Episode 260 - Azure Sphere

by Cale Teeter January 4, 2019

Cale, Russell and Sujit break down the Azure Sphere offering from Microsoft and what it means for the future of IoT development.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode260.mp3

Transcript: https://www.videoindexer.ai/accounts/aca83d23-620b-46d6-beec-e920bff88847/videos/f4130c2bbc/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-sphere/

 

Other updates:

SQL Data Warehouse integration with Informatica iPaaS on Azure
Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) on Azure is now generally available, enabling an intelligent discovery-driven approach to migrate legacy data warehouse workloads to Azure SQL Data Warehouse. IICS on Azure optimizes multi-cloud, hybrid environments with a streamlined experience for Azure customers, allowing them to launch IICS with a single click, directly from the Azure portal. Two key use cases enabled by IICS on Azure are data integration with prebuilt mappings and data accelerator for simplified migration to Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/sql-data-warehouse-integration-with-informatica-ipaas-on-azure/>


Virtual Network Service Endpoints for serverless messaging and big data
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/virtual-network-service-endpoints-for-serverless-messaging-and-big-data/

Virtual Networks and Firewall rules for both Azure Event Hubs and Azure Service Bus are now generally available. This
feature adds to the security and control you have over your cloud environments. Take advantage of the Azure backbone network to secure access to your premium Azure Service Bus namespaces and standard and dedicated Azure Event Hubs offerings on all public regions. 

Anatomy of a secured MCU
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/anatomy-of-a-secured-mcu/

Azure.Source - Volume 63
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-source-volume-63/

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 28
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-marketplace-new-offers-volume-28/

 

https://www.seeedstudio.com/Azure-Sphere-MT3620-Development-Kit-US-Version-p-3052.html

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Episode 259 - AI and Hacks - Tales from the real world

by Russell Young December 21, 2018

Developer Evangelist David Gristwood and Cloud Solution Architect Robin Lester, from Microsoft UK, are enthusiastic about the AI hacks they do with partners to help them quickly realize an application that uses Azure's AI capabilities. They discuss common patterns and tips and tricks from their various hacks.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode259.mp3

Transcript: https://www.videoindexer.ai/accounts/aca83d23-620b-46d6-beec-e920bff88847/videos/d4f658c21b/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Episode 258 - Live from KubeCon 2018

by Sujit D'Mello December 12, 2018

We are live at KubeCon+CloudNative in Seattle where Microsoft, together with the whos-who of the tech world, are talking about Kubernetes, We are very fortunate to get Lachie Evenson, Principal PM in the Azure team, Tommy Falgout, a Cloud Solution Architect and Daniel Selman, a Kubernetes Consultant, together in a room to discuss the current state of Kubernetes and AKS.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode258.mp3

 

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Episode 257 - Azure Firewall

by Evan Basalik December 7, 2018

Yair Tor, a Principal PM in the Azure Networking team, gives us the scoop on the newly released Firewall service. He talks to us about the use-cases where it makes sense to use the service, pricing and future plans.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode257.mp3

Azure Firewall Product Page

Azure Firewall Documentation

 

Other updates:


The Security Center network map is GA 
The interactive network map in Azure Security Center provides a graphical view with security overlays, giving you recommendations and insights for hardening your network resources. Using the map, you can see the network topology of your Azure workloads, along with connections between your virtual machines and subnets. You can drill down from the map into specific resources and the recommendations for those resources. For more information, see Protect your network resources in Azure Security Center. 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Azure-Active-Directory-Identity/Azure-portal-and-the-new-account-manager/ba-p/283709?WT.mc_id=ITOpsTalk-blog-socuff


https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-change-tracking


https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-network-for-azure-services

 
Azure Container Service will retire on January 31, 2020
In 2017, we introduced Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for simplifying Kubernetes management, deployment, and operations. Because it fully replaces Azure Container Service capabilities for Kubernetes, Container Service will be retired as a standalone service on January 31, 2020.

Microsoft Connect sessions are available online
Session called 5 azure services every developer should know
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/connectevent

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Episode 256 - Living in a Serverless world

by Evan Basalik November 29, 2018

Cynthia, Cale and Evan have a stirring discussion on the use-cases for Serverless computing and Azure Functions. They dive into scenarios when it is a good idea to use them and when it is not.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode256.mp3

 

Other updates:

We're excited to announce enhancements to network security group (NSG) flow logs for Azure Network Watcher. These enhancements are available in version 2 of the logs. They include per-flow throughput statistics, so you can understand flow session state and the associated number of bytes and packets transferred.
 
Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1
 
 
Simplifying security for serverless and web apps with Azure Functions and App Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/simplifying-security-for-serverless-and-web-apps-with-azure-functions-and-app-service/
 
Improving Azure Virtual Machine resiliency with predictive ML and live migration
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/improving-azure-virtual-machine-resiliency-with-predictive-ml-and-live-migration/
 
Three reasons why Windows Server and SQL Server customers continue to choose Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/three-reasons-why-windows-server-and-sql-server-customers-continue-to-choose-azure/
 
Considering Azure Functions for a serverless data streaming scenario
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/considering-azure-functions-for-a-serverless-data-streaming-scenario/

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Episode 255 - Chatbots

by Sujit D'Mello November 18, 2018

All the co-hosts are in the house for a change, having a fascinating discussion with Péter Bozsó, an Azure AppDev Consultant from Microsoft, Hungary. He gives us all the info on how to start writing Chatbots in Azure including tips and tricks, what not do to etc.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode255.mp3

The official MS Bot Framework website: https://dev.botframework.com/
All the open source bot-related MS repositories: https://github.com/Microsoft/botbuilder
Community maintained repos related to the bot framework (stuff is actually getting merged from these into the official repos!): https://github.com/BotBuilderCommunity
Cognitive Services: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/
The official bot framework blog: https://blog.botframework.com/ It’s a must have, a lot of best practices and tips and tricks are posted here.
 
And my personal blog, which is not full of content (yet!), but I am usually posting about Microsoft bots as well since that’s what I am working with every day: https://peterbozso.github.io/

 

Other updates:

Azure SQL Data Warehouse now enables enhanced insights into analytical workloads by integrating directly with Microsoft Azure Monitor diagnostic logs. With this new capability, developers can analyze workload behavior over an extended time period and make informed decisions on query optimization or capacity management.
 
Azure Monitor diagnostic logs support customizable retention periods by saving the logs to a storage account for auditing purposes, the capability to stream logs to event hubs for near real-time telemetry insights, and the ability to analyze logs by using Azure Log Analytics with log queries. Diagnostic logs consist of telemetry views of your data warehouse equivalent to the most commonly used performance troubleshooting DMVs for SQL Data Warehouse.
 
For this initial release, we have enabled views for the following:
 · sys.dm_pdw_exec_requests
 · sys.dm_pdw_request_steps
 · sys.dm_pdw_dms_workers
 · sys.dm_pdw_waits
 · sys.dm_pdw_sql_requests
 
  
AKS now in public preview in China

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka®

you don’t need to run Zookeeper, manage, or configure your clusters.

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


Deploy, develop, and troubleshoot faster with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.5.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deploy-develop-and-troubleshoot-faster-with-azure-blockchain-workbench-1-5-0/

Get started in minutes: Build your own enterprise grade virtual assistant
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/get-started-in-minutes-build-your-own-enterprise-grade-virtual-assistant/

Getting started with Azure Cognitive Services in containers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/getting-started-with-azure-cognitive-services-in-containers/

Holiday season is DDoS season
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/holiday-season-is-ddos-season/

Sprint 143 Update of Azure DevOps
https://review.docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/release-notes/2018/sprint-143-update?branch=releases%2FM143%2Freleasenotes#new-work-item-text-editor

With container support, customers can use Azure’s intelligent Cognitive Services capabilities, wherever the data resides. This means customers can perform facial recognition, OCR, or text analytics operations without sending their content to the cloud.

Custom Vision Service support for logo detection

 

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Episode 254 - DevCon 4

by Cale Teeter November 12, 2018

Cale Teeter, who was in Prague for DevCon 4, gives us a first-hand update on the latest that Microsoft is bringing to the Blockchain space in Azure.

Microsoft @ DevCon4
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/devcon4/

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode254.mp3

 

Other updates:

Automating SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure using Terraform and Ansible
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automating-sap-deployments-in-microsoft-azure-using-terraform-and-ansible/

Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka®
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-azure-event-hubs-for-apache-kafka/

Azure SQL Data Warehouse introduces new productivity and security capabilities
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-data-warehouse-taking-scalability-security-and-manageability-to-new-heights/

 

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Episode 253 - Azure Data Lake Service - Gen 2

by Evan Basalik October 31, 2018

James Baker, a Principal PM in the Azure team, talks to us about the latest offering in the Big Data space - Azure Data Lake Service - Gen 2. He gives us the low-down on what's new and why this is such a big deal for existing and new customers.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode253.mp3

 

Other updates:


Use Azure Container Instances in a more secure way. With Virtual Network support, Azure Container Instances now supports deploying containers to new or existing Azure Virtual Networks. Azure Container Instances containers can have secure communication with other resources, such as Azure Kubernetes Service clusters, residing in the same virtual network. 


Azure App Service now supports Virtual Network integration capability is general availability. The upgraded integration capability will enable apps to access resources across ExpressRoute or other connectivity technologies. It also enables apps to access resources secured with service endpoints in a similar manner as with SQL, Storage, and CosmosDB. This capability will only work with Windows Web Apps and in a limited number of regions. 


PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is now available and adds performance improvements and features to PowerShell:
1. The PowerShell startup experience is now on par with Bash.
2. PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell offers a consistent tooling experience, since Cloud Shell runs on a Linux Container that uses PowerShell Core.
3. PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is portable and equipped with tools such as Azure PowerShell, git, and common text editors. At the same time, user settings can persist across sessions for increased productivity. 
Four new Azure virtual machine remoting cmdlets enable interactive connectivity to an individual or many machines for automated tasks that use PowerShell remoting.

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Episode 252 - Azure DevOps in the Enterprise

by Cynthia Kreng October 26, 2018

Microsoft AppDev Consultant Stewart Viera talks to us about the power of Azure DevOps and some of the things to watch out for when using it in an Enterprise setting.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode252.mp3

DevOps information @ https://aka.ms/devops
Azure DevOps Solutions @ https://aka.ms/azuredevops
Azure DevOps Documentation @ https://aka.ms/azdevopsdocs
Azure DevOps Projects @ https://aka.ms/devopsprojects
DevSecOps information @ https://github.com/azsk

 

Other updates:

Azure Availability Zones expand with new services and to new region
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-availability-zones-expand-with-new-services-and-to-new-regions-in-europe-and-united-states/

Azure Update Management: A year of great updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-update-management-a-year-of-great-updates/

Public preview: Named Entity Recognition in the Cognitive Services Text Analytics API  (Sujit)
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/public-preview-named-entity-recognition-in-the-cognitive-services-text-analytics-api/

ExpressRoute for Azure DevOps—now available
Azure DevOps is now available over Azure ExpressRoute. See the Azure DevOps blog for more details.
Connectivity to Microsoft online services like Azure Storage, Azure SQL Database, Dynamics 365, and now Azure DevOps is through the Microsoft peering configuration of ExpressRoute circuits.
Route filters are a way to consume a subset of supported services through Microsoft peering. Using route filters, you can enable services you want to consume through your circuit's Microsoft peering. Azure DevOps is included in the new Azure Global Services route filter with a BGP community value of 12076:5050.
For more information, see the ExpressRoute documentation for Configuring route filters for Microsoft peering.
https://azure.microsoft.com/services/devops/
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/devops/2018/10/23/expressroute-for-azure-devops/

 

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Episode 251 - Getting skilled in Azure

by Russell Young October 21, 2018

Azure Skills Evangelist and Cloud Solutions Architect, Daniel Baker, comes back on the show and this time he is very passionate about the resources, tips and tricks for getting skilled in Azure.

Daniel Baker

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode251.mp3

 

Azure Learn - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/learn/azure

Azure Labs - https://www.microsoft.com/handsonlabs 

Azure Interactives - http://azureinteractives.azurewebsites.net 

Microsoft YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/user/MSCloudOS 

Citadel - https://azurecitadel.github.io 

Azuredan – http://www.azuredan.co.uk 

Pluralsight - https://www.pluralsight.com 

 

Other updates:

You can now choose which sets of user accounts should be synchronized into a managed domain. You do this by selecting groups in Azure Active Directory whose members should be synchronized to the managed domain. The current experience is PowerShell based.

We’ve improved the sync performance in multiple stages. For large benchmark customers, we’ve been able to bring initial sync down to a few days.
Further, the virtual machine SKU on which Azure AD DS is hosted scales automatically based on the number of objects in the directory. This enables larger customers to get better sync performance—for both initial and ongoing sync from Azure AD.

Accessibility and array support with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.4.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/accessibility-and-array-support-with-azure-blockchain-workbench-1-4-0/

Sweet updates about Truffle on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sweet-updates-about-truffle-on-azure/

Improved governance experience with Ethereum Proof-of-Authority 1.2
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/improved-governance-experience-with-ethereum-proof-of-authority-1-2/

Azure IoT Reference Architecture 2.1 release
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-iot-reference-architecture-2-1-release/

Azure Cognitive Services available in new regions
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
New regions are now available for Azure Cognitive Services. The Content Moderator, Computer Vision, Face, Translator Text, and Language Understanding (LUIS) Services are now generally available in US Government regions.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/content-moderator/

Azure Digital Twins | Public Preview disclosure

Azure Digital Twins is the first of its kind cloud service that virtually represents the physical world across people, places and devices, and will enter public preview in mid-October. Azure Digital Twins significantly reduces time and complexity for building next generation IoT solutions by automating endpoint actions based on incoming telemetry and using predefined templates that are attuned to specific industries. Azure Digital Twins enables customers to build solutions that analyze how space is used and then optimize it to better serve your needs at every level.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-iot-reference-architecture-2-1-release/ 

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