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Azure Data Factory’s ‘Data Movement’ Reaches UK, Azure Relay ‘Hybrid Connections’ Hits GA

Data Movement, a feature of Azure Data Factory that enables cloud-based data integration, is now available in the U.K, enabling users of U.K. data store to rely on Azure Data Factory for both their cloud and hybrid data movement needs.

Azure Relay’s “Hybrid Connections” capability, is a secure, open-protocol evolution based on HTTP and WebSockets—is now generally available.

For those familiar with WCF Relay feature of Azure Relay rest assured it will continue to function and has a lot of same functionality including:

  • Secure connectivity of on-premises assets and the cloud
  • Firewall friendliness as it utilizes common outbound ports
  • Network management friendliness that won’t require a major reconfiguration of your network

However, “its dependency on Windows Communication Foundation is not for everyone. The Hybrid Connections feature of Azure Relay sheds this dependency by utilizing open-standards-based protocols,” wrties Justin Conway. So, the differences between the two include:

  • Open standards based protocol and not proprietary! WebSockets vs. WCF
  • Hybrid Connections is cross platform, using Windows, Linux or any platform that supports WebSockets
  • Hybrid Connections supports .NET Core, JavaScript/Node.js, and multiple RPC programming models to achieve your objectives

In a post today, Microsoft pusblished how a large-Ssale analysis of DNS query logs reveals botnets in the Cloud with Azure Security Center.

Cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting compute resources by deploying a type of malware, known as “bots,” in virtual machines (VMs) that run in the cloud. By some estimates, one out every 10,000 virtual machines is part of a known botnet.

Azure Security Center (ASC) offers an effective bot-spotting tool to protect your VMs in the cloud. ASC applies a novel and supervised machine-learning model for high-precision bot detection based on analysis of domain name server (DNS) query logs.

This model achieves 95 percent precision and 43 percent recall – and can detect botnets, or “zombies,” before anti-malware companies report them, writes the Azure Security team.

Botnets in the cloud reveals Azure Security Center

Power BI Mobile apps get March updates including a new Q&A feature, 3D touch integration and more features are rolled out on Monday.

A new Q&A feature in preview in Power BI Mobile apps allows users to ask questions about their data in their own words, and then provide feedback on the answers provided.

Other Power BI Mobile improvements in March include 3D touch integration and the extension of support to Android devices for connecting as many as five different SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) servers at a time.

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