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    November 2019

    Nov 7

    Azure HDInsight—Autoscale is now generally 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
    Nov 6

    HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally 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
    Nov 6

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

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

    • HDInsight
    • Features
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 5

    Azure HDInsight—Restrict outbound network traffic clusters by using Firewall

    Target availability: Q4 2019

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

    • HDInsight
    • Azure Firewall
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Security

    September 2019

    Sep 30

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

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

    • HDInsight
    • Features
    • Retirements
    • Services
    Sep 23

    Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is 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

    Jul 8

    Apache Spark 2.4 and Apache Kafka 2.1 support on Azure HDInsight

    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

    Jun 26

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

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

    • HDInsight
    • Security
    Jun 20

    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
    Jun 19

    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

    May 9

    Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

    We’ve 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
    May 6

    HBase accelerated writes in Azure HDInsight is now in preview

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

    • HDInsight
    • Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight
    • Apache Storm for HDInsight
    • Features
    • Microsoft Build
    • Open Source
    • Services
    May 6

    Autoscale for Azure HDInsight is now in preview

    Autoscale which automatically scales your Spark, Hive, or MapReduce HDInsight clusters up or down based on load or a pre-defined schedule, is now in preview.

    • HDInsight
    • Features
    • Microsoft Build
    • Open Source

    April 2019

    Apr 24

    Changes to HDInsight cluster configuration access

    We are introducing some important changes to support more fine-grained role-based access to sensitive configuration information from HDInsight clusters. As part of these changes, some user action may be required.

    • HDInsight
    • SDK and Tools
    • Security
    Apr 23

    Azure HDInsight is now available in China East 2

    Four regions are available in China: China East, China North, China North 2 and China East 2.

    • HDInsight
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Apr 17

    Apache Hadoop 3 on Azure HDInsight 4.0 is now available

    New features in Hadoop 3 provide significant improvements to performance, stability, and availability, helping reduce total cost of ownership and accelerating time-to-value.

    • HDInsight
    • Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight
    • Open Source
    • Services

    March 2019

    Mar 7

    HDInsight networking resources provisioned in the HDInsight resource group

    The networking resources (such as NICs and load balancers) for new Azure HDInsight clusters created in a virtual network are now provisioned in the same HDInsight cluster resource group.

    • HDInsight
    • Features
    • Services
    Mar 6

    Azure HDInsight is now available in France Central

    Across the world, Azure HDInsight is available in 29 public regions, including France Central.

    • HDInsight
    • Regions & Datacenters

    February 2019

    Feb 5

    Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight

    Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight.

    • HDInsight
    • Features
    Feb 4

    Azure HDInsight available in US DoD East, US DoD Central, US Gov Texas

    Azure HDInsight is now available in US DoD East, US DoD Central, and US Gov Texas.

    • HDInsight
    • Regions & Datacenters

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