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Tips for learning Azure in the new year

As 2020 is upon us, it's natural to take time and reflect back on the current year’s achievements (and challenges) and begin planning for the next year. One of our New Year’s resolutions was to continue live streaming software development topics to folks all over the world. In our broadcasts in late November and December, the Azure community saw some of our 2020 plans. While sharing, many others typed in the chat from across the world that they’d set a New Year’s resolution to learn Azure and would love any pointers.

When we shared our experiences learning Azure in the “early days,” we talked about the number of great resources (available at no cost) users can take advantage of right now, and carry their learnings into the new year and beyond. 

Here are a few tips for our developer communi...

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Tips for learning Azure in the new year

As 2020 is upon us, it's natural to take time and reflect back on the current year’s achievements (and challenges) and begin planning for the next year. One of our New Year’s resolutions was to continue live streaming software development topics to folks all over the world. In our broadcasts in late November and December, the Azure community saw some of our 2020 plans. While sharing, many others typed in the chat from across the world that they’d set a New Year’s resolution to learn Azure and would love any pointers.

When we shared our experiences learning Azure in the “early days,” we talked about the number of great resources (available at no cost) users can take advantage of right now, and carry their learnings into the new year and beyond. 

Here are a few tips for our developer communi...

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Advancing Azure Active Directory availability

“Continuing our Azure reliability series to be as transparent as possible about key initiatives underway to keep improving availability, today we turn our attention to Azure Active Directory. Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud identity service that provides secure access to over 250 million monthly active users, connecting over 1.4 million unique applications and processing over 30 billion daily authentication requests. This makes Azure AD not only the largest enterprise Identity and Access Management solution, but easily one of the world’s largest services. The post that follows was written by Nadim Abdo, Partner Director of Engineering, who is leading these efforts.” – Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure


Our customers trust Azure AD to manage secure access to all their ap...

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Microsoft is a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2019

Processing Big data in real-time is an operational necessity for many businesses. Azure Stream Analytics is Microsoft’s serverless real-time analytics offering for complex event processing.

We are excited and humbled to announce that Microsoft has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2019. Microsoft believes this report truly reflects the market momentum of Azure Stream Analytics, satisfied customers, a growing partner ecosystem and the overall strength of our Azure cloud platform. You can access the full report here.

Forrester Wave for Streaming Analytics published in Q3 2019 that positions Microsoft as a leader in the category.

The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2019

Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2019 report evaluated streaming analytics offerings from 11 different solution providers and we are honored to share that that Forrester has recogniz...

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New enhancements for Azure IoT Edge automatic deployments

Since releasing Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, we have seen many customers using IoT Edge automatic deployments to deploy workloads to the edge at scale. IoT Edge automatic deployments handle the heavy lifting of deploying modules to the relevant Azure IoT Edge devices and allow operators to keep a close eye on status to quickly address any problems. Customers love the benefits and have given us feedback on how to make automatic deployments even better through greater flexibility and seamless experiences. Today, we are sharing a set of enhancements to IoT Edge automatic deployments that are a direct result of this feedback...

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New enhancements for Azure IoT Edge automatic deployments

Since releasing Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, we have seen many customers using IoT Edge automatic deployments to deploy workloads to the edge at scale. IoT Edge automatic deployments handle the heavy lifting of deploying modules to the relevant Azure IoT Edge devices and allow operators to keep a close eye on status to quickly address any problems. Customers love the benefits and have given us feedback on how to make automatic deployments even better through greater flexibility and seamless experiences. Today, we are sharing a set of enhancements to IoT Edge automatic deployments that are a direct result of this feedback...

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Better performance with bursting enhancement on Azure Disks

We introduced the preview of bursting support on Azure Premium SSD Disks, and new disk sizes 4/8/16 GiB on both Premium & Standard SSDs at Microsoft Ignite in November. We would like to share more details about it. With bursting, eligible Premium SSD disks can now achieve up to 30x of the provisioned performance target, better handling for spiky workloads. If you have workloads running on-premises with less predictable disk traffic, you can migrate to Azure and improve your overall performance taking advantage of bursting support.

Disk bursting is enforced on a credit based system, where you will accumulate credits when traffic is below provisioned target and consume credit when it exceeds provisioned. You can best leverage the capability in these scenarios below:

  • OS disks to accelerate v...
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Better performance with bursting enhancement on Azure Disks

We introduced the preview of bursting support on Azure Premium SSD Disks, and new disk sizes 4/8/16 GiB on both Premium & Standard SSDs at Microsoft Ignite in November. We would like to share more details about it. With bursting, eligible Premium SSD disks can now achieve up to 30x of the provisioned performance target, better handling for spiky workloads. If you have workloads running on-premises with less predictable disk traffic, you can migrate to Azure and improve your overall performance taking advantage of bursting support.

Disk bursting is enforced on a credit based system, where you will accumulate credits when traffic is below provisioned target and consume credit when it exceeds provisioned. You can best leverage the capability in these scenarios below:

  • OS disks to accelerate v...
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New features in Azure Monitor metrics explorer based on your feedback

A few months ago, we posted a survey to gather feedback on your experience with metrics in Azure Portal. Thank you for participation and providing valuable suggestions! We appreciate your input, whether you are working on a hobby project, in a governmental organization, or any size company—small to huge.

We want to share some of the insights we gained from the survey and highlight some of the features that we delivered based on your feedback. These features include:

  • Resource picker that supports multi-resource scoping.
  • Splitting by dimension allows limiting the number of time series and specifying sort order.
  • Charts can show large number of datapoints.
  • Improved chart legends.

Resource picker with multi-resource scoping

One of the key pieces of feedback we heard was about the resource ...

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New features in Azure Monitor metrics explorer based on your feedback

A few months ago, we posted a survey to gather feedback on your experience with metrics in Azure Portal. Thank you for participation and providing valuable suggestions! We appreciate your input, whether you are working on a hobby project, in a governmental organization, or any size company—small to huge.

We want to share some of the insights we gained from the survey and highlight some of the features that we delivered based on your feedback. These features include:

  • Resource picker that supports multi-resource scoping.
  • Splitting by dimension allows limiting the number of time series and specifying sort order.
  • Charts can show large number of datapoints.
  • Improved chart legends.

Resource picker with multi-resource scoping

One of the key pieces of feedback we heard was about the resource ...

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