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Ignite 2017 Preview: Coming Azure Changes

Microsoft Ignite 2017 is less than a week away. Microsoft has already been busy making changes to Microsoft Azure ahead of time. While it’s unclear what all the announcements for Azure will be at Ignite 2017, it’s clear there are certain “smaller” changes / updates that will be announced / discussed. This article highlights a few Microsoft Azure service updates and Preview features that are publicly available today; that we will likely learn much more about at Ignite next week.

Web Apps for Windows or Linux

The Azure Web Apps for Linux service has been Generally Available (GA) for some time now. Initially it has a different provisioning wizard within the Azure Portal from the “Web Apps on Windows”. However, recently Microsoft updated the Azure Portal to include UI to choose either Windows or Linux when provisioning an Azure Web App. This helps to better streamline the UI/UX.

Web Apps for Containers

There a “new” Web Apps service within Azure App Service. The new Web Apps for Containers enables you to spin up a Web App on Linux using any Docker container. It allows you to specify the Image source for the container to pull from an Azure Container Registry service, Docker Hub, or any Private Registry.

The Web Apps for Containers is not a Preview feature. It’s actually a new Azure Portal UI wizard around the Azure Web Apps for Linux service that’s been Generally Available (GA) for some time now. The Web Apps for Linux make you pick a “built-in” Docker container template, then after provisioning you can setup your own Image source. The Web Apps for Containers enable you to specify your custom Docker container image source from the time of provisioning the service through the Azure Portal.

Azure Web Apps Analytics (Preview)

Azure Web Apps Analytics is a new Preview feature of OMS and Log Analytics. The “learn more” and “documentation” links displayed in the Azure Portal for it just link to the Log Analytics information for now. I presume we’ll see more specific documentation coming soon.

As the Azure Portal informations states, “The Azure Web Apps Analytics Solution provides insights into your Web Apps by collecting different metrics across all your Azure Web App resources.

It goes on to list the following bullet points as to what it will enable you to see for your Web Apps:

  • Top Web Apps with highest response time
  • Number of requests including successful and failed requests across your Web Apps
  • Top Web Apps with highest ingoing/outgoing traffic
  • Top Service Plans with high CPU/memory utilization

It’s a little unclear what the full difference it between what Application Insights offers and Azure Web Apps Analytics. However, we should see more documentation / information soon.

Azure Table Storage is Now Part of Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Table Storage is no longer a service of Azure Storage, but is now part of Cosmos DB. Here’s a short quote from the documentation on this:

“Standard Azure Table Storage is now part of Cosmos DB. Also available is Premium Tables for Azure Table storage, offering throughput-optimized tables, global distribution, and automatic secondary indexes.”

We all knew from the Build 2017 announcements that Azure Table Storage was going to be somehow migrated to or included in Azure Cosmos DB somehow. Microsoft just said they would announce further details on this later. Well, it appears that Ignite 2017 is when Microsoft will announce the full specifics of the Azure Table Storage to Cosmos DB migration / transition. However, we can see plenty of information within the Azure Documentation already that states much of the detail on how this will be done.

It seems that the “old” Azure Table Storage will be known as “Standard Table Storage” and the newer Cosmos DB Table API will be known as “Azure Cosmos DB Premium Table”. Here’s a screenshot from the documentation that lists out differences between these two Table Storage offerings / price points:

How did you find this information?

While I am a Microsoft MVP, that did NOT help me learn any of this information. I learned it through normal use and observation of Microsoft Azure through the Azure Portal and Documentation published by Microsoft. You can reference the screenshots and documentation link in the above information for the sources to these “Previews of what’s coming to Azure”.

Microsoft has a habit of publishing and releasing services and documentation in Microsoft Azure ahead of the release. If you are familiar with things and work with it a lot, then you’ll likely notice these changes too. Most times they are subtle, but other times they aren’t so much. For example, when Microsoft announced the renaming of DocumentDB to Cosmos DB and the associated service changes, they actually published everything in the Azure Portal a few hours in advance of the announcement. This is how I was able to blog about Cosmos DB before the announcement.

If you find any additional new features, service previews, and documentation I haven’t listed here, please post a comment to share it with us. It’s always fun to look at the new, shiny stuff as it’s published / released.

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 18, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

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Infrastructure

More Affordable Azure VMs with “Burstable” B-Series

One of the most common complaints about Azure Virtual Machine (VM) pricing is that it’s too expensive for small workloads. For custom web applications you could share an App Service Plan, which is great if the app can be hosted within Azure App Service. However, if your workload needs a full VM, then there wasn’t really a great option unless you were willing to share a VM with multiple applications. This can pose many management difficulties. Thankfully, Microsoft has been listening to feedback of wanting an even more cost effective and affordable cloud for smaller workloads too. The Azure B-Series VM sizes are the answer to this, and instead being “just cheaper VMs” they offer an innovative advancement to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 11, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Sponsor

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HardwareInternet of Things

Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) Manufacturing Delayed, Shipping pushed to Sept 21

The new Azure IoT Developer Kit is a pretty nice IoT prototyping board with tons of sensors and things built-in. On Aug 11, 2017, Microsoft, MXChip and a few distributors opened up pre-orders for the Azure IoT Developer Kit board. The pre-orders were taken and the original estimated ship data was September 1, 2017. A wait of only a couple weeks isn’t too bad, right?

Well, as it turns out September 1 came and went, and no Azure IoT Developer Kits were shipped… (At least as far as I am aware of.) Then on September 8, Seeed Studio sent out an email notifying customers who placed pre-orders. This email was to notify that there have been “abnormal issues during production”, and the shipping date is currently being postponed to September 21. Read More

ArchitectureInfrastructureserverlessService Bus

A Tour of Azure Messaging Services (Queues, Event Grid, IoT Hub, and More)

In the early days of Microsoft Azure, there was a single Message Queue service; the Azure Storage Queue. This was way back in early 2010, however, soon after that Microsoft introduced another messaging service called Service Bus; then soon after another, and another! Over the years, there have been a few different messaging and message queue services introduced into the Microsoft Azure platform. Each of these messaging services are a little different than each other and offer a pretty wide range of messaging offerings to choose from. This article walks through the primary features of each of the Microsoft Azure messaging services, and will help give you an understanding of when to use each for your own applications and enterprise scenarios. Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 4, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

  • There weren’t any Service Updates announced for Microsoft Azure this week.

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Sponsor

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Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Aug 28, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

Architecture

What is Azure Event Grid?

Azure Event Grid is a messaging service built to enable event-based architectures to be built more easily. At the basic level it’s similar to a message queue service, like Azure Service Bus Topics, that enables a publish / subscribe model. However, the similarity really ends there. Azure Event Grid is a different kind of messaging service that’s built to enable event-based architectures like those use with Microservices architectures to be built more easily. Read More

Architecture

Microsoft Azure Icon Set Download – Visio stencil, PowerPoint, PNG, SVG

The Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set is a Free download from Microsoft that includes the icons for all the different Microsoft Azure services and other products. These icons are extremely helpful in creating much nicer architectural diagrams for systems that use Microsoft Azure services. These icons can be used to help you have fun in creating internal project diagrams to impress your co-workers or boss. Or, you can use these icons to give your architecture diagrams and project documentation a more professional look before you deliver to your clients. Read More