Episode 35 - WPC Announcements

by Evan Basalik July 16, 2014

The Worldwide Partner Conference is currently underway in Washington D.C. and there were a ton of announcements related to Microsoft Azure. Cale and Sujit break down some of them for our listeners as well as discuss a comment from one of our listeners.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode35.mp3

 

Site for the Sept 6 Charlotte Azure Boot Camp is live at  https://cltazurebootcamp.eventday.com

Event Hubs Public Preview http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/event-hubs

Machine Learning Public Preview http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/machine-learning

 

New Portal features:

IaaS:

    • Create, deploy, monitor, manage VMs
    • Manage VNETs
    • Automate the deployment of rich multi-machine application templates with a few clicks - deploying a multi-tier, highly-available SharePoint farm from the portal will be a few clicks away!
  • Resource Group enhancements:
    • Manage IaaS VMs & VNETs along with PaaS Web Sites and Databases, all within the same Resource Group
  • Azure Image Gallery Updates: The completely re-imagined Azure Gallery  with the addition of several new virtual machine images that enable you to provision dev/test servers or production applications in minutes.

Azure SQL Database: Manage Azure SQL DBs within the Portal, including provisioning databases across Web and Business (currently in general availability) and Basic, Standard, and Premium (currently in preview).

 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/scicoria/archive/2014/07/14/sharepoint-2013-farm-in-less-than-an-hour-new-azure-portal-and-azure-templates.aspx

 

 

Microsoft has acquired InMage Systems, an innovator in the emerging area of cloud-based business continuity.

  • Forrester Research recognized InMage Systems as an enabling technology for top Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service providers
  • InMage Systems won a Penton Media Best of TechEd award. 
  • Customers across a variety of industries, including financial services, healthcare and government, rely on InMage technology to keep their organizations up and running. 
  • InMage Systems technology is behind leading DRaaS offerings from companies like Sungard and HP. 
  • InMage solutions are being integrated into Azure Site Recovery service
  • Will help accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others.

 

Blog series by Principal PM Lead Josh Twist on Azure API Management covering:

 

A blog post by CVP Jason Zander announcing collaboration with Google and Docker to support new open source projects on Microsoft Azure:

  • Kubernetes  - declarative container management solution supporting orchestration and scheduling of Docker containers, originally built on top of Google Compute Engine
  • libswarm  - imperative management on Docker, so that libswarm will natively support Azure in enabling deployment of containers on Azure Virtual Machines.

 

Diagnostics as a Service (DaaS) for Azure Web Sites is announcedby Sr. PM Apurva Joshi:

  • Provided as a Site Extension
  • Helps isolating or root causing an application specific issue(s). The following symptoms are typical for issues that can be diagnosed with DaaS:
    • Website is responding slowly
    • Random requests are timing out
    • Web page(s) hang (keeps on spinning without opening fully)
    • DaaS can also be used to draw a sample of the health of your website and do some analysis against a set of data at any given time.
  • Diagnose Now” option:
    • Collects and analyzes memory dumps, HTTP logs and event logs from all VM instances of your web site.
    • Collects and analyzes a second memory dump after 2 minutes (this provides two different states of your application and is useful in troubleshooting slow performance issues).
  • “Schedule Analysis” option - provides you a way to customize your diagnostics sessions and lets you:
    • Schedule a DaaS session at a specific time or timespan.
    • Choose data type or types to collect and analyze.
    • Choose a specific VM instance to collect and analyze data from (addressing a scenario where your website is running on multiple instances)
    • Choose an option to collect and analyze right away, or just collect for now and analyze at some later time.
    • Configure a custom blob storage location for the data and reports to be stored.

 

 

New sizes and regions for Azure Redis Cache are available.
NOTE: Be sure to migrate to Redis or a Managed Cache service. Shared Caching will be decommissioned on September 1, 2014.

  • Azure Block Blob Storage pricing is changing from 3 decimals to 4 decimals to provide more precise pricing which will take effect on September 1, 2014
  • Service Bus Queues and Topics pricing changes - effective starting October 1, 2014:
    • Messaging is now offered in Basic and Standard tiers
    • Service Bus Connections are introduced - can now be used in conjunction with Event Hubs in large throughput and high-connection applications including IoT command and control scenarios (e.g., “Unlock car door from smartphone”). A single AMQP connection can be used for all Queues, Topics, and Event Hubs in a Service Bus namespace.

 

 US Central in Iowa and US East 2 in Virginia are now GA.

 

A blog post by Principal Researcher Thore Graepel demonstrating an application of Machine Learning in action – implementing recommendation features on web sites

 

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