Microsoft Ignite 2018 news and highlights

Learn about important Azure product announcements and roadmap updates.

Databases

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).

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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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Azure Active Directory Integration with Azure Files in preview

Azure Files Azure AD Integration for SMB access using Azure AD Domain Services is now available in preview.

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Integration

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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Internet of Things

Azure IoT Central is now available

Azure IoT Central is now generally available. Built on the Microsoft Cloud, Azure IoT Central is a market differentiated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, designed to enable the rapid innovation, design, configuration, and integration of smart products with enterprise-grade systems and applications. Stay ahead of the competition and deliver smart products that delight your customers with a solution that helps to reduce your go-to-market cycle and increases the speed at which you can innovate.

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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 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 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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Azure Sphere services are in public preview and dev kits are broadly available

Azure Sphere is an IoT offering from Microsoft that enables manufacturers to create highly-secured, internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. The first Azure Sphere dev kit is now available, and the Azure Sphere Security Service, Operating System, and Visual Studio development tools for Azure Sphere are now in preview.

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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.

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Enhancement for Map Control for Azure Maps now available

Azure Maps is a portfolio of geospatial APIs that allows developers to build solutions with up-to-date geocoding, routing, IP geolocation, and other location-based services. An improved Map Control API with new features designed to enable intuitive and insightful data layering and visualizations is now available.

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Azure IoT Hub—New message routing capability available

Azure IoT Hub message routing simplifies IoT solution development and enables you to send messages from your devices to cloud services in an automated, scalable, and reliable manner. Use routing queries to apply customized filters and send only the most relevant data to the service facing endpoints.

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Azure IoT Hub—Device provisioning service new functionalities

IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is a feature of IoT Hub that allows customers to provision and register IoT devices at scale in a secure manner

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Azure IoT Edge—extended edge offline support

Extended edge offline support is a new feature of Azure IoT Edge in preview that offers robust offline operation.

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Management and Governance

Enterprise backup for SQL Servers in Azure Virtual Machines

Users can backup their SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

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Azure governance services

Azure governance services updates

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PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell now generally available

PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is now generally available.

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Azure Cost Management in the Azure Portal preview

Azure Cost Management is in the Azure portal and currently in preview. It's now enabled by default, with improved performance and fuly integrated into the Azure platform.

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Azure Blueprints in preview

Azure Blueprints enables the creation of fully governed environments in a repetitive manner.

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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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Azure Resource Graph in preview

Azure Resource Graph, now in preview, enables fast exploration of your resources for efficient inventory management.

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Azure Advisor: New recommendations and tighter integrations

Additional recommendations are now available in Azure Advisor, your personalized guide to Azure best practices. Advisor is a free service that helps you optimize your Azure resources to reduce costs, boost performance, strengthen security, and improve reliability.

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Azure Service Health: Immediate alerting on resource health issues

Azure Service Health now offers immediate alerting on resource health issues—even before an outage is declared—to help you stay informed about the status of your Azure environment. Service Health provides personalized alerts and guidance when Azure service issues like incidents and planned maintenance affect your resources.

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Microsoft Azure Stack

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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Enterprise backup for SQL Servers in Azure Virtual Machines

Users can backup their SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

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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.

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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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Azure Stack—FedRAMP High documentation now available

FedRAMP High documentation is now available for Azure Stack customers.

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