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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Azure Automation for GOV

Automation provides a way for user to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks that are commonly performed in a cloud environment.

By efficiently handling processes that span tools, systems, and department silos, Azure Automation lets our Govt customers deliver services faster and more consistently. Gov customers can create checkpoints to resume workflow after unexpected errors, crashes, and network issues. For example:

  • Shutdown/Start of Azure Virtual Machines
  • Copy a file to/from a VM
  • Archive logs to Storage
  • Backup and restoration of SQL DB
  • Backup disks on your VMs
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Azure Advisor

Azure Advisor, available in Azure portal, is a personalized recommendation guide that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure resources. It analyzes your resource configuration and usage, and recommends solutions that can help you improve high availability, security, performance, and cost effectiveness of your Azure resources. Azure Advisor recommendations can be accessed at no additional cost. Azure Advisor has been in preview since November 2016.

Azure Application Gateway Web Application Firewall

Application Gateway is announcing general availability of web application firewall capability as part of a new WAF SKU. Web Application Firewall (WAF) protects web applications from common web based exploits like SQL Injection, cross site scripting attacks or session hijacks. Application Gateway WAF comes preconfigured with Core Rule Set to provide protection from threats as identified by Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) common web vulnerabilities.

Application Gateway WAF is simple to configure and provides continuous monitoring and logging for web applications against exploits. Customers can run Application Gateway WAF in both protection and detection only mode. Additionally customers can customize WAF by selectively enabling or disabling Rules/RuleGroups, thus reducing false positives. Application Gateway WAF is available in all public Azure regions. Pricing will be active as of April 8, 2017.

Azure Application Insights

Application Insights is an integrated application performance management and analytics solution. It enables development teams to understand how application performance relates to user experience and how these impact business outcomes. It works for apps on a wide variety of platforms including .NET, Node.js, and J2EE hosted on-premises or in the cloud. It helps to close the loop between development and operations teams by integrating into DevOps workflows.

Azure Backup new

Azure Backup has built-in protection against ransomware. Through enhanced security, notifications, and recoverability, Azure Backup provides strong mechanisms to guard against any attack on-premises or in Azure.

  • Deeper security: customers with valid Azure credentials will receive a security PIN generated by the Azure portal which will allow the validated users to backup data.
  • Faster notifications: customers receive an immediate notification if a critical operation such as “delete backup data” is performed so customers can engage and minimize the impact to their business.
  • Extended recovery period: if backups are deleted, Azure Backup will store the deleted backup data for up to 14 days after deletion.

Protects VMware virtual machines (VMs)

  • Prior to this release, Azure Backup protected business workloads on SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, and Window File Server running either on a physical server, Hyper-V, or VMware. Now with VMware VM backup in Azure, Azure Backup protects VMs running on VMware.
  • Azure Backup’s ability to connect with vCenter directly means you can add vCenter without adding ESXi to backup VMware VMs, enabling faster backup and saving your valuable time.

Protects Windows Server 2016

With the latest release of Azure Backup Server, you can protect applications such as SQL Server 2016, Exchange 2016, SharePoint 2016, and Windows Server 2016, locally to disk for short term retention as well as to cloud for long term retention. Azure Backup Server also introduces Modern Backup Storage technology that helps in reducing overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by providing savings on storage and faster backups. Azure Backup Server also guards your critical data not only against accidental deletion but also against various security threats such as ransomware. You also get free restores from cloud recovery points, thereby further reducing backup TCO.

Azure Cool Storage

Azure Cool Blob Storage is generally available.

Azure Storage is announcing the general availability of the Cool storage tier for blob storage with prices starting at 1c/GB/month. Customers can now create a new Blob Storage Account that allows them to select between Hot and Cool tiers depending on the data access pattern. Relative to Hot tier, the Cool tier is suitable for data that is not frequently accessed and can tolerate slightly lower availability (99% SLA). The Cool tier provides similar latency and throughput as the Hot tier. Customers will see significant cost savings by using the Cool tier for appropriate data sets. Some of the common scenarios for Cool tier that we’re working with customers on include: backup data, disaster recovery, media content, social media photos and videos, scientific data and so on.

Azure Disk Encryption

Azure Disk Encryption helps you address organizational security and compliance requirements by encrypting your VM disks with keys and policies that you control in Azure Key Vault.

Azure Disk Encryption enables you to encrypt your virtual machine disks, including the boot and the data disks. It works for both Linux and Windows operating systems. The solution uses Azure Key Vault to help you safeguard, manage, and audit use of your disk encryption keys. All the data in the VM disks are encrypted at rest using industry standard encryption technology in your Azure storage accounts. The Azure Disk Encryption solution for Windows is based on proven Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption and the Linux solution is based on dm-crypt.

Azure Disk Encryption is available only on Standard Tier virtual machines.

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Azure DNS generally available

Available for use in all public Azure regions, Azure DNS lets customers host their Domain Name System (DNS) domains in Azure and manage DNS records using the same credentials, APIs, tools, billing, and support as their other Azure services. Azure DNS also incorporates enterprise-grade security features in Azure Resource Manager for two-factor authentication, role-based access control, and detailed audit logs. Azure DNS uses a global network of name servers for extremely high performance and availability, now backed by a 99.99 percent availability service-level agreement (SLA). Azure DNS pricing is based on the number of hosted DNS zones and the number of DNS queries received (in millions); general availability pricing will go into effect November 1, 2016.

Azure File Storage

Azure File Storage is fully managed cloud file share offering. It is based on industry standard SMB 3.0 protocol. The SMB 3.0 protocol provides persistent network connectivity and security on transit. This service enables sharing data across on-premises and cloud, migrating apps to cloud with no code change, integrate modern applications with File Storage, and simplifying hosting high availability workload data. Customers get geo replication, high availability and cloud scale all at very low cost. Currently RBAC is not part of GA so there is no integration with AD.

Azure File Storage
Azure G-Series VM sizes

The G-Series provides more memory and more local solid state drive (SSD) storage than other Azure virtual machine (VM) sizes. In addition to massive memory and local SSD storage, the G-Series provides unparalleled computational performance using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family, ideal for your most demanding applications.

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Azure Key Vault Certificates

Key Vault offers encryption key management in the cloud, enabling customers to safeguard keys for use in applications they develop as well as SaaS applications that encrypt data on their behalf.

Key Vault Certificates is a new functionality with the Microsoft Azure Key Vault service available from September 26, 2016 that helps simplify tasks associated with SSL/TLS certificates. This enhancement will help you enroll for certificates, automatically renew certificates from supported 3rd party Certificate Authorities while providing auditing trails within the same Key Vault environment.

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Azure Logic Apps – Enterprise Integration Pack

The Enterprise Integration Pack Feature within Azure Logic Apps is now generally available. Customers can now easily create and manage B2B-related artefacts including XML schemas, maps, agreements, trading partners, and certificates. Electronic data interchange (EDI) has never been easier. With Enterprise Integration Pack, customers can send and receive encoded messages across formats such as AS2, EDIFACT, X12, and many more. Customers can also leverage out-of-the-box tracking capability to easily view and troubleshoot B2B transactions using Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). Please refer to Logic Apps web page and pricing page for more details.

Azure Network Security Groups

Network Security Groups allow you to specify rules to control traffic to one or more virtual machine instances in a Virtual Network. You can define inbound and outbound access control rules within a Network Security Group, which can be applied to a subnet (within a virtual network) as well as to individual virtual machines thereby enabling a two-layer protection. The rules within a network security group can be modified and updated independent of the virtual machine, allowing the management of access control lists outside the life cycle of a virtual machine.

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Virtual Network chart - Internet points to load balancer points to web proxy frontend subnet NSG points to Internal load balancer points to Backend Subnet points to Data Subnet.
Azure Network Watcher

We are pleased to announce that we recently made Azure Network Watcher generally available. Monitoring and diagnosing your cloud Azure network is being simplified by the introduction of Network Watcher. Diagnostic and visualization tools available with Network Watcher will enable you to take remote packet captures on a VM, gain insights into your network traffic using flow logs, and diagnose VPN Gateway and Connections.

Azure Network Watcher icon.
Azure Premium Storage

With the introduction of Premium Storage, Microsoft Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data on the latest technology Solid State Drives (SSDs) whereas Standard Storage stores data on Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). Premium Storage is designed for Azure Virtual Machine workloads which require consistent high IO performance and low latency in order to host IO intensive workloads like OLTP, Big Data, and Data Warehousing on platforms like SQL Server, MongoDB, Cassandra, and others. With Premium Storage, more customers will be able to lift-and-shift demanding enterprise applications to the cloud.

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Screenshot of Azure Premium Storage.
Azure resource health

Azure resource health helps you diagnose and get support when an Azure issue impacts your resources. It informs you about the current and past health of your resources and helps you mitigate issues. Resource health provides technical support when you need help with Azure service issues. Resource health has been in preview since October 2015.

Azure Virtual Machines – new storage optimized VMs, L Series available

We have listened to feedback from our Azure customers and partners for virtual machine (VM) sizes that are optimized for larger low latent storage computing power and for better price performance for workloads that are storage intensive and require 8 GiB of memory per vCPU. L Series has been designed with this in mind. These sizes are best suited for workloads such as NoSQL databases including Cloudera, Casandra, MongoDB, and Redis.

L Series provides the same performance as the current G series VM sizes on Azure with a lower price per hour on an Azure Compute Unit (ACU). These sizes are available with both Standard and Premium storage so you can take advantage of the Premium storage capabilities if your workloads need them. These sizes are available from small 4 core sizes to 32 core sizes with 8 GiB of RAM.

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Azure Security Center

Azure Security Center helps you prevent, detect and respond to security threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your deployments across Azure. Azure Security Center provides visibility into the security state of your Azure resources. It also enables you to set security policies for resources to help you maintain and improve the level of security by deploying, configuring, and managing security controls from Microsoft and its partners. Azure Security Center helps detect advanced threats with analytics-driven detection. Its machine learning combines information from the global threat landscape that Microsoft observes with activity happening in your Azure deployments to help you see real threats – and fewer false alarms. Azure Security Center delivers prioritized security alerts, so you can receive and track the most important information. Forensics data helps you investigate incidents, and recommendations help guide your response and recovery.

Console output from Linux virtual machines

Being able to see the console output from a Linux virtual machine (VM) will help in troubleshooting and debugging VMs especially in cases where a misconfiguration or a system failure renders a VM inaccessible.

Draft – streamlining application container development new

Application containers have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. In recent months, Kubernetes has emerged as a popular solution for orchestrating these containers. While many turn to Kubernetes for its extensible architecture and vibrant open-source community, some still view Kubernetes as too difficult to use.

Recently at CoreOS Fest 2017, the Azure Containers team proudly announced the first release of Draft, a tool that streamlines application development and deployment into any Kubernetes cluster. Using two simple commands, developers can now begin building container-based applications without requiring Docker or even installing Kubernetes themselves.

This announcement is important for several reasons. In April, Microsoft acquired Deis to support our commitment to ensure Azure is the best place to run containers. Deis brought tremendous authenticity and credibility from the open source community and, within a short span of time, the Deis team has been able to build and launch a new tool aimed at simplifying container development using Kubernetes. The launch of Draft demonstrates the rapid pace of innovation from the Deis team to reach new, unique audiences. The team will continue to innovate at a fast pace and leverage Microsoft’s reach and scale to grow the adoption of containers on Azure.

H-series VMs in Azure

The launch of the H-series virtual machines (VMs) in Azure represents yet another milestone in our quest to bring the fastest technology to market. The H-series will at time of launch be among the fastest VM’s in public cloud. Depending on application and scenario, it will potentially offer as much as 30-50% performance increase compared to other VMs in existence.

Azure H-series virtual machines are next generation high performance computing VMs aimed at high end computational needs such as molecular modeling, computational fluid dynamics, and similar. These VMs are built on Intel Haswell processor technology specifically E5-2667 V3 processors with 8 and 16 core VM sizes both featuring DDR4 memory and local SSD based storage.

In addition to substantial CPU power, the H-series lineup offers diverse options for RDMA and low latency capable networking using FDR InfiniBand along with several memory configurations to support memory intensive computational requirements.

The new H-series sizes are initially available in the South Central US Azure region and will be rolled out across other regions in the near future. The roll out of H-Series is gradual, and will initially require customers to open a support ticket to access the cluster.

Chart comparing the Size, CPU cores, Memory:GiB, Local SSD disk size, Max NICs/ Network bandwidth and dedicated RDMA Network of H-series sizes of virtual machines.
IT Pro Cloud Essentials and IT Pro Career Center

Recently Microsoft introduced two free programs for IT Pros who want to advance and grow their career in cloud technology. The Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials and IT Pro Career Center are growing internationally – now available in 25 languages and 40 country locales.

IT Pro Cloud Essentials:

  • Azure credits
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security 90-day trial
  • Office 365 60-day trial
  • Pluralsight 3-month subscription
  • Certification exam voucher discount
  • Priority support in TechNet forums
  • Phone support incident

IT Pro Career Center:

  • Cloud role career mapping
  • Self-paced curriculum by cloud roles
  • Personality traits survey to find your role fit
  • Industry expert advice on skills needed
  • Career trends in cloud roles
IT Pro Cloud Essentials – new Azure offer

IT implementers get hands-on experience to increase their knowledge and create a path to career advancement with the IT Pro Cloud Essentials program. Joining is free and includes offers for hands-on training opportunities, and access to experts.

IT Pro Cloud Essentials Benefits:

  • New Azure trial offer: $25 credit for 12 months ($300 value)
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security 90-day trial
  • Office 365 60-day trial
  • Pluralsight 3-month subscription
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) voucher
  • Priority support in the TechNet forums
  • Phone support incident
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 release

Seamlessly automate mission critical business processes with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016. With this release you can build holistic integration solutions that enable:

  • Strong on-premises application integration
  • First class integration with latest Microsoft platforms such as SQL Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Office 2016, and Windows Server 2016
  • A highly scalable solution both on-premises and on Azure
  • Hybrid connectivity to connect to SaaS applications like Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Office 365, and many more through out-of-the-box connectors
  • Leveraging numerous Azure services such as Functions, Cognitive Services, and Machine Learning
  • Consistent experience across on-premises and cloud integration through easy and secure connectivity with Azure Logic Apps
Read the full announcementLearn more about BizTalk ServerWhat’s new in BizTalk Server 2016
Multiple IP Addresses on Network Interface Cards (NIC)

Through multiple IP addresses on Network Interface Cards (NIC), more than one (and up to 250) private and public IP addresses can be allocated to each NIC. All the private IP addresses support platform native features like Network Security Groups (NSGs) and User Defined Routes (UDRs). In addition, through this feature, load balancing across both primary and secondary NICs is possible. A VM can host multiple applications or services with unique public IP addresses. Network virtual appliances (NVAs) can decouple the application data traffic and management traffic by placing multiple public IP addresses on separate NICs. This separation allows NVAs to enforce different security policies based on the NICs and also provide bandwidth isolation among different traffic types. Through this feature, micro-services on VMs are able to use distinct IP addresses and benefit from native functions like NSGs and UDRs without depending on an overlay network.

Native IPv6 support for Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS)

Native IPv6 support for Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) deployed using Azure Resource Manager on top of Azure Load Balancer enables customers to meet regulatory requirements and address the growing mobile and IoT markets with their Azure-based services.

  • Azure Virtual Machines can connect with IPv6-capable clients on the Internet – provides load-balanced public IPv6 endpoints for Azure (IaaS) VMs.
  • IPv6 for Azure Virtual Machines is available globally – all Azure commercial, government and go-local regions except China (IPv6 service not yet offered by Chinese Internet Service Providers).
  • “Dual-stacked” (IPv4+IPv6) VMs provide maximum service deployment flexibility – a single service instance can connect with both IPv4 and IPv6-capable Internet clients.
  • Native IPv6 to the VM supports broadest possible range of service architectures – TCP, UDP, and HTTP(S) protocols supported. Outbound connectivity enables VMs communicate with and use other IPv6 resources on the Internet.
Learn more about IPv6 for Azure Load BalancerLearn more about pricing options
Network performance monitoring and diagnostics in Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Network Performance Monitoring in Operations Management Suite offers near real time monitoring of network performance parameters such as loss and latency, fault localization, and diagnostics/troubleshooting of network problems. It not only helps you with timely detection of network problem but also localizes the source of the problem to a particular network segment or device. Network performance monitor generates alerts as and when a threshold has breached for a network link. These thresholds can be learned automatically by the system (ideal-state) or can be configured by the administrator using custom alert rules.

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New Compute Optimized VMs, F Series available

We have listened to feedback from our customers and partners for VMs sizes on Azure that are optimized for higher computing power, better price performance for workloads that are compute intensive and do not require a lot of memory or local SSD. F Series has been designed with this in mind and is best suited for workloads such as web servers, gaming servers, analytics and batch processing. It is based on Intel’s Haswell processor (2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3), which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.2 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. F Series provides the same performance as the current Dv2 VM sizes on Azure with a lower per hour price on an Azure Compute Unit (ACU).

These sizes are available with both Standard and Premium Optimized sizes so you can take advantage of the Premium Storage capabilities if your workloads need them. These sizes are available from small 1 core sizes to 16 core sizes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of local SSD per core.

Learn more about the F-Series and the variety of VM options available in Azure
Operations Management Suite patching solution

Remove the uncertainty out of patching your servers with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). The patching solution, now generally available, 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.

Reservations for instance level public IP

Customers can now associate reserved public IP addresses to the network interface card of a virtual machine.

Single Instance Virtual Machine SLA

Azure has introduced a single instance virtual machine SLA, when all disks attached to the VM are Premium Storage, enabling you to move more workloads to the cloud. This offers the following benefits:

  • Single instance VM SLA: prior to this introduction, at least two VMs configured for high availability were needed to qualify for a virtual machine SLA. Azure is now requiring only one to qualify for an SLA when all storage disks for the VM are Premium Storage.
  • Empowers you to move more VMs to the cloud: some single instance virtual machines require SLAs due to internal or external compliance requirements. This was previously only available on-premises, but we can now support them in the cloud.
  • Backed by Premium Storage: Premium Storage not only offers increased reliability, but the performance of up to 80,000 IOPS and 2,000 MB of throughput per VM to support running a greater variety of applications.
Learn more about VM SLAPremium Storage documentation
Storage Service Encryption

Azure Storage announced the GA of Storage Service Encryption in September 2016. This feature is available for Azure Blob Storage (Block and Page Blobs). It is available for any new storage account created through Azure Resource Manager. For accounts enabled with this feature, data will be encrypted using Microsoft managed keys. Data is encrypted using the industry leading encryption algorithm, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256). In addition, this is a fully managed encryption process as Microsoft performs key management, rotation, and compliance with key standards. Customers with security and compliance requirement can take advantage of this feature.

StorSimple Virtual Array

The on-premises StorSimple Virtual Array is billed against the same meters as the StorSimple 8000 Series, the StorSimple meter, and the Azure Blob Storage meter. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be downloaded from the StorSimple Manager, on the Azure portal, and installed on a Virtual Machine configured on a Hyper-V or VMware hypervisor. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be configurable as a NAS (using SMB) or a SAN (using iSCSI) device. It will initially be targeted for File Sharing, for information worker and collaboration scenarios, and small database workloads using a combination of local and tiered volumes. The StorSimple Virtual Array will be managed from the StorSimple Manager Service, in the Azure portal.

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System Center 2016

System Center 2016 delivers a simplified datacenter management experience to help keep you in control of your IT. System Center 2016 expands data center management, streamlines performance and workflows, drives forward management of Linux, and provides full support for Windows Server 2016. Additionally, through integration with Microsoft Operations Management Suite, you can extend to the cloud and manage across a hybrid environment. You can leverage the security enhancements in Windows Server 2016 for shared environments by managing Shielded VMs and guarded hosts with ease. Perform a rolling upgrade for cluster nodes without stopping workloads and manage the lifecycle for minimal-footprint Nano Server as both host and file server. For software-defined storage, you will find improved functionality to maintain desired end-to-end quality of service (QoS) and faster retrieval of data using storage tiers. Monitor across your Windows and Linux environment through easy discoverability of management packs, alert tuning, and ability to automate maintenance windows using PowerShell.

Virtual Machines and Cloud Services – D-Series – US Gov

D-Series for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services is now generally available in the US Gov Virginia Region. The D-Series sizes offer up to 112 GB in memory with compute processors that are approximately 60 percent faster than our A-Series VM sizes (relative to the A1-A7 VM sizes). Even better, these sizes have up to 800 GB of local solid-state drives (SSDs) for blazingly fast disk read/write. The new sizes offer an optimal configuration for running workloads that require increased processing power and fast local disk input/output (I/O). In meeting US government requirements, this expanded support houses all customer data, applications, and hardware in the continental United States.

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Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 is now generally available.

Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business.

  • Built-in Security: Windows Server 2016 gives you the power to prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity with new features to control privileged access, protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats.
  • Software-defined Infrastructure: Windows Server 2016 delivers a more flexible and cost-efficient operating system for your datacenter, using software-defined compute, storage, and network virtualization features inspired by Azure.
  • Cloud-ready Application Platform: Windows Server 2016 delivers new ways to deploy and run both existing and cloud-native applications – whether on-premises or in Microsoft Azure – using new capabilities such as Windows containers and the lightweight Nano Server deployment option.
Azure Active Directory: B2B collaboration updated

Share resources with your partners with B2B collaboration

Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration provides external user accounts with secure access to documents, resources, and applications—while maintaining control over internal data. There’s no need to add external users to your directory; IT can invite collaborators to use any email address—Office 365, on-premises Microsoft Exchange, or even a personal address (Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.)—and even set up multi-factor authentication or conditional access policies. Your developers can use the Azure AD B2B collaboration APIs to write applications that bring together different organizations in a secure way—and deliver a seamless and intuitive user experience.

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 accessible from any device. It is a highly available global service that can support hundreds of millions of consumer identities.

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Chart of Azure Active Directory B2C identity management using Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Facebook identities.
Azure Active Directory Conditional Access

Azure Active Directory conditional access policies are now generally available and let you apply access rules to any Azure Active Directory connected application such as Office 365, Salesforce.com, Box, ServiceNow, and other SaaS and custom or on-premises web applications. More sensitive apps can be assigned stricter policies for all or specific groups of users, such as requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or even blocking access outside of the corporate network while less sensitive apps can have more open policies. Conditional access policies are available through Azure Active Directory Premium P1.

Learn how to configure conditional access policies
Chart of Azure Active Directory Conditional Access showing users, conditions, and actions.
Azure Active Directory Domain Services

Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) provide scalable, high-performance, managed domain services such as domain-join, LDAP, Kerberos, Windows Integrated Authentication, and Group Policy support. With the click of a button, administrators can enable managed domain services for Linux and Windows Server virtual machines and directory-aware applications deployed in Azure Infrastructure Services. By maintaining compatibility with Windows Server Active Directory, Azure AD Domain Services provide an easy way to migrate traditional on-premises applications to the cloud.

Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Chart of Azure Active Directory Domain Services showing virtual network connected to on-premises network.
Azure Information Protection

Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP) helps you classify and label your data at the time of creation or modification. Protection (encryption + authentication + use rights) can then be applied to sensitive data. Classification labels and protection are persistent, traveling with the data so that data is identifiable and protected at all times – regardless of where it’s stored or with whom it’s shared. The interface is simple and intuitive, and does not interrupt your normal working experience. You also have deep visibility and control over shared data.

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Azure Information Protection: bulk classification and labeling for data at rest

The PowerShell commands installed with the unified Azure Information Protection (AIP) client allow administrators and data owners to label and protect data in bulk on file stores. They can also use these commands to query for labels and protection attributes of files.

Learn more about bulk classification and labeling
Azure Information Protection: manual classification and protection of non-Office files

The unified Azure Information Protection (AIP) client application enables manual classification and protection of non-Office files. A user can label and protect any file through the Windows shell-explorer; select either one file, multiple files or a folder, and apply a label.

Learn more about manual classification and protection of non-Office files
Azure Information Protection: scoped policies

Scoped policies allow organizations to build sets of data classification labels that are only visible and usable to specific employees or groups of employees such as teams, business units, or projects. Each set of scoped policies allows for customization including labels, sub-labels, and settings that include mandatory labeling, default labeling, and justifications.

Learn more about scoped policies
Azure Information Protection: unified AIP application for Windows

The unified Azure Information Protection (AIP) client application for Windows allows users to classify, label, and protect using a single tool. It also includes the ability to set custom permissions, share data in a protected way, track and revoke files, and view protected files including non-Office files.

Learn more about the unified AIP client applicationDownload the new client
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is an on-premises cybersecurity product to help IT teams protect their enterprise from advanced targeted attacks by automatically analyzing, learning, and identifying normal and abnormal entity (user, devices and resources) behavior. ATA also helps to identify known malicious attacks, security issues and risks, and presents all of this information in an easy to consume, and simple to drill-down, social media-like feed. Leveraging user and entity behavioral analytics (UEBA), this innovative technology is designed to help enterprises focus on what is important and to identify security breaches before they cause damage.

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Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft Authenticator is the new mobile application that will replace Azure Authenticator, Microsoft account app and all other enterprise and consumer authenticator apps for Android, IOS and Windows mobiles, published by Microsoft. This new app can quickly and securely verify your identity online, for all of your accounts. It provides Multi-Factor authentication for your personal, work, or school Microsoft accounts with notifications or one-time-passwords. Additionally, you can use this app to register your device with your company’s Azure Active Directory and get seamless single-sign-on to mobile applications. Later this year you’ll also be able to use the app to sign in to devices and web sites without a password.

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Screenshot of Microsoft Authenticator on two devices.
Microsoft Cloud App Security (Adallom)

Every day, more and more business activity takes place in the cloud. And even if your company doesn’t use cloud-based solutions, your employees probably do. In fact, more than 80 percent of employees admit to using non-approved SaaS applications at work. These apps are essential to today’s connected workforce, but they also introduce a unique set of security concerns, which legacy security solutions simply aren’t designed to manage. We want to help.

Microsoft Cloud App Security is a comprehensive solution providing IT teams deeper visibility, stronger controls, and enhanced protection over cloud applications. Customers can get the benefits of cloud applications, while gaining insight into user activity, detection of anomalous behavior and compromised accounts, and increased protection over critical company data. Cloud App Security not only supports Microsoft cloud apps like Office 365 but also third party cloud apps such as Box, Dropbox, ServiceNow, and others.

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Dashboard of Cloud App Security.
All SQL Databases will be encrypted at rest by default

Since late April 2017, some Azure regions have begun to have all new Azure SQL Databases be encrypted with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) by default to make it even easier for everyone to benefit from encryption-at-rest. As of June 1, the change in default will be available in all regions worldwide. Those who wish to leave specific databases unencrypted can still do so by turning TDE off after the database has been provisioned. Existing databases and databases created through restore, geo-replication, and database copy are not affected by this change.

Azure Analysis Services updated

Tranform complex data into actionable insights. Built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility, and management benefits of the cloud. Plus, your team can use existing skills, tools, and data to get more from the investments you’ve already made.

With Azure Analysis Services you can:

  • Model and shape virtually any data of any size
  • Get started quickly without managing infrastructure
  • Provide secured access, anytime, from virtually anywhere
  • Visualize your data using your favorite data visualization tool
  • Govern, deploy, test, and deliver your BI solution with confidence
Three charts showing Data sources, BI Semantic Model, and BI tools.
Azure Data Lake Tools for VSCode

Azure Data Lake Tools for VSCode provides users light weight, keyboard focused and cross-platform IDE. It runs smoothly in Windows, Linux and Mac. ADL Tools for VSCode supports U-SQL language authoring, scripting, and extensibility with C# to process different types of data and efficiently scale any size of data. U-SQL extensibility is enabled through custom code either by using registered custom code assemblies or code-behind capabilities. The new tooling also integrates with Azure Data Lake Analytics for U-SQL ADLA job submissions with job output to ADLS or Azure Blob Storage.

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Azure DocumentDB

Azure DocumentDB is a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems. Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including .Net, Node.js, JavaScript, Java, and Python.

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Azure DocumentDB: API for MongoDB

DocumentDB: API for MongoDB is now generally available, inheriting the same 99.99 percent SLA as Azure DocumentDB. Users can now achieve limitless scale with support for managing sharded collections. Users can also replicate data globally across any number of Azure datacenters in a couple clicks with global databases.

Azure HDInsight 3.6

We are pleased to announce general availability of Azure HDInsight 3.6 backed by our enterprise-grade SLA. HDInsight 3.6 brings the latest versions of various open source components in Apache Hadoop and Spark eco-system to the cloud, allowing customers to deploy them easily and run them reliably on an enterprise-grade platform.

Azure Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning makes it dramatically easier and faster to create and deploy advanced analytic solutions in the cloud. Azure ML is a cloud service and web-based authoring environment with best of breed ML algorignms from Microsoft Research and open source components such as R. Azure ML allows developers and data scientists to quickly build and test machine learning models not available through traditional business intelligence platforms and deploy them as production quality web service APIs in minutes. New users benefit from the intuitive drag and drop interface to build and test sophisticated models while advanced users can plug in their existing R and Python code to deploy in the cloud.

Dashboard of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning.
Azure Machine Learning marketplace

Azure Machine Learning marketplace connects Advanced Analytics developers, startups, and ISVs with Azure customers around the world. Data scientists can publish, brand, and monetize their Machine Learning models via the marketplace while app developers can easily leverage APIs to build ML-powered applications such as recommendation engines, anomaly detection, and sentiment analysis.

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Azure SQL Analytics solution new

Azure SQL Analytics, a solution based on Log Analytics, can help manage and monitor your Azure SQL databases. Enable visibility into health, performance, and utilization of your Azure SQL databases, using dashboard views with detailed reporting and alerting built into the solution. Collect and store related Azure SQL metrics, search and query the stored telemetry, and correlate and visualize the query results – to detect, triage, and respond to issues before they impact your users. This is available as part of Insight & Analytics in Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse Threat Detection

Threat Detection leverages machine learning to provide an additional layer of security built into the SQL Database and Data Warehouse services, enabling customers to protect their databases within minutes without needing to be an expert in database security. It works around the clock to profile and alert you of anomalous activities on your databases. Threat detection alerts can be viewed from Azure Security Center, provide details of suspicious activity and recommend action on how to investigate and mitigate the threat.

Azure SQL Database elastic pools

Azure SQL Database elastic pools are generally available.

If you’re a SaaS app developer writing a multi-tenant app that services many customers, you often make tradeoffs in customer performance, management, and security. With SQL Database elastic pools, you no longer have to make that compromise. Create elastic database pools to help you manage and monitor multi-tenant apps and gain isolation benefits of one customer per database.

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Azure SQL Database Security – Azure Active Directory authentication

Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse will now support Azure Active Directory authentication. Azure AD authentication enables a comprehensive identity and access management solution for Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse.

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Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics is a cost-effective event processing engine that helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and data. It will enable various opportunities including Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios such as real-time fleet management or gaining insights from devices such as mobile phones and connected cars. Deployed in the Azure cloud, Stream Analytics has elastic scale where resources are efficiently allocated and paid for as requested. Developers are given a rapid development experience where they describe their desired transformations in SQL and the system abstracts the complexities of the parallelization, distributed computing and error handling from them.

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Cluster customization for Azure HDInsight to include Spark, R, Solr, and Giraph

Script Action allows customers to customize Azure HDInsight clusters with projects available from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. This ecosystem is a portfolio of fast-moving open source projects that are evolving quickly. With this feature, you can experiment and deploy Hadoop projects to Azure HDInsight that were not possible before. This is enabled through the Script Action feature that can modify Hadoop clusters in arbitrary ways using custom scripts. Microsoft provides documentation on how to do this for Spark, R, Solr, and Giraph.

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Cognitive Services APIs generally available

On April 19, 2017, three additional Cognitive Services APIs were announced in General Availability

  • Face API – helps to detect human faces and compare similar ones, organize people into groups according to visual similarity, and identify previously tagged people and their emotions in images.
  • Computer Vision API – gives you the tools to understand the contents of any image: create tags identifying objects, beings, or actions present in the image, and then craft coherent sentences to describe it. You can now detect landmarks and handwriting in images. Handwriting detection remains in preview.
  • Content Moderator API – provides machine-assisted moderation of text and images, augmented with human review tools. Video moderation is available in preview as part of Azure Media Services.
Cognitive Toolkit from Microsoft offers high-performance, open source, and deep learning new

The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 is now in full release with general availability. Cognitive Toolkit enables enterprise-ready, production-grade AI by allowing users to create, train, and evaluate their own neural networks that can then scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and multiple machines on massive data sets. The 2.0 version of the toolkit, previously known as CNTK, started in beta in October 2016, went to release candidate on April 3, 2017, and is now available for production workloads.

The open-source toolkit can be found on GitHub. Hundreds of new features, performance improvements, and fixes have been added since beta was introduced. As a part of this general availability release, we are excited to highlight three new features.

Keras Support: The Keras API was designed for users to develop AI applications and is optimized for the user experience. Keras follows best practices for reducing cognitive load: it offers consistent and simple APIs, it minimizes the number of user actions required for common use cases, and it provides clear and actionable feedback upon user error. Keras has opened deep learning to thousands of people with no prior machine learning experience. Until now, Keras only had two choices for backend. Given the excellent performance provided by the Cognitive Toolkit engine, we are delighted to announce that many thousands of Keras users are now able to benefit from the performance of Cognitive Toolkit without any changes to their existing Keras recipes.

Java Bindings and Spark Support: After training a model using either Python or BrainScript, Cognitive Toolkit had always provided many ways to evaluate the model. Traditionally, Cognitive Toolkit models are evaluated in either Python, BrainScript, or C#. With the GA release, users can now evaluate Cognitive Toolkit models with a new Java API. This makes it ideal for users wishing to integrate deep learning models into their Java-based applications or for evaluation at scale on platforms like Spark.

Model Compression: Evaluating a trained model on lower end CPUs found in mobile products can make real-time performance difficult to achieve. This is especially true when attempting to evaluate models trained for real-time image learning on video coming from a camera. With the Cognitive Toolkit GA, we are including extensions that allow quantized implementations of several FP operations, which are several times faster compared to full precision counterparts. The speedup is great enough to enable evaluating Cognitive Toolkit models much faster on server and low-power embedded devices with little loss of evaluation accuracy.

Cognitive Toolkit is being used extensively with a wide variety of Microsoft products, by companies worldwide with a need to deploy deep learning at scale, and by students interested in the very latest algorithms and techniques.

Contact Us: You can always work with us through the community pages on GitHub issues, Stack Overflow and @mscntk.

Cortana Intelligence Suite

Cortana Intelligence Suite is a fully-managed big-data and advanced analytics suite that enables you to transform your data into intelligent action. It is a comprehensive suite that brings together technologies throughout Microsoft, and provides fast and flexible deployment with a simple monthly subscription to reduce the time and cost. It includes information management, data storage, analytics and visualization.

Cortana Intelligence helps you take action ahead of your competitors by going beyond looking in the rear-view mirror to predicting what’s next. Enhance your business applications with machine intelligence to evolve from simple descriptive analytics to prescriptive recommendations.

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HBase for Azure HDInsight

HBase is an Apache open-source NoSQL database built on Hadoop that provides random access and strong consistency for large amounts of unstructured and semi-structured data. HBase for HDInsight is offered as a managed cluster integrated into the Azure environment. The clusters are configured to store data directly in Azure Blob storage, which provides low latency and increased elasticity in performance/cost choices. This enables customers to build interactive websites that work with large datasets, build services that store sensor and telemetry data from millions of end points, and analyze this data with Hadoop jobs.

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Microsoft R Server – V9 release – all platforms

Microsoft R Server addresses key needs our clients experience when they use advanced analytics solutions. The combined abilities to run the analytics where the data resides, and the ability to write once and deploy across multiple platforms, makes a compelling choice. Data scientists and application developers can work with the data and tools they are familiar with, and can obtain insights faster and more efficiently. In the past year, we have delivered a number of innovations in the R eco-system by extending R analytics to SQL Server 2016, Hadoop/Spark, Linux, and Teradata appliances. R Server for HDInsight GA’d in mid-November, and we are now announcing another milestone with the release of R Server 9.0 on all platforms.

With the latest release of R Server, we’re doubling down on our two main goals:

  • To empower data scientists to do more with their R skills
  • To enable enterprises to operationalize new insights at scale with enterprise grade support

With R Server 9.0, we are now closer to our goal of providing the one operationalization engine that you will need for all your analytics needs.

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Power BI

Power BI is a business analytics service that enables you to see all of your data through a single pane of glass. Live Power BI dashboards and reports include visualizations and KPIs from data residing both on-premises and in the cloud, offering a consolidated view across your business, regardless of where your data lives.

Power BI Desktop is a powerful visual data exploration and interactive reporting tool. It provides a free-form canvas for drag-and-drop exploration of your data and an extensive library of interactive visualizations, while streamlining report creation and publishing to the Power BI service.

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Power BI and Esri ArcGIS integration launch new

Since ArcGIS Maps for Power BI Preview was unveiled at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in 2016, we started showing the potential of this vision that includes accurate mapping, fine-tuned control over map styles, and access to demographic and reference layers, all deeply and richly integrated into Power BI’s reports and dashboards.

On June 12, 2017, Esri, a global leader in GIS mapping, offered general availability of ArcGIS Map control inside Power BI for both Power BI Desktop users and Power BI Pro users. The map control is available in both the service and the desktop. Esri ArcGIS mapping solution is available as an additional in-product visual for Power BI users who are looking for advanced GIS capabilities for their data visualization and analysis needs.

Combine authoritative data layers on a map and apply spatial analysis to gain a better understanding of the data.

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Power BI custom visuals – available in Office Store

The Office Store has introduced Power BI custom visuals to download for use in Power BI service reports and Power BI Desktop. Users are now able to easily discover and quickly download BI visualizations that interact with data to find key insights and drive important business decisions. Power BI custom visuals provide compelling data visualizations created by members of the community and by Microsoft. They behave just like the native rich visualizations already included with Power BI but can also be filtered, highlighted, edited, and shared.

Spark for Azure HDInsight

Apache Spark is an open source processing framework that runs large-scale data analytics applications in-memory. This allows Spark to deliver queries up to 100 times faster than traditional big data solutions, along with a common execution model for various tasks like extract-transform-load (ETL) processes, batch queries, interactive queries, real-time streaming, machine learning, and graph processing on data stored.

Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s managed Hadoop and Spark made Spark generally available. Spark for Azure HDInsight offers customers an enterprise-ready Spark solution that’s fully managed, secured, and highly available and made simpler for users with compelling and interactive experiences.

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Spark for Azure HDInsight.
SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1

SQL Server 2014 SP1 contains fixes provided in SQL Server 2014 CU 1 up to and including CU 5, as well as a rollup of fixes previously shipped in SQL Server 2012 SP2. This upgrade is available to all customers with existing SQL Server 2014 deployments, and the Service Pack is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. For highlights of the release, see the Knowledge Base Article below for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP1.

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SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 delivers breakthrough mission-critical capabilities with in-memory performance and operational analytics built in. Comprehensive security features like new Always Encrypted technology help protect customers’ data at rest and in motion, while enhancements to AlwaysOn enable world class high availability and disaster recovery, all backed by enterprise-grade, mission-critical support.

Organizations will gain deeper insights into all of their data with new capabilities that go beyond insights to perform advanced analytics directly within the database and present rich visualizations on mobile devices.

A consistent database platform across on-premises and cloud enables customers to easily build, deploy, and manage hybrid solutions that complement their existing on-premises investments.

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SQL Server Stretch Database

SQL Server Stretch Database is now generally available. With Stretch Database, customers can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to Azure. Unlike typical cold data storage, the data is always at hand. Stretch Database lets you retain data longer and more affordably than typical enterprise storage. Depending on how often the data will be accessed, customers can choose the appropriate level of service, then scale up or down as needed. Using Stretch Database doesn’t require any application changes. Customers can also use Stretch Database with new Always Encrypted technology, which helps protect data at rest and in motion—extending data in a more secure manner for greater peace of mind.

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.NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.1 release

.NET Core and ASP.NET Core give you a blazing fast and modular development platform for creating applications that run on Windows, Linux, and macOS. .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.1 is GA and available 11/16 while .NET Core SDK (tooling) is Preview 3 and included in Visual Studio 2017 RC.

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.NET Foundation – Google joins .NET Foundation Technical Steering Group

.NET Foundation Technical Steering Group innovation update – Google Joins the .NET Foundation Technical Steering Group (TSG). Samsung collaborates through the TSG with Microsoft to bring .NET to Tizen running on 50 million Samsung devices around the world.

.NET Foundation new projects – Nancy and xUnit join .NET Foundation

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Azure AD B2C EU availability

Azure Active Directory B2C is now generally available in Europe

Azure Active Directory B2C, now available in Europe, is a highly available, global identity and access management service that enables organizations to securely connect with their customers at scale. Your customers can use existing social media accounts or create new credentials for single sign-on access to consumer facing applications through a fully customizable experience.

Organizations have now the option to use Azure AD B2C tenants that operate and store data only in European datacenters. For all other regions, Azure AD B2C is available through the North American or European datacenters.

Azure CDN

Azure CDN is a scalable, easy-to-add Azure service that facilitates high performance and fast, efficient delivery of Azure workloads to end users. Azure CDN is powered by technology from our platform partners – Verizon and Akamai – and available through the Azure portal. The choice of two leading CDN platforms, along with the simplicity of acquisition through the Azure portal, are two major differentiators and benefits of Azure CDN.

Here are the newly available capabilities:

  • HTTP/2.0: Now available for all customers, this feature is on by default for Akamai SKU, and all existing and new standard profiles (enabled from the Azure portal) can benefit from it with no additional cost. HTTP/2 is designed to improve webpage loading speed and optimize user experience.
  • Real time alerts: Available as part of the Premium tier, this feature lets you set up real time alerts to get notified on delivery anomalies, such as bandwidth, cache statuses, and concurrent connections to your content. This enables continuous monitoring of the health of your CDN service at any time.
  • Mobile rules engine: You can customize content delivery and experience for your mobile users. Rules and features targeted for mobile devices, such as device model, device operating system, and mobile browsers can be set using the rules engine feature in the Content Delivery Network Premium offering.
Azure Container Service

Azure Container Service is the fastest way to realize the benefits of running containers in production, using customers’ preferred choice of proven open source technology, tools and skills, and with the confidence of a thriving community support and ecosystem. It provides simplified configurations of proven open source container orchestration technology, optimized to run in the Azure cloud. In just a few clicks customers can deploy container-based applications on a framework designed to help manage the complexity of containers deployed at scale, in production. Unlike other container services, the Azure Container Service is built on 100% open source software and offers a choice among popular orchestration engines: open source DC/OS or Docker Swarm.

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Azure DevTest Labs

As of April 13, 2017, Azure DevTest Labs supports Managed Disks in all labs, including VM OS disks, data disks, and custom images.

Azure DevTest Labs gives developers on-demand self-service for Azure-based test environments while helping IT efficiency by controlling costs with the required governance in place. With DevTest Labs, you can:

  • Quickly provision development and test environments
  • Minimize waste with quotas and policies
  • Set automated shutdowns to minimize costs
  • Create a VM in a few clicks with reusable templates
  • Get going quickly using VMs from pre-created pools
  • Build Windows and Linux environments
  • Integrate directly with your preferred CI tool, IDE, or automated release pipeline.
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Azure Functions

In March 2016 Azure Functions was announced in Preview. After an extremely successful preview, we are announcing the general availability of Azure Functions. Azure Functions is a serverless compute experience to accelerate your development. It can scale based on demand and you pay only for the resources you consume. The integrated tooling support, out of the box Azure and 3rd party service bindings, and integrated continuous deployment capability makes it stand apart from the serverless competition.

Azure Logic Apps – Enterprise Integration Pack

The Enterprise Integration Pack feature within Azure Logic Apps is now generally available. Customers can now easily create and manage B2B-related artefacts including XML schemas, maps, agreements, trading partners, and certificates. Electronic data interchange (EDI) has never been easier. With Enterprise Integration Pack, customers can send and receive encoded messages across many formats such as AS2, EDIFACT, X12, and many more. Customers can also leverage out-of-the-box tracking capability to easily view and troubleshoot B2B transactions using Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).

Azure Media Services

From global distribution of premium video content, to engaging with and educating your employees, to connecting and interacting with your customers, use the power of media to transform your business. Quickly build and deploy video solutions, scale as you need and deliver videos anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Azure Service Fabric updated

Azure Service Fabric from Microsoft is a microservices application platform, and a container orchestrator that helps developers build and manage cloud-scale applications. With Service Fabric, developers focus on building applications and business logic, using the proven reliability, scalability, and low-latency of the Azure platform. We recently released version 5.6 of the runtime and 2.6 of the SDK with the following enhancements.

Windows Server Containers support now generally available: Service Fabric v.5.6 and the 2.6 SDK release introduce many new features and improvements geared towards container orchestration including a DNS service, resource governance, integration with Operations Management Suite (OMS) for container diagnostics, support for mounting volume drivers, and Hyper-V isolation.

Support for Service Fabric for Linux remains in preview

Azure Service Fabric support for Docker Compose in preview: new innovation enables orchestration of containerized apps with Service Fabric. Use Visual Studio Team Services for continuous integration and deployment of containerized apps to Service Fabric clusters using Docker Compose, which Service Fabric now natively understands.

Application Insights integration with Azure Service Fabric: for better diagnostics and intelligence on application performance. Furthermore, in the new release, it’s easier to create secure clusters using PowerShell, including one-node clusters for development and testing.

Azure Service Fabric video screenshot.
Content Protection for Azure Media Services

Content Protection enables content to be securely streamed to end users by securing content access via key (in case of AES Clear Key) or License (in case of DRM). In both of these cases, video players request a key / license from this service and present their authorization credentials to prove their identity before access is provided. We offer AES 128-bit Clearkey Encryption as well as Microsoft PlayReady and Google Modular Widevine DRM in the cloud.

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Docker Datacenter in Azure Marketplace

Docker Datacenter commercial offering is now available from Azure Marketplace as an ARM-supported VM template. Docker Datacenter is a platform for developers and IT operations to build, ship, and run applications.

Docker Datacenter is an integrated subscription including:

  • Docker Universal Control Plane with embedded Swarm
  • Docker Trusted Registry
  • Docker Engine
  • Integration and API support
  • Validated configurations with 3rd party plugins
  • Commercial support
Live channels for Azure Media Services

The same streaming solution used by more than ten leading international broadcasters to seamlessly deliver coverage of the 2014 World Cup—is generally available and backed by the full support of the Azure Service-Level Agreement (SLA) for all customers.

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SAP HANA on Azure

With the general availability of SAP HANA, customers can get the broadest choice and industry leading performance when running your SAP workloads on Azure. By spanning Azure Virtual Machines and purpose-built hardware, called SAP HANA large instances, you can scale your SAP HANA workloads up to 32 TB on multimode configurations. Azure lets you run the largest SAP HANA workloads, OLTP (up to 3 TB) and OLAP (up to 32 TB), of any global scale cloud provider.

IoT Hub

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub helps you connect, monitor, and control millions of IoT assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols to jumpstart your IoT project. Establish reliable and secured bi-directional communication with these assets, even if they are intermittently connected, so you can analyze incoming telemetry data and send commands and notifications as needed. Enhance security of your IoT solutions by leveraging per-device authentication to communicate with devices with the appropriate credentials. Revoke access rights to specific devices, if needed, to maintain the integrity of your system.

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Microsoft Azure IoT Suite

Capture and analyze untapped device data to improve results across your business with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. With the Azure IoT Suite, you can connect your devices and harness disparate data to create new intelligence, enabling you to integrate and transform your business and processes. Built on the flexible and innovative Microsoft Cloud Platform, the Azure IoT Suite integrates with your company’s existing processes, devices, and systems to enable you to make the best use of your existing and new data sources. With preconfigured solutions, you can quickly and confidently get started with a solution that is tailored to meet your business needs, then scale your IoT projects across your company. Get started with the Internet of Things by working with Microsoft to enable your company to use new insights to improve your business processes and create new business models to stay ahead of your competition.

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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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