Monthly updates for April 2016
We've released a marketplace template for easy implementation of a Parse Server on Azure, integrating Azure App Service, Notification Hubs, Storage, and DocumentDB, with a site extension for the Parse Dashboard.
The Azure Batch service has added Linux VM support.
Azure DevTest Labs enables a new way to create VMs: through formulas. A formula is a template that captures all the settings that you specify when you create a lab VM. It provides all the benefits to make VM provisioning even more productive and flexible.
HDInsight enables Script Action–based customizations to live, running clusters.
Azure ExpressRoute Premium tier has three distinct advantages over the non-Premium version of the service: global connectivity, a larger number of virtual networks, and a larger number of routes (private and public peering).
Azure Machine Learning supports Azure SQL Data Warehouse as a data source and a destination.
You can use Azure Cosmos DB global databases to replicate data across multiple Azure regions and achieve low-latency access with well-defined data consistency, along with 99.99 percent availability.
Customers can switch their Pay-As-You-Go subscription to another offer via the Azure Account Center.
Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs available to developers to make their applications more intelligent and engaging.
Azure HDInsight can run 100 percent open-source R to do machine learning and has new updates on the latest Hadoop and Spark components from Hortonworks.
Azure Storage Service Encryption is now available for Azure Blob Storage (block and page blobs) upon request for any new storage account created through Azure Resource Manager.
Azure Data Catalog is an enterprise-wide metadata catalog that stores, describes, indexes, and shows how to access any registered data asset.
We are excited to announce a new pricing option for Azure Cosmos DB, offering greater flexibility in optimizing cost and performance.
Target availability: Q4 2016
This is a follow-up reminder to our announcement last year regarding the retirement plan.
Azure Service Fabric has reached general availability (GA) and is ready for production workloads. Service Fabric helps developers build, deploy, and operate microservice architecture applications reliably and at scale.
You can use the Service Fabric for Windows Server preview to create a multi-machine Service Fabric cluster in your own datacenter or in other public clouds.
You can use the private preview of Service Fabric on Linux to build, deploy, and manage highly available, highly scalable applications in a Linux environment just as you would on Windows.