Episode 221 - Graph API

by Cale Teeter March 23, 2018

Andrew Liu, a Senior PM on the CosmosDB team talks to us about the Graph API and he is obviously very passionate about it! He gives us some great use-cases for Graphs and how we can use the service to build these types of applications quickly.

Andrew Liu

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode221.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/93f5cd9cc9/


Other updates:

Improved multi-member Blockchain networks now available on Azure

SONiC, the network innovation powerhouse behind Azure

The next generation of Azure Alerts has arrived
Today, we are announcing the general availability of the next generation of alerts in Azure. With Azure Monitoring Services, you can set up alerts to monitor the metrics and log data for the entire stack across your infrastructure, application, and Azure platform. With the release of the next generation alerts, we are providing a new consolidated alerts experience and offering a new alerts platform that will be faster and leveraged by other Azure services. Some of our customers have already been using the new alerts in preview and provided us feedback.
“The new unified experience dramatically improves our alert management capabilities. As part of our standard client configuration, we deploy and manage a variety of resource monitors to provide comprehensive coverage of a customer environment. These monitors include PaaS Resource Metrics/Logs, Azure Activity Events, and Log Analytics searches. We can now manage all of these monitors and alerts through a single interface and layer standardized action groups across all of them. This new service means we can offer a more consistent approach to our customers while dramatically reducing the management overhead. 
In addition, the performance improvements have allowed us to respond quicker to critical customer issues. With near real time metrics for things like Heart Beat logs, we can be alerted to a downed server event in record time and take swift action to recover the environment.”
From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/the-next-generation-of-azure-alerts-has-arrived/>

Columnstore support in Standard tier Azure SQL Databases
We are pleased to announce the general availability of columnstore index features for Standard databases in the S3 and above pricing tiers. These features will enable a number of new and valuable…
Announcing general availability of Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL
Today, I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. The GA milestone means that, starting today, these services are bringing…

Global performance acceleration with Azure Traffic Manager
Gaining insights to customer traffic is imperative in providing a best in class user experience. With Traffic View, a new capability in Azure Traffic Manager, you can get rich information and…

BACIAD - Build a Company in a Day

Hot off the press is “Build a Company in Azure” a feature packed demonstration taking the audience on a journey through IaaS and PaaS solutions and perfect for those studying Infrastructure Certification.
Learn how to navigate the portal and shell, then build Networks and Virtual Machines including Windows and Linux distributions using a variety of deployment methods before diving into the world of Containers and Orchestration.
Explore Azure Active Directory as we synchronise accounts with ADConnect before designing DevTest Infrastructures and protecting with BCDR Strategies.
Then jump into Social Media, building WebApps, before automating with Logic Apps, Bots and Cognitive Services.
Finally learn how to secure your deployments with Azure Security Center, Privileged Identity Management and Just in Time VM Access




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Episode 220 - Logic Apps Update

by Sujit D'Mello March 16, 2018

Logic Apps Principal PM Kevin Lam is back to give us all the latest and greatest updates on the service. It has definitely come a long way since we had him on the show last about a year and half ago and Kevin is just as excited about the possibilities using Logic Apps.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode220.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/ec66b2fa3b/


Other updates:

Today, we are announcing the public preview of Traffic Analytics, a cloud-based solution that provides visibility into user and application traffic on your cloud networks.
Traffic Analytics analyzes NSG Flow Logs across Azure regions and equips you with actionable information to optimize workload performance, secure applications and data, audit your organization’s network activity and stay compliant.
With Traffic Analytics, you now can:
· Gain visibility into network activity across your cloud networks.
· Secure your network; Identify threats on your network.
· Improve performance of your applications.
Check out the documentation and start using Traffic Analytics on your Azure network.


Azure File Sync Preview available in additional regions
Azure File Sync Preview centralizes your file services in a managed cloud service to reduce complexity associated with server sprawl while preserving their on-premises compatibility and performance. File Sync Preview synchronizes files bidirectionally from Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016 servers into Azure Files, providing:
✓ Multi-site access.
✓ Cloud tiering of less frequently accessed data.
✓ Integrated backup.
✓ Direct cloud access without a gateway.
Use File Sync Preview on your existing servers via a downloadable agent. File Sync Preview is now available in the Canada Central and Australia Southeast regions.


Announcing Storage Service Encryption with customer managed keys general availability
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Azure Storage Service Encryption with customer managed keys integrated with Azure Key Vault for Azure Blob Storage.

Just-in-Time VM Access is generally available
Azure Security Center provides several threat prevention mechanisms to help you reduce surf

ace areas susceptible to attack. One of those mechanisms is Just-in-Time (JIT) VM Access. Today we are…

Introducing SQL Information Protection for Azure SQL Database and on-premises SQL Server!We are delighted to announce the public preview of SQL Information Protection, introducing advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting…

Migrate your databases to a fully managed service with Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

We’re excited to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a new deployment option in SQL Database that streamlines the migration of SQL Server workloads to a fully managed…


Build Spring Boot 2.0 apps with Azure Starters and new VSCode extensions
Spring fans, we are excited to announce full support of Spring Boot 2.0 on the Spring Boot Starters for Azure, already available on Spring Initializr. Plus, with new Java and Spring extensions for…

Microsoft and Esri launch Geospatial AI on Azure
Integrating geography and location information with AI brings a powerful new dimension to understanding the world around us. This has a wide range of applications in a variety of segments, including…

Public preview of Java on App Service, built-in support for Tomcat and OpenJDK
A couple of months back, we announced the general availability of App Service on Linux, starting with support for .NET Core, Node.js, Ruby, PHP, and custom Docker containers. Today, we are glad to…


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Episode 219 - What's New in Azure Backup?

by Sujit D'Mello March 12, 2018

We have a very enthusiastic Sonia Gupta, Azure Backup PM, talking to us about the service. She gives us a quick refresher and some very interesting updates on this important but often neglected Azure service.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode219.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/135d358da9/


Azure Backup’s Cloud-First Approach

Azure Backup blogs

Azure Backup landing page

Feedback (UserVoice)

Other updates:

Preview of Soft Delete for Storage blobs
We’re excited to announce Azure for Students. Designed uniquely with student-focused cloud usage in-mind, this offer gives verified students full access to 25+ free Azure products as well as US$100 monetary credit for use toward our paid products with no credit card requirement. If you’re seeking to grow your cloud dev skills – you’re in the right place.



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Episode 218 - Ramping up on ARM templates

by Russell Young March 2, 2018

Based on feedback from our listeners, we chat with Richard Cheney, a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. He give us a loads of advice to help our listeners get ramped up on developing ARM templates, including 'Project Citadel' - a whole set of resources to help you craft the best templates.

Richard Cheney



Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode218.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/998bafacd4


Other updates:

Introducing backup for Azure file shares
Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of backup for Azure file shares. Azure Files is a cloud-first file share solution with support for industry standard SMB protocol.
 • File level restore - instantly (from snapshots)
 • No infrastructure required
 • Control retention via policies
 • Uses Recovery services vault

You can back up file shares automatically based on policy and restore instantly to a point in time by using the Azure portal.

New option to try out Web App for Containers
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Web App for Containers is a fully managed platform to deploy, run, and scale your apps hosted in containers. There's now an option to try it out, with no credit card required.
Sign in to the Try Azure App Service page and select Web App for Containers. You can use one of the built-in containers or enter your own image name to work with. You're asked for a Microsoft sign-in, which will grant Azure portal access for 30 minutes to try out the feature.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-options-to-try-out-web-app-for-containers-2/>

General availability: Application consistent backup for Linux VMs by using Tuesday, February 27, 2018
We're excited to announce the general availability (GA) of application consistent backup for Linux VMs running in Azure by using Azure Backup. This feature helps ensure that your application backup data is transactionally consistent.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/application-consistent-backup-for-linux-vms-using-azure-backup-is-generally-available/>

Confidently plan your cloud migration: Azure Migrate is now generally available!
28 February 2018
A few months ago, we announced Azure Migrate – a new service that provides guidance and insights to help you migrate to Azure. Today, we're excited to announce that Azure Migrate is generally available.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/topics/announcements/>

Azure Migrate service is now GA - guest (Richard) to discuss, he's looked into this a lot this week

VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database now generally available
We are excited to announce the general availability of Virtual Network (VNet) Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database in all Azure regions. This ability allows you to isolate connectivity to your logical...

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/topics/announcements/>

Preview of Log Alerts feature for Application Insights
14 February 2018
Log Alerts for Application Insights (Preview) Application Insights is an extensible Application Performance Management (APM) service for web developers on multiple platforms.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/topics/announcements/>

Azure Service Bus now integrates with Azure Event Grid!
26 February 2018
Azure Service Bus now sends events to Azure Event Grid. The key scenario this feature enables is for Service Bus queues, topics, or subscriptions with low message volumes to not require a receiver...

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>



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Episode 217 - Video Indexer & Custom Speech Service

by Sujit D'Mello February 23, 2018

The Video Indexer is one of our favorite services which we use right here at the Podcast to offer indexed audio insights into our shows. We are fortunate to have Royi Ronen, a Principal Data Science Manager of the Media Artificial Intelligence group and Olivier Nano, a Principal Development Manager for the Cognitive Speech Service about the details of Video Indexer and the Custom Speech service that makes it even better.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode217.mp3

Indexed Audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/db0be280c2/


Other updates:


Support for automatic OS image updates in virtual machine scale sets
Virtual machine scale sets are a way to manage Azure VMs as a group. They provide easy deployment and management options, and simple ways to integrate with support for autoscale and load balancing. Patching thousands of VMs in scale sets is a critical management task that we recommend our customers to perform for the continued security, performance, and stability of the applications those VMs support.  
A new capability is in preview: automatic guest OS image updates in scale sets. After you enable this feature for your scale sets, when a new OS image is published with the latest features, security patches, and performance improvements, your scale sets and Azure Service Fabric clusters can receive these updates automatically, without your intervention. 
The new image will roll out to the VMs in your scale sets in batches based on preconfigured health probes to check for application issues. So your app can remain highly available even if there are incompatibilities between your app and the new OS image. You can monitor the status of upgrades programmatically or through an out-of-the-box experience in the Azure portal. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/auto-os-upgrades/>

Azure Event Grid generally available
Easily subscribe and react to interesting events happening in any Azure service or in your own apps with Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service. Event Grid removes the need to continuously poll by reliably routing events at high scale and low latency. In addition, take advantage of the rich coverage and reactive event model enabled by Event Grid in your serverless architectures.




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Episode 216 - HDInsights, Big Data & Open Source

by Sujit D'Mello February 16, 2018

Senior PM Pranav Rastogi is really passionate about all things Big Data and Open Source in this episode. He dives into the various open source tools that Microsoft has invested in to make it super-easy for our customers to work with Big Data in Azure.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode216.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/edit/debb22432f


Other updates:

We are pleased to announce the release of "Refactor an Azure Service Fabric Application migrated from Azure Cloud Services", the second article in a series about migrating an existing application from Azure Cloud Services to Service Fabric. The focus of the first article in the series was performing a direct port of the application making only the changes necessary to get the Cloud Service application running in Service Fabric. This newly released second article focuses on refactoring the ported application to a more granular service architecture to take advantage of Service Fabric benefits such as easier application management, service versioning, and independent service scaling to respond to changes in load.



  ->Now in Public Preview
  ->Apache Spark-based platform on Azure

  ->ICE and USAF

Azure Standard support now offers the highest value support for production workloads amongst major cloud providers

Windows Subsystem for Linux award!

Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls for Azure Storage now generally available
Today we are announcing the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks (VNets) for Azure Storage along with Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks uses Virtual Network Service Endpoints to allow administrators to create network rules that allow traffic only from selected VNets and subnets, creating a secure network boundary for their data...

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>


Azure Search service upgrades: New hardware, unlimited document counts, and more!
Starting in late 2017, all new paid Azure Search services started using brand new, more powerful underlying hardware in select regions. The upgraded search services offer significantly higher performance and remove document count limits, at no additional cost…
Now using SSD's instead of HDDs under the hood.  Removed document counts from basic and standard tiers, so now it's just storage capacity limits that are enforced.  Should result in faster indexing and query performance for the same price.  Limits in terms of number of indexes has gone up from 5 to 15 in Basic, and one of the limits of 200 million documents per partition on Standard 3 High Density pricing tier has been removed.  (Limits per index still exist).

Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain – The Future as We See It.

Build Go apps for Azure with the Go SDK, now generally available


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Episode 215 - Kubernetes Innovations

by Russell Young February 9, 2018

The guys have an amazing talk with Brendan Burns, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, about the future of Kubernetes in Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode215.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/f46a8b23c6/


Other updates:


OpenSSH is a collection of client/server utilities that enable secure remote login, remote file transfer, and public/private key pair management. Originating as part of the OpenBSD project and commonly used across the BSD, Linux, macOS, and Unix ecosystems, you can now use OpenSSH from PowerShell in Cloud Shell.
The SSH quickstart for PowerShell includes examples on how to create VMs with your SSH public key, as well as how to persist SSH configs and key files across Cloud Shell sessions.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/openssh-now-available-in-powershell-in-cloud-shell/>

Designing Distributed Systems - Brendan Burns new book (plug?)

Brand Detection in Microsoft Video Indexer
We are delighted to announce a new capability in Microsoft Video Indexer: Brand Detection from speech and from visual text! If you are not yet familiar with Video Indexer, you may want to take a look at a few examples on our video portal.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>

Bing Speech API extends its text to speech support to 34 languages
05 February 2018
The Speech API, a Microsoft Cognitive Service, now offers six new TTS languages to all developers, bringing the total number of available languages to 34.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/>

A great developer experience for Ansible

Ansible (from RedHat) now available directly in the Cloud Shell, as well as supported from VS Code
"Ansible makes it easy to scale automation, manage complex deployments and speed productivity".  Supports workflows to streamline jobs, and tools to share devops solutions within teams.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/topics/announcements/>

Go serverless for your IoT needs

Taken from the Twitter Feed: Listener feedback on future shows
 • ARM template deployments, specifically with regard to taking an existing set of resources and repeating them in another subscription.
 • SQL Server Managed Instances
 • Low-priority VMs - there is whole economy behind them look @spotinstUK
 • Media Services and specifically Media Analytics
 • Certification changes - no more Azure Solutions Architect?
 • Azure Stack upd and ReverseDSC ex aequo
 • Azure Automation
 • API Management
 • How to handle data and security compliance for different regions
 • Service Bus
 • Event Hubs
 • Application Gateway
 • Azure architecture patterns especially for LOB applications running on prem;
 • Security and management of API within Azure Webapp to WebApi.




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Episode 214 - Functions Microservices

by Sujit D'Mello February 1, 2018

Nir Mashkowski, Product Management Director for various Azure PaaS services, talks to us about his favorite - Functions! He shares his thoughts around using Functions as a 'Practical Microservices Platform' using some of the new features in the service.

Some resources:
Azure Functions Linux: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/11/15/functions-on-linux-preview/
Some success stories: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/case-studies/?service=app-service&term=Azure+Functions+
Hacks with startups and ISVs: https://microsoft.github.io/techcasestudies/#SearchPhraseText=Azure Functions
Azure Functions Proxies: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/11/15/azure-functions-proxies-is-now-generally-available/
Contact the team on Twitter @AzureFunctions or @nirmsk

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode214.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/8943c94906/

Other updates:

We announced the general availability of Azure App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers in September 2017. Today, we’re adding additional language runtime support for built-in images. You can now create a Linux web app by using .NET Core 2.0 as a runtime stack.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/net-core-2-0-support-for-app-service-on-linux/>

Network Watcher in Germany and AzGov

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Grid

Azure ExpressRoute updates – New partnerships, monitoring and simplification

ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available

Azure Search enterprise security: Data encryption and user-identity access control




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Episode 213 - Azure Dev using Windows Subsystem for Linux

by Sujit D'Mello January 27, 2018

Tara Raj, a PM who has been on the show before, talks to us about her latest endeavor, the Windows Subsystem for Linux and how it can be used for various tasks including Azure Development!

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode213.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/cad3664336/

Resources: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wsl/


Other updates:

Region expansion: Global VNet Peering
At Ignite, we announced that you can use Global VNet Peering to peer virtual networks across Azure regions. Today, we're expanding to more support regions—enabling direct VM-to-VM connectivity without any public internet involvement or any extra hops.
With just a few clicks, you can use Global VNet Peering to connect virtual networks across Azure regions to share resources or create a global, private peered virtual network. This enables a variety of scenarios such as data replication, disaster recovery, and database failover through private IPs alone.
You can now peer across the following regions:
□ Korea South
□ UK South
□ UK West
□ Canada East
□ India South
□ India Central
□ India West
The new regions add to the previously announced regions:
□ US West Central
□ Canada Central
□ US West 2

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/global-vnet-peering-region-expansion/>


New Python solutions for Web App for Containers
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Get started with ready-to-use Python-based web app templates from Flask, Bottle, or Django. They can be customized to build a web app for a small business or a personal web app.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-python-solutions-for-web-app-for-containers/>

Partnering for a path to digital identity

Start replicating in under 30 minutes using Azure Site Recovery's new onboarding experience

Launching the Azure Storage Solution showcase

Azure Zone Redundant Storage in public preview



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Episode 212 - Planning for Reliability

by Evan Basalik January 18, 2018

Evan is back after a couple of stressful weeks dealing with the fallout from "Meltdown". He shares some of his learnings and things customers can do to be better prepared for such situations.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode212.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/1c1d95469e/



Other updates:

NPR's Market-Blockchain-place

General availability: Service tags for NSGs
Service tags simplify security for Azure virtual machines and Azure virtual networks by enabling you to easily restrict network access to just the Azure services that you use.
You can use service tags in your network security group (NSG) rules to allow or deny traffic to a specific Azure service globally or per Azure region. Azure provides the maintenance of IP addresses underlying each tag. This preview includes Storage, Sql, and AzureTrafficManager tags. 




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