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Service Fabric is going Open Source
Microsoft Service Fabric originally grew out of the “Azure Fabric” that runs the underlying automation layer of the Azure datacenters. Service Fabric is used internally by Microsoft to host many different Azure services. Over time, Microsoft has released Service Fabric as a separate product that allows for Microservice architectures to be more easily hosted using both Windows and Linux operating systems.
Over the last couple years, there’s been a bit of talk and confusion about where Service Fabric fits within the future of the Microsoft Azure landscape. Most of this has originated from the way that many of the different products within Microsoft Azure are really starting to embrace Docker Containers, and even Kubernetes for orchestration of those containers. With these many services utilizing Containers, it has seemed that Microsoft is possibly shifting focus away from Service Fabric, and maybe Service Fabric will be phased out or deprecated.
Service Fabric deprivation is not something that is happening. Microsoft is continuing to invest in Service Fabric, and will continue to build out it’s features and support. An interesting evolution of this effort is the recent announcement that Microsoft Service Fabric is going open source under the MIT license.
While it’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft does with future versions / releases of Service Fabric, it’ll be just as interesting to see what the Open Source community does with being able to eventually contribute to the project.
You can view the open source project for Microsoft Service Fabric over on GitHub: https://github.com/Microsoft/service-fabric
The Weeks Top Links
Here are some of the most notable links from the week:
- Service Fabric is going open source via Service Fabric Team
- Azure Availability Zones Public Preview by Dan Patrick
- Azure CLI 2.0: Convert VM to Managed Disks by Chris Pietschmann
- Microsoft and 21Vianet reinforce long-term cooperation on cloud services in China by Microsoft Azure Blog
- Microsoft to add new Azure regions in Germany, Switzerland, UAE via ZDNet
- Azure Strategy and Implementation Guide – free download by Joachim Hafner
- Setting up Application Insights took 10 minutes. It created two days of work for me. by Scott Hanselman
- Microsoft and Azure at the Game Developers Conference via Microsoft Azure Blog
Azure Service Updates
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:
- General availability: Azure Cosmos DB Data Explorer
- Azure Resource Manager API is available
- Azure Monitor metrics integration
- General availability: Power BI Embedded in Microsoft Azure Government Cloud
- General availability: Power BI Embedded in Microsoft Azure Germany
- Instance Metadata Service includes support for zones and virtual machine scale sets
- App Service updating PHP to latest versions
- Power BI Embedded supports row-level security for tiles and dashboards
- Power BI Embedded Update Report API
- Power BI Embedded tile embedding enhancements
- Phased loading of embedded content in Power BI Embedded
- Power BI Embedded mobile layout support
- Power BI Embedded APIs for visual-level filters
- Power BI Embedded capacity APIs
- Power BI Embedded Query Parameters API
- OData and SharePoint Online data sources supported in Power BI Embedded
- Power BI Embedded single-visual embedding
- Power BI Embedded custom layout
- General availability: Support for large disk backup and improvements for backup/restore
- Azure Backup is now available in France
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