Cloud Platform roadmap

The Cloud Platform roadmap provides a snapshot of what we’re working on in the Cloud Platform business. Use the roadmap to find out what we’ve recently made generally available, released into public preview, are still developing and testing, or are no longer developing. Learn more about the types of updates you can expect to find on the Cloud Platform roadmap here.

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Application Dependency Monitor in Operations Management Suite

Application Dependency Monitor (ADM) presents a view of your servers as you think of them - as interconnected systems that deliver services and rely on other technologies. ADM discovers and maps server and process dependencies in real-time, without any predefinition, and visualizes application components, service dependencies, and supporting infrastructure configuration. This helps you eliminate the guesswork of problem isolation, identify surprise connections and broken links in your environment, and perform Azure migrations knowing that critical systems and endpoints won’t be left behind. The ADM public preview supports Windows and Linux guests, in any cloud and on-premises.

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Azure Archive Storage

Azure Archive Storage is a very low cost cloud storage for data that is archived and very rarely accessed with retrieval time in hours. It is highly durable and secure. Customers will pay for GBs stored and access charge. This is useful for archive data such as medical reports, compliance documents, exchange mails, etc. that are accessed rarely but need to be stored for many years.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite provides visibility into Docker containers

Gain visibility into Docker containers in your environment, with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). The readymade container solution, in development, provides you a dashboard view of the status of all the Docker containers as well as Windows containers in your environment, including performance metrics for the containers and their hosts. Using the log search capabilities, you can also search on logs from Docker daemon and the containers. Extending your ability to spot problems and troubleshoot issues quick on applications running Docker containers.

Operations Management Suite patching solution

Remove the uncertainty out of patching your servers with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). The patching solution, in development, provides insights into time estimates and sequence of patches needed to keep your servers up-to-date. You can do intelligent patching with workload awareness across heterogeneous environments, including Linux. Relieve the stress of patching by maintaining control of when and how to patch. Patching during business hours will become a reality.

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Operations Management Suite Power BI integration

Operations Management Suite (OMS) enables forwarding the search results to Power BI. This will allow users to create multiple dashboards to provide insights depending on end user responsibilities.

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Azure Active Directory B2C

Azure Active Directory B2C is a comprehensive, identity management solution for your consumer-facing applications that can be easily integrated to any platform and accessed from any device. It is a highly available service that can support hundreds of millions of consumer identities.

Azure AD B2C is generally available in North America. We plan to make it generally available in other countries or regions over the next few months.

Future releases will include multi-language support, OAuth 2.0 access tokens and dynamic scopes, additional social identity providers, detailed reporting and auditing, customer-owned domains, single page application support, authentication libraries for iOS, Android and JavaScript, custom password complexity and user self-service change security info.

The future features described here are for informational reasons only and they are subject to change.

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Microsoft Intune
  • Additional mobile application management capabilities
  • Enhanced conditional access capabilities
  • Expanded iOS capabilities
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PingAccess for Azure Active Directory

Microsoft and Ping Identity are working together to provide a version of PingAccess for Azure Active Directory. This solution will extend the ability of Azure AD Application Proxy to provide single sign on (SSO) and secure remote access to a broader spectrum of on-premises web applications. PingAccess for Azure AD will be provided at no additional cost to Azure AD Premium customers for up to 20 apps. For more applications, a full license of PingAccess from Ping Identity will be available.

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Chart of Azure Active Directory Application Proxy and PingAccess allowing access even more on-premises web applications.
Azure Data Lake

Azure Data Lake is a hyper scale repository for big data analytic workloads. It provides organizations with a single place to store every type of data prior to any formal definition of schema or transformation requirements. It has no fixed limits to either file or account size, and has massive throughput to increase analytic performance. Azure Data Lake is a Hadoop File System compatible with HDFS that works with the Hadoop ecosystem providing integration with Azure HDInsight, and will be integrated with Microsoft offerings such as Revolution-R Enterprise and industry standard distributions like Hortonworks and Cloudera.

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Microsoft Azure Data Lake  works with HDInsight, Revolution Analytics, Hortonworks and Cloudera.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is an elastic data warehouse-as-a-service with enterprise-grade features based on SQL Server’s massively parallel processing architecture. It provides customers the ability to scale data, either on-premises, or in our cloud. It’s the first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse that can dynamically grow or shrink compute in seconds independently of storage enabling customers to only pay for the query performance they need when they need it. SQL Data Warehouse enables customer to use their existing T-SQL skills to integrate queries across structured and unstructured data. With SQL Data Warehouse, customers have a choice about where to keep their data, based on performance, security and scale requirements, enabled by SQL Data Warehouse either in the cloud or on-premises.

Chart showing On-premises pointing to SQL Data Warehouse which points to Hadoop and Machine Learning.
Azure Media Encoder Premium

Media Encoder Premium for Azure Media Services offers new advanced encoding capabilities, including a workflow design tool, support for MPEG-2 TS, MXF, and DVCPro formats, plus 4K AVC, multi-language audio and closed-captioning, de-interlacing, and color conversion. These capabilities are accessible through the Azure Media Services Explorer desktop tool.

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Visual Studio Application Insights Commercial Preview

Application Insights is a cloud-based service that collects rich operational, performance, and customer usage information from server and client/device applications.

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Visual Studio Team Services: Build Service Enhancements

Many new capabilities including cross-platform builds and the ability to create and manage build definitions inside of the VSO portal.

Visual Studio Team Services: Release Management

Release pipeline orchestration service for deployment to Microsoft Azure or on-premises infrastructure.

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The information on this page is subject to change at any time without notice, and may not be applicable to customers in all geographies.

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