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May 2020

19 May

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements

IN PREVIEW

Three new security feature improvements are available for Azure HDinsight.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Security
19 May

Azure HDInsight Tools for Visual Studio Code—Create, run and debug notebook

IN PREVIEW

This new release enables you to perform Jupyter-like notebook operations and boosts collaborations with one-click conversion between IPYNB and PY files.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
19 May

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q2 2020

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements include support for customer-managed key encryption with Azure Key Vault and a new feature, ID broker, which simplifies authentication setups.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Security

March 2020

4 Mar

Updates to Azure HDInsight

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft now fully supports distributions of Apache analytics projects in-house. Also, we will soon launch the next generation of HDInsight with improved provisioning and management experience, reserved instance pricing, low-priority virtual machines (VMs) and auto-scale.

  • HDInsight
  • Open Source

January 2020

13 Jan

Azure HDInsight TLS 1.2 Enforcement

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q1 2020

Starting on 30th June 2020, Azure HDInsight will enforce TLS 1.2 or later versions for all HTTPS connections. We recommend that you ensure that all your clients are ready to handle TLS 1.2 or later versions.

  • HDInsight
  • Security
7 Jan

Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region.

  • HDInsight
  • Regions & Datacenters
  • Services
6 Jan

Minimum virtual machine sizing for Azure HDInsight cluster head nodes

NOW AVAILABLE

Beginning 6th April, 2020, customers will be able to choose only 4-core or higher virtual machines (VMs) as head nodes for the new HDInsight clusters. Existing clusters will continue to run as expected.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Services

November 2019

22 Nov

Azure HDInsight—Simplify NSG rules management using service tags

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight now supports the use of service tags to simplify inbound network security group (NSG) rule management. Azure service tags group multiple IP addresses under a single user friendly tag. Administrators need to only create rules by referring to the tags while Microsoft takes the responsibility of keeping the IP addresses up to date. Administrators maintaining Azure HDInsight clusters can now benefit from this manageability improvement.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Security
7 Nov

Azure HDInsight—Autoscale is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Autoscale for Azure HDInsight is now generally available across all regions for Apache Spark and Hadoop workloads. This feature makes it possible to operate your big data analytics workloads in a more cost-efficient and productive way, so you can drive higher use of your HDInsight clusters and pay only for what you need.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
6 Nov

HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.

  • HDInsight
  • Microsoft Ignite
6 Nov

Azure HDInsight now enables you to customise Azure SQL Database for Ambari

NOW AVAILABLE

A new Azure HDInsight capability enables you to customise and upgrade your Azure SQL Database for Apache Ambari during cluster creation.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Ignite
5 Nov

Azure HDInsight—Restrict outbound network traffic clusters by using Firewall

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The integration of Azure HDInsight and Azure Firewall, in order to restrict outbound traffic from the cluster to unauthorised destinations, is now generally available.

  • HDInsight
  • Azure Firewall
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Security

September 2019

30 Sep

Azure HDInsight G-series VMs deprecation—Migrate before 31st October 2019

Target retirement date: October 31, 2019

Azure HDInsight will deprecate G-series virtual machines (VMs) on 31st October 2019. After this date, you will not be able to create any new clusters using G-series VMs or to scale up clusters having G-series nodes.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Retirements
  • Services
23 Sep

Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is now generally available. This enables administrators to easily manage their HDInsight clusters using simple Azure CLI commands.

  • HDInsight
  • Features

July 2019

8 Jul

Apache Spark 2.4 and Apache Kafka 2.1 support on Azure HDInsight

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight now supports Apache Spark 2.4 and Apache Kafka 2.1. You can choose the Spark or the Kafka version that you want during cluster creation in the Azure portal. Both updates come with several new features, hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.

  • HDInsight
  • Features

June 2019

26 Jun

Security Advisory: Patching Azure HDInsight clusters to address Linux Kernel TCP vulnerabilities

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure HDInsight has updated against the vulnerabilities that affect the Linux kernel.

  • HDInsight
  • Security
20 Jun

HDInsight Tools for VSCode: Enhanced PySpark Interactive Query

We are pleased to announce the integration of VSCode Python extension to handle PySpark interactive for HDInsight in VSCode. The Azure HDInsight Tools for VSCode leverages the Python extension to…

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • SDK and Tools
19 Jun

HDInsight Tools for VSCode: Hive Table Preview

HDInsight for VSCode continues to boost the experience of Hive users with self-service exploratory capabilities. The HDInsight explorer in VSCode not only empowers you to browse Hive databases across…

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • SDK and Tools

May 2019

9 May

Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

We have corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services that impacted EA customers only.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • HDInsight
  • Virtual Machines
  • Services
6 May

HBase accelerated writes in Azure HDInsight is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

HBase accelerated writes significantly improves the value proposition for low-latency, high- throughput NoSQL workloads.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Open Source
  • Services

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