Generally Available Now VMSS, Batch, Redis Cache, Service Fabric for Azure Government

VMSS and VM series expansion, Batch, Redis Cache, and Service Fabric offerings are now generally available for Microsoft Azure Government.

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Batch, Redis Cache, and Service Fabric offerings are now generally available for Microsoft Azure Government.

Azure Batch is a job scheduling and compute pool management service that helps developers easily scale their compute-intensive workloads to tens, hundreds, or thousands of virtual machines without having to manage the infrastructure.

Benefits Batch include: "Scale to tens, hundreds, or thousands of virtual machines , Cloud-enable batch and HPC applications, Stage data and execute compute pipelines , Autoscale on work in the queue."

Azure Redis Cache is a distributed, in-memory, managed cache that helps build highly scalable and responsive applications, with fast access to data. it's available in "Basic, Standard, and Premium," tiers.

Service Fabric is a feature-rich microservices application platform with built-in support for lifecycle management, stateless and stateful services, performance at scale, 24×7 availability, and cost efficiency. Benefits include: "Streamlined provisioning of clusters through Azure Resource Manager, Enhanced reliability during host OS update and Automated upgrades to the Service Fabric runtime without downtime to your application," azure team writes.

The general availability of VMSS and VM series expansion in Azure Government is available as on today.

Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) are available at no additional cost over the compute resources being used, and are available in all regions that support Azure Resource Manager, microsoft said.

VMSS helps manage Azure VMs as a group, with easy deployment, management options, and simple ways to integrate with Azure autoscale and load balancing.

Benefits include:

  • Easy portal create experience
  • Simple scaling properties
  • Integrated autoscale
  • Azure Resource manager integration
  • Integrated load balancing
  • Visual Studio support
  • REST, SDK, and command line support

On the other hand, Azure Virtual Machines which offer flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions. It support Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and more—is exapnded today now offering: "A1-A7 VM series for ARM, D/DS VM Series for ARM, Dv2 VM Series for ARM & Classic, and F VM Series for ARM."

Microsoft has also released several updates to Azure DocumentDB portal experience including: a new consolidated metrics experience with several new metrics available such as "new availability, throughput, consistency, and latency metrics", helps tracking how DocumentDB is meeting its SLA's.

Also collection management is now "streamlined by surfacing all collection operations and experiences on the left navigation bar, and eliminated excessive horizontal scrolling," azure team writes.

Azure DocumentDB portal update

Schema of Analytics, the powerful query language of Visual Studio Application Insights is updated today now include: "separated metrics into performanceCounters" and "customMetrics," as well as new "browserTimings launched today to show page load data from the client side."

These changes improve the discoverability of the data, simplifying your queries and exposing new metrics and dimensions of your telemetry.

Application Insight Analytics: Schema updates

Today, a poster titled "Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud," showing businesses is embracing a cloud-inclusive IT infrastructure that includes all of Microsoft's cloud offerings (Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Intune).

Contents of the poster include (verbatim):

  • An overview of the fictional Contoso Corporation, its three-tier design for its offices, and key elements of Contoso's implementation of the Microsoft cloud.
  • A review of Contoso's on-premises IT infrastructure and how its business needs map to Microsoft's cloud offerings, including opportunities for Azure PaaS and IaaS.
  • Contoso's private WAN infrastructure, its app design for its offices, its use of Azure ExpressRoute Premium, and its step-by-step path to cloud networking readiness.
  • Contoso's on-premises Windows Server Active Directory (AD) forest, how it geographically distributes authentication traffic, and how it uses Azure IaaS to provide authentication infrastructure redundancy for the 15,000 workers in its Paris headquarters.
  • Contoso's structure for Microsoft cloud offering subscriptions, licenses, its common Azure AD tenant, and user accounts synched with Azure AD from its on-premises Windows Server AD forest.
  • Contoso's security requirements in the cloud, its data sensitivity classification and mapping of cloud features to each level, and its step-by-step path to cloud security readiness.

It can be downloaded in the PDF, or Visio, view over at Docs.com.

poster; Contoso Corporation is implementing Azure services

At the Microsoft Machine Learning & Data Science Summit through a partnership with CrowdFlower, a new "human-in-the-loop" workflows that combine human intelligence and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning is debuted.

"Businesses benefit from the efficiency of machine learning and the quality of human judgments. Machines can automate a majority of the work, while humans can assist when the machine is uncertain," wrties Microsoft.

The initial offering is called 'CrowdFlower AI Powered' by Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, is focused on text classification, enabling scenarios "such as support ticket classification, social media post classification, resume classification," and much more, wrties azure team.

Here are some example usage that's in use today by customers:

  • "Filtering large numbers of resumes down to a smaller set, to scan for potential interview candidates.
  • Identifying safety related issues in customer support tickets.
  • Classifying social media posts pertaining to their product or service," team said.

More reading about CrowdFlower AI offering is available at its website or from the Microsoft Analytics Partner site.

Human-in-the-Loop: Combine Human Intelligence with Machine Learning

A new Office 365 U.S. Government Defense compliance service announced on October 18, makes Security Requirements Guidelines (SRG) L5 and L4 controls available to U.S. Government defense departments and defense industry organizations holding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

By adopting Office 365, DoD employees benefit from the familiar capabilities of Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business.

Department of Defense-specific Azure Government rolling out in November in preview which will be followed quickly with general availability. This version of Azure is built from the ground up to meet DoD Impact Level 5 controls.

"Azure Government is on track to achieve a DoD Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization."

Additionally, two additional Azure Government regions in the South West and South Central United States will be generall available in 2017, writes Jason Zander.

Microsoft has signed 23 states' Criminal Justice Information Services agreements. In a statement, Michael Donlan, vice president, U.S. state and local government at Microsoft highlighted the benefits of Azure, and said:

"Our cloud powers real-time, intelligence-led, first-response capabilities that enable law enforcement to do more, and achieve more, for the citizens they serve — today and into the future"