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Azure Weekly Issue 99: 6th November 2016

We started Azure Weekly because the team @ endjin were finding & sharing interesting links on our yammer portal, then I started writing a monthly blog post to collate all these links.

This process started becoming a little onerous, so I built a text classification framework to categorize the content automatically; we extended that with a modern data pipeline (using Azure Data Factory) to ingest, cleanse and classify the various feeds we monitor and then we added email & Twitter integration and that enables us to produce the newsletter in a few hours rather than a whole day.

It's been fascinating watching our global community of subscribers grow week by week, but I would appreciate any community involvement to help spread the word!

As I mentioned previously we're running a prize draw to celebrate issue #100 - we've selected the winners and will be contacting them this week; taking a lesson from the last time we did a prize draw, we're going to let the winner select a prize best suited to them (pick a particular book, pick a particular IOT package).

Future Decoded 2016 ran for two days last week in London; the first day was the "business day", the second day was the "technical day", which also included a TechDays Online track; one particularly interesting session to draw your attention to is "Evolving ASOS to Azure Microservices" - a conversation with Bob Strudwick from CTO at ASOS about their adoption of Azure.

This week on the Azure blog, Lily Kim shares new Azure Government Documentation and Paul Bouwer announces automated notifications from Azure Monitor for Atlassian JIRA.

Kirill Gavrylyuk unveils Azure DocumentDB updates, including quick start experience, backup and restore, and firewall support.

Alexander Nosov reveals the Azure SQL Database supports up to 10 years of Backup Retention, while Michael Hauss writes about the general availability of Azure cool blob storage in additional regions.

Finally, Clemens Vasters discusses Azure Relay and cross-platform, open-protocol connections.

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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