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January 2020

13 Jan

Azure HDInsight TLS 1.2 Enforcement

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q1 2020

Starting on 30 June 2020, Azure HDInsight will enforce TLS 1.2 or later versions for all HTTPS connections. We recommend that you ensure that all of your clients are ready to handle TLS 1.2 or later versions.

  • HDInsight
7 Jan

Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region.

  • HDInsight
6 Jan

Minimum virtual machine sizing for Azure HDInsight cluster head nodes

NOW AVAILABLE

Beginning 6 April 2020, customers will be able to choose only 4-core or higher virtual machines (VMs) as head nodes for the new HDInsight clusters. Existing clusters will continue to run as expected.

  • HDInsight

November 2019

22 Nov

Azure HDInsight – Simplify NSG rules management using service tags

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight now supports the use of service tags to simplify inbound network security group (NSG) rule management. Azure service tags group multiple IP addresses under a single user friendly tag. Administrators need to only create rules by referring to the tags while Microsoft takes the responsibility of keeping the IP addresses up to date. Administrators maintaining Azure HDInsight clusters can now benefit from this manageability improvement.

  • HDInsight
7 Nov

Azure HDInsight – Autoscale is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Autoscale for Azure HDInsight is now generally available across all regions for Apache Spark and Hadoop workloads. This feature makes it possible to operate your big data analytics workloads in a more cost-efficient and productive way, so you can drive higher use of your HDInsight clusters and only pay for what you need.

  • HDInsight
6 Nov

HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write-ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.

  • HDInsight
6 Nov

Azure HDInsight now enables you to customise Azure SQL Database for Ambari

NOW AVAILABLE

A new Azure HDInsight capability enables you to customise and upgrade your Azure SQL Database for Apache Ambari during cluster creation.

  • HDInsight
5 Nov

Azure HDInsight – Restrict outbound network traffic clusters by using Firewall

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The integration of Azure HDInsight and Azure Firewall, in order to restrict outbound traffic from the cluster to unauthorised destinations, is now generally available.

  • HDInsight
  • Azure Firewall

September 2019

30 Sep

Azure HDInsight G-series VMs deprecation – Migrate before 31 October 2019

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight will deprecate G-series virtual machines (VMs) on 31 October 2019. After this date, you won’t be able to create any new clusters using G-series VMs or to scale up clusters having G-series nodes.

  • HDInsight
23 Sep

Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is now generally available. This enables administrators to easily manage their HDInsight clusters using simple Azure CLI commands.

  • HDInsight

July 2019

8 Jul

Apache Spark 2.4 and Apache Kafka 2.1 support on Azure HDInsight

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight now supports Apache Spark 2.4 and Apache Kafka 2.1. You can choose the Spark or the Kafka version that you want during cluster creation in the Azure portal. Both updates come with several new features, hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.

  • HDInsight

June 2019

26 Jun

Security Advisory: Patching Azure HDInsight clusters to address Linux Kernel TCP vulnerabilities

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight has updated against the vulnerabilities that affect the Linux kernel.

  • HDInsight
20 Jun

HDInsight Tools for VSCode: Enhanced PySpark Interactive Query

We are pleased to announce the integration of VSCode Python extension to handle PySpark interactive for HDInsight in VSCode. The Azure HDInsight Tools for VSCode leverages the Python extension to…

  • HDInsight
19 Jun

HDInsight Tools for VSCode: Hive table preview

HDInsight for VSCode continues to boost the experience of Hive users with self-service exploratory capabilities. The HDInsight explorer in VSCode not only empowers you to browse Hive databases across…

  • HDInsight

May 2019

9 May

Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

We’ve corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services that affected EA customers only.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • HDInsight
  • Virtual Machines
6 May

HBase accelerated writes in Azure HDInsight is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

HBase accelerated writes significantly improves the value proposition for low-latency, high-throughput NoSQL workloads.

  • HDInsight
  • Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight
  • Apache Storm for HDInsight
6 May

Autoscale for Azure HDInsight is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Autoscale which automatically scales your Spark, Hive or MapReduce HDInsight clusters up or down based on load or a pre-defined schedule, is now in preview.

  • HDInsight

April 2019

24 Apr

Changes to HDInsight cluster configuration access

NOW AVAILABLE

We are introducing some important changes to support more fine-grained, role-based access to sensitive configuration information from HDInsight clusters. As part of these changes, some user action may be required.

  • HDInsight
23 Apr

Azure HDInsight is now available in China East 2

IN DEVELOPMENT

Four regions are available in China: China East, China North, China North 2 and China East 2.

  • HDInsight
17 Apr

Apache Hadoop 3 on Azure HDInsight 4.0 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

New features in Hadoop 3 provide significant improvements to performance, stability and availability, helping reduce total cost of ownership and accelerating time-to-value.

  • HDInsight
  • Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight

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