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Azure Event Hubs Powerful Platform for Streaming Demands and More

The Azure Event Hubs team introducing an offering for dedicated, single-tenant deployments – the same offering, in fact, that powers “Halo 5” on Xbox One, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Office client application telemetry pipelines.

“Event Hubs Dedicated Capacity will meet your highest-scale telemetry and streaming demands,” ,” writes Justin Conway. At full scale, “Azure Event Hubs can ingress more than 2 million events per second or up to 2 gigabytes per second of telemetry,” Conway says.

It offers all features of the Event Hubs Standard plan in a single-tenant runtime so that your streams will never be affected by bursts in traffic volumes and provide you with a tried-and-true performance,” says Conway. Other benefits such as “single-tenant hosting, larger message size and zero maintenance” are included as well.

The preview of Azure Analysis Services, which is built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, is now available in North Central US and Brazil South.

With Azure Analysis Services (if don’t know) “you can host semantic data models in the cloud. Users in your organization can then connect to your data models using tools like Excel, Power BI, and many others to create reports and perform ad-hoc data analysis.”

Each week, the Windows Server Team will highlight a new product feature from the Hybrid Cloud Platform in a series of “Demo Tuesday” features, and this week the series kicks off with a look at Nano Server.

“In the cloud, every gigabyte not used is money saved. So, rather than 13.2 GB, Nano Server has a ridiculously small disk footprint of 500 MB,” the team writes. “It’s a new installation option designed specifically to provide infrastructure services for the cloud. You get only what you need and nothing more. We call it ‘just enough OS’ and it’s ideal for many cloud scenarios.”


Power BI Sales Management solution template for Salesforce now supports Azure Data Factory. So now you can embed super compelling reports in Salesforce that provide the analytics and visualizations that Power BI.

“Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that orchestrates and automates the movement and transformation of data from cloud and on-premise sources. And, it’s configured to pull data from Salesforce and populate Azure SQL DB to source a collection of Power BI reports.”

“And the solution template with Data Factory moves data efficiently. When first installed, the solution template is “aware” of your customizations and brings your custom fields. These aren’t on the initial reports but it’s a simple matter to extend the initial set of reports. If you make changes later and create other custom fields, our documentation shows how to accommodate this as well,” explained BI team.

Below is a consolidated list of the Microsoft Cloud Platform release announcements for January 25, 2017:

  • Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services | Public Preview
  • Power BI service | GA
  • Azure Machine Learning | New Region – West Central US
  • SQL Server v.Next (Windows, Linux, and Docker) | Public Preview
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security | Releases
  • StorSimple Virtual Device Series in the new Azure portal, provide customers an enhanced user experience with improved navigation, optimized workflows for task completion, integrated support and diagnostics experiences, and support for inbuilt Azure roles and ability to manage access through custom roles amongst others.

    Customers will be transitioned to the new portal in phases starting mid-December.

    DocumentDB .NET Core SDK is now fully Xamarin compatible and can be used to build applications that target iOS and Android. Azure DocumentDB also supports policy driven IP-based access controls via the Azure Portal and SDKs for inbound firewall support.

    Power BI Desktop features are now available to business analysts as it reaches general availability. The new features such as:

    • Enhancements to Report view: make sure your visuals are lined up for a pixel-perfect report with these new features: table header and word wrap, table & matrix conditional formatting improvement – users can now control how blanks are conditionally formatted on tables and matrices, new aggregations for string and DateTime columns, and phone reports.
    • Users can now utilize Visual Studio Team Services connector, as well as enhanced SQL Server connector that includes support for SQL Failover option.
    • Query editing improvements: new transform: extract values from a nested list.

    The technical preview of Power BI reports in SQL Server Reporting Services can now be accessed via a pre-configured virtual machine image, which is available in the Azure Marketplace. In addition to trying the VM in Azure, you can now download the software and install it on your own on-premises VM or server.

    Power BI Service features are now generally available to end users and business analysts in the month of January including:

    • Email subscriptions ability let users subscribe to receive email snapshots of report pages.
    • New Power BI action in Flow, adds rows to a streaming dataset via REST API.
    • Auditing Global Preview expands to other countries as well with exception of the sovereign clouds.
    • Power BI Specific Admin role: The new Power BI role in AAD to manage Power BI, can be assigned using Powershell or the Office 365 admin portal. Before this change, only global administrators could access the Power BI Admin portal.
    • Power BI Pro is now available in Microsoft Cloud Germany, customers who sign up will be on a separate instance of BI delivered from German datacenters with a dedicated network operating inside Germany, ensuring their data reside in Germany and a designated German data trustee, T-Systems International, controls access to it; customers in the EU and EFTA can store and manage customer data in compliance with applicable German laws and regulations as well as key international standards, and Microsoft cannot access customer data without approval from and supervision by the German data trustee or customer.

    Sign in to powerbi.microsoft.com to experience the new features immediately.

    Azure Machine Learning is now generally available in the West Central United States (WCUS) Azure region. With this, you can create new workspaces and experiments in the WCUS region, of course.

    Azure ML is now available in the following regions: “United States for East US2, South Central US, NEW: West Central US, Europe for West Europe and Germany Central, Asia Pacific for Japan East and Southeast Asia.”

    Next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available for download on both Windows and Linux.

    In CTP 1.2, part of our rapid preview model, we added support for SUSE Linux Enterprise and implemented bug fixes. You can try these previews in your development and test environments, or apply to join the SQL Server Early Adoption Program to get support for implementing SQL Server v.Next in a production environment.

    Data Anonymization for Cloud Discovery is now generally available and Cloud App Security SIEM integration is in public preview—”enables customers to protect user privacy.” “Once the data log is uploaded to Cloud App Security portal, the log is sanitized and all username information is replaced with encrypted usernames. This way, all cloud activities are kept anonymous.”

    “Microsoft Cloud App Security provides deeper visibility, stronger controls and enhanced threat protection for organization’s cloud apps.”

    SIEM integration in public preview can now be integrated with Cloud App Security to enable centralized monitoring of alerts and activities. “Integrating App Security with a SIEM service allows you to better protect your cloud applications while maintaining your usual security workflow, automating security procedures and correlating between cloud-based and on-premises events.”

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