Monthly updates for April 2017
Backup will introduce restore-as-a-service, so you will be able to instantly restore files and folders from cloud-based recovery points.
String and binary columns with unlimited size will be supported in clustered columnstore indexes in Azure SQL Database (premium tiers only).
Azure Container Service will be the fastest way to realise the benefits of running containers in production. It will use customers’ preferred choice of open source technology, tools and skills, combined with the confidence of solid support and a thriving community ecosystem.
Azure Service Fabric is a microservices application platform which helps developers build and manage cloud-scale applications.
Administrative Units in Azure AD will enable large enterprises to sub-divide their directory and delegate administrative permissions across their complex organisations.
The first Azure Stack integrated systems have shipped. Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo have started shipping validated systems.
Customers will soon be able to use Azure Active Directory’s (Azure AD) cloud-based service to orchestrate user provisioning from Workday to on-premises Active Directory, Azure AD and more.
Pass-through authentication provided by Azure Active Directory will enable users to login to cloud resources by validating their password against their on-premises local Active Directory.
Ping Identity and Microsoft announce the general availability (GA) of PingAccess for Azure Active Directory (AD) Application Proxy, extending secure remote access to more on-premises applications.
Azure SQL Database threat detection will provide a new layer of security by detecting suspicious activities which indicate potential security threats.
Azure SQL Database will introduce new security features in preview including Row-level Security, Dynamic Data Masking and Transparent Data Encryption. Together, these will help customers further support organisational and industry compliance policies.
Azure HDInsight will soon include specific tasks—such as doing Web Log Analytics on Azure Website—in the query console.
You can use the built-in Billing Reader role to limit access to billing functionality. You can use the Invoice API, now in public preview, to programmatically download a subscription’s billing invoices.
The latest version of Azure CLI 2.0 includes commands for DevTest Labs users to create and manage lab VMs.
Azure Service Fabric has released updated versions of the Service Fabric SDK preview and runtime preview for Linux.
Azure Service Fabric has released updated versions of the Service Fabric SDK and runtime.
The Service Fabric .NET SDK is now open source on GitHub. This includes Reliable Services, Reliable Actors, Service Remoting, and ASP.NET Core integration.
Data Explorer provides a rich and unified developer experience for inserting, querying, and managing Azure Cosmos DB data within the Azure portal and the Emulator.
Every virtual machine in Azure now supports at least two network interfaces.
Here's a summary of recent updates to Azure Batch.