Microsoft Ignite 2018 news and highlights

Learn about important Azure product announcements and roadmap updates.

Compute

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.

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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.

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Azure Functions—Python support in preview

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

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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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New GPU enabled NVv2 Azure Virtual Machines for graphics intensive applications

NVv2 Azure Virtual Machines, which have been architected to support remote visualization workloads and other graphics intensive applications, are now available in preview.

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Bring your own storage to App Service on Linux

App Service now supports the ability for customers to bring additional storage accounts to their Linux web apps

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General availability: Serial console for Azure VMs

Serial console for Azure VMs is generally available with new features and many bug fixes and improvements.

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Containers

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.

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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.

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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.

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Azure Service Fabric

Azure Service Fabric announcements at Ignite

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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.

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Azure Functions—Python support in preview

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

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Azure Container Registry tasks

Azure Container Registry tasks, previously known as Azure Container Registry build, enables inner-loop development in the cloud with on-demand container image builds.

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Azure Container Registry—Helm repositories in preview

As customers deploy multi-container applications, Helm has evolved as the defacto standard to describe Kubernetes-based applications. With Helm repositories, customers can push their Helm Charts to Azure Container Registry, providing a single source of truth for their images and deployment definitions running in Kubernetes.

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Azure Container Registry—Open Container Initiative (OCI) support in preview

Azure Container Registry now supports OCI image format. Using projects like BuildKit, build and push OCI formatted container images.

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Azure Container Registry tasks—Multi-step capability now in preview

Use Azure Container Registry tasks, now in preview, to define a series of steps to build, test, and validate your containers before they're deployed.

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Databases

Public preview: Read replicas for Azure Database for MySQL

Azure Database for MySQL supports up to five read-only replicas within the same Azure region (public preview).

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Azure Redis Cache now supports a 120-GB cache in the premium tier

Now in preview, Azure Redis Cache now supports a 120-GB cache in the premium tier. This new offering more than doubles the largest cache size previously available for those looking to store high volumes of data in a single cache instance.

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Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose will become generally available on October 1, 2018. Managed Instance provides the best of SQL Server with the benefits of a fully-managed service, allowing you to migrate your on-premises workloads to the cloud with minimal changes. The general purpose performance tier provides balanced and scalable compute and storage options that fit most business workloads.

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Preview: Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Database for PostgreSQL

We are excited to announce the preview of Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

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Preview: Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Database for MySQL

We are excited to announce the preview of Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Database for MySQL.

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Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL DB Managed Instance online migrations

Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using preview functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.

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Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL Database offline migration support

Now generally available, the Azure Database Migration Service provides you the ability to assess SQL Server workloads running on-premises or on VMs, and to perform offline migrations to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

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Preview of performance recommendations for Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Azure Database for PostgreSQL can learn and adapt to your workloads. The preview release of performance recommendations provides a list of recommendations for creating new indexes to potentially improve the performance of your workloads.

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Query performance insights for Azure Database for PostgreSQL in preview

The query performance insights feature in Azure Database for PostgreSQL is now available in preview.

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Preview of Query Store for Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Azure Database for PostgreSQL now provides preview support for query store, which collects and stores query execution statistics and wait event distributions.

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Azure Cosmos DB reserved capacity now generally available

Azure Cosmos DB reserved capacity helps you save when you pre-pay for one year or three years. With Azure Cosmos DB reserved capacity, get a discount on the resources used and reduce your costs by up to 65 percent compared to pay-as-you-go prices.

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Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API now generally available

With the Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API, experience the power of the Azure Cosmos DB platform with the familiarity of your favorite Apache Cassandra SDKs and tools.

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Advanced Threat Protection for Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL

Advanced Threat Protection for Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL helps to detect and respond to potential threats as they occur. Users receive an alert upon suspicious database activities, with potential vulnerabilities and anomalous database access and query patterns. This feature integrates alerts with Azure Security Center to provide details of suspicious activity and recommendations on how to investigate and mitigate them.

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Developer Tools

New Logic Apps extension for Visual Studio Code

A new Logic Apps extension for Visual Studio Code is now available in preview that enables developers to do more with a first-party development experience.

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Azure Policy for Azure DevOps

Azure Policy integration with Azure DevOps is now available.

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DevOps

New full stack monitoring capabilities in Azure Monitor

We're bringing together our existing capabilities for monitoring infrastructure, apps, and networks under the moniker of Azure Monitor to provide a unified offering that delivers full stack monitoring for your applications.

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Azure Policy for Azure DevOps

Azure Policy integration with Azure DevOps is now available.

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Identity

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.

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