Episode 180 - HPC/Batch & Bright Computing

by Evan Basalik May 26, 2017

HPC/Batch experts Felipe Ayora and Martijn de Vries talk to us about hosting CPU-intensive apps on-premises bursting to Azure.


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode180.mp3

Experimental cognitive analysis of the podcast (allows you search it for keywords/content): https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/31d16ff57c/

 - Main HPC site for all HPC solutions: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/high-performance-computing/
- Azure Batch: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/batch/
- Blog post about the 100K cores job with Willis towers Watson: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/what-would-you-do-with-100000-cores-big-compute-at-global-scale/
- Recent announcements:
  - Low-priority VMs through Batch at a fraction of the price: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-public-preview-of-azure-batch-low-priority-vms/
  - Azure Batch Rendering preview: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/massive-scale-cloud-rendering-with-autodesk-on-azure/
  - New Pascal GPUs coming to Azure: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/more-gpus-more-power-more-intelligence/


Twitter: @brightcomputing


Other updates: 


New 400GB and 200GB caches available on Azure Analysis Services


In April we announced the general availability of Azure Analysis Services, which evolved from the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. The success of any modern data-…






Sneak Peek - PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell


At BUILD 2017, we announced the public availability of Azure Cloud Shell, which supports the Bash shell in a Linux environment. We are working to add PowerShell support to the Azure Cloud Shell. Our goal is to give you the choice to use the shell that you are most comfortable with to get your work done. To sign-up for a limited preview of PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell, please fill out this sign-up form.




Azure enables cutting edge Virtual Apps, Desktops and Workstations with NVIDIA GRID


Professional graphics users in every industry count on an immersive, photorealistic, responsive environment to imagine, design, and build everything from airplanes to animated films.




Azure Analysis Services new modeling and tooling features


Following the announcement barely a couple of weeks ago that 1400 models are now in Azure Analysis Services, we haven’t stopped there! We are pleased to announce the following further features for 1400 models in Azure.




Use SaaS patterns to accelerate SaaS app development on SQL Database


Announcing availability of a sample SaaS application, management scripts and tutorials that implement a series of SaaS-focused design and management patterns that can used to accelerate SaaS application development on SQL Database.




Price reductions on General Purpose Virtual Machines


We believe in providing the most innovative cloud offering, yet have a longstanding commitment to match AWS on price drops. Today, we are lowering prices on previously launched Dv2 Promo Virtual…




New smaller Windows Server IaaS Image


We continue to find ways to make Azure a better value for our customers. Azure Managed Disks, a new disk service launched in Feb '17, simplifies the management and scaling of Virtual Machines (VM). You can choose to create an empty Managed Disk, or create a Managed Disk from a VHD in a storage account, or from an Image as part of VM creation




Azure IoT Suite adds physical IoT device/gateway tutorials


There are many facets to an IoT Solution - device code, cloud solution code, and application code - all working together to realize a business goal. Azure IoT Suite is designed to get you started quickly and realize business value from IoT.




The Microsoft vision for accelerating enterprise blockchain development


Next week, Microsoft is headed to Consensus 2017 in New York City to meet with blockchain developers and share new additions to our Microsoft Azure Blockchain portfolio. We’re thrilled to sponsor and participate in a forum that brings together businesses, partners, and communities who are passionate about taking blockchain to enterprise.




Announcing support for additional Blockchain Protocols on Azure


As we approach Consensus 2017, it is with great pleasure that we announce support for complex blockchain network deployments for many more blockchain and distributed ledger protocols on Azure, including HyperLedger Fabric, R3 Corda, Quorum, Chain Core, and BlockApps, to further our goal and meet customers where they are. 




Azure introduces a new blockchain proof of concept framework for developers


This blog post was authored by Marc Mercuri, Director, Microsoft Digital. Microsoft is laser-focused on enabling and accelerating enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies. Our blockchain offerings are well known for providing the ability to rapidly and consistently deploy blockchain infrastructure.


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Episode 179 - Dev Test Labs

by Evan Basalik May 22, 2017

Evan and Russell talk to Giles Davies, an Azure specialist from the UK, about the Dev/Test Labs service.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode179.mp3


  1. Azure DevTest Labs link: http://aka.ms/dtl
  2. Azure DevTest Labs Service Updates feed: http://aka.ms/DtlUpdates
  3. Video summary: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/2017/P4071


Other updates:

WannaCrypt attacks: guidance for Azure customers

Application Insights support for Microservices and Containers

New Azure Quickstart template - Cloudera CDH and Tableau Server by Slalom

Migrating to Azure Data Sync 2.0



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Episode 178 - Build 2017 Special

by Evan Basalik May 11, 2017

All the latest Azure updates from Build 2017 (just day 1!).

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode178.mp3



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Episode 177 - Partner Spotlight - HashiCorp

by Cale Teeter May 4, 2017

Meghan Liese from HashiCorp tells us about their Azure-related offerings and services and provides her perspective on cloud development in a hybrid environment.

About HashiCorp and the suite: https://www.hashicorp.com/  

Open Source Tools:
Vagrant: https://www.vagrantup.com/
Packer: https://www.packer.io/intro/
Terraform: https://www.terraform.io/
Vault: https://www.vaultproject.io/
Nomad: https://www.nomadproject.io/
Consul: https://www.consul.io/

Applying Graph Theory to Infrastructure as Code (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce3RNfRbdZ0

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode177.mp3


Other resources:

Newly created Azure SQL DBs will be encrypted at rest by default

Announcing Azure Time Series Insights

New Power BI content pack for Azure Enterprise users

Azure IoT Gateway SDK packages now available


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Episode 176 - Networking Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello April 28, 2017

Evan and Sujit talk to Jared Ross, an Azure Consultant who specializes in Networking, Compliance and Security, on why customers should be aware of the network within Azure and tips on how to protect their resources.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode176.mp3

Yousef Khalidi's great 7-part blog post is Jared's recommended reading. The first part is listed below and you can follow along. 


Another favorite is Olivier Martin https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/networking-to-and-within-the-azure-cloud/


Other resources and updates:



Today we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service that makes it incredibly simple to interactively and instantly explore and analyze billions of events from sources such as Internet of Things.

Today, we are announcing the general availability of the new, simplified Azure management libraries for .NET for Compute, Storage, SQL Database, Networking, Resource Manager, Key Vault, Redis, CDN and Batch services.


Today, we are announcing the general availability of the new, simplified Azure management libraries for Java for Compute, Storage, SQL Database, Networking, Resource Manager, Key Vault, Redis, CDN and Batch services.



Back in November, we announced the general availability of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK. We’ve already heard from a number of customers who are leveraging the open source Gateway SDK to connect their legacy devices or run analytics at the edge of their network. It’s great to see quick adoption! With the Gateway SDK’s modular architecture, developers can also program their own custom modules to perform specific actions. Thanks to its flexible design, you can create these modules in your preferred language – Node.js, Java, C#, or C. (NuGet, Maven etc. packages)


Azure Billing Reader role and preview of Invoice API
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Today, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new in-built role, Billing Reader role. The new Billing Reader role allows you to delegate access to just billing information with no access to services such as VMs and storage accounts. Users in this role can perform Azure billing management operations such as viewing subscription scoped cost reporting data and downloading invoices. Also, today we are releasing the public preview of a new billing API that will allow you to programmatically download subscription’s billing invoices.



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Episode 175 - Encryption at Rest

by Sujit D'Mello April 22, 2017

Cale and Sujit talk to Azure PMs Amit Bapat and Dave McPherson about how data can be encrypted when it is stored in Azure.




Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode175.mp3


Other updates: 


Some interesting updates to ASE.



  • Max workers is now 100
  • You can also have up to 100 app service plans
  • Use all V2 compute resources with SSDs making them much faster to startup and carry more workloads for higher app density.
  • Simplified portal to create apps and manage plans and not worry about workers (workers get spun up automatically).
  • Portal is on parity with the multi-tenant version of App Services.



Every virtual machine in Azure now supports two or more network interfaces. Information on specific numbers for different sizes can be found for Windows and Linux.


This is available in all Azure regions, including: 

  • Germany Central, Germany Northeast
  • USGov Iowa, USGov Virginia, US DoD Central, UsDoD East
  • China North, China East



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Episode 174 - Azure Government Update

by Evan Basalik April 14, 2017

Good update on Azure Gov from PM Steve Michelotti

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode174.mp3




Link for free trial for Azure Government: https://azuregov.microsoft.com/trial/azuregovtrial

Azure Government blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuregov/

Azure Government documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-government/

Azure Government video library: https://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/azure-government


Other updates:



Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Support for Visual Studio Code
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
In the latest release of the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code, Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now supported.
You now have the full experience within a graphical code editor to connect, query, and manage SQL Data Warehouse on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Specifically, you can:
 • Create and manage connection profiles and most recently used connections.
 • Execute your scripts and view results in a simple-to-use grid.
 • Save the result to .json or .csv file format and view in the editor.
 • Write T-SQL script with IntelliSense and T-SQL error validations.
To begin, you can download the editor and extension and follow the mssql extension tutorial.


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Episode 173 - SQL Data Warehouse

by Evan Basalik April 7, 2017

The guys have a great chat with Ellis Butterfield, a PM in the Azure team, on the nuts and bolts behind the SQL Data Warehouse service.

Ellis Hiroki Butterfield

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode173.mp3


Other updates:

Azure MFA cloud based protection for on-premises VPNs is now in public preview!


Azure MFA provides a hybrid multifactor authentication solution for Windows 10 VPN. Using a first-party auth extension, an on-premises NPS server provides the primary auth, forwarding RADIUS-encrusted REST calls to an Azure MFA tenant for the secondary authentication.


Azure Service Bus: Hybrid Connections feature of Azure Relay generally available
Pricing | Service Bus webpage
The Azure Relay Hybrid Connections feature in Azure Service Bus is generally available. For more information about pricing, please visit the Service Bus Pricing webpage. Hybrid Connections lets you use open standards like HTTPS and WebSockets to securely connect resources sitting behind a firewall on-premises with other cloud-based services or assets. To learn more about this service, please visit the Service Bus webpage.

Azure HDInsight available in additional regions
Pricing | HDInsight webpage
Azure HDInsight is now available in the West US 2 region, and Azure HDInsight for Linux is also now available in the Central India region. For more information about pricing, please visit the HDInsight Pricing webpage. HDInsight is a fully managed cloud Hadoop offering that provides open-source analytic clusters for Spark, Hive, MapReduce, HBase, Storm, Kafka, and R Server, backed by a 99.9 percent service-level agreement (SLA). To learn more about this service, please visit the HDInsight webpage.

Azure Advisor generally available
Now generally available, Azure Advisor will continue to offer access to Advisor recommendations at no additional cost. Advisor analyzes your resource configuration and usage, and then recommends solutions that can help you improve high availability, security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of your Azure resources. To learn more about this service, please visit the Advisor webpage. To begin using it, please visit the Azure portal.

L-Series instances in Azure Virtual Machines generally available, price reduced
Pricing | Virtual Machines webpage
L-Series instances in Azure Virtual Machines are now generally available in the following regions: East US 2, West US, Southeast Asia, Australia East, Canada Central, and Canada East. Effective with subscription cycles starting on or after April 1, 2017, prices are reduced up to 69 percent on the now generally available L-Series instances in Virtual Machines. These price reductions vary by region and are applicable in all regions where L-Series Virtual Machines are available today. For more information about pricing, please visit the Virtual Machines Pricing webpage. To learn more about this service, please visit the Virtual Machines webpage.

Azure DocumentDB: Aggregate support, Emulator in Docker, and Azure Search integration
Pricing | DocumentDB webpage
Azure DocumentDB now supports aggregates at global scale in public preview. DocumentDB has also reduced the number of request units (RUs) charged for queries by 20 percent, to serve more queries per second for the same price. For more information about pricing, please visit the DocumentDB Pricing webpage. The DocumentDB query engine has built-in support for SQL aggregate operators COUNT, MIN, MAX, AVG, and SUM. For more information, please visit the Aggregate Functions section of the SQL query and SQL syntax in DocumentDB documentation webpage and the Use the Azure DocumentDB Emulator for development and testing documentation webpage, and for information about Azure Search integration, visit the Azure Blog.

Azure DocumentDB: API for MongoDB generally available
Pricing | DocumentDB webpage
The API for MongoDB is now generally available, inheriting the same 99.99 percent financially backed service-level agreement (SLA) as Azure DocumentDB. For more information about pricing, please visit the DocumentDB Pricing webpage. With this API, users can now achieve limitless scale with support for managed sharded collections. Standard data transfer rates apply for replication data transfer between regions. To learn more about this API, please visit the Azure Blog, the What is DocumentDB: API for MongoDB? documentation webpage, or the DocumentDB: Database-as-a-Service for MongoDB Developers video.

4 TB option for P11 and P15 databases in Azure SQL Database
Pricing | SQL Database webpage
Available immediately in public preview, customers using P11 and P15 databases in Azure SQL Database can now use up to 4 TB of included storage at no additional cost. For more information about pricing, please visit the SQL Database Pricing webpage. Increasing the available storage to 4 TB for P11 and P15 is an important step toward reaching our commitment to provide more storage across all performance tiers, giving customers more flexibility when choosing the best platform to run their applications. To learn more about the 4 TB option, please visit the SQL Database options and performance: Understand what's available in each service tier documentation webpage.

DirSync and Azure AD Sync end of support on April 13, 2017
We previously offered two synchronization tools for hybrid identity implementation to extend the reach of on-premises identities to cloud services: Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) for single forest directory implementations and Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync (Azure AD Sync) for multi-forest and other advanced capabilities. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Connect now replaces these older tools for all scenarios. DirSync and Azure AD Sync are no longer being updated. They have been deprecated and will not be supported after April 13, 2017. For more information on the transition to Azure AD Connect, please visit the Upgrade Windows Azure Active Directory Sync and Azure Active Directory Sync documentation webpage.


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Episode 172 - Containers Discussion

by Cale Teeter March 31, 2017

Cale, Evan and Sujit get into an interesting discussion around containers in Docker, ACS and Service Fabric, their use-cases and container registries. Cale shares some of his experiences using them for his work.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode172.mp3


Other updates:

Azure DevTest Labs is now available in Korea South and Korea Central, in addition to the other regions it has supported. The support includes the full Azure DevTest Labs capabilities, as well as the auto-shutdown option for all Azure Resource Manager–based VMs in these regions. To see the other supported regions, check out the Azure products available by region matrix.
Since the launch, DevTest Labs has been helping customers to quickly get “ready to test” with a worry-free self-service environment. The reusable templates can be used everywhere after they're created. The public APIs, PowerShell cmdlets, and Visual Studio Team Services extensions make it easy to integrate your dev/test environments from labs to your release pipeline. In addition to the dev/test scenario, DevTest Labs can be used in scenarios like training and hackathon.

Effective April 5, 2017, Azure API Management will be available only in the Azure portal. Access from the classic portal will no longer be supported.

Azure DevTest Labs supports Managed Disks in newly created labs, including VM OS disks, data disks, and custom images. Managed Disks helps you manage storage accounts for large-scale VM deployments.

Web Application Firewall (WAF) is now generally available in all public cloud regions as part of the Azure Application Gateway WAF SKU. WAF helps protect web applications from common web-based attacks like SQL injection, cross-site scripting attacks, and protocol anomalies. It comes preconfigured with Core Rule Sets to provide protection from many of the threats identified by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) as the top 10 common vulnerabilities.

Now, instantly restore files from Azure Linux VM backups with no additional cost or new infrastructure by using Azure Backup. You can quickly mount an iSCSI-based recovery volume and browse and copy the files to the destination of your choice. With this feature, users can:
Instantly recover files. Whether it’s accidental file deletion or simply validating the backup, instant restore drastically reduces the time to recover your data.
Mount application files without restoring them. You can use our iSCSI-based approach to open/mount application files directly from cloud recovery points to application instances, without having to restore them. For example, in case of backup of an Azure Linux VM running MongoDB, you can mount BSON data dumps from the cloud recovery point. You can then quickly validate the backup or retrieve individual items such as tables without having to download the entire data dump.

Up your SaaS application game

Large-Scale Analysis of DNS Query Logs Reveals Botnets in the Cloud


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Episode 171 - Secure Productive Enterprise

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2017

We talk to Edward Walton, a Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft, about a topic that he is very passionate about - making the Enterprise Cloud Secure & Productive.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode171.mp3


Other updates:

Announcing Support for Multi-member Consortium Blockchain Networks on Azure
Azure AD B2C Access Tokens now in public preview
Lighting up network innovation
Announcing Azure Service Fabric 5.5 and SDK 2.5
Azure Resource Manager template reference now available



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