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Azure.Source – Volume 86

Read the latest announcements about Azure Maps, our machine-learning tools, how we give clinicians the right data, and more.

News and updates


Microsoft hosts HL7 FHIR DevDays

One of the largest gatherings of healthcare IT developers will come together on the Microsoft campus June 10-12 for HL7 FHIR DevDays, with the goal of advancing the open standard for interoperable health data, called HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, pronounced “fire”). Microsoft is thrilled to host this important conference, and engage with the developer community on everything from identifying immediate use cases to finding ways for all of us to hack together in ways that help advance the FHIR specification.

Announcing self-serve experience for Azure Event Hubs Clusters

For businesses today, data is indispensable. Innovative ideas in manufacturing, health care, transportation, and financial industries are often the result of capturing and correlating data from multiple sources. Now more than ever, the ability to reliably ingest and respond to large volumes of data in real time is the key to gaining competitive advantage for consumer and commercial businesses alike. To meet these big data challenges, Azure Event Hubs offers a fully managed and massively scalable distributed streaming platform designed for a plethora of use cases from telemetry processing to fraud detection.

A look at Azure’s automated machine learning capabilities

The automated machine learning capability in Azure Machine Learning service allows data scientists, analysts, and developers to build machine learning models with high scalability, efficiency, and productivity all while sustaining model quality. With the announcement of automated machine learning in Azure Machine Learning service as generally available last December, we have started the journey to simplify artificial intelligence (AI). We are furthering our investment for accelerating productivity with a new release that includes exciting capabilities and features in the areas of model quality, improved model transparency, the latest integrations, ONNX support, a code-free user interface, time series forecasting, and product integrations.

Technical content


Securing the hybrid cloud with Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel

Infrastructure security is top of mind for organizations managing workloads on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid. Keeping on top of an ever-changing security landscape presents a major challenge. Fortunately, the power and scale of the public cloud has unlocked powerful new capabilities for helping security operations stay ahead of the changing threat landscape. Microsoft has developed a number of popular cloud based security technologies that continue to evolve as we gather input from customers. This post breaks down a few key Azure security capabilities and explain how they work together to provide layers of protection.

Customize your automatic update settings for Azure Virtual Machine disaster recovery

In today’s cloud-driven world, employees are only allowed access to data that is absolutely necessary for them to effectively perform their job. The ability to hence control access but still be able to perform job duties aligning to the infrastructure administrator profile is becoming more relevant and frequently requested by customers. When we released the automatic update of agents used in disaster recovery (DR) of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), the most frequent feedback we received was related to access control. The request we heard from you was to allow customers to provide an existing automation account, approved and created by a person who is entrusted with the right access in the subscription. You asked, and we listened!

Azure Stack IaaS – part nine

Before we built Azure Stack, our program manager team called a lot of customers who were struggling to create a private cloud out of their virtualization infrastructure. We were surprised to learn that the few that managed to overcome the technical and political challenges of getting one set up had trouble getting their business units and developers to use it. It turns out they created what we now call a snowflake cloud, a cloud unique to just their organization. This is one of the main problems we were looking to solve with Azure Stack. A local cloud that has not only automated deployment and operations, but also is consistent with Azure so that developers and business units can tap into the ecosystem. In this blog we cover the different ways you can tap into the Azure ecosystem to get the most value out of IaaS.

What is the difference

What is the difference between Azure Application Gateway, Load Balancer, Front Door and Firewall?

Last week at a conference in Toronto, an attendee came to the Microsoft booth and asked something that has been asked many times in the past. So, this blog post covers all of it here for everyone’s benefit. What are the differences between Azure Firewall, Azure Application Gateway, Azure Load Balancer, Network Security Groups, Azure Traffic Manager, and Azure Front Door? This blog offers a high-level consolidation of what they each do.

Azure shows

Five tools for building APIs with GraphQL | Five Things

Burke and Chris are back and this week they’re bringing you five tools for building API’s with GraphQL. True story, they shot this at the end of about a twelve hour day and you can see the pain in Burke’s eyes. It’s not GraphQL he doesn’t like, it’s filming for six straight hours. Also, Chris picks whistles over bells (because of course he does) and Burke fights to stay awake for four minutes.

Microservices and more in .NET Core 3.0 | On .NET

Enabling developers to build resilient microservices is an important goal for .NET Core 3.0. In this episode, Shayne Boyer is joined by Glenn Condron and Ryan Nowak from the ASP.NET team who discuss some of the exciting work that’s happening in the microservice space for .NET Core 3.0.

Interknowlogy mixes Azure IoT and mixed reality | The Internet of Things Show

When mixed reality meets the Internet of Things through Azure Digital Twins, a new way of accessing data materializes. See how Interknowlogy mixes Azure IoT and Mixed Reality to deliver not only stunning experiences but also accrued efficiency and productivity to workforce.

Bring DevOps to your open-source projects: Top three tips for maintainers | The Open Source Show

Baruch Sadogurksy, Head of Developer Relations at JFrog, and Aaron Schlesinger, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft and Project Athens Maintainer, talk about the art of DevOps for Open Source. Balancing contributor needs with the core DevOps principles of people, process, and tools. You’ll learn how to future-proof your projects, avoid the dreaded Bus Factor, and get Aaron and Baruch’s advice for evaluating and selecting tools, soliciting contributor input and voting, documenting processes, and so much more.

Episode 282 – Azure Front Door Service | The Azure Podcast

Cynthia talks with Sharad Agrawal on what Azure Front Door Service is, how to choose between Azure Front Door Service, CDN, Azure Traffic Manager and App Gateway, and how to get started.

Atley Hunter on the Business of App Development | Azure DevOps Podcast

In this episode, Jeffrey and Atley are discussing the business of app development. Atley describes some of the first apps he’s ever developed, some of the most successful and popular apps he’s ever created, how he’s gone about creating these apps, and gives his tips for other developers in the space.

Industries and partners

Empowering clinicians with mobile health data: Right information, right place, right time

Improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs depends on healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, and specialized clinician ability to access a wide range of data at the point of patient care in the form of health records, lab results, and protocols. Tactuum, a Microsoft partner, provides the Quris solution that empowers clinicians with access to the right information, the right place, at the right time, enabling them to do their jobs efficiently and with less room for error.

Building a better asset and risk management platform with elastic Azure services

Elasticity means services can expand and contract on demand. This means Azure customers who are on a pay-as-you-go plan will reap the most benefit out of Azure services. Their service is always available, but the cost is kept to a minimum. Together with elasticity, Azure lets modern enterprises migrate and evolve more easily. For financial service providers, the modular approach lets customers benefit from best-of-breed analytics in three key areas. Read the post to learn what they are.

Symantec’s zero-downtime migration to Azure Cosmos DB

How do you migrate live, mission-critical data for a flagship product that must manage billions of requests with low latency and no downtime? The consumer business unit at Symantec faced this exact challenge when deciding to shift from their costly and complex self-managed database infrastructure, to a geographically dispersed and low latency managed database solution on Azure. The Symantec team shared their business requirements and decision to adopt Azure Cosmos DB in a recent case study.