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Azure IoT Hub Integrated with Azure Monitor and Azure Resource Health

Customers can start monitoring rich, frequent data about Internet of Things (IoT) operations with Azure IoT Hub, now fully integrated with Azure Monitor and Azure Resource Health.

The service also delivers actionable and relevant guidance to reduce the time you spend diagnosing and troubleshooting IoT issues, writes the team.

Azure IoT Hub is a fully managed service that enables reliable and secure bidirectional communications between millions of IoT devices and a solution back end.

The public preview of Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL is now available in Canada (Central and East) and Brazil (Brazil South) data centers, so app developers can choose from an even larger number of geographical regions and deploy their favorite database on Azure, without the complexity of managing and administering the databases.

The Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL, built using community editions of MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, offers built-in high availability, security, and scaling on the fly with minimal downtime. This is achieved with an inclusive pricing model that enables developers to simply focus on developing apps.

Creating an Azure Database for MySQL in Canada or Brazil

In addition, devs can seamlessly migrate their existing apps without any changes and continue using existing tools.

Azure Building Blocks, which are a set of tools and Azure Resource Manager templates that are designed to simplify deployment of Azure resources are also now available.

The Microsoft patterns & practices team is working on a set of Azure Building Block tutorials on GitHub to help you master their use.

Microsoft also announced a preview support for Java for Azure Functions, with included support for popular Java tools like Maven, Jenkins, and IDEs such as IntelliJ, Eclipse, as well as Visual Studio Code.

Serverless computing enabled by Azure Functions provides great benefits for cost, productivity and innovation. Developers want to be able to reap these benefits while working with their favorite programming languages and development tools.

Microsoft Power BI simplified embedding visualizations into apps through capacity-based tiers. Partners and developers can choose between using our visuals and creating their own. They can expose insights to their customers by connecting to countless data sources, and easily manage the needs of their apps and consumption of the service.

The availability of Node.js SDK for Application Insights 1.0, brings maturity to the project along with improvements in performance, reliability, and stability, you can now:

  • Monitor your Node.js apps and services in production. Find issues before your users report them such as bugs and performance bottlenecks.
  • Gather telemetry data from your Node.js app.
  • Monitor connected services with Application Map, including databases (MongoDB, Redis, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and more) and popular NPM packages, out-of-the-box.
  • Works everywhere—virtual machines on Azure and on-premises, Azure Web Apps on Linux, Internet-of-Things devices, and even desktop apps built with Electron.
  • Application Insights SDK for Node.js is available today, and is published on GitHub and NPM as an open source project.

Also, Node.js migration and support services from nearForm are now available to Azure customers and provide enterprise-grade support. This partnership includes services for:

  • Migration of Node.js apps and services to Azure.
  • Developer support for production apps and services.
  • Technology consulting—migration to micro services-based architectures, code reviews, Node.js apps performance.
  • Helping businesses migrate to a SaaS model.

Customers interested in the migration and developer services can request a quote from nearForm directly.

Azure API Management Analytics PowerBI Solution Template is now available, and allows you to create engaging, customizable dashboards that illustrate traffic flowing through Azure API Management instance.

The template offers a variety of pages to help manage API activity, including:

  • At-a-glance provides a summary of traffic and KPIs.
  • API Calls offers detailed insights into specific APIs, subscriptions, and time periods.
  • Errors helps you identify possible concerns in your API gateway.
  • Call Frequency highlights unseen patterns in your traffic.
  • Relationships illustrates calls that are likely to come sequentially, providing intelligence regarding how developers are using your APIs.

Durable Functions public preview, an Azure Functions extension for building long-running, stateful function orchestrations in code using C# in a serverless environment is available as well and allow developers to implement new scenarios, including complex chaining scenarios, fan in/fan out patterns, stateful actors, and scenarios with long callbacks.

New pricing tier for Azure Event Hubs Dedicated will come in effective November 13, 2017, and introduces hourly fixed pricing. This new tier will be available to both EA and Direct via the web customers.

The Event Hubs Dedicated service offers single-tenant deployments for customers with the most demanding requirements. Key benefits of the service include: Support for message sizes up to 1MB, Guaranteed capacity to meet peak needs, Message retention for 7 days without any additional cost, and leverages the Capture feature of Event Hubs, allowing a single stream to support real-time and batch based pipelines.

Azure Event Hubs is a hyper-scale telemetry ingestion service that collects, transforms, and stores millions of events. As a fully managed service, it lets you focus on getting value from your telemetry rather than on gathering the data.

Customers can also now take advantage of free time-bound access offer for Azure Cosmos DB without requiring an Azure subscription, so you can more easily evaluate Azure Cosmos DB at no cost to you.

Managed preview of private zones, a key feature addition to Azure DNS, provides a reliable, secure DNS service to manage and resolve names in a virtual network (VNet), without the need for you to create and manage custom DNS solution is available today.

You can use your company domain rather than Azure-provided names, as it provides name resolution for virtual machines (VMs) within a VNet and across VNets.

Additionally, you can configure zones names with a split-horizon view, allowing for a private and a public DNS zone to share the same name. Zone and record management is done using the already familiar PowerShell. Support for Rest API, CLI, and Portal will be announced soon.

Azure App Gateway WAF (Web Application Firewall) is an application delivery controller service that offers various Layer 7 (HTTP/HTTPS) load balancing and WAF capabilities to Azure customers.

Support for IPv6 for Azure Application Gateway available now, let customers to connect to Application Gateway using either IPv4 or IPv6 protocols. IPv6 support is available in select regions. Support for remaining regions will be announced in coming weeks.

Azure Files share snapshots preview allow you to periodically create a read-only copy of the data in an entire file share to use as a baseline for a new file share. A file share may have up to 200 snapshots, and persist until they are explicitly deleted.

File share snapshots provide a point in time “picture” of the contents of a cloud file share. Only the incremental changes to individual files in the share will be written to the snapshot. It can also be used as a means of providing a cloud-based version of the file recovery capabilities that users know and love.

Azure File share snapshots use a cloud version of the SMB “Previous Versions” functionality found in client and server versions of Windows. Customers can create or delete share snapshots using REST API, Client Library, PowerShell, CLI, and Azure Portal.

Azure Batch AI preview helps you train deep learning and other machine learning models using GPU and CPU clusters.

Batch AI Preview supports both standard and low priority virtual machines, and there’s no additional charge for using Batch AI Service Preview beyond the underlying compute and other resources consumed.

As present only Linux virtual machines in the East US region are supported in the preview.

The final service pack release for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4 (SP4) released to customers contains hotfixes as well as more than 20 improvements centered around performance, scalability, and diagnostics, and includes additional monitoring capabilities through enhancements in DMV, Extended Events, and Query Plans. Learn more in the recent SQL Server 2012 SP4 post on the SQL Server Blog.

Visual Studio 2017 now available with added support for Windows Fall Creators Update, .NET Standard 2.0 support for UWP development, and a new Windows Application packaging project to help pack any Windows project into an .appx container for distribution through the Windows Store.

Xamarin Live enables you to continuously deploy, test, and debug your apps directly on iOS and Android devices.

Finally, a new update to Visual Studio for Mac available today with Docker support for ASP.NET Core apps, Android 8.0 Oreo support for apps using Xamarin, as well as .NET Core 2.0 installation from within the Visual Studio for Mac installer.

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