Blog Archives

Static websites on Azure Storage now generally available

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of static websites on Azure Storage, which is now available in all public cloud regions.

What is a static website?

Static websites refer to websites that can be loaded and served statically from a pre-defined set of files. You can now build a static website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files that are hosted on Azure Storage. In contrast, if you want to host a dynamic website with the ASP.NET, Java, or Node runtime, use Azure Web Apps and rely on the runtime to generate and serve your web content dynamically.

Static websites can be powerful with the use of client-side JavaScript. You can build a web app using popular frameworks like React.js and Angular and host it on Azure Blob storage...

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Know exactly how much it will cost for enabling DR to your Azure VMs

Azure offers built-in disaster recovery (DR) solution for Azure Virtual Machines through Azure Site Recovery (ASR). In addition to the broadest global coverage, Azure has the most comprehensive resiliency strategy in the industry from mitigating rack level failures with Availability Sets and data center failures with Availability Zones to protecting against large-scale events with failover to separate regions with ASR. A common question we get is about costs associated with configuring DR for Azure virtual machines. We have listened and prioritized.

Configuring disaster recovery for Azure VMs using ASR will incur the following charges.

  • ASR licensing cost per VM.
  • Network egress costs to replicate data changes from the source VM disks to another Azure region...
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Taking a closer look at Python support for Azure Functions

Azure Functions provides a powerful programming model for accelerated development and serverless hosting of event-driven applications. Ever since we announced the general availability of the Azure Functions 2.0 runtime, support for Python has been one of our top requests. At Microsoft Connect() last week, we announced the public preview of Python support in Azure Functions. This post gives an overview of the newly introduced experiences and capabilities made available through this feature.

What's in this release?

With this release, you can now develop your Functions using Python 3.6, based on the open-source Functions 2.0 runtime and publish them to a Consumption plan (pay-per-execution model) in Azure...

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How smart buildings can help combat climate change

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way governments and organizations tackle some of humanity’s thorniest challenges. In this three-part series, we looked first at common issues leaders must address to drive digital transformation in their cities. Next, we’ll be focusing on exciting, major applications of IoT. This post focuses on combatting climate change with technology, and a companion piece highlights advances in disaster management

With rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and other environmental impacts, signs of climate change are on the rise. Scientists are now warning that global temperatures are accelerating past the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement (an increase of no more than 1.5°C to 2°C) and are expected to climb an average 3...

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How news platforms can improve uptake with Microsoft Azure’s Video AI service

I’m Anna Thomas, an Applied Data Scientist within Microsoft Engineering. My goals are to enable the field and partners to better integrate various AI tools into their applications. Recently, my team reached out to Microsoft News to see how they’re analyzing their data, and how our services may be able to help.

Microsoft News ingests more than 100,000 articles and videos every day from various news providers. With so many different aspects such as classifying news topics, tagging and translating content, I was immediately interested in understanding how they process all of that information.

As it turns out, Microsoft News has been working on some pretty advanced algorithms that analyze their articles and determine how to increase personalization, which ultimately increases consumption, for ...

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Extracting insights from IoT data using the warm path data flow

This blog continues our coverage of the solution guide published by Microsoft’s Industry Experiences team. The guide includes the following components:

  • Ingesting data
  • Hot path processing
  • Cold path processing
  • Analytics clients

We already covered the recommendation for processing data for an IoT application in the solution guide and suggested using Lambda architecture for data flow. To reiterate the data paths:

  • A batch layer (cold path) stores all incoming data in its raw form and performs batch processing on the data. The result of this processing is stored as a batch view...
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Connect Cognitive Services subscription to enable unlimited skillset execution

Starting December 21, 2018, you’ll be able to associate your Cognitive Services subscription with an Azure Search skillset. The skillset execution will be charged as part of the Cognitive Services subscription. On December 21, 2018, we’ll also begin charging for image extraction as part of our document-cracking stage. Text extraction from documents will continue to be offered at no additional cost.
Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: Connect Cognitive Services subscription to enable unlimited skillset execution

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MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB migration is in preview

Perform offline (one-time) migrations from on-premises or cloud implementations of MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB by using the Azure Database Migration Service, which enables resilient migrations of MongoDB data at scale and with high reliability. To perform the migration, provision an instance of the Azure Database Migration Service from the Azure portal or via Azure CLI and create a project.
Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB migration is in preview

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