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Announcing the preview of Windows Server containers support in Azure Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes is taking the app development world by storm. Earlier this month, we shared that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was the fastest growing compute service in Azure’s history. Customers like Siemens Healthineers, Finastra, Maersk, and Hafslund are realizing the benefits of using AKS to easily deploy, manage and scale applications without getting into the toil of maintaining infrastructures.  As the community and adoption grows, Kubernetes itself is evolving, adding more enterprise-friendly features and extending to more scenarios.  The release of production-level support for Windows Server containers is a true testament to the evolution.

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for the latest versions, 1.13...

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Optimize price-performance with compute auto-scaling in Azure SQL Database serverless

Optimizing compute resource allocation to achieve performance goals while controlling costs can be a challenging balance to strike especially for database workloads with complex usage patterns. To help address these challenges, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless (preview) is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage. Line-of-business applications, dev/test databases, content management, and e-commerce systems are just some examples across a range of applications that often fit the usage pattern ideal for SQL Database serverless...

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Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 36

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. For this volume, 22 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Applications

Bluefish Editor on Windows Server 2016

Bluefish Editor on Windows Server 2016: Apps4Rent helps you deploy Bluefish Editor on Azure. Bluefish, a free software editor with advanced tools for building dynamic websites, is targeted as a middle path between simple editors and fully integrated development environments.

BOSH Stemcell for Windows Server 2019

BOSH Stemcell for Windows Server 2019: This offer from Pivotal Software provides Windows Server 2019-based Stemcell for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform.

Corda Opensource VM

Corda Opensource VM: R3’s Corda is an open-source blockchain platform that removes costly friction in business transactions by enabling institutions to tra...

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Accelerate bot development with Bot Framework SDK and other updates

Conversational experiences have become the norm, whether you’re looking to track a package or to find out a store’s hours of operation. At Microsoft Build 2019, we highlighted a few customers who are building such conversational experiences using the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Bot Service to transform their customer experience.

As users become more familiar with bots and virtual assistants, they will invariably expect more from their conversational experiences...

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Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In part 1, we explored the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 usage analytics team to take action, the architecture of the new solution, and migration of the production workload. In this post, we’ll examine additional implementation details and the outcomes resulting from the team’s efforts.

Finding the right partition key—a critical design decision

After moving to Azure Cosmos DB, the team revisited how data would be partitioned (referred to as “sharding” in MongoDB). With Azure Cosmos DB, each collection must have a partition key, which acts as a logical partition for the data and provides Azure Cosmos DB with a natural boundary for ...

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Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In part 1, we explored the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 usage analytics team to take action, the architecture of the new solution, and migration of the production workload. In this post, we’ll examine additional implementation details and the outcomes resulting from the team’s efforts.

Finding the right partition key—a critical design decision

After moving to Azure Cosmos DB, the team revisited how data would be partitioned (referred to as “sharding” in MongoDB). With Azure Cosmos DB, each collection must have a partition key, which acts as a logical partition for the data and provides Azure Cosmos DB with a natural boundary for ...

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Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real-world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In this first post we explore the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 usage analytics team to take action, the architecture of the new solution, and migration of the production workload. In part 2, we’ll examine additional implementation details and the outcomes resulting from the team’s efforts.

The challenge: Understanding the behavior of more than 150 million active users

Office 365 is a flagship service within the Microsoft 365 Enterprise solution, with millions of commercial customers and more than 150 million active commercial users each month...

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Microsoft Azure portal May 2019 update

This month is packed with updates on the Azure portal, including enhancements to the user experience, resource configuration, management tools and more.

Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. Download the Azure mobile app to stay connected to your Azure resources anytime, anywhere.

Here’s the list of May updates to the Azure portal:

User experience

IaaS

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A Cosmonaut’s guide to the latest Azure Cosmos DB announcements

At Microsoft Build 2019 we announced exciting new capabilities, including the introduction of real-time operational analytics using new built in support for Apache Spark and a new Jupyter notebook experience for all Azure Cosmos DB APIs. We believe these capabilities will help our customers easily build globally distributed apps at Cosmos scale.

Here are additional enhancements to the developer experience, announced at Microsoft Build:

Powering Kubernetes with etcd API

Etcd is at the heart of the Kubernetes cluster – it’s where all of the state is! We are happy to announce a preview for wire-protocol compatible etcd API to enable self-managed Kubernetes developers to focus more on their apps, rather than managing etcd clusters...

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