Azure News – Build 2017

Microsoft Build in the US was just on from May 10 – 12, 2017 held at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. On Episode 153 of the Need To Know podcast we discuss all the Build 2017 announcements.

There were stacks of announcements:

Storage Service Encryption for Azure File Storage

Azure File Storage uses the SMB 3.0 version and is like a normal file share where you can map drives to it. Like normal blob storage which already benefits from Storage Service Encryption, Azure Files Storage is now the first fully managed file service offering encryption of data at rest.

Microsoft handles all the encryption, decryption and key management in a fully transparent fashion. All data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption, also known as AES-256, one of the strongest block ciphers available.

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MySQL and PostgreSQL are now available on the Azure Platform

Microsoft have announced the preview of managed database services with Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL built on the intelligent, trusted and flexible Azure relational database platform.

The relational database platform is built with the scalable Azure Compute and Azure Storage foundational services that powers over 90% of fortune 500 companies in over 38 global Azure regions. This platform is:

Intelligent: Built-in monitoring, advisors and performance tuning insights to help you get the most performance out of your database

Flexible: Predictable performance and on-demand scaling without application downtime

Trusted: Built-in high availability, security, audit with full resource isolation

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New Azure Database Migration Service

A Azure Database Migration Service will streamline the process for migrating on-premises databases to Azure. Using this new database migration service simplifies the migration of existing on-premises SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL databases to Azure, whether your target database is Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance or Microsoft SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine.

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Updates to Dev/Test Labs

We shipped the following key features since November:

Managed disks support

Claimable VMs: With this, lab admins can prepare VMs and put them in a shared VM pool; lab users can then pick, also know as “claim”, a VM from the pool for them to use without spending any time to create it from scratch.

Batch creation of identical VMs: DevTest Labs supports the creation of multiple, identical VMs from the same VM image and artifacts all at once. The only additional thing you need to do is to provide the number of VM instances in the advanced settings when you create a VM. The VM quota policies set at the lab level still applies regardless of how many VMs you are going to create.

VM auto-expiration: You can now also set an expiration date/time when you create a VM. At the specified expiration date/time, DevTest Labs will automatically delete the VM.

Shared public IP address: DevTest Labs provides a solution to share the same public IP address with a group of VMs. Once a VM uses a shared public IP in the lab, it will be automatically assigned to a unique port number, which will be used together with the shared public IP address when you connect to that VM.

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Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell provides an authenticated browser-based bash shell experience hosted in Azure and accessible from anywhere. Currently the Azure CLI v2 is supported as well as commonly used CLI tools such as shell interpreters, Azure tools, text editors, source control, build tools, container tools, database tools, and more. The Azure Cloud Shell also includes language support for several popular programming languages such as Node.js, .NET, and Python However coming soon you’ll be able to run your own Azure based PowerShell cmdlets directly from Azure Cloud Shell as well.

Azure Cloud Shell runs entirely on containers orchestrated by Kubernetes.

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Azure Mobile App

A new mobile app available for your phone allows you to manage all of your Azure subscription. You can see all of your resources and resource groups. You can start and stop your virtual machines or web apps, add favourites, view performance statistics, get alerts, view metrics and take corrective actions to fix common issues.

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Visual Studio for Mac

The new Visual Studio for Mac

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Azure Cosmos DB

The re-badged Document DB.

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