Azure Updates Jan 10 2020





Azure HIPAA Blueprint

Azure Blueprints enables cloud architects and central information technology groups to define a repeatable set of Azure resources that implements and adheres to an organization's standards, patterns, and requirements. The HIPAA HITRUST blueprint sample provides a set of governance guard-rails using Azure Policy that help towards HIPAA HITRUST attestation. Overview and Control Mapping

Azure NIST Blueprint 

Review the Azure NIST 800-53 blueprint which also provides policies that help towards NIST 800-171 attestation.


FedRAMP Moderate Blueprints 

We’ve just released our newest Azure Blueprints for the important US Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) certification at the moderate level.


Join our Security Community 

As part of our community you can speak directly to our engineering teams and get early access to changes by joining our webinars, participating in private previews, reviewing product roadmaps, attending in-person events, or providing feedback on our forums.


Role-based Access Control | Azure Container Registry

The Azure Container Registry (ACR) team is rolling out the preview of repository scoped role-based access control (RBAC) permissions, our top-voted item on UserVoice.


Spot Virtual Machines| Preview

Azure Spot Virtual Machines provide access to unused Azure compute capacity at deep discounts. Unlike low-priority Virtual Machines, prices for Spot Virtual Machines will vary based on capacity for a size or SKU in an Azure region. Spot pricing can give you insights into the availability and demand for a given Azure Virtual Machine series and specific size in a region.


Azure Kubernetes Service | Confidential 

Azure is the first major cloud platform to support confidential computing building on Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX). This confidential computing capability also provides an additional layer of protection even from potentially malicious insiders at a cloud provider, reduces the chances of data leaks and may help address some regulatory compliance needs.


Azure HPC at SC’19

HBv2-series Virtual Machines are Azure’s most advanced HPC offering yet, featuring performance and Message Passing Interface scalability rivaling the most advanced supercomputers on the planet, and price and performance on par with on-premises HPC deployments.


Edge and 5G Computing

At the recent Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference, we introduced two new and related perspectives on the future and roadmap of edge computing.


Azure Stack HCI | GA

Azure Stack HCI is Microsoft’s hyper-converged solution for customers who wish to run virtual machines on-premises and at the edge with existing IT skills and tools, and easily extend to Azure for hybrid capabilities such as backup, site recovery, storage and more.


Windows Server 2019 Containers in AKS | Public Preview

Lighter-weight containers enable faster deployments, making it easier for customers to dynamically scale workloads on ACI using Windows containers.


Azure Labs Services | Feature

Customers can now set auto-shutdown times on VMs that remain idle for a chosen length of time. Other options for monitoring lab usage include options to limit the total number of hours a VM can run for, or restrict VM start times to certain days/hours of the week. 


Azure HPC Cache | GA


The now-available Microsoft Azure HPC Cache service lets you run your most demanding workloads in Azure without the time and cost of rewriting applications and while storing data where you want to—in Azure or on your on-premises storage.


Azure Disks | Update

We are excited to introduce the preview of bursting support on Azure Premium SSD Disks, and new disk sizes 4/8/16 GiB on both Premium & Standard SSDs. Eligible Premium SSD disks can now burst up to 30x of the provisioned performance target, providing better handling for spiky workloads.


Azure Storage | Reservations

Save up to 38% on Blob Storage (GPv2) and Azure Data Lake Storage (Gen2), up to 30% on Azure Data Explorer, and 5% on Premium SSD Managed Disks.


Data Lake Gen2 | GA

Purpose-built for big data analytics, ADLS Gen2 It is designed to integrate with a broad range of analytics frameworks, maximize performance via true filesystem semantics, scales to meet the needs of the most demanding analytics workloads, and is priced at cloud object storage rates. 


Ultra-SSD Disks | GA

Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks is the new managed disks offering which is now generally available for running data intensive business critical workloads on cloud requiring high IO performance and low latency​.​


Azure Kubernetes Service | Application Gateway Ingress

The new solution provides an open source Application Gateway Ingress Controller for Kubernetes, which makes it possible for AKS customers to leverage Application Gateway to expose their cloud software to the Internet.


Proximity Placement Groups | GA

Azure proximity placement groups enable customers to achieve co-location of Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources with low network latency.


Azure Site Recovery | Custom networking 

Azure Site Recovery now supports customization of networking configurations for test failover independent of failover settings.


API Management | Hybrid

To meet your hybrid requirements, we’re announcing the preview of Azure Arc enabled API Management, a self-hosted API gateway.


GitHub Actions for Azure | GA

GitHub Actions make it possible to create simple yet powerful workflows to automate software compilation and delivery integrated with GitHub. These actions, defined in YAML files, allow you to trigger an automated workflow process on any GitHub event, such as code commits, creation of Pull Requests or new GitHub Releases, and more.


DevOps at Microsoft | Learning

At Microsoft, we know DevOps adoption can be challenging. This is why we are excited to share our own journey, with learnings from teams across Microsoft who have transformed the way they work through DevOps adoption.


Database Reservations 

Save up to 51% on costs for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB by pre-purchasing reserved capacity.  


SQL Database Serverless | Public Preview

Azure SQL Database serverless is a compute tier for single databases that automatically scales compute based on workload demand and bills for the amount of compute used per second. It automatically pauses databases during inactive periods when only storage is billed and automatically resumes databases when activity returns.


Azure SQL Database Hyperscale | GA

A new, highly scalable service tier that adapts
on-demand to your workload's needs, auto-scaling up to 100TB per database.


SQL DB Machine Learning Services | Public Preview

Machine Learning Services is a feature of Azure SQL Database, used for executing in-database R scripts. The feature includes Microsoft R packages for high-performance predictive analytics and machine learning. This service is generally available for SQL Server


Azure Synapse Analytics | Preview


Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources—at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.

Customers can sign up to preview new features like serverless on-demand query, Azure Synapse studio, and Apache Spark™ integration to build end to end analytics solutions through a unified experience. 


AI in Radiology | RSNA 2019

Read the recent blog post from Dr. Greg Moore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Health Technology and Alliances and former neuroradiologist after attending the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual conference.


Azure Open Datasets | Public Preview

Improve the accuracy of your machine learning models with publicly available datasets.


Protect PII | Azure and PowerBI

Control PII and Sensitive Data Risk for Self-Service BI using Power BI DataFlows and Azure Data Lake.


Text Analytics

Text Analytics enables sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, and entity recognition can provide the capabilities for analyzing text and extracting the data. You can use these features with the REST API, or the client library


Azure Stream Analytics 

Microsoft has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2019. Azure Stream Analytics is Microsoft’s serverless real-time analytics offering for complex event processing.

Internet of Things

IoMT on FHIR | OSS Connector

Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem of FHIR® for developers with a new tool to securely ingest, normalize, and persist Protected Health Information (PHI) from IoMT devices in the cloud. Continuing our commitment to remove the barriers of interoperability in healthcare, we are excited to expand our portfolio of Open Source Software (OSS) to support the HL7 FHIR Standard (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource).


Azure Machine Learning Workspace | Public Preview

The new Azure Machine Learning Workspace will provide Data Scientists and Data Engineers the tools they need to manage, collaborate and augment the machine learning lifecycle.

AI + Machine Learning

Project InnerEye | Medical Imaging

Project InnerEye develops machine learning techniques for the automatic delineation of tumors as well as healthy anatomy in 3D radiological images.


Azure Quantum | MRI Research

Case Western Reserve University is using quantum computing to increase speed of MRI scans and improve accuracy to diagnosis by almost 30%.


Knowledge Mining |Medical Claims Process

Organizations can take advantage of knowledge mining today with Azure Cognitive Search.


Genomics | ASHG 2019

Microsoft continues to work alongside researchers and industry partners to bring cloud-based genomics analytics tools and solutions to the market. Along with Azure Databricks, learn about the services and partners supporting Genomics research in the cloud. 


Custom Speech | O365 Tenant Preview

Customize speech recognition models to your needs and available data. Overcome speech recognition barriers such as speaking style, vocabulary and background noise. With the new opt-in service for Office 365, the system will automatically generate a dedicated custom model leveraging your Office 365 data to deliver optimal speech recognition accuracy on your organization-specific terms and people names, in a secure and compliant fashion.

Azure Marketplace

Azure API for FHIR | GA

Microsoft becomes the first cloud with a fully managed, first-party service to ingest, persist, and manage healthcare data in the native FHIR format.


Azure Portal | Experience Updates

Our latest improvements to the Azure portal to enhance the end user experience. 


Azure Monitor | Updates

At Microsoft Ignite 2018, we shared the vision to bring together infrastructure, application, and network monitoring into one unified offering, and provide full-stack monitoring for your applications.


Azure Advisor 

Many customers have questions when it comes to managing cloud operations. How can I implement real-time cloud governance at scale? What’s the best way to monitor my cloud workloads? How can I get help when I need it?