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Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1

Today we're excited to share the first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. Azure DevOps Server 2019 delivers the codebase of Microsoft Azure DevOps while being optimized for customers who prefer to self-host. This may be the case for some customers because they require Azure DevOps run on-premises, they require a guaranteed isolated instance of Azure DevOps, or because they want to run in regions where a hosted version of Azure DevOps is not available.

You can download Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 today.

Like the evolution of Team Foundation Server (TFS), Azure DevOps Server includes the new, fast, and clean Azure DevOps user interface with a multitude of new features...

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Understanding health criteria in Azure Monitor for VMs

Azure Monitor for virtual machines (VMs) offers a myriad of monitoring features that help you view VMs from various perspectives. A few of those perspectives are:

  1. The health of the VM and its components. This helps you to monitor, diagnose, and localize issues in operating systems, core components, and services such as Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and more. Also, it identifies performance issues with CPU, memory, disk, and network adapter on your VMs.
  2. Performance trends. These trends show you the performance with CPU, memory, disk, and network adapter performance metrics over time. 
  3. Maps – Connection topology and metrics. This gives you a visual map that shows the processes running on your VMs and the interaction between them, as well as important ...
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Connect devices from other IoT clouds to Azure IoT Central

In this post let’s talk about the new Azure IoT Central device bridge. Whether you are using asset tracking devices hooked up to Sigfox’s Low Power Wide Area Network, or using air quality monitoring devices on the Particle Device Cloud, or using soil moisture monitoring devices on TTN, you can now directly leverage the power of IoT Central using the IoT Central device bridge. The device bridge connects other IoT clouds such as from Sigfox, Particle and The Things Network with IoT Central by forwarding the data your devices send to the other clouds through to your IoT Central app. In your IoT Central app, you can build rules and run analytics on that data, create workflows in Microsoft Flow and Azure Logic apps, export that data, and much more.

What is it and how does it work?

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Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 25

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From October 16 to October 31, 2018, 49 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

Astadia UI Automation Test Engineering Environment

Astadia UI Automation Test Engineering Environment: Astadia's UI Automation TEE integrates all the tools you need to deliver a proven automated testing platform for your browser-based applications. Grow your team from one to hundreds and eliminate testing bottlenecks.


NEC EXPRESSCLUSTER X HA/DR Software: This integrated solution for business continuity and disaster recovery with high availability protects your IT system.

Neo4j Enterprise VM

Neo4j Enterprise VM: The Neo4j graph platform helps organizations make sense of their data by revealing how people, processes, and digital...

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Meet the Microsoft Azure IoT on Serverless Hackathon winners

When we started running the Azure IoT on Serverless Hackathon, we knew we were about to see a lot of cool solutions coming out of it. What we couldn’t anticipate was the high level of creativity shown on them, not just on a technological level, but especially on the problems these solutions were designed to solve. When thinking about Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, we can think by default about reading information from sensors and some traditional data processing. But developers from all over the world went above and beyond and presented very helpful solutions that ranged from improving safety and security, to helping with global problems such as pollution or recycling.

Each of the more than 30 projects were creative solutions aiming to solve day-to-day problems...

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Simplifying confidential computing: Azure IoT Edge security with enclaves – Public preview

Enabling Open Enclave SDK for the intelligent edge and simplifying the development of trusted applications across operating systems and hardware platforms.

Today we are excited to announce the cross-platform availability of the Open Enclave SDK for devices at the intelligent edge, as well as the preview of integration of Open Enclave and the Azure IoT Edge security manager. Together with our partners, we help organizations solve a very challenging security problem in the Internet of Things (IoT) – protecting code and data while in use at the edge. This includes securing compute workloads within the confines of Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) or simply enclaves, a concept called Confidential Computing...

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Real-time event processing with Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Event Grid integration

Most modern applications are built using events whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to a new listing in a marketplace solution, or initiating business processes from customer requests. PostgreSQL is a popular open source database with rich extensibility to meet the event-based notification and distributed design needs of the modern application. PostgreSQL’s Notify functionality allows for sending a notification event as change feed to the listener channel specified in the database. With serverless platforms in Azure such as, Azure Event Grid a fully managed serverless event routing service, Azure Functions a serverless compute engine, and Azure Logic Apps a serverless workflow orchestration engine, it is easy to perform event-based processing and workflows...

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Azure.Source – Volume 58

Now in preview

Update 18.11 for Azure Sphere in public preview

This is an update to the Azure Sphere Operating System, Azure Sphere Security Service, and Visual Studio development environment. This release includes substantial investments in our security infrastructure and our connectivity solutions, and it incorporates some of your feedback. Azure Sphere, which is in public preview, is a secured, high-level application platform with built-in communication and security features for internet-connected devices. It comprises an Azure Sphere microcontroller unit (MCU), tools and an SDK for developing applications, and the Azure Sphere Security Service, through which applications can securely connect to the cloud and web.

Photograph of an Azure Sphere device

Azure Kubernetes Service now in private preview in Azure China

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Taboola Improves customer experiences with Azure Data Explorer

How can you take billions of lines of log data, explore it to identify those hidden gems of information, and act on those insights instantly to improve your customers’ experience, enhance your products, and maintain a competitive advantage in a digital-first world?

This past week at PASS Summit 2018, Taboola, a discovery platform, shared how they are tackling this with the help of Azure Data Explorer, a lightning fast service optimized for data exploration. Azure Data Explorer allows users to get instant visibility into very large, raw datasets in near-real time to analyze performance, identify trends and anomalies, and diagnose problems.

Staying competitive

Taboola delivers personalized recommendations to more than one billion users every month, rendering 3 billion web pages daily on many...

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Update 18.11 for Azure Sphere in public preview

In September 2018, Azure Sphere was released for public preview. Today, we are pleased to announce the 18.11 update to the Azure Sphere Operating System, Azure Sphere Security Service, and Visual Studio development environment. This release includes substantial investments in our security infrastructure and our connectivity solutions, and it incorporates some of your feedback.

This is the first update to our public preview release, and we plan to release additional updates quarterly. Notification of software updates, new product features, tips and tricks, termination of support for older preview software, and other useful information will be posted on the Azure Updates website...

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