Monthly updates for February 2015
Read about marketplace improvements for the Azure portal.
The Azure Insights NuGet package allows you to retrieve logs that are exposed in the Azure Preview Portal.
The Azure Preview Portal now supports Audit Logs.
This service update introduces near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases, a new S3 performance level, and 25 percent more Premium performance for the same cost.
This release adds support for 23 new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for managing Azure Automation.
Azure Backup added support for an increased number of policies and long-term retention. Offline Backup uses the Azure Import service to reduce the time needed to load large backup copies. SharePoint, Exchange, and Windows client operating systems are supported DPM workloads that can be backed up to Azure.
This is an SaaS-delivered, data-driven user-engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, and contextually-aware smart-push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices.
Dynamic Data Masking is a policy-based security feature that helps limit the exposure of data by returning masked data to unprivileged users who run queries over designated database fields (for example, credit card numbers).
HDInsight supports deploying to Linux clusters.
The Hadoop Connector for Azure Cosmos DB allows users to perform complex analytics jobs on data within the Apache Hadoop framework.
HDInsight is available on additional virtual machine sizes.
Apache Storm on Azure HDInsight is available, and it makes doing real-time analytics simple.
Visual Studio Tools are updated for Apache Hive.
HDInsight supports cluster scaling without deleting or re-creating the clusters.
Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2 with Hadoop 2.6 is now generally available in Azure HDInsight.
This service offers cloud-based advanced analytics designed to simplify and streamline machine learning for business.
Visual Studio Application Insights supports collecting custom metrics, events, and properties.
We updated and simplified the web service publishing workflow.
The Batch client library for .NET is updated to fix some major customer issues.
Azure Automation is available in Japan with the same service-level agreement coverage that is available in East U.S., Southeast Asia, and West Europe.