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Now customers can select Linux clusters when deploying big data workloads to Azure. You can also more easily move existing Apache Hadoop workloads into the cloud, plus access an expanded set of big data components to run in the service. HDInsight, our managed Hadoop-as-a-service offering, brings the power of this open source, big data ecosystem to Azure in an integrated, managed, and supported way. By offering Linux clusters, we’re enhancing the opportunity for customers to gain insights from the massive amounts of data being created in the cloud. HDInsight Linux clusters are updated, monitored, and operated by Azure, enabling customers to focus on queries and data, not machine management or Hadoop patching. Built on Ubuntu and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.2, HDInsight on Linux clusters can be deployed today by registering for the public preview.
Maximize mobile apps usage and revenue with Azure Mobile Engagement – a SaaS-delivered, data-driven user engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, and contextually-aware smart push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices. It closes the marketing loop for app developers and marketers allowing them to get directly in touch with all of their customers in a personal, contextually-aware and non-intrusive way, and at the right time.
Row-Level Security is a programmable security feature that can be implemented in databases to enable fine-grained access over rows in a table for greater control over which users can access which data. This allows for more flexibility and data protection when multiple users or applications need to access different records in the same database tables. Row-Level Security can help organizations more easily meet organizational or industry compliance policies. Row-Level Security is managed at the database level and requires SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Server Data Tools to implement and manage.
Microsoft Azure Key Vault offers an easy, cost-effective way to safeguard keys and other secrets in the cloud using Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). Protect cryptographic keys and small secrets like passwords with keys stored in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). For added assurance, import or generate your keys in HSMs certified to FIPS 140-2 level 2 and Common Criteria EAL4+ standards, so that your keys stay within the HSM boundary. Key Vault is designed so that Microsoft does not see or extract your keys. Developers can create new keys for dev/test in minutes and migrate seamlessly to production keys managed by security operations. Key Vault scales to meet the demands of your cloud applications without the hassle required to provision, deploy and manage HSMs and key management software.
This preview introduces the next-generation of the SQL Database service. The capabilities in this preview bring near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility and more Premium performance to the SQL Database service. Key improvements include; support for larger databases with online indexing and parallel queries, improved T-SQL support with common language runtime and XML index, and support for in-memory columnstore index. The preview enrollment experience occurs in the new Azure portal.
Application Insights is an all-in-one telemetry solution which can help you detect issues, solve problems and continuously improve your web applications. It is designed to be an integral part of your development process and provides real time, 360° views of your apps across availability, performance and usage. You can take advantage of the powerful data exploration tools for swift, proactive & reactive issue handling. You can also understand how your users are using your application and make informed decisions to focus your investment where it matters most.
Azure Operational Insights, is an analysis service that enables IT administrators to gain deep insight into their cloud and on premises environments. Azure Operational Insights enables customers to interact with real-time and historical machine data to rapidly develop custom insights, and provides Microsoft and community-developed patterns for analyzing data. Azure Operational Insights provides powerful search capabilities that enable ad-hoc root cause analysis and automated troubleshooting across multiple data sources. Without instrumenting any code directly or having knowledge of any complex schema IT admins quickly receive interactive results.
Azure Batch makes it easy to run large-scale parallel and HPC applications in the cloud. Batch is a new platform service that makes it easy to cloud-enable your applications and run jobs without setting up and managing a cluster and job scheduler. Use the SDK to integrate client applications with Azure Batch through a variety of languages, stage data to Azure, and build job execution pipelines. You can use Azure Batch as part of workflows, and to deliver self-service applications as a service.
Data Factory gives organizations an agile way to manage the production of trusted information from a diverse set of on-premises and cloud data sources by offering an easy way to create, orchestrate and manage data processing pipelines over a range of transformation services . Organizations can easily connect to data in their on-premises SQL Server implementations and in Azure storage. They can choose from custom C# transformations or Hive and Pig scripts running on an HDInsight Hadoop implementation to transform their source data into easily consumable trusted data assets to drive business insights.
Azure Files allows Virtual Machines (VMs) in an Azure Data Center to mount a shared file system using the SMB protocol. These VMs will then be able to access the file system using standard Windows file APIs (CreateFile, ReadFile, WriteFile, etc.). Many VMs (or Platform as a Service (PaaS) roles) can attach to these file systems concurrently, allowing you to share persistent data easily between various roles and instances. In addition to accessing your files through the Windows file APIs, you can access your data using the Files REST API, which is similar to the familiar Blob interface.
Quickly and easily create customized billing alerts that help you monitor and manage billing activity for your Azure accounts.
Dynamic Data Masking for Azure SQL Database to help further protect unauthorized access to sensitive data. Dynamic Data Masking is a policy-based security feature that helps limit the exposure of data in a database by returning masked data to non-privileged users who run queries over designated database fields, like credit card numbers for example. The actual data on the database is not changed and the data masking is done on-the-fly as queries are processed.
"The actual data on the database is not changed and the data masking is done on-the-fly as queries are processed. Dynamic Data Masking is available on the V12 version of SQL Database, learn more about upgrading."
Mobile Apps in Azure App Service offer highly scalable, globally available mobile application development platform for Enterprise Developers and System Integrators that brings a rich set of capabilities to mobile apps. Azure App Service makes it easy to quickly build, deploy and scale an enterprise-grade mobile app backend in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. Azure App Service streamlines development, deployment, and management of applications in a managed cloud environment.
API Apps in Azure App Service provide the ability to discover, host, manage and monetize API’s and SaaS connectors on a modern, feature rich, scalable, and globally available cloud platform. Azure App Service is a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offering for Enterprise Developers and System Integrators that brings a rich set of capabilities to web app development. Azure App Service streamlines development, deployment, and management of applications in a managed cloud environment.
Logic apps enable you to develop and deliver powerful integration solutions with ease by automating business processes and integrating with your SaaS and enterprise applications. They can be used to connect to on-premises data and visually create business processes and workflows.
Got VMware? Get Azure Site Recovery (ASR). Leverage the power of Azure with ASR to replicate your VMware and/or Physical servers to Azure. With a single heterogeneous solution, reduce operational overhead and expenses by using Azure as your recovery site, eliminating the need for a second site. With a pay-as-you-go model, robust class leading features, the ability to support Physical, VMware and Hyper-V workloads, ASR makes Azure the defacto choice for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Azure Site Recovery for VMware and Physical servers is currently in Public preview. Sign up here to try it out.
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