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This cloud helps the Special Olympics redefine winning

The Games Management System hosted by Azure is the backbone of the Special Olympics operation. It scales to help instantly deliver performance and health data for 4.8 million athletes globally. Learn more.

Azure Data Factory generally available

Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that automates data movement and transformation. You can quickly create, deploy, schedule and monitor data-flow pipelines with new tools and features, including a Visual Studio plug-in for authoring; integration with Azure Machine Learning and Azure Batch; enhanced Azure HDInsight integration with Apache HCatalog and on-demand cluster management; new data connectors for cloud and on-premises stores; and globally deployed data movement as a service.

Row-Level Security for Azure SQL Database generally available

Row-Level Security for Azure SQL Database is a programmable security feature customers can implement in databases for fine-grained access control over rows in a table. This helps customers determine which users can access what data. It also helps allow for more flexibility and data protection when multiple users or applications need access to different records in the same database tables. Row-Level Security can help organisations more easily meet their internal or industry compliance policies. Row-Level Security management takes place at the database level and can leverage familiar tools such as SQL Server Management Studio or SQL Server Data Tools for setup and maintenance.

G-Series and GS-Series VMs available in multiple new regions

The G-Series, now available in the West Europe region, provides more memory and more local solid-state drive (SSD) storage than other Azure virtual machines (VMs). In addition, the G-Series delivers unparalleled computational performance using the Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family – ideal for your most demanding applications. A G-Series variant, the GS-Series now supports Premium storage across the East US 2, West US and West Europe regions. GS-Series VMs enable resource-intensive applications with the fastest processors, the most memory and the highest Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS) storage disk performance compared to any other series.

Azure Premium Storage generally available in Japan East

Azure Premium Storage is an SSD-based storage solution designed to support I/O-intensive workloads. With Premium Storage, you can add up to 32 TB of persistent storage per VM, with more than 64,000 IOPS per VM and extremely low latencies for read operations. Offering a service-level agreement (SLA) for 99.9 per cent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the Japan East region, as well as other regions previously announced.

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AzureCon: Be the first to see what's next with Azure

Add AzureCon to your calendar – it starts on 29 September 2015, at 9.00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7). Top engineers will discuss easy-to-adopt technologies and cutting-edge innovation, and current customers will share best practices and their experiences with Azure to accelerate time to market, stand out from the competition and reduce costs. Don’t miss the live keynote speeches and question and answer sessions with the architects and engineers who are building the latest features and capabilities. More than 50 easy-to-consume technical deep-dive sessions will help you accelerate your journey to the cloud. Join us!

Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight

Azure Friday’s Scott Hanselman learns all about Apache Spark, the unified, open-source, parallel data-processing framework for big data analytics that brings together batch processing, real-time processing, stream analytics, machine learning and interactive SQL. Plus, Azure makes Spark work as an SaaS solution. Watch now.

Online edX course: Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials

Learn data science essentials with experts from MIT and the industry, partnering with Microsoft and edX – a massive open online course (MOOC) platform to help develop your career as a data scientist. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to build and derive insights from data science and machine learning models. You’ll learn key concepts in data acquisition, preparation, exploration and visualisation, along with examples on how to build a cloud data science solution using Azure Machine Learning, R and Python. Register now for this edX MOOC online course that starts on 24 September 2015.

On demand: Using XML in SQL Server and Azure SQL Database

A commonly used data format, XML often stores and communicates the data structures used by applications. This free on-demand course explores how SQL Server and SQL Database provide built-in XML support to help application developers combine relational and XML data structures at the database level. Watch the course.

On demand: Building Linux-based Solutions on Azure

If you run an open-source infrastructure and you’re looking for a public cloud solution to fit your environment, make sure you watch this on-demand training. Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and four Azure Compute engineers show you how easy and efficient it is to build Linux-based solutions on Azure. (In fact, 20 per cent of VMs on Azure run Linux!) You’ll discover options you can use to build, deploy and manage your Linux infrastructure on Azure in this demo-rich course. Watch now.

Free e-book – Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers

This free Microsoft Press e-book provides essential information about developing web apps hosted on the Azure Web Apps feature in Azure App Service. Web Apps is a fully managed platform you can use to build mission-critical web apps that are highly available, secure and scalable to global proportions. Written for the developer who has experience using Visual Studio and the .NET Framework, this e-book will guide you through the development, deployment and configuration tasks common to building cloud apps. Download the e-book.

On demand: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Watch this course and get help in preparing for Exam 70-532. Learn to design solutions for scale, and get practical and accelerated training on the skills and technical tasks verified by the exam. Go from implementation to understanding, as you get exam ready and learn to set up enterprise-grade projects.

Cloud Cover: API Apps feature in Azure App Service

In this episode, find out what Azure App Service is and how it combines complementary pieces into a single uniform platform. Then, learn how API Apps provides extended metadata for APIs (written in any language) for easier consumption and distribution.

You may also enjoy the Cloud Cover episode on Oxford APIs which includes discussion about machine learning, and Twins or Not, along with a demo on organising photos.

On demand: Azure RemoteApp Core Skills

IT pros: If you’re interested in remote application management, enterprise mobility and Windows 10, make sure that you watch this exploration of Azure RemoteApp. Build your Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) core skills, and find out how to increase productivity and #EMMpower a unified environment. Watch now.

Register for this free EMS webinar

Enterprise mobility is a hot topic for most IT pros these days. Learn how to configure Azure RemoteApp to provide user access to applications in this webinar on 25 August 2015. You’ll see how to implement Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) solutions within your organisation, as well as watching a live demo on setting up Azure RemoteApp to provide employee access to Windows and line-of-business applications on a variety of devices. Each of our 30-minute webinars includes a high-level overview, demo and live question-and-answer session. Register for this webinar now, or watch any of the other webinars in the series on demand.

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Be Inspired

Telecommunications company turns to the cloud for a new service that boosts customer loyalty in a crowded market

Telecommunications company AXTEL sees cloud services as a way to better serve its customers and differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive market. When AXTEL wanted to create Lifesaver backup and disaster recovery service quickly and cost-effectively, it turned to white-label services from Microsoft and Seagate. The company estimates it saved half the cost and 80 per cent of the time of developing and building its own solution.
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Software company gains global growth and multi-platform support with Azure

To meet its global growth plans, The Next Up wanted to move its vehicle dealer sales automation solution to the cloud. It chose Azure for its rich services, auto-scaling and support for a wide range of platforms. This helped the company extend its global reach and product functionality. Using Visual Studio and Xamarin for Visual Studio, its developers created native iOS and Android versions of The Next Up mobile app from one C# code base, substantially shortening time to market.

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Visit Marketplace


Open Source IoT on Azure from Canonical and DataArt

Canonical and DataArt partnered to deliver DeviceHive, a robust Internet of Things (IoT) and big data open-source platform, available now in Azure Marketplace. DeviceHive integrates with Canonical’s Snappy Ubuntu Core and Juju Charms to connect industrial equipment to the cloud, stream and batch real-time data analytics, and ultimately help predict device failure, so appropriate maintenance can be performed beforehand. Azure Machine Learning capabilities, as well as integration with Microsoft Dynamics, would allow for an end-to-end predictive maintenance solution. View the demo showcased at Microsoft BUILD 2015 and learn more about upcoming IoT on Azure events by Canonical and DataArt.

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Azure Marketplace

Featured: CommVault provides a heterogeneous data management software solution

CommVault – the Microsoft 2014 Server Platform Partner of the Year and a 2015 finalist in both the Data Platform and the Modern Data Centre: Hybrid categories – provides a heterogeneous data management software solution, built and optimised from the ground up on a single platform for hybrid and Azure-integrated data. This solution includes eDiscovery, search, backup, restore, deduplication, encryption and migration from VMware to Hyper-V and/or Azure, including VMDK to VHD. All devices, servers, endpoints and applications leverage the same back-end technologies to provide users and administrators with simple, microscopic access to online, near-line (archived) and offline (deleted) data. This solution is used by the Microsoft Office Products Group, Xbox and Xbox Live, plus Azure and Microsoft Global Foundation Services – so scale and Azure integration are complete.

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New: Citrix NetScaler helps apps run better, optimises user experience

The version of Citrix NetScaler VPX in Azure Marketplace today fully supports XenApp in Azure and is an all-in-one web application delivery controller that helps applications run five times better, reduces web application ownership costs, optimises the user experience and makes sure that applications are always available. NetScaler VPX combines high-speed load balancing and content switching, HTTP compression, content caching, SSL acceleration, application flow visibility and a powerful application firewall into an integrated, easy-to-use platform. NetScaler VPX also provides users with secure remote access to XenApp in Azure across a range of devices including laptops, desktops, thin clients, tablets and smart phones. Future releases of NetScaler will support additional functionality for use beyond XenApp in Azure deployments. Read the NetScaler on Azure solution brief and watch the customer testimonial video.

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New: Dell Statistica, advanced analytics platform

Dell Statistica is an advanced analytics platform that helps organisations predict the future, optimise processes, reduce costs and increase revenue. Dell Statistica simplifies big data analytics and streamlines implementation and deployment, as well as extracting actionable insights from text. Line-of-business users get easy access to data aggregation and preparation, along with predictive analytics and data mining, forecasting, text analytics, interactive visualisations and data discovery, as well as model monitoring and deployment.

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