Azure Advisor in Preview, Provides Configuration Recommendations

New products and service roll out for Azure weekly, sometimes daily. Azure itself is becoming a behemoth of a platform with so many functions, features, operations, and services that its difficult to keep up. So much so that Azure is becoming like other on-premises products where a small misconfiguration can cause issues down the line. To help minimize issues, Microsoft has announced Azure Advisor… …we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Advisor, a personalized recommendation engine that provides proactive best practices guidance for optimally configuring your Azure resources. What it does… Azure Advisor analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry to detect risks and potential issues. It then draws on Azure best practices to recommend solution...

Azure Friday: Enterprise Integration with Azure Logic Apps

Jon Fancey joins Scott to talk about Azure Logic Apps, iPaaS, and enterprise integration. With the new XML and B2B processing features in Logic Apps, Jon shows how you can quickly create cloud-scale processes for exchanging data securely with trading partners as well as validating and transforming XML data using an Integration Account. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Backup VMware to Azure Using Latest Azure Backup Services

Today Microsoft has announced a new component to Azure Backup Server, allowing VMware customers to back up their critical VMs to Microsoft’s Azure storage service. We are excited to announce that Azure Backup Server now supports VMware VM backup to disk and to cloud for offsite copy or long term retention. Prior to this update, Azure Backup Server protected workloads such as SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and files on Windows servers running either on physical machines or Hyper-V, VMware virtual machines. Azure Backup has been a free download that doesn’t require a System Center License or a SQL license for the server DB. Features: Agentless Backup: Azure Backup Server uses VMware’s VADP API to protect VMware VMs remotely without installing agents on vCenter or ESXi servers, freeing...

Microsoft Announces Azure Application Insights Release

At its Connect event today, Microsoft has announced that its Azure Application Insights is now generally available. Once named Visual Studio Application Insights, Microsoft has rebranded under the Azure umbrella along with delivering it publicly. Additionally, Microsoft is delivering updated pricing now that the service is fully available. Today at the Connect() 2016 event in New York, we announced the general availability of Azure Application Insights (previously Visual Studio Application Insights) and launched our new pricing structure. With this announcement, Application Insights now provides a financially backed SLA offering 99.9% availability. Application Insights is an integrated application performance management (APM) and application analytics solution. It enables development teams...

Azure Data Lake Reaches GA

Microsoft today has announced yet another product delivery in Azure Data Lake. Azure Data Lake was first talked about at the first Microsoft Ignite in Chicago just 2 years ago. After a 2 year development and testing process, Microsoft believes the product/service is now ready for public consumption. Today we are announcing the general availability of Azure Data Lake, ushering in a new era of productivity for your big data developers and scientists. Fundamentally different from today’s cluster-based solutions, the Azure Data Lake services enable you to securely store all your data centrally in a “no limits” data lake, and run on-demand analytics that instantly scales to your needs. Our state-of-the-art development environment and rich and extensible U-SQL language enable you to write, debug...

Microsoft Takes Bots to the Cloud with Bot-as-a-Service

Bot is the new black. Microsoft is now taking Bots to Azure… In order to make it easier to get started creating a bot, today we are excited to announce a new service which is built using the Bot Framework and Azure Functions: Azure Bot Service. Further… Azure Bot Service is the first public cloud bot-service powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and serverless compute in Microsoft Azure. With this cloud service, you can build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking – from your app or website to text/sms, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Teams, Kik, Office 365 mail and other popular services. Bots run on Azure Functions, a serverless environment, so they scale based on demand and you pay only for the resources your b...

Microsoft announces OpenAI partnership and Azure releases to power advances in AI

Today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with OpenAI, the nonprofit research organization co-founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever. Microsoft also introduced Azure releases designed to power advances in AI.  Microsoft and OpenAI partnership:  Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI will be focused on making significant contributions to advancing the field of AI, while also furthering their mutual goal of using AI to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems. OpenAI has also chosen Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud platform. OpenAI’s use of Azure will help OpenAI advance their research and create new tools and technologies that are only possible with the cloud. Preview of Azure Bot Service: Azure Bot Service is a first of its kind in the indust...

Windows Azure Pack Lifecycle Extended to 2027

In an attempt to mitigate confusion around the extension of the Windows Azure Pack lifecycle being extended to 2027 (!), Microsoft has delivered a blog post to explain this occurrence. In Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was extended to 2027, Microsoft says that… Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead. Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now). Confused? Internally, Microsoft has had a back and forth tug-of-war about how to deliver Azure to the Enterprise in a hybrid way without service degradation. The confusion, most likely, comes from the fact that Microsoft has started focusing its efforts into its Azure Stack service – which is a partnered effort to merge hardware, software, and services ...

Bringing Kubernetes Support to Azure Container Service

Microsoft announced the next step in Kubernetes on Azure: the introduction of Kubernetes as a supported orchestrator in Azure Container Service (ACS). Kubernetes is availabe in public preview in Azure Container Service today. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Azure Big Data Team to Host AMA November 17

If you’re interested in getting real-time answers to your most burning questions about the various areas of Azure Big Data service, Microsoft is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” session on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm PST. On hand will be PMs and Developers from the Azure Data Lake, HDInsight, R Server, Data Factory and Stream Analytics teams. More information: Azure big data services host Ask Me Anything session Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Hosting and scaling your apps with Azure Container Service

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Keep Up to Date with the Azure Government Cloud

Microsoft continues to make inroads into providing the U.S. government with cloud resources. Recent news shows the software company has expanded to more U.S. government branches including developing a dedicated Azure datacenter for the DoD. Those tasked with developing for the Azure Government Cloud, or even planning to implement or transfer on-premises workloads should tag the following resource to get a clearer view of accomplishments and new initiatives: Azure Government Cloud blog: RSS feed link: Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!