Azure SQL Data Warehouse Expands in 18 Regions Worldwide; Enable MARS-E 2.0

General Availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse in four additional regions. Azure enable MARS-E 2.0 security and privacy control requirements. Data Science Virtual Machine for Windows and Linux.

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Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available in four additional regions: North Europe, Japan East, Brazil South and Australia Southeast.

These locations now bring the Azure SQL Data Warehouse worldwide availability count to 18 regions, writes Microsoft.

With general availability, SQL Data Warehouse offers a SLA (Service Level Agreement) availability of 99.9 percent.

Additionally, "Geo-Backups support has also been added to enable geo-resiliency of your data, allowing SQL Data Warehouse Geo-Backup to be restored to any region in Azure."

With this feature enabled, "backups are available even in the case of a region-wide failure, keeping your data safe," company added.

For those unfamiliar, "Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a cloud-based, scale-out database capable of processing massive volumes of data, both relational and non-relational. Built on our massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, SQL Data Warehouse can handle your enterprise workload."

For getting started with SQL Data Warehouse, you can easily provision a data warehouse that integrates with business intelligence tools like Power BI and with Azure Machine Learning for predictive analytics within minutes.

To experience the speed, scale, elasticity, security and ease of use of a cloud-based data warehouse for yourself, visit here.

In other Azure news, Azure is the first hyper-scale cloud computing platform to enable Affordable Care Act administering entities to address the Minimum Acceptable Risk Standards for Exchanges (MARS-E) 2.0 security and privacy control requirements.

MARS-E, was published in 2012, and provides information security guidance, requirements and templates for administering entities, including state and federal health insurance exchanges or marketplaces that facilitate purchase of health insurance by consumers and small businesses, company stated.

Azure Rights Management (RMS) Documentation Update for August 2016 has been updated on the web and the latest content has a August 2016 (or later) date at the top of the article.

In addition, if you've been following and evaluating the Azure Information Protection preview, you might be interested in these doc update. Check the Documentation for Azure Rights Management here.

In addition, Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine for Windows and Linux is now available as on August 30, 2016.

According to company, Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine is "an Azure virtual machine (VM) image pre-installed and configured with several popular tools that are commonly used for data analytics and machine learning."

"It enables you to work on tasks in a variety of languages including R, Python, SQL, and C#."

"Visual Studio provides an IDE to develop and test your code that is easy to use. The Azure SDK included in the VM allows you to build your applications using various services on Microsoft's cloud platform," company official expalined.

The company notes, no software charges are involved for this VM image. And, you only pay Azure usage fees as per the size of the VM provisioned with this VM image. The prerequisites include an Azure subscription and an Azure storage account.

If you are new to Azure, you can apply free Azure subscription with a $200 credit here. Once your account is setup, go to Virtual Machine in the Azure Portal and search the list of VM images for Data Science Virtual Machine. Then choose either Windows or Linux.

It contains a set of data science, Azure tools/SDKs including:

Microsoft R Server Developer Edition
Anaconda Python distribution
Jupyter Notebooks
IDLE
Azure Machine Learning
Cortana Sample Gallery
Microsoft Azure Poweshell
Git Bash
SQL Management
Visual Studio Community Edition,
Power BI desktop
SQL Server Express edition
Azure SDK

Microsoft Data science Virtual machine tools for Windows and Linux

Create your Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine

New C# language features have been trickling in over the past few previews, but Visual Studio "15" Preview 4 marks a point where most of the C# 7.0 features are now available.

Introduced in August, Preview 4 includes many improvements and bug fixes that bring the product one step closer to completion.

Also, today, the public release of Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) v 1.7 is announced.

This is a key release for ATA with several exciting features and improvements, stated Microsoft.

The ATA c1.7 brings updates such as user experience, infrastructure, and new and updated detections.

In addition, the company notes, that ATA is now monitoring over 10 million users and 21 million devices. Previously, just four months back, it was at 5 million users and 10 million devices, company stated.

You can use Microsoft Update to automatically download ATA v 1.7 and seamlessly upgrade the ATA Center. After upgrading the ATA Center, you can configure the automatic upgrades of all ATA Gateways in your environment.

Advanced Threat Analytics v 1.7 Available