Azure Announcements Newsletter - June 16th-June 29th 2023

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AZURE ANNOUNCEMENTS NEWSLETTER

June 16, 2023 – June 22, 2023

Announcements Summary

CosmosDB

General Availability – 1 Update

Data Explorer

General Availability – 1 Update

Kubernetes Service

Preview Features – 1 Update

Sphere

Updated Features – 1 Update

Total Announcements: 4

 


Announcements Details

 

 

Azure Service: CosmosDB

General Availability

 

Azure Data Explorer (ADX) supports managed ingestion from Azure Cosmos DB since January 2023 in public preview.

 

We are excited to announce it is now generally available!

 

This feature enables near real time analytics on Cosmos DB data, in a managed setting (ADX data connection).  Since ADX supports Power BI direct query, it enables near real time Power BI reporting.  Latency between Cosmos DB and ADX can be as low as sub seconds (using streaming ingestion).

 

This brings the best of both worlds:  fast / low latency transactional workload with Azure Cosmos DB and fast / ad hoc analytical with Azure Data Explorer.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/cosmos-db-adx-synapse-link-ga/

 

Documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/data-explorer/ingest-data-cosmos-db-connection?tabs=portal

 

Azure Service: Data Explorer

General Availability

 

Azure Data Explorer has added a new feature to its data mappings capabilities called "DropMappedField". This feature allows you to map an object in a JSON document to a column and removes any nested fields already referenced by other column mappings. This means that you can easily extract the information you need from your JSON documents and organize it into columns for easy analysis. This capability is also part of Real-Time Analytics in Microsoft Fabric.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/adx-data-mappings-dropmappedfield/

 

Documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/data-explorer/kusto/management/mappings#dropmappedfield-transforma...

 

Azure Service: Kubernetes Service

Preview Features

 

Network observability is an important part of maintaining a healthy and performant Kubernetes cluster. By collecting and analyzing data about network traffic, AKS customers can gain insights into how your cluster operate and can identify potential problems before they cause outages or performance degradation. And to enable network observability we have built a network observability add-on plugin that will scrape useful metrics form Kubernetes workloads and emit actionable networking observability data into industry standard Prometheus format, which can then be visualized in Grafana. There are two options available for using Prometheus and Grafana in this context: Azure Managed Prometheus and Grafana or BYO Prometheus and Grafana.

 

Key customer benefits:

 

Get access to node-level network metrics like packet drops, connections stats and more. 

Support for all Azure CNIs - AzureCNI and AzureCNI (Powered by Cilium) 

Support for all AKS node types - Linux and Windows

Easy deployment using native Azure tools - AKS CLI, ARM templates, PowerShell, etc.

Seamless integration with the Azure managed Prometheus and Azure-managed Grafana offerings.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/network-observability-add-on/

 

Documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/aks/network-observability-overview

 

Azure Service: Sphere

Updated Features

 

The Azure Sphere 23.05 feature release is now available and includes the following components:

 

Updated Azure Sphere OS

Updated Azure Sphere SDK for Windows and for Linux

Updated Azure Sphere extensions for Visual Studio and for Visual Studio Code

If your devices are connected to the internet, they will receive the updated OS from the cloud. You'll be prompted to install the updated SDK on next use.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2305/

 

Documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/azure-sphere/product-overview/whats-new#whats-new-in-the-2305-release

 

 

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AZURE ANNOUNCEMENTS NEWSLETTER

June 23, 2023 – June 29, 2023

Announcements Summary

Application Gateway

Preview Features – 1 Update

OpenAI Service

Preview Features – 1 Update

Storage

Preview Features – 1 Update

Total Announcements: 3

 


Announcements Details

 

Azure Service: Application Gateway

 

Preview Features

 

Azure Application Gateway now supports configuring the same port number for public and private listeners in preview. You no longer need to use non-standard ports or customize the backend application. This provision enables you to use a single Application Gateway deployment and easily configure it to serve traffic for both internet-facing and internal clients.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-using-a-common-port-for-public-and-private-listen...

 

Documentation: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-using-a-common-port-for-public-and-private-listen...

 

 

Azure Service: OpenAI Service

 

Preview Features

 

Introducing Azure OpenAI Service on your data in public preview—a groundbreaking feature that unlocks the power of OpenAI models, such as ChatGPT and GPT-4, with your own data. Streamline communication, enhance customer service, and boost productivity by running these models directly on your data, eliminating the need for training. Access specific data sources for accurate insights. From self-service data requests to revenue generation and streamlined procedures, the possibilities are endless. Seamlessly connect data from any source, deploy web apps, and experience the transformative impact of conversational AI. Get started with Azure OpenAI Service on your data and unlock powerful insights in just a few steps.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-open-ai-service-on-your-data/

 

Documentation: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/ai-cognitive-services-blog/introducing-azure-openai-service-o...

 

 

Azure Service: Storage

 

Preview Features

 

As we work towards the general availability of Azure Elastic SAN (currently in preview), several improvements have been made to the service. These include expanded regional availability, simplified multi-session connectivity for optimized volume performance, and native integration with Azure Container Storage (in preview). Azure Container Storage leverages Azure Elastic SAN as the backing storage resource to optimize your price versus performance through dynamic resource sharing.

 

We have also made it easier to migrate to Azure Elastic SAN and other block storage offerings like Premium SSD V2 and Ultra Disk, by including them in the Storage Migration Program. As part of this program, you will have access to the Azure-sponsored offerings from our migration partner, Cirrus Data Solutions , available in the Azure Marketplace.

 

Announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/preview-updates-azure-elastic-san-public-preview-improvements/

 

Documentation: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-storage-blog/azure-elastic-san-preview-updates/ba-p/385...

 

 

 

 

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