Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MySQL and PostgreSQL gets VNet Service Endpoints

Recently Microsoft has released Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL.
What’s it offers?
These include the high availability of the community versions of MySQL and PostgreSQL (99.99%) and also include elastic scaling for performance, and industry-leading security and compliance on Azure.
And as a part of the service Microsoft has introduced new features and capabilities such as increased storage and availability across more regions worldwide.
Now they have announced the general availability of Virtual Network (VNet) service endpoints for Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL in all regions where the service is available for General Purpose and Memory Optimized servers.
You can check the service availability by visiting region expansion for MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

SQL Database Reserved Capacity is now generally available

The general availability of Azure SQL Database reserved capacity has released by Microsoft Azure team. It’s now available on single and elastic pool databases. This will be the most cost-effective cloud for your workloads. And the pricing tier saves up to 33% compared to license-included pricing by pre-paying for your SQL database vCores for a one or three-year term.

What makes Azure as the most cost-effective cloud for SQL Server workloads

Now a days users can save up to 55 percent using Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server with the new vCore-based purchasing model in SQL Database. By using reserved capacity on single databases and elastic pools users can save even more up to 80%. And the best part is you combine your Azure Hybrid Benefit with reserved capacity as well.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Azure CosmosDB JavaScript SDK 2.0: Public Preview

The Azure Cosmos DB team has released the latest version (version 2.0 RC) of the JavaScript SDK for SQL API, now in public preview!
It is available in npm now and install it to your project using following command. You can get the latest version through npm

npm install @azure/cosmos

Cosmos DB is
A globally distributed, multi-model database service. It offers turnkey global distribution, guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile, and elastic scaling of throughput and storage.
Microsoft supports a JavaScript SDK For the SQL API to enable development against Azure Cosmos DB from JavaScript and Node.js projects. Now the Version 2.0 of the SDK is written completely in Typescript, and we’ve redesigned the object model and added support for promises as well.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Windows Container Support in Azure App Services: Public Preview

When a developer wants to have more control over what is installed in their containers, now can use Windows Server Containers in Web App. The public preview has released to community.

Now it supports Windows Containers on Azure App Service and enables number of opportunities for Application 
  •    Relaxed security restrictions – The Windows Container is an isolation and security boundary, When deploying a containerized application. Normally Libraries will be blocked by Azure App Service and instead of it will be succeed when running inside of a Windows Container
  •        Lift and Shift to PaaS – When a developer wants to  migrate .NET Framework and .NET Core applications to Azure, and is trying to transform straight to a PaaS service to get the many productivity benefits from the App Service platform.
  •        Third-party application migration – Customers often have business critical applications developed by third parties with which the company no longer has a relationship. Containerizing these types of applications unlocks the opportunity to migrate applications to Azure App Service.
  •        Applications with dependencies – Ina scenario, when a developer deploying an app within a Windows Container, it allows to install custom dependencies. Even when a developer wants to install libraries into  Global Assembly Cache (GAC) done by easily.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Managed Disk Migration on Azure

Microsoft has released the capability of converting VMs with unmanaged Disks to Managed Disks. Now the migrations are available to Managed Disks in single click without requiring PowerShell or CLI scripts.

What is a Managed Disk?

Azure Managed Disks simplifies disk management for Azure IaaS VMs by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. You only have to specify the type (Standard HDD, Standard SSD, or Premium SSD) and the size of disk you need, and Azure creates and manages the disk for you.

What you can do with managed Disk.
  •  You can scale your application without worrying about storage account limits
  •   Achieve high-availability across your compute and storage resources with aligned fault domains.
  • Create VM Scale Sets with up to 1,000 instances.
  • Integrate disks, snapshots, images as first-class resources into your architecture.
  • Secure your disks, snapshots, and images through Azure Role Based Access Control (RBAC)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Azure Management Groups now Available

Volla! Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure management groups.
What it does
It organizes all your subscriptions apply governance controls, including as Azure Policy and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the controls applied to the management group.
Even if you have an Enterprise Agreement, Certified Solution Partner, Pay-As-You-Go, or any other type of subscription, this service gives all Azure customers enterprise-grade management at a large scale for no additional cost.
And with this Microsoft introduces a new functionality to Azure that allows customers to group subscriptions together so that you can apply a policy or RBAC role to multiple subscriptions, and their resources, with one assignment. Management groups not only allow you to group subscriptions but also allows you to group other management groups to form a hierarchy.

Azure Cloud Shell Editor with Visual Studio Code

For the Azure portal, Microsoft has announced Azure Cloud Shell and enriched with cloud-native command-line environment and can access from any device and anywhere in the world. And People loved it so much and it’s easy to use. The specialty is, it works as Bash or PS(PowerShell).
Microsoft made Cloud Shell even more powerful. There is automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like TerraformAnsible, and InSpec. And the best part is Visual Studio Code team team has embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team has integrated Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app. And this will allow easy access from any device to anywhere.

There are a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano) for editing files from Cloud Shell. To bring even more flexibility to how you edit files, Microsoft has announced the launch of a graphical editor embedded directly in Azure Cloud Shell.Through collaboration with the Visual Studio Code team and their open-source Monaco project, the same web-standards based editor that powers Visual Studio Code is now integrated directly into Cloud Shell.

Monaco provides features like syntax coloring, auto completion, and code snippets. And this includes a file explorer to easily navigate the Cloud Shell file system for seamless file exploration. And the magic is, by simply typing “code .” to open the editor’s file explorer from any Cloud Shell web-based experience.