Microsoft Azure App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers Now Available

Azure App Service, generally available now on Linux, including its Web App for Containers capability and more in Microsoft cloud services release.

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App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers

Azure App Service, generally available now on Linux, including its Web App for Containers capability, announced Microsoft on Wednesday.

With this launch, built-in image support for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby on Linux are available, as well as provide developers now have an option to bring their own Docker formatted container images supporting Java, Python, Go and more.

Azure App Service, Microsoft's leading PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering, delivers this experience and currently hosts more than 1 million cloud applications.

Enterprise customers can now enjoy seamless cost analysis with new preview feature in Azure portal launched on Wednesday, "Enterprise Cost Management," an experience offering seamless cost reporting and analysis for enterprise customers.

"With today's release, Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA) users can view and analyze their subscription costs across different pivots," writes product manager.

Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service public preview, now available is a new service that works with Azure IoT Hub to enable customers to configure zero-touch device provisioning to their IoT hub.

With Device Provisioning Service, "you can provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner, automating a process that has historically been time and resource intensive for manufacturers and companies managing volumes of connected devices," writes the team.

Device Provisioning Service is available in East US, West Europe, and Southeast Asia starting today, and eventually will be available globally.

The release also gives subscription admins visibility into their costs.

Azure Management Libraries for .NET v1.2, release adds support for additional security and deployment features, and more Azure services:

  • Managed service identity
  • Create users in Azure Active Directory, update service principals and assign permissions to apps
  • Storage service encryption
  • Deploy Web apps and functions using MS Deploy
  • Network watcher service
  • Search service
network performance monitor in azure government
Network Performance Monitor in Azure Government

The general availability of Network Performance Monitor (NPM) in Azure Government Cloud-Virginia, a cloud-based hybrid network monitoring solution, monitors network connectivity across remote branch & field offices, store locations, data centers and clouds. It enalble of detecting any network issues before users complain.

NPM connects between: "Cloud deployments and on-premises locations, Multiple data centers and branch offices, Mission critical multi-tier applications/micro-services, User locations and web based applications (HTTP/HTTPs)."

Key advantages of NPW, are:

  • Monitor loss and latency across various subnets and set alerts
  • Monitor all paths (including redundant paths) on the network
  • Troubleshoot transient & point-in-time network issues, that are difficult to replicate
  • Determine the specific segment on the network, that is responsible for degraded performance
  • Monitor the health of the network, without the need for SNMP

Also, Blob Storage (Hot/Cool) are now generally available in the US Gov Virginia, are specialized storage accounts for storing unstructured data as blobs (objects) in Azure Storage.

With Blob Storage accounts, "you can choose between hot and cool storage tiers to store your less frequently accessed (cool) data at a lower storage cost, and store more frequently accessed (hot) data at a lower access cost."

Customers can take advantage of the cost benefits of the cool storage tier for storing backup data, media content, scientific data, active archival data-and in general, any data that is less frequently accessed.

Update 09/08: Azure Active Directory Premium is now in limited preview in Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, for customers that have specific compliance needs e.g., FedRAMP or DoD requirements. While certifications aren't in place yet, Microsoft plan to have them in place for General Availability.

To gain access to this limited preview, just complete the onboarding survey.

Update 09/09: Drillthrough and report insights, the two features demonstrated at the Data Insights Summit in June, are now part of the September update for Power BI Desktop.

Drillthrough filters allow you to create a page in your report that provides details on a single "entity" in your model, such as a customer, manufacturer, product or location. You can use any data point referring to that "entity" column through the report to navigate to that drillthrough page with the matching filter context, writes Amanda Cofsky, Power BI program manager.

The report insights feature lets you right click on a bar or data point in a line chart and "ask us to explain why the data point increased or decreased compared to the data point before it," Cofsky says.

Watch the video below to learn more about these and other updates for Power BI Desktop: