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Reservations now available for US Government cloud regions

Reservations are now generally available for US government Azure customers. Reservations are available for virtual machines, SQL Server and Cosmos DB for US Government and US DoD Azure regions.

Reservations can help you save money on workloads that have consistent usage, providing price predictability to support your budgeting and forecasting needs. Also, reservations provide unprecedented flexibility should your business need change. We’ve made it easy to exchange your reservations and make changes including the ability to modify your region, sizes or term. Unlike other cloud providers, you can cancel reservations at any time and get a refund...

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Modernize your commerce platform with Rapid Commerce solution

Today’s consumers are using more devices and channels to interact with retailers than ever before. Seamless service across all channels is the expectation, not the exception. Digital-first brands are raising the bar for hyper-personalized experiences through their test-and-learn approach to rapid delivery of modern commerce capabilities. As we all know, traditional brick and mortar retailers are under significant pressure due to high fixed costs associated with managing traditional store infrastructure, material decreases, and flat year-over-year comp-store revenue. A consequence of this pressure is the inability to innovate and create new, competitive user experiences. One answer to this problem is the introduction of a new service on the Azure Marketplace.

You say monoliths, I say micros...

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The power of cloud: Microsoft Azure Marketplace showcases Credit Analytics

One of the biggest challenges banks and financial service organizations face is the sheer volume involved with monitoring and managing thousands and thousands of loans. Events like weather, earthquakes, geo-economic swings, and political shifts make it difficult to analyze the impacts on capital reserves, service operations, and more. Lending is a tough business as it is, but when banks struggle to understand how the various characteristics and risks associated with each loan and loan segments impact exposures and limits on risk pools, on-prem solutions often lack the scalability and processing power to tell the full story. Banks need a flexible and expandable solution to facilitate the analysis of exposure and risk by providing transparency and actionable insights.

What is the Credit Anal...

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Parameterize connections to your data stores in Azure Data Factory

Azure Data Factory (ADF) enables you to do hybrid data movement from 70 plus data stores in a serverless fashion. Often users want to connect to multiple data stores of the same type. For example, you might want to connect to 10 different databases in your Azure SQL Server and the only difference between those 10 databases is the database name. You can now parameterize the linked service in your Azure Data Factory. In this case, you can parameterize the database name in your ADF linked service instead of creating 10 separate linked services corresponding to the 10 Azure SQL databases. This reduces overhead and improves manageability for your data factories. You can then dynamically pass the database names at runtime. Simply create a new linked service and click Add Dynamic Content undernea...

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What's new in Azure Media Services video processing

Developers and media companies trust and rely on Azure Media Services for the ability to encode, protect, index, and deliver videos at scale. This week we are proud to announce several enhancements to Media Services including the general availability of the new Azure Media Services v3 API, as well as updates to Azure Media Player.

Low-latency live streaming, 24-hour transcoding, CMAF, and a shiny new API (v3) ready for production

The Azure Media Services v3 API was announced at the Build conference in May 2018, which provided a simplified development model, enabled a better integration experience with key Azure services like Event Grid and Functions, and much more. The API is now generally available and comes with many new exciting features...

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ONNX Runtime for inferencing machine learning models now in preview

We are excited to release the preview of ONNX Runtime, a high-performance inference engine for machine learning models in the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format. ONNX Runtime is compatible with ONNX version 1.2 and comes in Python packages that support both CPU and GPU to enable inferencing using Azure Machine Learning service and on any Linux machine running Ubuntu 16.

ONNX is an open source model format for deep learning and traditional machine learning. Since we launched ONNX in December 2017 it has gained support from more than 20 leading companies in the industry...

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Azure IoT Reference Architecture 2.1 release

A few months ago, we released a significant update to the Azure IoT Reference Architecture, a downloadable resource that aims to accelerate customers building IoT solutions on Azure by providing a proven production ready architecture and technology implementation choices.

Today, we are happy to release updated version 2.1 of the Azure IoT Reference Architecture. The document offers an overview of the IoT space, recommended subsystem factoring for scalable IoT solutions, prescriptive technology recommendations per subsystem, and detailed sections that explore use cases and technology alternatives.

This latest version of the guide includes four essential updates:

  1. Guidance to build IoT solutions by leveraging SaaS (Azure IoT Central), PaaS (Azure IoT solution accelerators), or IaaS (using OS...
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Accessibility and array support with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.4.0

We’ve been very grateful for the feedback you’ve given us since we first introduced Azure Blockchain Workbench in public preview a few months ago. Your feedback continues to be an essential and impactful part of our work. For this release, we focused on making Workbench more accessible for everyone. Accessibility is a key pillar in our vision of empowering every person and every organization to achieve more. We are excited to share some of the improvements we’ve made with accessibility in mind.

To use 1.4, you can either deploy a new instance of Workbench through the Azure Portal or upgrade your existing deployment to 1.4.0 using our upgrade script. This update includes the following improvements:

Better accessibility for screen readers and keyboard navigation

Azure Blockchain Workbench is...

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Accelerating AI in healthcare: Security, privacy, and compliance

Healthcare is drowning in data. Every patient brings a record that could span decades, with x-rays, MRIs, and other data that can affect every decision. Providers and payers bring their own collateral to the table. Skills, policies, and certifications are just the start. Complying with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) present additional burdens on any process. But there is a remedy: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (machine learning) are powerful tools that can change the way healthcare organizations deal with the tsunami of healthcare data.

Use cases where AI can help vary from diagnostic imaging to predicting the patient length of stay, and even chatbots...

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Apache Spark jobs gain up to 9x speed up with HDInsight IO Cache

Today, we are pleased to reveal the preview of HDInsight IO Cache, a new transparent data caching feature of Azure HDInsight that provides customers with up to a 9x performance improvement for Apache Spark jobs. We know from our customers that when it comes to analytics cost efficiency of managed cloud-based Apache Hadoop and Spark services is one of their major attractors. HDInsight IO Cache allows us to improve this key value proposition even further by improving performance without a corresponding increase in costs.


Azure HDInsight is a cloud platform service for open source analytics that aims to bring the best open source projects and integrate them natively on Azure...

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