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Azure Weekly Issue 69: 27th March 2016

This week, Azure Blockchain as a Service Update 6 has introduced some new partners: Augur, Lisk, BitShares, Syscoin and

There's a new Stream Analytics integration with Azure Data Lake Store - Stream Analytics can now output to Azure Data Lake Store, a hyper-scale repository for big data analytics workloads.

An Azure Data Factory Copy Wizard is available in preview for moving data between Azure BlobStorage, Azure SQL, Azure SQL DW, Azure Data Lake and On-Premises SQL Server using a code-free wizard.

A new open source Docker Volume Plugin for Azure File Storage was announced. The plugin allows Docker containers to have data volumes stored outside the Virtual Machine.

There are some significant changes coming for Service Bus and Event Hubs. Azure Service Bus Messaging Broker, the Service Bus Relay, and the Azure Event Hubs service, which currently share a Gateway, will be split out to each have their own in future.

Version 2.0 of the Application Insights SDK for web applications was released. Breaking changes include a migration of devices support from Application Insights SDK to HockeyApp SDK (happening on April 15th), and the removal of the IContextInitializer. Other changes include adaptive sampling of telemetry (sampling which ensures statistically correct data), native support of filtering, and telemetry correlation improvements.

There are several new QuickStart templates available: Create a Service Bus Premium Namespace and Authorization Rule, Create a two VM SQL Server Reporting Services Deployment, JMeter environment for Elasticsearch, RDS deployment using existing active directory, RDS deployment existing AD & custom image for RDSH machines, Manifold Platform Endpoint on CentOS, Influx Blockchain on Ubuntu, Monero Full Node on Ubuntu, Shadow Public Blockchain Node, and Syscoin on Ubuntu.

There was a lot of build up about an upcoming Build announcement on Windows 10. Scott Hanselman tweeted that "These features (I know what this is because I'm helping) are going to CHANGE EVERYTHING. No joke." Do they relate to Azure? We'll let you know.

Finally, in events news, there's a new, business-focused conference .'Envision' launching in New Orleans on April 4th - 6th.

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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