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Open-source Azure Media Services Live Monitoring Dashboard Now on GitHub and More

Azure Media Services Live Monitoring Dashboard, an open-source release, is posted and available to public on GitHub.

The Live Monitoring Dashboard is a .NET C# web app that “enables Azure Media Services customers to view the health of their channel and origin deployments,” writes Dwyane George. “This dashboard is backed by a SQL database that reads telemetry data from Azure storage account, and every 30 seconds all views within the dashboard are automatically refreshed with the latest telemetric data,” George adds.

In the illustration below, you can see the account-level view of the Live Monitoring Dashboard. Explaining the dashboard fucntionality he said, “upper left pane highlights each deployment’s health status with a different status code color.” And the “ingest, archive, origin, and encode telemetry entities are denoted by i, a, o, and e abbreviations respectively.” Each color of the indicator summarizes whether an entity is currently impacted—where, a “green denotes healthy, orange indicates mildly impacted, red indicates unhealthy, and gray indicates inactive,” he said.

Adding he notes, that “modifing of the thresholds for which the flags are raised from the storage account can be done using a JSON configuration file.” From the right pane, “you can drill down into the detailed views for each deployment by clicking on the active status squares.”

  • Channel detailed view provides incoming bitrate, discontinuity count, overlap count, and bitrate ratio data for a given channel.
  • Archive detailed view provides bitrate, dropped fragment count, and dropped fragment rate for the archive entities backing each track.
  • Origin detailed view provides request count, bytes sent, server latency, end-to-end (E2E) latency, request ratio, bandwidth, and data output utilization ratio for a given origin.
  • Encode detailed view provides the health status for inputs, transcoders, output, and overall health.

Azure Media Services (AMS) Live Monitoring Dashboard Overview

Also, Microsoft doubled the write performance across all Azure SQL Database offers, and additionally have doubled the read performance for Premium databases. “The increased performance will allow for price optimization of existing workloads as well as for onboarding of even more demanding workloads to the platform,” writes Jan Engelsberg.

“It’ll benefit bulk inserts, heavy batched data manipulation and index maintenance operations. You may notice up to double the logical insert throughput or 1/2 of the previous response times,” added Engelsberg.

These performance upgrades come with no price change and are available world-wide. In general, “if your Premium workload is below 50% DTU utilization now, you may be able to run in the next lower Premium performance level.”

Microsoft’s other Cloud Platform release announcements for January 2017 include:

At the CES, Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform was announced as a Pre-Announce Public Preview, which is built on top of Azure cloud and other Microsoft technologies and designed to empower auto manufacturers to speed up bringing connected and differentiated driving experiences to their customers.

Kafka for Azure HDInsight, a pass-through authentication, provided by Azure Active Directory, is in public preview.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse supports creation of secondary B-Tree indexes on column store table is generally available now worldwide in all regions.

There is often a need to look for a ‘needle in a haystack’ which translates to a query that does a lookup of a single row or a small range of rows. Such look up queries can get orders of magnitude (even 1000x) improvement in response time and potentially run in sub-second if there is a B-Tree index on the filter column.

Azure DocumentDB is now generally available in more regions including South Korea and the UK. “DocumentDB is a fast, global-scale NoSQL service for building highly available, globally distributed apps.”

Microsoft also introducing Azure DocumentDB ChangeFeed functionality that can be used to listen for modifications to data within DocumentDB collections. “It can also be used to perform actions such as triggering a call to an API when a document is inserted or modified, performing real-time processing on updates, and synchronizing data in DocumentDB with a cache, search engine, or data warehouse,” writes Microsoft.

Microsoft also said that they have “removed waiting list for signups to Visual Studio Mobile Center Preview.” “All previously waitlisted users have been admitted to the program, and new registrants will be able to use the service right away,” writes the company.

“Visual Studio Mobile Center is mission control for mobile apps, brings together all the cloud and lifecycle services that help developers deliver high quality apps faster. With Mobile Center, developers can build, test, distribute, and monitor apps and easily add backend cloud services to scale to millions of users on demand.”

The Preview currently supports following services:

  • Build apps automatically with every pull request
  • Test apps on thousands of real-world devices
  • Distribute passing builds to beta testers
  • Monitor apps for crashes and bugs
  • Learn about real world usage with mobile analytics
  • Connect to a mobile backend for automatic scaling and to add important cloud services like offline data sync, tabular data storage, and end-user authentication services
  • To get started, users can connect using their existing Microsoft or Github credentials at mobile.azure.com.

Now generally available for Azure Government, Av2-Series virtual machines include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

These virtual machines are available in standard memory options in 1, 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB, and in higher memory options in 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB.

The general availability of Azure disk encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS VMs in Azure Government cloud regions announced today made the “Azure disk encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS Standard tier VMs (Std A, D, DS, G, GS etc series) generally available in all Azure Gov cloud regions to enable customers to protect the OS and data disk at rest using industry standard encryption technology.”

Azure Disk Encryption is a capability that lets you encrypt your Windows and Linux IaaS VM disks.

SQL Server Stretch Database is now generally available today in Azure Government. A part of SQL Server 2016, “it enables you to selectively, securely and transparently migrate your on-premises cold or historical data, to Azure Government.”

It also allows you to free up disk space and reduce your enterprise storage costs, without impacting your existing business operations and applications.

Azure Regions in Australia (East and Southeast) are now available to Azure customers around the world through the Azure portal and APIs as part of their existing subscriptions. “The Microsoft Azure regions in Australia – Australia East and Australia Southeast – have been available since October 2014 with restrictions on which customers could access these regions.”

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