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Bot Framework and Azure Bot Service updates deliver increased developer productivity

The newest release of the open source Bot Framework brings new capabilities to help developers easily build and deliver bots across more channels. Capabilities include SDK for Microsoft Teams, new language support with Java SDK and skills integration for Power Virtual Agents. In addition, new tooling simplifies the process of building a bot, enabling developers to create a bot using a graphical user interface.

Accelerating the machine learning lifecycle

Preview the new Azure Machine Learning capabilities that help streamline the building, training and deployment of machine learning models.  The new capabilities include ML designer, automated ML enhancements, and built-in notebooks that help customers of all skill levels build and deploy models using Python and now also R.  New MLOPs capabilities help customers accelerate the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle.

Autonomous systems preview expansion and new partnerships

We are expanding the limited preview of our autonomous systems platform and inviting more developers and engineers to test the platform, as well as enterprise customers and partners interested in creating intelligent systems that operate in the real world with trusted autonomy. Through machine teaching, the platform allows engineers with little or no expertise in data science to specify desired outcomes or behaviors.

Azure Cognitive Search updates help enterprises enhance the developer experience

Formerly called Azure Search, Azure Cognitive Search is making it easier for enterprises to ingest, enrich and search their structured and unstructured information. New updates include data connectors, additional built-in skills and expanded region availability. Azure Cognitive Search’s built-in AI capabilities enrich all types of content to easily identify and explore relevant content at scale.

Continuing innovation in Azure Cognitive Services 

We are announcing several Azure Cognitive Service innovations, now offered in preview and general availability. Personaliser, the industry’s first AI service that allows businesses to create rich customer interactions by prioritising relevant content and experiences, is now generally available. We are also debuting previews of new Customer Neural Voice, text analytics and feedback loop capabilities in Form Recogniser.

Open-source ML.NET 1.4 makes machine learning more accessible to .NET developers

ML.NET is an open-source, cross-platform framework that makes machine learning accessible for .NET developers. The latest release adds image classification training with the ML.NET application program interface (API), as well as a relational database loader API for reading data used for training models with ML.NET. A new preview of the Visual Studio Model Builder extension supports image classification training from a graphical user interface.

Azure FarmBeats accelerates data-driven farming

The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Farmers and other food producers must find ways to sustainably grow and deliver ever larger quantities of nutritious food. Digital technology could help, but its adoption is limited. To accelerate data-driven farming, Microsoft is pouring years of industry-leading research into an Azure-based offering called FarmBeats.

Analytics

Azure Synapse Analytics brings limitless analytics to the enterprise

Azure Synapse Analytics brings together traditional data warehousing and big data analytics. It gives enterprises the freedom to query data on their terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources—at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning applications.

Blockchain

Azure Blockchain enhancements help accelerate adoption in the enterprise

Democratising complex technologies and empowering anyone with an idea to build software have been central to our blockchain investment road map. Our announcements at Microsoft Ignite are designed to accelerate blockchain adoption in the enterprise. These include a new managed service to simplify tokenisation, investments in off-ledger data management and expansion of ledger choice and developer productivity.

Compute

Streamlined developer experience for Azure Kubernetes Service

New capabilities in Dev Spaces make developing on AKS more seamless. Connect enables developers to run and debug services locally while remaining connected to other cloud services in the context of an application running on AKS. And integration of GitHub Actions allows developers to automatically create and review applications before any changes are merged into the repository's main branch. Both features are now available in preview.

Windows Server on Azure: Announcing Windows Admin Center version 1910 GA

Microsoft’s continuous innovation provides customers with the best Windows Server experience across Azure and on-premises. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing general availability of Windows Admin Center version 1910. Highlights include integration with Azure Security Center, easier extension of on-premises server environments to Azure and a new preview of Performance Monitoring features to track and troubleshoot server and VM performance.

SQL Server 2019 delivers intelligence over all your data 

SQL Server 2019 enables enterprises to gain intelligence over all their data, both structured and unstructured, by combining the power of the new Big Data Clusters capability with enhanced data virtualisation. These powerful additions to the product enable enterprises to not only store and query big data at scale, but also combine it with customer data wherever it may reside (SQL Server, Oracle, Mongo, PostgreSQL, etc.).

Azure Kubernetes Service – easier diagnostics and logging

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) diagnostics, now available in preview, provides a guided and interactive experience to help customers diagnose and solve potential issues with AKS clusters.  AKS diagnostics analyses backend telemetry from AKS clusters and then benchmarks that information with specific AKS domain knowledge and best practices, all packaged in a user-friendly interface.

Azure Spring Cloud preview

To build Spring-based applications, Java developers typically use Spring Boot to get started with minimal upfront configuration and Spring Cloud to bring resilience, reliability and coordination to their microservices. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing the preview of Azure Spring Cloud, a fully managed Spring Cloud service jointly built and operated with Pivotal.

Preview of Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure Stack Hub extends hybrid capabilities

Businesses today need both data sovereignty and data gravity. Building on the hybrid capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is announcing a preview of WVD on Azure Stack Hub at Microsoft Ignite. In this fully connected scenario, the management plane remains in Azure, while the Host Pools running workloads remain on Azure Stack Hub.

Threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service

To help customers better harness security insights and best practices, Microsoft is announcing that Azure Security Center is expanding support for threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service. Now in public preview, the new capabilities include continuous discovery of managed AKS instances within Security Center is registered subscriptions, actionable items to help customers maintain security best practices and host and cluster-based threat analytics.

AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub now generally available

Simplifying the provisioning, deployment, and lifecycle management is important for application developers and IT architects. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub. Customers now can deploy and manage the lifecycle of their Kubernetes clusters on Azure Stack Hub with a single tool and no longer must set up intricate orchestration for the cluster deploy, upgrade and scale processes.

Azure Monitor for containers: Hybrid Monitoring preview, Prometheus Support now generally available

Monitoring containers is critical, especially when running a production cluster, at scale, with multiple applications. Azure Monitor for containers is designed to monitor the performance of container workloads deployed to either Azure Container instances or managed Kubernetes clusters hosted on AKS. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two new Azure Monitor for containers features, hybrid monitoring and support for Prometheus.

Azure Bastion: A fully managed PaaS service providing secure access to VMs, now generally available

Customers who connect to workloads and virtual machines on private networks face increased security risks. Exposing network assets to the public internet through Remote Desktop Protocol and Secure Shell makes it harder to manage and protect them. Microsoft is announcing the general availability of Azure Bastion, a fully managed PaaS service that provides more secure RDP and SSH access to virtual machines directly through the Azure Portal.

Containers

Streamlined developer experience for Azure Kubernetes Service

New capabilities in Dev Spaces make developing on AKS more seamless. Connect enables developers to run and debug services locally while remaining connected to other cloud services in the context of an application running on AKS. And integration of GitHub Actions allows developers to automatically create and review applications before any changes are merged into the repository's main branch. Both features are now available in preview.

Azure Kubernetes Service – easier diagnostics and logging

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) diagnostics, now available in preview, provides a guided and interactive experience to help customers diagnose and solve potential issues with AKS clusters.  AKS diagnostics analyses backend telemetry from AKS clusters and then benchmarks that information with specific AKS domain knowledge and best practices, all packaged in a user-friendly interface.

On-demand pricing and Azure Monitor Log Analytics integration for Azure Red Hat OpenShift 

With new hourly pricing for Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can now spin up and spin down clusters without committing to reserved instances for a full year in advance. Additionally, in preview, Azure Red Hat OpenShift clusters are now integrated with Azure Monitor Log Analytics so that customers can view their application and cluster logs in one integrated platform. 

Open Container Initiative artifacts support in Azure Container Registry

In addition to storing Docker container images and Helm charts, Azure Container Registry, generally available, can now store Open Container Initiative (OCI) artifacts and images built to the OCI Image Format Specification. Customers will now be able to use a single registry for all their container-related artifacts.

Threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service

To help customers better harness security insights and best practices, Microsoft is announcing that Azure Security Center is expanding support for threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service. Now in public preview, the new capabilities include continuous discovery of managed AKS instances within Security Center is registered subscriptions, actionable items to help customers maintain security best practices and host and cluster-based threat analytics.

AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub now generally available

Simplifying the provisioning, deployment, and lifecycle management is important for application developers and IT architects. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub. Customers now can deploy and manage the lifecycle of their Kubernetes clusters on Azure Stack Hub with a single tool and no longer must set up intricate orchestration for the cluster deploy, upgrade and scale processes.

Azure Monitor for containers: Hybrid Monitoring preview, Prometheus Support now generally available

Monitoring containers is critical, especially when running a production cluster, at scale, with multiple applications. Azure Monitor for containers is designed to monitor the performance of container workloads deployed to either Azure Container instances or managed Kubernetes clusters hosted on AKS. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two new Azure Monitor for containers features, hybrid monitoring and support for Prometheus.

Databases

Azure Arc: Extended Azure management and security to any infrastructure

Businesses face increasingly complex environments, including thousands of apps, diverse hardware and infrastructure and multiple clouds. Customers need to enable innovation and developer agility; operate disparate environments at scale; and ensure integrated security. Azure Arc enables Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure for unified management, governance and control across clouds, datacenters and edge.

Azure Data Services Preview: Run Azure data services anywhere

Azure Arc is enabling Azure data services anywhere, so that customers can run software such as Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale on any infrastructure. Transforming the way data is managed, Azure Data Services takes a traditionally complex process and turns it into a deployment that takes only seconds. Customers gain more insights in real time, unlocking AI across the datacenter, edge and up to the cloud.

Develop once and deploy anywhere with Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is now available in preview. The simplicity of incorporating data streaming, time series analytics and storage with AI capabilities in a small-footprint container greatly reduces the complexity in edge architecture and implementation. Users can develop their application once and deploy it anywhere across the edge, their datacente and Azure. Customers can download in the Azure portal in regions where Azure IoT Edge is available.

Azure Cloud Databases: Investments in limitless performance and scale

Driving digital transformation increasingly depends on our ability to manage massive amounts of data and harness its potential. We are pleased to expand the limitless data estate with the general availability of Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale. Hyperscale (powered by Citus Data technology) brings high-performance scaling to PostgreSQL database workloads by horizontally scaling a single database across hundreds of nodes to deliver blazingly fast performance and scale.

Azure Cloud Databases launch more flexible purchasing options to maximise TCO

We are announcing more flexible purchasing options across our relational and nonrelational databases to provide the best value for cloud workloads, irrespective of choice of database. Azure SQL Database serverless is now generally available. Offered as a new compute tier, Azure SQL DB serverless simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage.

Developer Tools

Visual Studio Online: Anywhere access for more developer productivity

Visual Studio Online brings together Visual Studio, cloud-hosted developer environments and a web-based editor that’s accessible from anywhere to help developers be more productive than ever.   Visual Studio Online’s cloud-hosted environments, as well as extension support for Visual Studio Code and the web UI, are now available in preview.

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3 

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 is now available and includes improvements to app development using containers, CMake project guidance and code analysis using C++ and vertical layout for document tabs. In addition to other general performance improvements and bug fixes, the preview provides developers with early access to the latest features and improvements not yet available in the main release channel.

Azure Bastion: A fully managed PaaS service providing secure access to VMs, now generally available

Customers who connect to workloads and virtual machines on private networks face increased security risks. Exposing network assets to the public internet through Remote Desktop Protocol and Secure Shell makes it harder to manage and protect them. Microsoft is announcing the general availability of Azure Bastion, a fully managed PaaS service that provides more secure RDP and SSH access to virtual machines directly through the Azure Portal.

DevOps

Visual Studio Online: Anywhere access for more developer productivity

Visual Studio Online brings together Visual Studio, cloud-hosted developer environments and a web-based editor that’s accessible from anywhere to help developers be more productive than ever.   Visual Studio Online’s cloud-hosted environments, as well as extension support for Visual Studio Code and the web UI, are now available in preview.

On-demand pricing and Azure Monitor Log Analytics integration for Azure Red Hat OpenShift 

With new hourly pricing for Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can now spin up and spin down clusters without committing to reserved instances for a full year in advance. Additionally, in preview, Azure Red Hat OpenShift clusters are now integrated with Azure Monitor Log Analytics so that customers can view their application and cluster logs in one integrated platform. 

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3 

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 is now available and includes improvements to app development using containers, CMake project guidance and code analysis using C++ and vertical layout for document tabs. In addition to other general performance improvements and bug fixes, the preview provides developers with early access to the latest features and improvements not yet available in the main release channel.

Azure Monitor for containers: Hybrid Monitoring preview, Prometheus Support now generally available

Monitoring containers is critical, especially when running a production cluster, at scale, with multiple applications. Azure Monitor for containers is designed to monitor the performance of container workloads deployed to either Azure Container instances or managed Kubernetes clusters hosted on AKS. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two new Azure Monitor for containers features, hybrid monitoring and support for Prometheus.

Azure Monitor: Network Insights and faster processing in Traffic Analytics

Azure Monitor empowers customers to diagnose issues, view metrics and enable or disable logs for resources in an Azure virtual network. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two enhancements. Network Insights, in preview, is a single console that provides health information and other data across customer networking resources in the cloud. Traffic Analytics, an existing solution now provides faster insights by processing data at 10-minute intervals.

Hybrid

Azure Arc: Extended Azure management and security to any infrastructure

Businesses face increasingly complex environments, including thousands of apps, diverse hardware and infrastructure and multiple clouds. Customers need to enable innovation and developer agility; operate disparate environments at scale; and ensure integrated security. Azure Arc enables Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure for unified management, governance and control across clouds, datacenters and edge.

Azure Data Services Preview: Run Azure data services anywhere

Azure Arc is enabling Azure data services anywhere, so that customers can run software such as Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale on any infrastructure. Transforming the way data is managed, Azure Data Services takes a traditionally complex process and turns it into a deployment that takes only seconds. Customers gain more insights in real time, unlocking AI across the datacenter, edge and up to the cloud.

Develop once and deploy anywhere with Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is now available in preview. The simplicity of incorporating data streaming, time series analytics and storage with AI capabilities in a small-footprint container greatly reduces the complexity in edge architecture and implementation. Users can develop their application once and deploy it anywhere across the edge, their datacente and Azure. Customers can download in the Azure portal in regions where Azure IoT Edge is available.

Azure Cloud Databases: Investments in limitless performance and scale

Driving digital transformation increasingly depends on our ability to manage massive amounts of data and harness its potential. We are pleased to expand the limitless data estate with the general availability of Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale. Hyperscale (powered by Citus Data technology) brings high-performance scaling to PostgreSQL database workloads by horizontally scaling a single database across hundreds of nodes to deliver blazingly fast performance and scale.

Azure Cloud Databases launch more flexible purchasing options to maximise TCO

We are announcing more flexible purchasing options across our relational and nonrelational databases to provide the best value for cloud workloads, irrespective of choice of database. Azure SQL Database serverless is now generally available. Offered as a new compute tier, Azure SQL DB serverless simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage.

Windows Server on Azure: Announcing Windows Admin Center version 1910 GA

Microsoft’s continuous innovation provides customers with the best Windows Server experience across Azure and on-premises. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing general availability of Windows Admin Center version 1910. Highlights include integration with Azure Security Center, easier extension of on-premises server environments to Azure and a new preview of Performance Monitoring features to track and troubleshoot server and VM performance.

Azure Stack Edge: New form factors and features extend edge computing benefits

Azure Stack Edge is an AI-enabled edge-computing device with network data transfer capabilities. This hardware-as-a-service cloud-managed device comes with a built-in FPGA that enables accelerated AI-inferencing and has all the capabilities of a storage gateway. Microsoft is introducing previews of several new features and form factors that bring edge computing benefits to both net new applications as well as brownfield virtual machine-based applications.

Visual Studio Online: Anywhere access for more developer productivity

Visual Studio Online brings together Visual Studio, cloud-hosted developer environments and a web-based editor that’s accessible from anywhere to help developers be more productive than ever.   Visual Studio Online’s cloud-hosted environments, as well as extension support for Visual Studio Code and the web UI, are now available in preview.

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3 

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 is now available and includes improvements to app development using containers, CMake project guidance and code analysis using C++ and vertical layout for document tabs. In addition to other general performance improvements and bug fixes, the preview provides developers with early access to the latest features and improvements not yet available in the main release channel.

Azure FarmBeats accelerates data-driven farming

The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Farmers and other food producers must find ways to sustainably grow and deliver ever larger quantities of nutritious food. Digital technology could help, but its adoption is limited. To accelerate data-driven farming, Microsoft is pouring years of industry-leading research into an Azure-based offering called FarmBeats.

Availability of BC/DR foundational pattern for connecting multiple Azure Stack Hub systems

Microsoft Azure Stack Hub is an extension that lets customers deliver Azure services from their own datacenter or consume them directly from a service provider. To help customers better protect their IaaS virtual machine-based applications, Microsoft is announcing the availability of BC/DR foundational pattern for Azure Stack Hub in the first half of calendar year 2020.

Azure data services—Arc—available in preview on Azure Stack Hub

Microsoft is announcing a preview of Azure data services (Arc) modern cloud database management capabilities on Azure Stack Hub. Azure Stack Hub is an ideal environment for Azure Arc with integrated support for hardware and software infrastructure and services deployment optimisation. Azure Stack Hub customers can deploy Azure Arc on Azure Stack Hub and offer self-service provisioning and management of SQL Server managed instances.

Preview of Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure Stack Hub extends hybrid capabilities

Businesses today need both data sovereignty and data gravity. Building on the hybrid capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is announcing a preview of WVD on Azure Stack Hub at Microsoft Ignite. In this fully connected scenario, the management plane remains in Azure, while the Host Pools running workloads remain on Azure Stack Hub.

Azure Security Center enhances management of cloud security posture

Misconfigurations are a top risk for cloud workloads. Azure Security Center provides customers with a bird’s-eye view across their Azure environment, enabling continuous monitoring and improvement of their security posture. Microsoft is announcing security management enhancements including Secure score simplified, support for custom policies in preview, additional regulatory compliance standards in preview and general availability of Quick Fix for bulk resources.

Expanded threat protection for your cloud resources in Azure Security Center

Azure Security Center’s threat protection enables threat detection across a wide variety of services from IaaS layer to PaaS resources in Azure such as IoT and App Service and finally with on-premises virtual machines. And, Azure Security Center’s findings can now be streamlined to Microsoft’s cloud SIEM offering—Azure Sentinel—for investigation, threat hunting and correlation with signals from other security solutions.

Advanced data security for SQL Server on Azure virtual machines

Strong data security is a foundational attribute of Microsoft cloud services. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing two important security enhancements for SQL databases running on IaaS virtual machines in preview: Azure Security Center’s support for vulnerability assessment and advanced threat protection.

Threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service

To help customers better harness security insights and best practices, Microsoft is announcing that Azure Security Center is expanding support for threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service. Now in public preview, the new capabilities include continuous discovery of managed AKS instances within Security Center is registered subscriptions, actionable items to help customers maintain security best practices and host and cluster-based threat analytics.

Implement security faster with Azure Security Center

At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing Azure Security Center platform enhancements to help customers leverage security findings at enterprise scale. New capabilities include workflow automation with Azure Logic Apps, advanced integrations to support continuous export and improved reporting for alerts and recommendations.

AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub now generally available

Simplifying the provisioning, deployment, and lifecycle management is important for application developers and IT architects. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub. Customers now can deploy and manage the lifecycle of their Kubernetes clusters on Azure Stack Hub with a single tool and no longer must set up intricate orchestration for the cluster deploy, upgrade and scale processes.

Integration

Azure Arc-enabled API Management helps organisations manage APIs across any environment

Microsoft is releasing Azure Arc-enabled API Management, now available in preview, which helps organisations manage APIs across any environment, including hybrid and multi-cloud. It consists of a containerised API gateway that can be deployed in any environment, while still allowing users to manage all their APIs within the Azure API Management plane.

Internet of Things

Develop once and deploy anywhere with Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is now available in preview. The simplicity of incorporating data streaming, time series analytics and storage with AI capabilities in a small-footprint container greatly reduces the complexity in edge architecture and implementation. Users can develop their application once and deploy it anywhere across the edge, their datacente and Azure. Customers can download in the Azure portal in regions where Azure IoT Edge is available.

Accelerating the machine learning lifecycle

Preview the new Azure Machine Learning capabilities that help streamline the building, training and deployment of machine learning models.  The new capabilities include ML designer, automated ML enhancements, and built-in notebooks that help customers of all skill levels build and deploy models using Python and now also R.  New MLOPs capabilities help customers accelerate the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle.

Autonomous systems preview expansion and new partnerships

We are expanding the limited preview of our autonomous systems platform and inviting more developers and engineers to test the platform, as well as enterprise customers and partners interested in creating intelligent systems that operate in the real world with trusted autonomy. Through machine teaching, the platform allows engineers with little or no expertise in data science to specify desired outcomes or behaviors.

Open-source ML.NET 1.4 makes machine learning more accessible to .NET developers

ML.NET is an open-source, cross-platform framework that makes machine learning accessible for .NET developers. The latest release adds image classification training with the ML.NET application program interface (API), as well as a relational database loader API for reading data used for training models with ML.NET. A new preview of the Visual Studio Model Builder extension supports image classification training from a graphical user interface.

Azure FarmBeats accelerates data-driven farming

The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Farmers and other food producers must find ways to sustainably grow and deliver ever larger quantities of nutritious food. Digital technology could help, but its adoption is limited. To accelerate data-driven farming, Microsoft is pouring years of industry-leading research into an Azure-based offering called FarmBeats.

Azure Arc-enabled API Management helps organisations manage APIs across any environment

Microsoft is releasing Azure Arc-enabled API Management, now available in preview, which helps organisations manage APIs across any environment, including hybrid and multi-cloud. It consists of a containerised API gateway that can be deployed in any environment, while still allowing users to manage all their APIs within the Azure API Management plane.

Management and Governance

Azure Arc: Extended Azure management and security to any infrastructure

Businesses face increasingly complex environments, including thousands of apps, diverse hardware and infrastructure and multiple clouds. Customers need to enable innovation and developer agility; operate disparate environments at scale; and ensure integrated security. Azure Arc enables Azure services anywhere and extends Azure management to any infrastructure for unified management, governance and control across clouds, datacenters and edge.

On-demand pricing and Azure Monitor Log Analytics integration for Azure Red Hat OpenShift 

With new hourly pricing for Azure Red Hat OpenShift, customers can now spin up and spin down clusters without committing to reserved instances for a full year in advance. Additionally, in preview, Azure Red Hat OpenShift clusters are now integrated with Azure Monitor Log Analytics so that customers can view their application and cluster logs in one integrated platform. 

New advanced capabilities make Azure governance easier

Microsoft is working to deliver advanced governance capabilities in Azure and continuously improving those capabilities based on customer feedback. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is introducing new capabilities that help make governance easier on Azure, including the public preview of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Engine and Key Vault policy, custom RBAC support for MGs, subscription tagging and Azure Cost Management for partners on MCA.

Azure Monitor for containers: Hybrid Monitoring preview, Prometheus Support now generally available

Monitoring containers is critical, especially when running a production cluster, at scale, with multiple applications. Azure Monitor for containers is designed to monitor the performance of container workloads deployed to either Azure Container instances or managed Kubernetes clusters hosted on AKS. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two new Azure Monitor for containers features, hybrid monitoring and support for Prometheus.

Azure Monitor: Network Insights and faster processing in Traffic Analytics

Azure Monitor empowers customers to diagnose issues, view metrics and enable or disable logs for resources in an Azure virtual network. At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft is announcing two enhancements. Network Insights, in preview, is a single console that provides health information and other data across customer networking resources in the cloud. Traffic Analytics, an existing solution now provides faster insights by processing data at 10-minute intervals.

Mobile

Open-source ML.NET 1.4 makes machine learning more accessible to .NET developers

ML.NET is an open-source, cross-platform framework that makes machine learning accessible for .NET developers. The latest release adds image classification training with the ML.NET application program interface (API), as well as a relational database loader API for reading data used for training models with ML.NET. A new preview of the Visual Studio Model Builder extension supports image classification training from a graphical user interface.

Visual Studio Online: Anywhere access for more developer productivity

Visual Studio Online brings together Visual Studio, cloud-hosted developer environments and a web-based editor that’s accessible from anywhere to help developers be more productive than ever.   Visual Studio Online’s cloud-hosted environments, as well as extension support for Visual Studio Code and the web UI, are now available in preview.

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3 

The latest preview of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 is now available and includes improvements to app development using containers, CMake project guidance and code analysis using C++ and vertical layout for document tabs. In addition to other general performance improvements and bug fixes, the preview provides developers with early access to the latest features and improvements not yet available in the main release channel.

Azure Arc-enabled API Management helps organisations manage APIs across any environment

Microsoft is releasing Azure Arc-enabled API Management, now available in preview, which helps organisations manage APIs across any environment, including hybrid and multi-cloud. It consists of a containerised API gateway that can be deployed in any environment, while still allowing users to manage all their APIs within the Azure API Management plane.

Networking

Centrally configure and govern network traffic with Azure Firewall Manager

customers to centrally govern and log all their traffic flows using a DevOps approach. Microsoft is announcing Azure Firewall Manager, a new service now in preview, that provides enterprise customers with a single pane of glass to centrally configure multiple Azure Firewall instances in a hub-and-spoke architecture.

Azure Peering Service: Optimise and future-proof connectivity to Microsoft SaaS services

We are announcing the preview of Azure Peering Service at Microsoft Ignite, an answer for customers looking for an internet-first network strategy when accessing SaaS services such as Office 365 or other SaaS services running on Azure. By partnering with service providers, customers get the best possible internet traffic routing for optimal and future-proof connectivity to Microsoft.

Azure Bastion: A fully managed PaaS service providing secure access to VMs, now generally available

Customers who connect to workloads and virtual machines on private networks face increased security risks. Exposing network assets to the public internet through Remote Desktop Protocol and Secure Shell makes it harder to manage and protect them. Microsoft is announcing the general availability of Azure Bastion, a fully managed PaaS service that provides more secure RDP and SSH access to virtual machines directly through the Azure Portal.

Security

Windows Server on Azure: Announcing Windows Admin Center version 1910 GA

Microsoft’s continuous innovation provides customers with the best Windows Server experience across Azure and on-premises. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing general availability of Windows Admin Center version 1910. Highlights include integration with Azure Security Center, easier extension of on-premises server environments to Azure and a new preview of Performance Monitoring features to track and troubleshoot server and VM performance.

New Azure SDKs signify move toward unified set of standards 

A new set of software development kits (SDKs) for Azure Storage and Azure Key Vault are now available. Built on a common core for easy use of Azure services, with a focus on consistency, familiarity and language idiomaticity, this is Microsoft’s first step toward applying a new set of standards across Azure SDKs.

New Azure SDKs signify move toward unified set of standards 

A new set of software development kits (SDKs) for Azure Storage and Azure Key Vault are now available. Built on a common core for easy use of Azure services, with a focus on consistency, familiarity and language idiomaticity, this is Microsoft’s first step toward applying a new set of standards across Azure SDKs.

Azure Security Center enhances management of cloud security posture

Misconfigurations are a top risk for cloud workloads. Azure Security Center provides customers with a bird’s-eye view across their Azure environment, enabling continuous monitoring and improvement of their security posture. Microsoft is announcing security management enhancements including Secure score simplified, support for custom policies in preview, additional regulatory compliance standards in preview and general availability of Quick Fix for bulk resources.

Expanded threat protection for your cloud resources in Azure Security Center

Azure Security Center’s threat protection enables threat detection across a wide variety of services from IaaS layer to PaaS resources in Azure such as IoT and App Service and finally with on-premises virtual machines. And, Azure Security Center’s findings can now be streamlined to Microsoft’s cloud SIEM offering—Azure Sentinel—for investigation, threat hunting and correlation with signals from other security solutions.

Advanced data security for SQL Server on Azure virtual machines

Strong data security is a foundational attribute of Microsoft cloud services. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing two important security enhancements for SQL databases running on IaaS virtual machines in preview: Azure Security Center’s support for vulnerability assessment and advanced threat protection.

Threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service

To help customers better harness security insights and best practices, Microsoft is announcing that Azure Security Center is expanding support for threat protection for Azure Kubernetes Service. Now in public preview, the new capabilities include continuous discovery of managed AKS instances within Security Center is registered subscriptions, actionable items to help customers maintain security best practices and host and cluster-based threat analytics.

Implement security faster with Azure Security Center

At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing Azure Security Center platform enhancements to help customers leverage security findings at enterprise scale. New capabilities include workflow automation with Azure Logic Apps, advanced integrations to support continuous export and improved reporting for alerts and recommendations.

Storage

Azure HPC Cache: Empowering organisations to more easily run high-performance computing workloads

Enterprise organisations with large high-performance computing workloads need better access to large data sets stored in on-premises network-attached storage and in Azure. Microsoft is announcing the general availability of the Azure HPC Cache service, a new offering that empowers organizations to more easily run large, complex high-performance computing workloads in Azure.

Web

Azure Spring Cloud preview

To build Spring-based applications, Java developers typically use Spring Boot to get started with minimal upfront configuration and Spring Cloud to bring resilience, reliability and coordination to their microservices. At Microsoft Ignite, we are announcing the preview of Azure Spring Cloud, a fully managed Spring Cloud service jointly built and operated with Pivotal.

Azure Arc-enabled API Management helps organisations manage APIs across any environment

Microsoft is releasing Azure Arc-enabled API Management, now available in preview, which helps organisations manage APIs across any environment, including hybrid and multi-cloud. It consists of a containerised API gateway that can be deployed in any environment, while still allowing users to manage all their APIs within the Azure API Management plane.

Windows Virtual Desktop

Preview of Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure Stack Hub extends hybrid capabilities

Businesses today need both data sovereignty and data gravity. Building on the hybrid capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is announcing a preview of WVD on Azure Stack Hub at Microsoft Ignite. In this fully connected scenario, the management plane remains in Azure, while the Host Pools running workloads remain on Azure Stack Hub.

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