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Multi-protocol access on Data Lake Storage now generally available

We are excited to announce the general availability of multi-protocol access for Azure Data Lake Storage. Azure Data Lake Storage is a unique cloud storage solution for analytics that offers multi-protocol access to the same data. This is a no-compromise solution that allows both the Azure Blob Storage API and Azure Data Lake Storage API to access data on a single storage account. You can store all your different types of data in one place, which gives you the flexibility to make the best use of your data as your use case evolves. The general availability of multi-protocol access creates the foundation to enable object storage capabilities on Data Lake Storage...

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A year of bringing AI to the edge

This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).

Since introducing Azure Cognitive Services in containers this time last year, businesses across industries have unlocked new productivity gains and insights. The combination of both the most comprehensive set of domain-specific AI services in the market and containers enables enterprises to apply AI to more scenarios with Azure than with any other major cloud provider. Organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services have transformed their processes and customer experiences as a result.

These ...

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A year of bringing AI to the edge

This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).

Since introducing Azure Cognitive Services in containers this time last year, businesses across industries have unlocked new productivity gains and insights. The combination of both the most comprehensive set of domain-specific AI services in the market and containers enables enterprises to apply AI to more scenarios with Azure than with any other major cloud provider. Organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services have transformed their processes and customer experiences as a result.

These ...

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Multi-language identification and transcription in Video Indexer

Multi-language speech transcription was recently introduced into Microsoft Video Indexer at the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC). It is available as a preview capability and customers can already start experiencing it in our portal. More details on all our IBC2019 enhancements can be found here.

Multi-language videos are common media assets in the globalization context, global political summits, economic forums, and sport press conferences are examples of venues where speakers use their native language to convey their own statements. Those videos pose a unique challenge for companies that need to provide automatic transcription for video archives of large volumes...

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Multi-language identification and transcription in Video Indexer

Multi-language speech transcription was recently introduced into Microsoft Video Indexer at the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC). It is available as a preview capability and customers can already start experiencing it in our portal. More details on all our IBC2019 enhancements can be found here.

Multi-language videos are common media assets in the globalization context, global political summits, economic forums, and sport press conferences are examples of venues where speakers use their native language to convey their own statements. Those videos pose a unique challenge for companies that need to provide automatic transcription for video archives of large volumes...

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Azure Backup support for SQL Server 2019 and Restore as files

As SQL Server 2019 continues to push the boundaries of availability, performance, and data intelligence, a centrally managed, enterprise-scale backup solution is imperative to ensure the protection of all that data. This is especially true if you are running the SQL Server in the cloud to leverage the benefits of dynamic scale and don't want to continue using the legacy backup methods that are tedious, infrastructure-heavy, and difficult to scale.

We are excited to share native backup for SQL Server 2019 running in Azure Virtual Machine. This is a key addition to the general availability of Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machine, announced earlier this year.  Azure Backup is a zero-infrastructure solution that protects standalone SQL Server and SQL AlwaysOn configurations in Azure Vir...

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Change feed support now available in preview for Azure Blob Storage

Change feed support for Microsoft Azure Blob storage is now available in preview. Change feed provides a guaranteed, ordered, durable, read-only log of all the creation, modification, and deletion change events that occur to the blobs in your storage account. This log is stored as append blobs within your storage account, therefore you can manage the data retention and access control based on your requirements.

Change feed is the ideal solution for bulk handling of large volumes of blob changes in your storage account, as opposed to periodically listing and manually comparing for changes...

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Change feed support now available in preview for Azure Blob Storage

Change feed support for Microsoft Azure Blob storage is now available in preview. Change feed provides a guaranteed, ordered, durable, read-only log of all the creation, modification, and deletion change events that occur to the blobs in your storage account. This log is stored as append blobs within your storage account, therefore you can manage the data retention and access control based on your requirements.

Change feed is the ideal solution for bulk handling of large volumes of blob changes in your storage account, as opposed to periodically listing and manually comparing for changes...

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How AI can supercharge content understanding for businesses

Organizations face challenges when it comes to extracting insights, finding meaning, and uncovering new opportunities in the vast troves of content at their disposal. In fact, 82 percent of organizations surveyed in the latest Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services report say that exploring and understanding their content in a timely manner is a significant challenge. This is exacerbated because content is not only spread over multiple systems but also in multiple formats such as PDF, JPEG, spreadsheets, and audio files.

The first wave of artificial intelligence (AI) was designed for narrow applications, training a single model to address a specific task such as handwriting recognition...

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Azure high-performace computing at SC’19

HBv2 Virtual Machines for HPC, Azure’s most powerful yet, now in preview

Azure HB v2-series Virtual Machines (VM) for high-performance computing (HPC) are now in preview in the South Central US region.

HBv2-series Virtual Machines are Azure’s most advanced HPC offering yet, featuring performance and Message Passing Interface scalability rivaling the most advanced supercomputers on the planet, and price and performance on par with on-premises HPC deployments.

HBv2 Virtual Machines are designed for a variety of real-world HPC applications, from fluid dynamics to finite element analysis, molecular dynamics, seismic processing & imaging, weather modeling, rendering, computational chemistry, and more.

Each HBv2 Virtual Machines features 120 AMD EPYCTM 7742 processor cores at 2.45 GHz (3...

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