Monthly updates for May 2017
Azure DevTest Labs now generates managed images, instead of VHD files, when you select to create custom images from a VM. You can still export custom image VHD files.
When delivering content to a large global audience, it is critical to ensure optimised delivery of video or web content. New enhancements will now reduce the latency for delivery of media content and optimise the delivery of large files such as software and firmware.
The latest version of Azure CLI 2.0 includes commands for Azure DevTest Labs users to claim VMs in a lab.
Here's a summary of recent updates to Azure Batch.
Azure Data Catalog has new portal capabilities, new supported data sources, new region availability, and a new developer API sample.
Azure DevTest Labs now makes it much easier for you to provision multiple-VM or PaaS environments from Azure Resource Manager templates, even with nested templates.
DocumentDB is now a part of Azure Cosmos DB.
Target retirement date: June 30, 2017
A critical update (Update 0.5) was released today for Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Array. On 30th June 2017, we will retire storage usage monitoring for StorSimple Virtual Device Series for virtual arrays that are running Update 0.4 or earlier. We strongly recommend that you install Update 0.5 for StorSimple Virtual Array before 30th June 2017. Update 0.5 contains the fixes required for you to continue the use of storage usage monitoring.
Windows Server Container support on Azure Service Fabric is now generally available with the Service Fabric runtime 5.6 and SDK 2.6 release.
Version 2.6.204 of the Azure Service Fabric SDK is now available, along with the 5.6.204 runtime that rolled out to Azure clusters worldwide.
Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning simplifies the enrolment process by enabling organisations to automatically register and provision their devices to IoT Hub. It will be a secure and scalable way to save time and resources.
Azure Stream Analytics on edge devices will extend all the benefits of our unique streaming technology from the cloud down to devices. With Stream Analytics on edge devices, we will offer the power of our Complex Event Processing (CEP) solution on edge devices to easily develop and run real-time analytics on multiple streams of data.
With minimal effort, users will be able to add Application Insights to their Azure functions and have a powerful tool for monitoring applications.
Azure Functions Runtime will soon be in preview. The Runtime release will extend the innovations in Functions to devices on premises or anywhere outside the Azure cloud.
Azure Functions templates for the Common Data Service (CDS) will be a powerful way to combine data and actions across services and applications, extending the functionality of your PowerApps.
Direct export of Azure Functions APIs to PowerApps or Microsoft Flow from the Azure portal will soon be supported.
Azure Batch Rendering accelerates large scale rendering jobs to deliver results to our customers faster.
Storage limits for the largest Premium elastic pools in Azure SQL Database will soon increase from 750-gigabytes (GB) to as much as 4-terabytes (TB).
Azure Batch AI Training, a new addition to Azure Batch which will target data scientists and AI researchers, as well as those who train and test deep learning and other AI models, will soon be available. Users will specify their job requirements and the path to model and data and Batch will take care of provisioning a cluster and running the jobs.
These tools will be available as an extension to Visual Studio 2017 Update 3 Preview allowing developers to create precompiled C# class libraries and deploy them as Azure Functions.