Microsoft Azure Stack TP 2, New Capabilities in Azure HDInsight and More Now Available

Azure SQL Database v12 for Azure Government, Microsoft Azure Stack TP 2, OMS workspaces require an Azure subscription, new security, performance and ISV solutions build on Azure HDInsight's released.

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The second technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack (TP2) is now available to explore, learn about and to prepare for the power of Azure Services in your datacenter.

Because Azure Stack is consistent with Microsoft Azure, team says, "it can be used in situations where business goals bump up against business realities such as regulatory constraints, data sensitivity concerns, latency and custom functionality requirements."

The one-node, proof-of-concept, deployment configuration remains the most expeditious way to experience Azure Stack ahead of the commercially available integrated systems, writes azure team. You can install the Technical Preview 2 on a single server to explore.

Among the key value propositions of Azure Stack, is the ability to easily onboard new services and extend your cloud environment.

With the TP2 release, a new foundational services (in the box), including Azure Queue storage for application messaging and Azure Key Vault for managing application secrets are added.

Additionally, new updates for additional services, such as App Service will be available in the coming weeks.

Also released with TP2, is the infrastructure management technologies scoped to a single server deployment so that cloud owner/operators can begin to see how the system works.

The enhancements to this functionality in subsequent technical previews and post GA will continue.

In addition, a latest service version of Azure SQL Database v12 is available for Microsoft Azure Government. This released bringing 25 percent more premium performance and faster data recovery objectives.

Also now generally available is Azure VM and SQL DB deployment and management powered by Azure Resource Manager on Microsoft Azure Government.

"Azure SQL Database is a managed cloud database for app developers. The service makes building and maintaining applications easier and more productive."

Additionally, new capabilities in Azure HDInsight, Microsoft's managed Hadoop and Spark cloud services available now.

"Build on our leadership to make Hadoop enterprise-ready in the cloud and easy for your users with the most security capabilities of any cloud Hadoop solution, big data query speeds that approach data warehousing performance, and new notebook experiences for data scientists all on the latest Hortonworks Data Platform 2.5 and Spark 2.0 platform," writes microsoft.

Here's what new in this release:

  • new features provide highest levels of security for authentication, authorization, auditing and encryption available in the cloud for Hadoop.
  • Authentication and identity management in a few clicks with seamless integration Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Services for enterprise-grade authentication and identity management.
  • Authorization with central security policy administration and auditing with Apache Ranger. In addition, you can now analyze detailed audit records in the familiar Apache Ranger user interface.
  • HDInsight processed data is stored in Azure Data Lake Store or Azure Storage. Both provide server-side encryption. These advanced security capabilities will be available as a public preview in October.
  • HDInsight now at data warehousing speeds with the latest Hive using LLAP (Long Lived and Process)
  • In addition, Microsoft has partnered with Simba to deliver an ODBC driver for Azure HDInsight that can be used with world-class BI tools like Power BI, Tableau and QlikView. Together, this allows business analysts to gain insights over big data using their tool of choice.
  • Microsoft continues commitment to Spark with a fully managed, SLA-backed Spark 2.0 offering
  • With latest release of Apache HBase for HDInsight, a Spark-HBase connector, letting you use the performance and power of Spark SQL to query HBase is launched. This lets you perform advanced analytics on top of all the data available in your NoSQL database.
  • Both the latest Hortonworks Data Platform 2.5 and Spark 2.0 are available in Azure HDInsight later today.
  • Hive with LLAP is a new cluster type available as a public preview.
  • New data science experiences with Zeppelin notebook support
  • Azure HDInsight introduced a way for ISVs such as Datameer to run their applications directly on the HDInsight clusters, letting customers spin up Hadoop and Spark clusters pre-integrated and pre-tuned with the ISV application out-of-the-box.
  • Also, new partners Cask and StreamSets join Azure HDInsight ISV program.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) workspaces now require an Azure subscription.

"We have made some changes to the way we license OMS and the pricing bundles, with that we now require OMS workspaces to be linked to an Azure subscription," explained microsoft.

You can use this dialog box to create a free trial subscription. If you no longer want to use the workspace and would like to close it and delete all of your workspace data, then select CLOSE WORKSPACE.

As a result, "if you have been using a Free-Tier of OMS, when you now attempt to access your workspace," you will be presented with the following screenshot:

Microsoft OMS workspaces now require an Azure subscription