1 Click Adds Azure Search to DocumentDB Collections and More in Azure

New playbooks can help you build a successful cloud practice, a redesigned and greatly expanded Microsoft Trust Center site launched. Reliability and performance improvements to Application Insights, JavaScript SDK.

Microsoft Azure now providing the ability that lets customers to add Azure Search to a collection directly from DocumentDB with just a click of a button, "tightening the bond between two services that simplify your indexing and searching needs."

"Seamlessly select or create a Search service, and your DocumentDB configuration will be populated automatically. You'll have all the search power you've come to expect. Schema inference provides an excellent starting point to easily add features like faceted navigation, intelligent language processing, and suggestions," writes Evan Boyle. "Indexers and Search + DocumentDB enable more complex scenarios as well."

For those not aware, "DocumentDB is a global NoSQL database, this enables you to create Azure Search service instances in as many regions as you want. Create an indexer in each Search service, all pointing at the same DocumentDB account, for a simple and rock-solid solution for low-latency, geo-distributed search application backend."

Add Azure Search to DocumentDB with a click
Azure Search to DocumentDB with a click

To help partners develop profitable, sustainable and optimized cloud practices, Microsoft is making available four new Cloud Practice Development playbooks.

"Each playbook contains insight from research studies, business-oriented best practices and case studies from top-performing partners, plus an overview of additional resources partners can leverage across the practice development process," writes the team.

The playbooks are on:

  • Cloud Infrastructure & Management
  • Data Platform & Analytics
  • Cloud Application Development
  • and Enterprise Mobility & Security.

Partners interested can download the playbooks HERE.

Build a Successful Cloud Practice Playbooks

Concerned about security in the cloud? Microsoft has launhced newly revamped Microsoft Trust Center site, is a resource for learning about company's security and compliance practices for its cloud products and services.

The revamped site features new content including EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidance, audit reports and security assessments, as well as information and guidance specific to key organizational roles and new content on various topics.

The Trust Center is a key part of the Microsoft Trusted Cloud initiative and provides support and resources for information professionals and the legal and compliance community.

New enhancements to the Trust Center include (verbatim):

  • Access to protected content, including SOC and ISO 27001 audit reports, certifications, and product security assessments, integrated into the Trust Center pages through the Service Trust Platform, which is available to customers with an active or trial subscription to one of Microsoft's business cloud services.
  • A GDPR homepage that will serve as the company's main resource for customers on the road to GDPR compliance, including guides to how some of our existing products and services, like Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 can help you with the solutions you need to tackle each step of GDPR compliance.
  • Information and guidance specific to key organizational roles, including business managers, tenant admins or data security teams, risk assessment and privacy officers, and legal compliance teams.
  • New content areas, including resources for accessibility compliance, cybercrime, and industry-focused pages on finance, health, and media.

Finally, reliability and performance improvements to Azure Application Insights, new features and enhancements to JavaScript SDK, and also introduced the ability not to use cookies.

"Transmission is now more reliable in the face of throttling and network issues, and when a page is about to unload."

With Azure Application Insights you can monitor performance and usage of your apps. With a little snippet of JavaScript you can get timings of page loads and AJAX calls, counts and details of browser exceptions and AJAX failures, as well as users and session counts.

New JavaScript SDK features:

  • Add snippet.js to NPM package. Snippet.js is a file used for those who want to use application insights from a separate file instead of using inline JavaScript using a Gulp pipeline. By RehanSaeed. Thanks Muhammed Rehan!
  • Option to disable cookies, but some features will be lost. "Without cookies every page view will count as a new user and session."
  • Enable dependency correlation headers To correlate dependencies with server request set disableCorrelationHeaders in your config file to false. If you opt in to this feature you will then be able to see the server request that correlate with your client side AJAX calls.

To get started, check the following documentation.