Azure Event Hubs Archive Now in Public Preview; PingAccess for Azure AD Preview in Early 2017

Customers looking to manage data stream ingestions over a longer period can now test out Azure Event Hubs Archive in preview. AzureAD and PingAccess bring secure remote access to even more on-premises web apps.

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Azure Event Hubs Archive in public preview, which archives data directly from Event Hubs to Azure storage as blobs, is now available as on 09/14.

Archive will "manage all the compute and downstream processing required to pull data into Azure blob storage," writes Shubha Vijayasarathy. "This reduces your total cost of ownership, setup overhead, and management of custom jobs to do the same task and lets you focus on your apps!"

Also, Event, Hubs Archive includes many key scenarios for Event Hubs that "archives data streams and downstream mico-batch processing for customers looking to compute or batch Stream Analytics jobs," noted Vijayasarathy.

New to Azure services, "Event Hubs is a real-time, highly scalable, and fully managed data-stream ingestion service that can ingress millions of events per second and stream them through multiple applications." "Archive data will be available within minutes of ingress into Event Hubs. "

This enables most common scenarios of near-real-time analytics without having to construct separate data pipelines.

Other benefits of EHA include:

  • Extremely straightforward to configure your Event Hubs to take advantage of this feature.
  • Reduced total cost of ownership—since Event Hubs handles all management, only a minimal overhead involved in setting up custom job processing mechanisms and tracking them is involved. Pricing here.
  • Cohesive with Azure Storage — just choose Azure Storage account, Archive pulls data from Event Hubs to your containers, azure team notes.

Azure customers can enable EHA, by visiting Azure portal on the Event Hub in their namespace or through Azure Resource Manager templates.

In other news, Ping Identity and Microsoft team up to provide secure access to on-premises web applications through Azure AD Application Proxy and PingAccess.

Azure AD Premium customers will be able to use this solution to connect to 20 on-premises web applications at no additional cost.

Ping Identity, a leader in on-premises identity management, has developed PingAccess, a product which is "an awesome complement to Azure AD Application Proxy," Alex Simons writes.

PingAccess for Azure AD will be available in public preview in early 2017.

Starting Sep 14th, SQL Server Connector begun supporting private Azure clouds.

Those using a private Azure environment, such as Azure Government, Azure China, or Azure Germany, "can now use SQL Server Connector to manage TDE encryption in SQL Server using Azure Key Vault keys," writes data platform team.

You can download latest SQL Server Connector version 1.0.4.0 to get private Azure cloud support HERE.