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Microsoft Ignite 2018 news and highlights

Learn about important Azure product announcements and roadmap updates.

AI + Machine Learning

Azure Cognitive Services—Speech Service now generally available

Speech service is now generally available, combining the following capabilities in one service: speech-to-text; text-to-speech; custom speech; and speech translation.

Azure Active Directory conditional access in Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) conditional access, which allows administrators to control where and when users are permitted to sign in to Azure Databricks. Some of the common concerns this addresses include restricted sign-in access, limited network location access, managing the type of device access as well as restricted access to client applications.

Azure Key Vault support with Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Key Vault backed secret scope. With this, Azure Databricks now supports two types of secret scopes—Azure Key Vault-backed and Databricks-backed.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse streaming support in Azure Databricks.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse connector now offers efficient and scalable structured streaming write support for SQL Data Warehouse.

Azure Databricks is available in Japan, Canada, India, and Australia

Azure Databricks is now generally available in additional regions—Japan, Canada, India, Australia Central and Australia Central 2. With these additions, Azure Databricks is now available in 24 regions.

Azure Databricks Delta now in preview

The delta feature is now available in preview at no additional cost in the premium SKU of Azure Databricks. With delta, customers get better data reliability, improved performance for their jobs and queries, and opportunity to simplify their data pipelines. Delta is a transactional storage layer in Azure Databricks. With delta, we're enabling customers to simplify building high performance analytics solution at scale using Azure Databricks and get better reliability and higher performance on Spark jobs and queries.

Microsoft R Server is now Microsoft Machine Learning Server

Machine Learning Server (previously known as Microsoft R Server) is a flexible enterprise platform for analyzing data at scale, building intelligent apps, and discovering valuable insights across a business now with full support for Python and R. Transform your business with scalable, enterprise-grade R and Python-based data analytics using your data and existing investments.

Analytics

Azure Data Explorer

Perform ad-hoc queries on terabytes of data with Azure Data Explorer—a lightning-fast indexing and querying service for data exploration. Use Azure Data Explorer for analytics of log and telemetry data from websites, applications, and IoT devices.

Azure Active Directory conditional access in Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) conditional access, which allows administrators to control where and when users are permitted to sign in to Azure Databricks. Some of the common concerns this addresses include restricted sign-in access, limited network location access, managing the type of device access as well as restricted access to client applications.

Azure Key Vault support with Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Key Vault backed secret scope. With this, Azure Databricks now supports two types of secret scopes—Azure Key Vault-backed and Databricks-backed.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse streaming support in Azure Databricks.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse connector now offers efficient and scalable structured streaming write support for SQL Data Warehouse.

Azure Databricks is available in Japan, Canada, India, and Australia

Azure Databricks is now generally available in additional regions—Japan, Canada, India, Australia Central and Australia Central 2. With these additions, Azure Databricks is now available in 24 regions.

Event Hubs on Azure Stack

Azure Event Hubs is a big data streaming platform and event ingestion service, capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second, that can now run on Azure Stack.

SQL Data Warehouse now offers flexible restore points

SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform. It now provides user defined restore points, enabling you to initiate snapshots before and after significant operations on your data warehouse.

SQL Data Warehouse intelligent insights

Get intelligent insights to ensure your data warehouse is consistently optimized for performance with SQL Data Warehouse intelligent insights.

SQL Data Warehouse Vulnerability Assessment

SQL Vulnerability Assessment is an easy-to-use service that continually monitors your database or data warehouse, ensuring those are maintained at a high level of security at all times and that your organizational policies are met.

SQL Data Warehouse: User defined maintenance scheduling

Azure SQL Data Warehouse maintenance scheduling is now preview. This is a new feature that seamlessly integrates the Azure Service Health planned maintenance notifications with Resource Health monitor services.

HDInsight 4.0 in preview

Azure HDInsight 4.0 Preview is now available, backed by our enterprise-grade SLA.

Enterprise Security Package for Azure HDInsight generally available

Enterprise Security Package for Azure HDInsight is now generally available.

Azure Databricks Delta now in preview

The delta feature is now available in preview at no additional cost in the premium SKU of Azure Databricks. With delta, customers get better data reliability, improved performance for their jobs and queries, and opportunity to simplify their data pipelines. Delta is a transactional storage layer in Azure Databricks. With delta, we're enabling customers to simplify building high performance analytics solution at scale using Azure Databricks and get better reliability and higher performance on Spark jobs and queries.

New SQL Data Warehouse performance tier SKU

The industry-leading query performance of the compute optimized Gen2 tier of SQL Data Warehouse is now accessible to more customers through a new smaller SKU, 500DWc. With this release, get started with a powerful data warehouse in the cloud for as low as USD7.56/hour (in the US East region—price varies by region).

C# UDF for Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge now in preview

C# user-defined functions (UDF) support for Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge is now available in preview.

Developer tools enhancements for Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight

We're bringing several exciting new enhancements to developer tools for Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight.

Cognitive Services - Speech APIs

Azure Cognitive Services—Speech Service now generally available

Speech service is now generally available, combining the following capabilities in one service: speech-to-text; text-to-speech; custom speech; and speech translation.

Compute

General availability: Automatic OS image upgrade in virtual machine scale sets

It is easy to enable automatic OS image updates in Virtual machine scale sets for the most popular images.

Azure Virtual Machine Image Builder available in private preview

Azure Virtual Machine (VM) Image Builder, now available in private preview, allows you to migrate your image building pipeline to Azure.

Linux preview support of custom virtual networks on Azure Container Instances

You can now provision Linux containers into new or existing virtual networks with Azure Container Instances. This support is in preview for Linux in two regions: West US and West Europe.

Azure App Service

Azure App Service updates from Microsoft Ignite

Azure Service Fabric

Azure Service Fabric announcements at Ignite

Service Fabric now available on Azure Stack

Service Fabric, a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices and containers, is now available on Azure Stack.

Tomcat for Azure App Service on Linux now generally available

Azure App Service on Linux now supports Apache Tomcat 8.5 and 9. Azure App Service for Tomcat on Linux allows developers to quickly build, deploy, and scale their Tomcat web applications on a fully managed Linux-based service.

Azure Functions—Functions runtime 2.0 now generally available

The cross platform and improved Azure Functions runtime is now generally available, allowing you to use your cross-platform .NET Core assets within your Functions apps.

Azure Functions—Python support in preview

Azure Functions now supports Python development using Python 3.6 on the Functions v2 (cross-platform) runtime.

Kubernetes on Azure Stack in preview

We now support Kubernetes cluster deployment on Azure Stack, a certified Kubernetes Cloud Provider. Install Kubernetes using Azure Resource Manager templates generated by ACS-Engine on Azure Stack.

Protect data in use with Azure Confidential Computing

Azure Confidential Computing benefits are now available on a new DC series of virtual machines in Azure for preview using Intel SGX chipsets. In addition, Azure is also offering an open source SDK to provide a consistent enclave abstraction experience to build your SGX-based applications.

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