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Microsoft Greatly Invests in Terraform on Azure, Increases Services Offering

Microsoft iincreases investment in Terraform with closely partnering with HashiCorp, a well-known voice in the DevOps and cloud infrastructure management space.

With this partnership, the company plans to offer an increasing number of services directly supported by Terraform, including Azure Container Instances, Azure Container Service, Managed Disks, Virtual Machine Scale Sets and othersm, writes Corey Sanders.

“As customers increase their deployed applications in Azure, we are seeing a growing interest in DevOps tooling on Azure,” Sanders says. “We also see customers looking to deploy applications across multiple environments, including hybrid and multicloud deployments while using the same tooling and enabling the same DevOps experiences.”

Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL, in public preview are now available through Central and West India data centers, it was announced Thursday.

Developers can now choose and deploy database on Azure from an even wider number of geographies without the complexity of managing and administering databases.” In addition, it’s also now possible to seamlessly migrate existing apps without any changes and continue using existing tools.

azure database for mysql in india
Azure database for MySQL in India

“The Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL, built using community edition of MySQL and PostgreSQL database offers built-in high availability, security and scaling on the fly with minimal downtime, all with an inclusive pricing model that enables developers to simply focus on developing apps,” writes the team.

The avaailability of Imanis Data cloud migration and backup for big data apps on Azure HDInsight, was announced Thursday—provides “a data management software, that allows users to migrate data, add backup and restore functionality for their big data applications.”

“This combined offering of Imanis Data on HDInsight and integration with Azure Blob Storage and Data Lake Store enables customers to migrate to cloud faster, protect critical data assets from application or human error,” writes program manager.

Azure Analysis Services now supports the shared On-Premises Data Gateway, which is used with Power BI, Flow, Logic Apps and PowerApps, Microsoft announced Thursday.

The shared gateway lets users associate many services to one gateway, making connectivity management much easier—for example, “users can configure multiple Azure Analysis Services servers to use same gateway just by associating each one to the same gateway.”

To start using shared gateway, you must first download and set up the On-Premises Data Gateway by running the gateway installer on a local computer. You can use same settings and trouble shooting steps as for the Power BI On-premises Data Gateway, since it is the same gateway!

Also, on Thursday, an update to Power BI On-premises data gateway is now available, and includes the improvements such as:

  • Support for IBM Netezza connector
  • Default to TLS 1.1/1.2
  • Increased timeout for On-Premises data gateway requests
  • Updated version of the Mashup Engine

The new version of the gateway can be downloaded over here.

On-premises Data Gateway in Azure Analysis Services

The general availability of Java client library version 1.0.0 for Azure Service Bus, announced, allows customers to enjoy a solid Java experience with Azure Service Bus as it comes complete with native functionality.

Additionally, the Java client 8 is also now on par with .NET Standard client library 1.3, and when used, you will notice feature parity and full support for interacting with Azure Service Bus, the team said.

Microsoft also made generally available .NET Standard Client version 1.3 for Azure Service Bus, that comes wirh support for .NET Core and .NET framework.

Addditionally, it also supports Mono/Xamarin for cross-platform application development.

Over 500 public extensions are now available in Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Marketplace as of this week, and up to 30 new ones are being added each month, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Here is a quick list of the some of these extensions, for hundreds of extensions, check the VSTS Marketplace:

  • AWS Tools for Visual Studio Team Services, allow you to deploy to AWS as part of VSTS Build or Release pipelines and work with a number of AWS resources including S3 buckets, CloudFormation stacks, Elastic Beanstalk Deployments and Lambda functions with dedicated tasks or you can invoke the AWS command line tools to do most other AWS functions.
  • Ansible, an open-source IT automation engine can configure systems, deploy software and orchestrate application deployments. It uses Playbooks which express configurations, deployment, and orchestration steps in YAML format. Each Playbook maps a group of hosts to a set of roles.
  • Chef tasks available in VSTS Marketplace provide a set of tasks to automate commonly performed build and release activities when using Chef Automate platform. Additionally, you can also create own Chef Automate server by launching one from the Azure Marketplace.
  • Docker containers now support a broad container including Linux as well as Windows containers. Any container registry, from Docker Hub to Azure Container Registry. Also, recently Native support for Kubernetes Orchestrator is added, too.
  • Google Play, also support for major device platforms like Android, iOS and Windows store to automate packaging, signing and delivery of mobile applications is available, too.

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