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Azure Cognitive Services adds important certifications, greater availability, and new unified key

One of the most important considerations when choosing an AI service is security and regulatory compliance. Can you trust that the AI is being processed with the high standards and safeguards that you come to expect with hardened, durable software systems?

Cognitive Services today includes 14 generally available products. Below is an overview of current certifications in support of greater security and regulatory compliance for your business.

Added industry certifications and compliance

Significant progress has been made in meeting major security standards. In the past six months, Cognitive Services added 31 certifications across services and will continue to add more in 2019. With these certifications, hundreds of healthcare, manufacturing, and financial use cases are now supported. 

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Dynamic mission planning for drones with Azure Maps

Real-time location intelligence is critical for business operations. From getting real-time road data, to building asset-tracking solutions for navigating drone fleets. Today, we’re excited to highlight a customer, AirMap, whose software solutions rely on Azure Maps for real-time location intelligence in a new frontier of technology called dynamic mission planning for drones.

AirMap is the leading global airspace management platform for drones. AirMap’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platform enables the deployment and operations of safe, efficient, and advanced drone operations for enterprises and drone solution providers. Since 2017, AirMap has been part of the Microsoft Ventures portfolio and has chosen Microsoft Azure as its trusted cloud for its cloud-based UTM platform...

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HDInsight now supported in Azure CLI as a public preview

We recently introduced support for HDInsight in Microsoft Azure CLI as a public preview. With the addition of the new HDInsight command group, you can now utilize all of the features and benefits that come with the familiar cross-platform Azure CLI to manage your HDInsight clusters.

Key Features

  • Cluster CRUD: Create, delete, list, resize, and show properties for your HDInsight clusters.
  • Script actions: Execute script actions, list and delete persistent script actions, promote ad-hoc script executions to persistent script actions, and show the execution history of script actions on HDInsight clusters.
  • Operations Management Suite (OMS): Enable, disable, and show the status of OMS/Log Analytics integration on HDInsight clusters.
  • Applications: Create, delete, list, and show properties for app...
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Azure Data Explorer plugin for Grafana dashboards

Are you using Azure Data Explorer to query vast amounts of data? Are you following business metrics and KPIs with Grafana dashboards? Creating a Grafana data source with Azure Data Explorer has never been easier.

Grafana is a leading open source software designed for visualizing time series analytics. It is an analytics and metrics platform that enables you to query and visualize data and create and share dashboards based on those visualizations. Combining Grafana’s beautiful visualizations with Azure Data Explorer’s snappy ad hoc queries over massive amounts of data, creates impressive usage potential.

The Grafana and Azure Data Explorer teams have created a dedicated plugin which enables you to connect to and visualize data from Azure Data Explorer using its intuitive and powerful Kusto ...

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Microsoft Azure obtains Korea-Information Security Management System (K-ISMS) certification

Microsoft helps organizations all over the world comply with national, regional, and industry-specific regulatory requirements. These requirements are aimed at securing and protecting the data of individuals, establishments, and critical technology infrastructures. Azure meets the broadest set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, and we’ve added another country-specific compliance offering to our extensive portfolio with the K-ISMS.

The K-ISMS certification was introduced by the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) and is designed to ensure the security and privacy of data in the region through a stringent set of control requirements...

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Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 29

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From December 1 to December 15, 2018, 60 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM)

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM): Using thousands of device and application connectors, ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager by Micro Focus collects, correlates, and reports on security event data, providing a central point for analysis of business operations.

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform Bundle - PAYG

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform Bundle – PAYG: Quickly build use case-driven solutions for multi-cloud encrypted peering, inter-region encrypted peering, next-generation global transit networks, and more.

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform SSLVPN - PAYG

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform SSLVPN – PAYG: Quickly build use case-driven s...

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Azure Site Recovery team is hosting an Ask Me Anything session

You can start asking your questions with #ASR_AMA soon!

The Azure Site Recovery (ASR) team will host a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Twitter, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. You can tweet to @AzSiteRecovery or @AzureSupport with #ASR_AMA.

What’s an AMA session?

We'll have folks from across the ASR product team available to answer any questions you have. You can ask us anything about our products, services, or even our team!

Why are you doing an AMA?

We like reaching out and learning from our customers and the community. We want to know how you use ASR and how your experience has been. Your questions provide insights into how we can make the service better.

How do I ask questions on Twitter?

You can ask us your questions by mentioning #AS...

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Pix2Story: Neural storyteller which creates machine-generated story in several literature genre

Storytelling is at the heart of human nature. We were storytellers long before we were able to write, we shared our values and created our societies mostly through oral storytelling. Then, we managed to find the way to record and share our stories, and certainly more advanced ways to broadly share our stories; from Gutenberg’s printing press to television, and the internet. Writing stories is not easy, especially if one must write a story just by looking at a picture in different literary genres.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field that is driving a revolution in the computer-human interaction. We have seen the amazing accuracy we have today with computer vision, but we wanted to see if we could create a more natural and cohesive narrative showcasing NLP. We developed Pix2Story a ...

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Azure Monitor logs in Grafana – now in public preview

We’re happy to introduce the new Grafana integration with Microsoft Azure Monitor logs. This integration is achieved through the new Log Analytics plugin, now available as part of the Azure Monitor data source.

The new plugin continues our promise to make Azure’s monitoring data available and easy to consume. Last year, in the v1 of this data source we exposed Azure Monitor metric data in Grafana. While you can natively consume all logs in Azure Monitor Log Analytics, our customers also requested to make logs available in Grafana. We have heard this request and partnered with Grafana to enable you to use OSS tools more on Azure.

The new plugin allows you to display any data available in Log Analytics, such as logs related to virtual machine performance, security, Azure Active Directory whi...

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Cloud Commercial Communities webinar and podcast newsletter – January 2019

Welcome to the Cloud Commercial Communities monthly webinar and podcast update. Each month the team focuses on core programs, updates, trends, and technologies that Microsoft partners and customers need to know so that they can increase success in using Microsoft Azure and Dynamics. Make sure you catch a live webinar and participate in a live Q&A. If you miss a session, you can review it on demand. Also consider subscribing to the industry podcasts to keep up to date with industry news.

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Upcoming in January


  • Grow, Build, and Connect with Microsoft for Startups – January 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM PST
    Microsoft for Startups is a unique program designed to help startups become a Microsoft business partner through access to technology, channels, markets and customers...
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