Azure Media Services, the cloud streaming services that offers the scale and robustness to handle the largest events on the web as well features that greatly reduce workflow complexity and cost through dynamic packaging into HLS, MPEG-DASH, and Smooth Streaming as well as dynamic encryption for Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine, Apple Fairplay, and AES128–-today announced a new Streaming Endpoint option called "Standard Streaming Endpoint", which gives the scale and robustness without needing to worry about Streaming Units.
Microsoft notes, since the bandwidth requirements on Streaming Endpoint and scale out are monitored behind the scenes, "a Standard Streaming Endpoint can be use to deliver streams to a very small audiences to thousands of concurrent viewers using the integration of Azure CDN services."
In addition, those interested can now opt for a free trial period to get familiar with Azure Media Services streaming capabilities. To this, when a new Media Services account is created, "a default Standard Streaming Endpoint for a 15–day trial is automatically provisioned under the account," writes azure team. And, the trial period starts only when the Endpoint is started for the first time.
Also, now with just a single click, user can "integrate all available Azure CDN providers (Akamai and Verizon) to their Streaming Endpoint including Standard and Premium", even you can manage and configure all related features through the Azure CDN portal.
When Azure CDN is enabled for a Streaming Endpoint using Azure Media Services, "data transfer charges between the Streaming Endpoint and CDN don't apply, instead it's charged at the CDN edge using CDN pricing."
So, when to use Azure CDN? According to Microsoft, in most cases you should keep CDN enabled. However, "if anticipated max concurrency is lower than 500 viewers, then it's recommended to disable CDN", azure team said, "since CDN scales best with concurrency."
An overview offers a comprehensive overview this week on how Azure Web and Mobile services can help grow your business and covers five key App Services type, all of which are easy to use, scalable, and reliable. "They are each intended to host a specific workload and differ in customization and templated access to commonly needed supporting services," writes Jason MacEntee.
The five service types covered are: Web Apps – For hosting websites and web applications, API Apps – For hosting RESTful APIs, Mobile Apps – For hosting mobile app back ends, Logic Apps – For automating business processes and integrating systems and data across clouds without writing code, and Function Apps – The new 5th type of App Service, still in Beta.