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.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/hdinsight/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-hdinsight-announcements-significant-price-reduction-and-amazing-new-capabilities/

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.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/service-fabric/refactor-migrated-app

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databricks/
  ->Now in Public Preview
  ->Apache Spark-based platform on Azure

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuregov/2018/01/24/federal-agencies-continue-to-advance-capabilities-with-azure-government/
  ->ICE and USAF

Azure Standard support now offers the highest value support for production workloads amongst major cloud providers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-standard-support-now-offers-the-highest-value-support-for-production-workloads-amongst-major-cloud-providers/

https://www.infoworld.com/article/3251828/application-development/infoworlds-2018-technology-of-the-year-award-winners.html
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.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/02/12/decentralized-digital-identities-and-blockchain-the-future-as-we-see-it/

Build Go apps for Azure with the Go SDK, now generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/build-go-apps-for-azure-with-the-go-sdk-now-generally-available/

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Episode 183 - IoT, Stream Analytics and other Big Data Stuff

by Russell Young June 15, 2017

Evan, Russell and Sujit have a good discussion on all topics Data with CSAs Phil Harvey and Robin Lester from Microsoft UK.

@CodeBeardPhil Harvey

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/robinlester/

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode183.mp3

Transcribed and Indexed https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/a17d83e363/

Other updates:

Update: In-Memory OLTP in Azure SQL Database Premium
Monday, June 5, 2017
Starting today, you can take advantage of the following improvements to In-Memory OLTP technology in Azure SQL Database Premium:
 • You can create more than eight indexes on memory-optimized tables.
 • You can use sp_rename for renaming memory-optimized objects.
 • We have eliminated the limit on the number of commit dependencies. You will no longer receive the corresponding error message.
 • You can use the CASE expression, the CROSS APPLY operator, and all JSON functions in natively compiled T-SQL modules.
 • You can create computed columns in memory-optimized tables.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/in-memory-oltp-update-q1-2017/?v=17.23h>

Microsoft joins Cloud Foundry Foundation
However, we aren’t done. Far, far from it. Today, at the Cloud Foundry Summit in Santa Clara, I am honored to join Abby Kearns, executive director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation on stage to announce that we have joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a Gold Member. Cloud Foundry on Azure has seen a lot of customer success, enabling cloud migration with application modernization while still offering an open, portable and hybrid platform. The partnership with the Cloud Foundry Foundation extends our commitment to deeply collaborate and innovate in the open community. We remain committed to create a diverse and open technology ecosystem, to offer you the freedom to deploy the application solution you want on the cloud platform you prefer.
In addition to joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, we are also extending Cloud Foundry integration with Azure. This includes back-end integration with Azure Database (PostgreSQL and MySQL) and cloud broker support for SQL Database, Service Bus, and Cosmos DB. We even included the Cloud Foundry CLI in the tools available in the Cloud Shell for easy CF management in seconds. Here are some additional details on the integration offered between Azure and Cloud Foundry.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/microsoft-joins-cloud-foundry-foundation/>

POWER BI PREMIUM Now generally available (not azure)
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-premium-generally-available/

 

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Episode 119 - Azure Data Lake

by Sujit D'Mello March 17, 2016

Cale and Sujit have a great chat with Azure Principal PM Arindam Chatterjee on the topic of Data Lake. Arindam demystifies the service for us and gives us some use-cases and scenarios where it makes sense to use it as opposed to other big data offerings from Azure.

Arindam Chatterjee is a Principal Program Manager in the Microsoft Azure Big Data team.  He comes to big data after extensive experience in Transaction Processing, Authentication & Authorization technologies in Windows Core OS, and designing the Microsoft Dynamics security model. Arindam and his team are now focused on building a scalable analytic workload service that your big data jobs can run on as efficiently and reliably as possible across thousands of machines. In addition, he is also responsible for making Azure Data Lake services ready for adoption by Enterprises by building the appropriate Security & Compliance features.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode119.mp3

Azure Data Lake links:

 

Azure Data Lake in 100 seconds (Video)

Azure Data Lake landing page is here.

Twitter: @azuredatalake & @azure

 

Other updates:

Azure DevTest Lab is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Lab to provision on-demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents, and create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/devtest-lab-overview/>

 

Today we are announcing the Docker Volume Plugin for Azure File Storage. Leveraging the SMB 3.0 protocol support capabilities of Azure File Storage on Linux. This open source Docker volume plugin allows Docker containers to have data volumes stored outside the Virtual Machine and therefore makes it easy to migrate stateful containers between hosts.

 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/persistent-docker-volumes-with-azure-file-storage/>

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