Management, Azure Managed Applications


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

Microsoft Azure Stack

Covering: Azure Stack


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


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


Covering: ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher


Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection


Covering: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage


Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service

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