Episode 274 - Reliability Engineering

by Evan Basalik April 11, 2019

David Blank-Edelman, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, gives us some great insight into what customers should be thinking about when it comes to the reliability of their cloud applications.

David Blank-Edelman

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode274.mp3

Transcript: https://www.videoindexer.ai/accounts/5131a3c9-afcf-42cd-bc13-8350c734bb97/videos/2abe4aa27c/

 

Other updates:

We're excited to announce a new B-series VM size, B1ls, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances. This offering is in response to customers who were looking for entry-level offerings. B1ls has 512 MiB of memory and 1 vCPU, and it costs only $0.0052 (US East) per hour.
Target workloads
B1ls is best for small web servers, small databases, and development and test environments. It offers a cost-effective way to deploy workloads that don't need the full performance of the CPU continuously and burst in their performance.

B1ls is available only on Linux for the best customer experience. Windows is not supported because the minimum recommended memory for the Windows OS is larger than what B1ls offers.

Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage is now available. It provides an additional layer of security intelligence that detects unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit storage accounts.
This layer of protection allows you to address concerns about potential threats to your storage accounts, without needing to be an expert in security. Enabling it is quick and simple. Sign up in the Azure portal, or with standard Azure APIs (REST/PowerShell) for specific storage accounts or subscriptions. Once enabled, security alerts are triggered when suspicious activity occurs, and you can view them listed in Azure Security Center. Security alerts provide details of suspicious activity and recommends actions to take to investigate and mitigate the potential threat.


The identity experience framework orchestration platform of Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C) is now available. This means that you can create your own user journeys and integrate with multiple identity providers and data sources, such as a customer relationship management (CRM) solution or loyalty system, to deliver first-class experiences. Use Azure AD B2C as a universal platform for gathering data feeds and applying that data to the user experience in your consumer applications to improve acquisition and retention. Azure AD B2C also offers several built-in templates for common user flows.


Azure Availability Zones, a high-availability solution for mission-critical applications, is now generally available in UK South.
Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone consists of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. With the introduction of Availability Zones, we now offer a service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.99% for uptime of virtual machines.


Want to evaluate your cloud analytics provider? Here are the three questions to ask.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/want-to-evaluate-your-cloud-analytics-provider-here-are-the-three-questions-to-ask/

How to accelerate DevOps with Machine Learning lifecycle management
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-to-accelerate-devops-with-machine-learning-lifecycle-management/

Bitnami Apache Airflow Multi-Tier now available in Azure Marketplace
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bitnami-apache-airflow-multi-tier-now-available-in-azure-marketplace/

How Skype modernized its backend infrastructure using Azure Cosmos DB – Part 1
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-skype-modernized-its-backend-infrastructure-using-azure-cosmos-db-part-1/

How Skype modernized its backend infrastructure using Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-skype-modernized-its-backend-infrastructure-using-azure-cosmos-db-part-2/

How Skype modernized its backend infrastructure using Azure Cosmos DB – Part 3
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-skype-modernized-its-backend-infrastructure-using-azure-cosmos-db-part-3/

 

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Episode 227 - Azure SRE

by Evan Basalik May 3, 2018

Principal Software Engineer Richard Clawson from the Azure SRE team gives us the inside scoop on how his team keeps Azure running reliably.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode227.mp3

 

Other updates:

Standard public IP addresses are static IP addresses that offer zone resiliency. Assign them to network interfaces or standard internet-facing load balancers.

Global VNet Peering is available in all Azure public regions, excluding the China, Germany, and Azure Government regions.
 
SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 is generally available. Take advantage of five times the compute power and four times the concurrent queries.


https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bring-the-power-of-serverless-to-your-iot-application-and-compete-for-cash-prizes/
Registration link: http://azurehacks.devpost.com/
Azure IoT on Serverless Hackathon
New to Azure? New to serverless? Worry not! Check out this quick sample on how to capture data from your devices or sensors, perform aggregation, filtering or some other custom processing on this data, and store it on a database.
$10,000 cash prize for the solution ranked 1st/ Azure Blog feature

AzCopy on Linux now generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azcopy-on-linux-now-generally-availble/

Microsoft extends AI support to PyTorch 1.0 deep learning framework
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-extends-ai-support-to-pytorch-1-0-deep-learning-framework/

Azure Marketplace new offers: April 1–15
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-marketplace-new-offers-for-april-1-15/

Microsoft Build: Come for the tech, stay for the party
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-build-come-for-the-tech-stay-for-the-party/

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Episode 225 - Azure CXP

by Evan Basalik April 21, 2018

 

We talk to Jeremy Hollett, a Principal Service Engineering Manager, about the CXP organization and how it helps both Azure internally as well its customers, gain the ultimate in reliability. Evan also works for the same organization so the two of them share some good insights.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode225.mp3

 

Other updates:

We have added Azure Databricks notebook activity in Azure Data Factory. You can now operationalize your Databricks notebooks in Data Factory.  

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/support-for-operationalizing-azure-databricks-notebook/>

 

Azure Stream Analytics customers can now easily build solutions for scenarios such as connected cars, fleet management, and mobile asset tracking.
Developers can use built-in geospatial functions in their stream-processing logic to define geographical areas. Developers can evaluate incoming geospatial data for containment, proximity, and overlap, and then generate alerts or start necessary workflows.
These geospatial capabilities are in alignment with the GeoJSON specification.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/native-support-for-geospatial-functions

 

With Azure Stream Analytics, customers can combine the power of JavaScript with the simplicity and pervasiveness of SQL.
Historically, Stream Analytics let developers express their real-time query logic by using a simple SQL-like language. To support more expressive custom code and help customers implement advanced scenarios, Stream Analytics now supports user-defined functions (UDFs) via JavaScript. With this feature, customers can write their custom code in JavaScript, and easily invoke it as part of their real-time stream processing query.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/javascript-udf-in-azure-stream-analytics/


The public preview of Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio includes support for local testing on client machines.

 

Announcing HTTP/2 support in Azure App Service
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2018/04/13/announcing-http2-support-in-azure-app-service

Azure Sphere https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-microsoft-azure-sphere-secure-and-power-the-intelligent-edge/

Altair democratizes access to computer-aided engineering with Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/altair-democratizes-access-to-computer-aided-engineering-with-azure/

 

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Episode 212 - Planning for Reliability

by Evan Basalik January 18, 2018

Evan is back after a couple of stressful weeks dealing with the fallout from "Meltdown". He shares some of his learnings and things customers can do to be better prepared for such situations.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode212.mp3

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Resources:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-business-continuity
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-portal-sql-availability-group-overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-sql-high-availability-dr

Other updates:

NPR's Market-Blockchain-place

General availability: Service tags for NSGs
Service tags simplify security for Azure virtual machines and Azure virtual networks by enabling you to easily restrict network access to just the Azure services that you use.
You can use service tags in your network security group (NSG) rules to allow or deny traffic to a specific Azure service globally or per Azure region. Azure provides the maintenance of IP addresses underlying each tag. This preview includes Storage, Sql, and AzureTrafficManager tags. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/service-tags-nsgs-ga

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/expanded-options-for-accessing-cloud-shell/

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