Azure Media Services Temetry GA Available, Redis Cache Moving to Monitor Service

New Azure Media Services telemetry platform features now available. Azure Redis Cache's telemetry infrastructure to the new Azure Monitor service.

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New Azure Media Services (AMS) telemetry platform features are now generally available through the new Telemetry API. AMS telemetry allows you to monitor and measure the health of your services through a suite of telemetry data.

Telemetry data is written to your Azure Storage account, and can be processed and visualized using a wide array of data visualization tools, writes Dwyane George.

Early next year, Azure Redis Cache telemetry infrastructure will move to new Azure Monitor service, thereby enhancing its monitoring and alerting experiences.

The update will be seamless for most users, "who will simply see the new metrics appearing in the portal," Microsoft said, as the roll out will happen in multiple phases. Starting "at the beginning of January 2017, the rollout for all Azure regions will complete within the month," added Azure team.

The tranistion offer following benefits:

  • After Azire Redis migration all caches will automatically display metrics in the Azure service portal, and can be accessed through Azure Monitor service's REST API. If you have a need to retain metrics for longer than 30 days, you may still export it to your own storage account for archiving and offline analysis.
  • Alert rules in Azure Monitor service will let you add trigger conditions on metrics and events and using email or webhook will notify when any of the conditions is met. In addition, setting up alerts for each cache instance separately, instead of on a region and subscription basis currently is available too.
  • With Azure Redis Logs will now stream in near realtime to an Event Hub—"events from cache instance will be available to 3rd party logging analytics systems, SIEMs, or custom telemetry pipelines almost instantaneously."

Clustered Columnstore index in Azure SQL Database across all premium editions. However, it's not yet available on the Standard and Basic pricing tiers.

Columnstore index is the preferred technology to run analytics queries in Azure SQL Databases. The columnstore technology is available in two flavors; clustered columnstore index (CCI) for DataMart analytics workloads and nonclustered columnstore index (NCCI) to run analytics queries on operational (i.e. OLTP) workload.

Using this technology in Azure SQL Databases, you can lower the storage cost and getting a similar or better query performance on lower premium tiers.

New Azure training resources and discounted access to certification were announced on Tuesday, including three training offers that combine free access to Microsoft's library of flexible online courses, discounts on industry-standard Microsoft Certified Professional exams, and a discount on Linux certification offered through the Linux Foundation.

"We have consistently heard from developers and IT operators about the need for Azure training and certification to help ensure they have the latest and greatest information," writes Julia White. "With the rapid innovation cycle of Azure, it's critical to stay up to date on the latest technology and methodologies."

Microsoft recently signed the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Addendum with Utah, bringing the total states with which Microsoft has signed the addendum to 25.

"With the 25th state being signed, there is now support for two-thirds of the U.S. population; giving justice and public safety organizations the opportunity to implement advanced solutions in the secure, compliant, Microsoft government cloud," writes Rochelle Eichner.

"This commitment from Microsoft, combined with innovative solutions including camera technology, biometrics, jail/court/offender management, investigation and evidence solutions, are empowering digital transformation in law enforcement," Eichner writes.

Microsoft Azure CJIS Status Map

Microsoft Azure CJIS Status Map U.S.