Episode 167 - Blockchain Hello World

by Cale Teeter February 23, 2017

Cale unravels the mystery that is Blockchain, as we understand what is happening under the covers of a simple 'Hello World' app.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode167.mp3

 

Other updates:

 Blockchain on NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=515728601
 
Kubernetes now Generally Available on Azure Container Service
Kubernetes now generally available (GA) – We announced preview support for Kubernetes in November 2016. Since then, we have received a lot of valuable feedback from customers. Based on this feedback we have improved Kubernetes support and now move it to GA. For more details, check out Brendan’s blog titled, "Containers as a Service: The foundation for next generation PaaS".
Preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes – Coinciding with latest Kubernetes release, adding support for Windows Server Containers and coupled with enterprise customers expressing strong interest in adopting and going into production with Windows Server Containers, this is a great time to provide additional choice in orchestrator for Windows Server customers using ACS. Customers can now preview both Docker Swarm (launched in preview last year) as well as Kubernetes though ACS, providing choice as well as consistency with two of the top three Linux container orchestration platforms.
DC/OS 1.8.8 update – We are updating our DC/OS support to version 1.8.8. DC/OS is a production-proven platform that elastically powers both containers and big data services. ACS delivers the open source DC/OS while our partnership with Mesosphere ensures customers requiring additional enterprise features are catered for. Key features of 1.8.8 include a new orchestration framework, called Metronome, to run scheduled jobs. This has been added to a new Jobs tab in the DC/OS UI, along with a number of other UI improvements; and the addition of GPU and CNI support in the Universal container runtime. Based on Apache Mesos, DC/OS is trusted by Esri, BioCatch and many other Fortune 1000 companies. We have worked with Mesosphere to produce an e-book called "Deploying Microservices and Containers with ACS and DC/OS."
 
 
New Lower Prices on Azure Virtual Machines and Blob Storage 
 
New in Azure Stream Analytics: Geospatial functions, Custom code and lots more!
 
Native support for Geospatial functions
Starting today, customers can easily build solutions for scenarios such as connected cars, fleet management, and mobile asset tracking with tremendous ease using Azure Stream Analytics. Developers can now leverage powerful built-in geospatial functions in their stream-processing logic to define geographical areas, and evaluate incoming geospatial data for containment, proximity, overlap, and generate alerts or easily kick-off necessary workflows etc. These geospatial capabilities are in alignment with the GeoJSON specification.
 
Custom code with JavaScript user defined functions
With Azure Stream Analytics, customers can now combine the power of JavaScript with the simplicity and pervasiveness of SQL. Historically, Azure Stream Analytics let developers express their real-time query logic using a very simple SQL like language. That said, customers have also been asking us to support more expressive custom code to implement advanced scenarios. Today, in our journey to offer richer custom code support, we are pleased to announce the support for User defined functions using JavaScript in Azure Stream Analytics. With this new feature, customers can now write their custom code in JavaScript, and easily invoke it as part of their real-time stream processing query.
Visual Studio tools for Azure Stream Analytics
To help maximize end-to-end developer productivity across authoring, testing and debugging Stream Analytics jobs, we are rolling out a public preview of Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio. Local testing on client machines to enable true offline query building and testing experience will be one of the key capabilities that will be available. Additionally, features such as IntelliSense (code-completion), Syntax Highlighting, Error Markers and Source control integrations are designed to offer best in class developer experiences.
 
Scale your Python service with Managed Disks
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/scale-your-python-service-with-managed-disks/
 
Microsoft Networking Academy with the Azure Black Belt Team – Winter 2017!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-networking-academy-with-the-azure-black-belt-team-winter-2017/
 
Announcing Azure Network Watcher – Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-network-watcher-network-performance-monitoring-and-diagnostics-service-for-azure/
 
Dear #MongoDB users, we welcome you in #Azure #DocumentDB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/dear-mongodb-users-we-welcome-you-in-azure-documentdb/

 

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Episode 167 - Blockchain Hello World

by Cale Teeter February 23, 2017

Cale unravels the mystery that is Blockchain, as we understand what is happening under the covers of a simple 'Hello World' app.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode167.mp3

 

Other updates:

Blockchain on NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=515728601
 
Kubernetes now Generally Available on Azure Container Service
Kubernetes now generally available (GA) – We announced preview support for Kubernetes in November 2016. Since then, we have received a lot of valuable feedback from customers. Based on this feedback we have improved Kubernetes support and now move it to GA. For more details, check out Brendan’s blog titled, "Containers as a Service: The foundation for next generation PaaS".
Preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes – Coinciding with latest Kubernetes release, adding support for Windows Server Containers and coupled with enterprise customers expressing strong interest in adopting and going into production with Windows Server Containers, this is a great time to provide additional choice in orchestrator for Windows Server customers using ACS. Customers can now preview both Docker Swarm (launched in preview last year) as well as Kubernetes though ACS, providing choice as well as consistency with two of the top three Linux container orchestration platforms.
DC/OS 1.8.8 update – We are updating our DC/OS support to version 1.8.8. DC/OS is a production-proven platform that elastically powers both containers and big data services. ACS delivers the open source DC/OS while our partnership with Mesosphere ensures customers requiring additional enterprise features are catered for. Key features of 1.8.8 include a new orchestration framework, called Metronome, to run scheduled jobs. This has been added to a new Jobs tab in the DC/OS UI, along with a number of other UI improvements; and the addition of GPU and CNI support in the Universal container runtime. Based on Apache Mesos, DC/OS is trusted by Esri, BioCatch and many other Fortune 1000 companies. We have worked with Mesosphere to produce an e-book called "Deploying Microservices and Containers with ACS and DC/OS."
 
 
New Lower Prices on Azure Virtual Machines and Blob Storage 
 
New in Azure Stream Analytics: Geospatial functions, Custom code and lots more!
 
Native support for Geospatial functions
Starting today, customers can easily build solutions for scenarios such as connected cars, fleet management, and mobile asset tracking with tremendous ease using Azure Stream Analytics. Developers can now leverage powerful built-in geospatial functions in their stream-processing logic to define geographical areas, and evaluate incoming geospatial data for containment, proximity, overlap, and generate alerts or easily kick-off necessary workflows etc. These geospatial capabilities are in alignment with the GeoJSON specification.
 
Custom code with JavaScript user defined functions
With Azure Stream Analytics, customers can now combine the power of JavaScript with the simplicity and pervasiveness of SQL. Historically, Azure Stream Analytics let developers express their real-time query logic using a very simple SQL like language. That said, customers have also been asking us to support more expressive custom code to implement advanced scenarios. Today, in our journey to offer richer custom code support, we are pleased to announce the support for User defined functions using JavaScript in Azure Stream Analytics. With this new feature, customers can now write their custom code in JavaScript, and easily invoke it as part of their real-time stream processing query.
Visual Studio tools for Azure Stream Analytics
To help maximize end-to-end developer productivity across authoring, testing and debugging Stream Analytics jobs, we are rolling out a public preview of Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio. Local testing on client machines to enable true offline query building and testing experience will be one of the key capabilities that will be available. Additionally, features such as IntelliSense (code-completion), Syntax Highlighting, Error Markers and Source control integrations are designed to offer best in class developer experiences.
 
Scale your Python service with Managed Disks
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/scale-your-python-service-with-managed-disks/
 
Microsoft Networking Academy with the Azure Black Belt Team – Winter 2017!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-networking-academy-with-the-azure-black-belt-team-winter-2017/
 
Announcing Azure Network Watcher – Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-network-watcher-network-performance-monitoring-and-diagnostics-service-for-azure/
 
Dear #MongoDB users, we welcome you in #Azure #DocumentDB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/dear-mongodb-users-we-welcome-you-in-azure-documentdb/

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Episode 166 - Integration solutions with App Service

by Russell Young February 15, 2017

Russell, Cale and Sujit talk to Mike Becker and Marcel Bindseil from Microsoft Germany about an innovative solution they developed for a customer, that uses App Service to build a complete EAI integration solution.

@winmike64

@Bindsi

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode166.mp3

 

Other updates:

Ruby support is available on Web Apps on Linux 
 
Public preview: Cross-subscription virtual network peering
Virtual networks that are created through the Azure Resource Manager deployment model and classic deployment model—but that belong to different subscriptions—can now be peered through this preview release. Read the Create a virtual network peering using Azure PowerShell article for further details.
Note that you can peer virtual networks that exist in two different subscriptions as long as a privileged user of both subscriptions authorizes the peering and the subscriptions are associated with the same Active Directory tenant. You can find more information in the Virtual network peering article.
 
Key updates to Azure Backup Server
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-backup-server-key-features/
 
Azure Application Insights JavaScript SDK: reliability and performance improvements
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-application-insights-javascript-sdk-reliability-and-performance-improvements/
 
What’s new in Azure Active Directory B2C
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-in-azure-ad-b2c/
 
Adding #AzureSearch to #DocumentDB collections with a click of a button
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/adding-search-to-documentdb-collections-with-a-click-of-a-button/
 
Bletchley – The Cryptlet Fabric & Evolution of blockchain Smart Contracts
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/scanatomy-2/
 
10 GitHub samples with Azure DocumentDB you shouldn’t miss!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/10-github-samples-with-azure-documentdb-you-shouldn-t-miss/

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Episode 165 - Desired State Configuration

by Cale Teeter February 10, 2017

We talk to Travis Falls, a Senior Consultant at Microsoft about DSC. He shares his stories about the advantages of DSC in general and specifically in a DevOps world.

 

Twitter: @travisfalls

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode165.mp3

 

Other updates:

Azure Active Directory Domain Services is available in 10 new Azure regions:
West Central US
North Central US
Canada East
Canada Central
Brazil South
Central India
West India
South India
Japan East
Japan West
 
 
 
Azure IP Advantage
Protecting your innovation in the cloud
Reduce risk, innovate with confidence, and operate with freedom in the cloud. Azure IP Advantage provides the industry’s most comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks.
 
Announcing the new Azure Marketplace experience
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-azure-marketplace-experience/
 
Microsoft and Tierion collaborate on attestations & Blockchain proofs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/blockchain-identity-proofs/
 
Webjet's Travel Bookings Blockchain Will Move to Pilot in 2017
http://www.coindesk.com/webjets-travel-bookings-blockchain-will-move-pilot-2017/
 
Announcing general availability of Managed Disks and larger Scale Sets
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-managed-disks-and-larger-scale-sets/
 
Azure DocumentDB: Entry point for partitioned collections now 75% cheaper
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-documentdb-entry-point-for-partitioned-collections-now-75-cheaper/
 
Announcing preview of Storage Service Encryption for File Storage
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/preview-storage-service-encryption-for-file-storage/
 

 

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Episode 164 - Licensing and Pricing

by Sujit D'Mello February 4, 2017

Evan and Sujit have a great discussion with Kevin Loh, a Director with Worldwide Licensing and Pricing @ Microsoft on what customers should be thinking about and how they can get the best value when migrating to Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode164.mp3

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/Privacy/GDPR
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/default.aspx

Other updates:

Get early access to the newest Azure portal features
Try https://preview.portal.azure.com and let us know what you think by sending a smile in the portal to provide feedback or by posting your ideas on the Azure portal feedback forum. You can go back to the public portal anytime. Check back in to see what else is in the works (and follow @AzurePortal on Twitter for more updates).
 
 
Connect to DocumentDB by using BI analytics tools with the ODBC driver
You can use the Azure DocumentDB ODBC driver to connect to DocumentDB by using BI analytics tools such as SQL Server Integration Services, Power BI Desktop, and Tableau. You can then analyze and create visualizations of your DocumentDB data in those solutions.
The driver offers rich features to help you renormalize data in DocumentDB. By using the driver, you can represent data in DocumentDB as tables and views. The driver enables you to perform SQL operations against the tables and views, including grouping by queries, inserts, updates, and deletions. To learn more, see the documentation page.
 
Azure DevTest Labs: Set expiration date for new VMs from Azure portal
In Azure DevTest Labs, you can now set VMs to expire on a specific date.
Although the ability to set an expiration date has been available through Azure Resource Manager templates, there's now a counterpart to set expiration on the Azure portal. When you set an expiration date, the VM will be deleted on the specified day. If you want to use DevTest Labs for a hackathon or class, this feature can help control costs and clean-up if you set the VMs to expire shortly after the events are over.
You can set the expiration date when you provision a new VM in the lab. From the Create lab blade, select Advanced settings and select a date.
 

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Episode 163 - VM Internals

by Cale Teeter January 26, 2017

The guys discuss some interesting topics around VMs taken from these series of blog posts:

 
 
 
 
Other updates:

Finally – Query editor for SQL Azure in the Azure portal again!!!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-sql-data-warehouse-public-preview-t-sql-editor/ 
 
Cool new TSQL string functions
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-t-sql-string-functions-are-availabe-in-azure-sql-database/ 
  -> SQL Azure gets them first!
 
Blockchain MVA is live!  
https://mva.microsoft.com/en-US/training-courses/microsoft-blockchain-as-a-service-17104
 
Microsoft Unveils Project Manifest, A Plan For Blockchain Product Tracking
http://www.coindesk.com/microsoft-unveils-project-manifest-a-plan-for-product-tracking-via-blockchain/
 
Azure Analysis Services now available in North Central US and Brazil South
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-analysis-services-now-available-in-north-central-us-and-brazil-south/
 
Manage App Service, SQL Database, and more - Azure Management Libraries for .NET
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/manage-app-service-sql-database-application-gateway-and-more-using-simpler-azure-management-libraries-for-net/
 
Modern Data Warehousing with Continuous Integration
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/modern-data-warehousing-with-continuous-integration/
 
Event Hubs Dedicated Offering
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/event-hubs-dedicated-offering/

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Episode 162 - Partner Spotlight - Cloudhouse Technologies

by Evan Basilik January 20, 2017

Evan, Russell and Cale talk to Mat Clothier of Cloudhouse Technologies, an Azure partner.

www.cloudhouse.com

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode162.mp3

 

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Episode 161 - MVP & RD Spotlight - Vishwas Lele

by Sujit D'Mello January 12, 2017

Evan and Sujit talk to Vishwas Lele, an Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director, about his role in the community, his Azure projects and his views on Azure services, specifically Hybrid scenarios.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode161.mp3

Twitter:@vlele

Company website www.appledis.com

Azure courses on Pluralsight Courses  - https://www.pluralsight.com/authors/vishwas-lele

Channel 9  Videos  - https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Speakers/vishwas-lele

Other updates:

Azure SQL Database is increasing read and write performance
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-database-is-increasing-the-read-and-write-performance/
 
Azure Virtual Machine Internals – Part 1
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-virtual-machine-internals-part-1/
 
HDInsight tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse December Updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/hdinsight-tools-for-intellij-eclipse-december-updates/
 
Azure Storage Queues New Feature: Pop-Receipt on Add Message
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-storage-queues-new-feature-pop-receipt-on-add-message/

Av2-Series now generally available for Azure Cloud Services 
Av2-Series instances for Azure Cloud Services are now available in all regions where Av2 virtual machines are currently offered. Av2-Series Cloud Services are up to 36 percent less expensive than the current A-Series Standard Cloud Services. For more information about pricing, please visit the internal pricing website. Av2-Series are available in standard memory options in 1, 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB, and in higher memory options in 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB. To learn more about this service, please visit the Cloud Services webpage.

 

 

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Episode 160 - The Service Fabric Way

by Sujit D'Mello January 5, 2017

We have a great discussion with Mark Eisenberg, who is an Application Development Manager at Microsoft, about a topic that he is very opinionated about - Service Fabric & Microservices. He lays out his thinking on what constitutes the Service Fabric Way of building Microservices.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode160.mp3

 

Other updates:

End-to-end cloud experiences for developers at Node.js Interactive North America 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/end-to-end-cloud-experiences-for-developers-at-node-js-interactive-north-america

 

General Availability: Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/general-availability-larger-block-blobs-in-azure-storage

 

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Episode 159 - Azure Resliency

by Sujit D'Mello December 28, 2016

We talk to Principal PM Saad Ladki about how customers can achieve their desired resiliency in Azure.

Saad Ladki

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode159.mp3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_availability#Percentage_calculation

http://azure.com/resiliency

 

Other updates:


Enhanced loading, monitoring, and troubleshooting experience for Azure SQL Data Warehouse
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/enhanced-loading-monitoring-and-troubleshooting-experience-for-azure-sql-data-warehouse/
 
Introducing Change Feed support in Azure DocumentDB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-change-feed-support-in-azure-documentdb/
 
New Azure Logic Apps innovation – general availability of cloud-based Enterprise Integration Pack
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/new-azure-logic-apps-innovation-general-availability-of-cloud-based-enterprise-integration-pack/
 
Project Bletchley - Corda Distributed Ledger available on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/project-bletchley-corda-distributed-ledger-available-on-azure/

 

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