Episode 297 - Tales from the field - KeyVault

by Evan Basalik September 20, 2019

Matt Small talks to the team about KeyVault and talks about use cases and some common problems customers see.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode297.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/5927fd922a/?location=EUS2

Matt's Blog: https://azidentity.azurewebsites.net

 

 

Other updates:

Azure Files premium tier gets zone redundant storage
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-files-premium-tier-gets-zone-redundant-storage/

Announcing user delegation SAS tokens preview for Azure Storage Blobs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-user-delegation-sas-tokens-preview-for-azure-storage-blobs/

 

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Episode 296 - Azure Sphere

by Cale Teeter September 13, 2019

Azure Sphere is a set of hardware, software, and cloud services that provide an security and management platform for the IOT ecosystem.  In this episode, the Josh Nash, the Principal Product Planner walks us through the platform concepts, the components, and how customers and partners are leveraging this.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode296.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/fdcd8c138e/?location=EUS2

 

Building cloud-native applications with Azure and HashiCorp
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/building-cloud-native-applications-with-azure-and-hashicorp/


Microsoft Azure available from new cloud regions in Germany
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-available-from-new-cloud-regions-in-germany/

Microsoft acquires Movere to help customers unlock cloud innovation with seamless migration tools
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-acquires-movere-to-help-customers-unlock-cloud-innovation-with-seamless-migration-tools/

Microsoft’s connected vehicle platform presence at IAA, the Frankfurt Auto Show
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-s-connected-vehicle-platform-presence-at-iaa-the-frankfurt-auto-show/

Satellite connectivity expands reach of Azure ExpressRoute across the globe
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/satellite-connectivity-expands-reach-of-azure-expressroute-across-the-globe/

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Episode 295 - Azure Backup Update

by Sujit D'Mello September 6, 2019

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Episode 294 - Microsoft for Startups

by Cynthia Kreng August 31, 2019

Shaloo Garg, a Managing Director in Microsoft Startups, explains to us how Startups can leverage valuable technical and business resources from Microsoft to help make them successful in the marketplace.

Resources:

https://Startups.microsoft.com
https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode294.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/c101319a3b/?location=EUS2

 

Other updates:


Now available is a set of APIs that primarily helps increase efficiency in copying data from any URL to Azure or inside Azure. The APIs include:
• Put Block From URL
• Put Page From URL
• Append Block From URL
These APIs enable server-side synchronous copy of data from any URL source into either a block blob, page blob or as an append blob. The benefits of these APIs include:
• Server-side data transfer. The data transfer is performed server-side, meaning the data is read directly from the source by the destination server in Azure. The data is not flowing through the caller, so you do not need a VM with CPU, memory and network capacity to move the data. You can get away with using a relatively small VM that just orchestrate the data transfer.
• Synchronous data transfer.  Each call is performed synchronously, meaning the data transfer is complete when the call returns. This is unlike the existing asynchronous cross-account copy blob API, which is a scheduled background process where you need to regularly check if its complete.
• Any data source. The data source can be any data addressable by a URL, meaning you can copy data from inside or outside of Azure. Further it can be from any blob type to any blob, e.g. reading from a page blob and writing to a block blob.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-copy-apis-for-efficient-data-copy/>

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Azure-SQL-Database/Unified-Azure-SQL-experience/ba-p/815368

Work more efficiently with the updated Azure Blockchain Development Kit by using our new interactive debugger.

 

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Episode 293 - ONNX Runtime

by Cynthia Kreng August 22, 2019

Faith Xu, a Senior PM in the Microsoft ML Platform team, brings us up to speed on the Open Neural Network eXchange (ONNX) specification and it's associated Runtime which can be used for running interoperable ML models in Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode293.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/77672a62af/?location=EUS2

Resources:

ONNX: https://github.com/onnx/onnx
ONNX Runtime: https://github.com/microsoft/onnxruntime
ONNX Tutorials: https://github.com/onnx/tutorials
ONNX Runtime Tutorials: https://github.com/microsoft/onnxruntime#examples-and-tutorials
ONNX Converters: https://github.com/onnx/onnxmltools/tree/master/onnxmltools
ONNX Ecosystem Docker Image: https://github.com/onnx/onnx-docker/tree/master/onnx-ecosystem
ONNX Runtime in AzureML: https://aka.ms/onnxnotebooks

Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availablility-of-managed-identity-for-linux-in-app-service-and-functions/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-of-user-assigned-managed-identities-for-app-service-and-azure-functions/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/update-to-azure-sql-database-serverless-increases-compute-scale-limits-by-4x/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-azure-ultra-disk-storage/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-resource-manager-arm-application-and-service-deployment-is-now-ga/


https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-of-managed-identity-for-azure-service-fabric-applications/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-powershell-scripts-available-for-azure-monitor-logs-query-and-data-collection/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/updates/new-tool-for-automating-load-testing-of-power-bi-embedded-capacities-now-available/

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Episode 292 - Logic Apps ISE

by Sujit D'Mello August 15, 2019

Veteran guest of the show, Logic Apps Lead PM Kevin Lam is back to talk about their latest offering, Logic Apps ISE. He gives us the low-down on the unique features of this offering and when it makes sense to use it and off course, tips and tricks on how to use it.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode292.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/37d7ca1e9d/?location=EUS2

 

Other updates:

The Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) service is now available for preview in the Azure Goverment (Fairfax, VA) region.

We're excited to announce that IoT Edge support in Azure DevOps Project and Azure Pipelines is generally available. Developers can easily set up CI/CD pipelines for IoT Edge projects with best practices.

https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2019#development-environments-and-tools

Service Tag Discovery API is in preview. It's now possible to programmatically retrieve global IP address information for Azure and its services using the Discovery API.


Announcing new AMD EPYC™-based Azure Virtual Machine
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-new-amd-epyc-based-azure-virtual-machines/

Your single source for Azure best practices
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/your-single-source-for-azure-best-practices/

New for developers: Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK v3 now available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-for-developers-azure-cosmos-db-net-sdk-v3-now-available/

Announcing the preview of GitHub Actions for Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-preview-of-azure-actions-for-github/

 

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Episode 291 - Azure Data Box Edge

by Cynthia Kreng August 8, 2019

Cale, Cynthia, Kendall, and Russell speak with Senior PM Stephanie Krieger on what Azure Data Box Edge is, how we can get our hands on one, and some use cases that have been utilizing the computing powers at the intelligent edge.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode291.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/dbdfaaaf3e/?location=EUS2

 

Resources

 

Other updates:

 

Azure Dedicated Host in Preview - A new Azure service that provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. The server is dedicated to your organization and workloads.


Network security group improvements—ICMP support and override default Azure platform considerations

 

Cross-tenant management is now supported in Azure Security Center
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-cross-tenant-management 

 

Moving your VMware resources to Azure is easier than ever
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/moving-your-vmware-resources-to-azure-is-easier-than-ever/

 

We’re making Azure Archive Storage better with new lower pricing
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/we-re-making-azure-archive-storage-better-with-new-lower-pricing/

 

Improved developer experience for Azure Blockchain development kit
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/improved-developer-experience-for-azure-blockchain-development-kit/

 

Introducing Azure Dedicated Host
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/ blog/introducing-azure-dedicated-host/

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/samples/azure-intelligent-edge-patterns/


https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/us-partner-blog/2019/07/24/mill5-and-olympus-use-azure-data-box-edge-to-expedite-ai-innovation-in-healthcare/

 

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Episode 290 - App Service for Linux

by Cynthia Kreng July 31, 2019

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Episode 289 - HashiCorp and Azure

by Sujit D'Mello July 25, 2019

Cale and Sujit talk to Senior Software Engineer Eugene Chuvyrov about the partnership between HashiCorp and Microsoft and how customers can benefit by leveraging HashiCorp's products on Azure. He dives into Terraform, Consul and Vault and provides some nice tips on how and why customers should use these products on Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode289.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/127c6e7694/?location=EUS2

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Microsoft and HashiCorp integration announcements
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/expanding-the-hashicorp-partnership/

Terraform Registry
https://registry.terraform.io/

Terraform for Azure Doc Hub
https://aka.ms/tfhub

Terraform for Azure Examples
https://github.com/terraform-providers/terraform-provider-azurerm/tree/master/examples

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Episode 288 - Oracle-Azure Cloud Partnership

by Sujit D'Mello July 18, 2019

Senior Software Engineer Romit Girdhar and Senior PM Tolu Agunbiade dive into the new Oracle-Azure Cloud Partnership that has opened up a world of possibilities for customers that use the benefits of both clouds for applications that run on Azure but rely on Oracle databases, software and services.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode288.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/412422f41d/?location=EUS2

 

Resources:

Public Announcements:
 
Oracle Press Release: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/microsoft-and-oracle-to-interconnect-microsoft-azure-and-oracle-cloud-060519.html
Microsoft Press Release: https://news.microsoft.com/2019/06/05/microsoft-and-oracle-to-interconnect-microsoft-azure-and-oracle-cloud/
 
Landing pages:
 
https://www.oracle.com/cloud/oci-azure.html
https://aka.ms/oracleonazure
 
Technical Content:
 
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/workloads/oracle/oracle-oci-overview
https://docs.cloud.oracle.com/iaas/Content/Network/Concepts/azure.htm
https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/whitepapers/deploy_peoplesoft_jdedwards_across_oci_azure.pdf
https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/whitepapers/deploy_oracle_retail_merchandising_suite_across_oci_azure.pdf 
https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/whitepapers/deploy_ebusiness_suite_across_oci_azure_sso_oam.pdf 
https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas/whitepapers/deploy_ebusiness_suite_across_oci_azure_sso_idcs.pdf
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/saas-apps/oracle-cloud-tutorial

 

 

Other updates: 

Ephemeral OS disks for Azure VMs

Ephemeral OS disks are created on the local virtual machine (VM) storage and not saved to the remote Azure Storage. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures, but are more affected by VM deployment time or reimaging the individual VM instances. With Ephemeral OS disk, you get lower read/write latency to the OS disk and faster VM reimage.

The key features of ephemeral disks are:

  • Ideal for stateless applications.
  • They can be used with both Marketplace and custom images.
  • Ability to fast reset or reimage VMs and scale set instances to the original boot state.
  • Lower latency, similar to a temporary disk.
  • Ephemeral OS disks are free, you incur no storage cost for OS disk.
  • They are available in all Azure regions.
  • Ephemeral OS Disk is supported by Shared Image Gallery.

 

Loads of announcements this week due to inspire - I've put a few below, but it's not exhaustive.

Availability Zones support is now available for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in preview

 

Protect applications and data from datacenter failures with redundancies across Availability Zones. 

 

Blob API interoperability with Azure Data Lake Storage        Gen2 is now in preview

 

Proximity placement groups are now in preview

 

New 48vCPUs sizes for the Dv3, Dsv3, Ev3, Esv3, Fsv2, and Lsv2 Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are now available so you can better match your workload requirements. 

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-preview-of-azure-data-share/ 

 

Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

 

The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure provides end-to-end guidance, best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers need to successfully achieve their objectives.

 

Cognitive Services Form Recognizer prebuilt capability

Form Recognizer learns the structure of your forms to intelligently extract text and data.

 

Azure Lighthouse provides service providers with a single control plane to manage across customer estates with increased automation, efficiency, and governance.

 

Announcing Azure Migration Program

Azure Migration Program, which allows customers and partners to apply to work directly with Microsoft to plan and implement Azure migration projects, is now available. Using proven Microsoft cloud adoption methodologies, tools, resources, and best practices, you’ll simplify and accelerate your Azure cloud migration with an approach that’s tailored to your organization’s unique needs.

 

Azure Resource Graph is now generally available 

Azure Resource Graph, which enables exploration of your resources at scale, is now generally available for all Azure customers.

 

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