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V3 is the latest upgrade for Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). Azure Backup Server can now be installed on Windows Server 2019 with SQL 2017 as its database. MABS V3 brings key enhancements in the areas of storage and security.
Preventing critical volumes’ data loss
While selecting volumes for storage that should be used for backups by MABS, user may accidently select the wrong volume. Selecting volumes containing critical data may result in unexpected data loss. With MABS V3 you can prevent this by disabling these volumes to be available for backup storage, thus keeping your critical data secure from unexpected deletion.
Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the cryptographic protocol which ensures communication security over the network. With TLS 1... Read More
Azure Functions is a serverless compute service that enables you to run code on-demand without having to explicitly provision or manage infrastructure. Using Azure Functions, you can run a script or piece of code in response to a variety of events. Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a managed data integration service in Azure that allows you to iteratively build, orchestrate, and monitor your Extract Transform Load (ETL) workflows. Azure Functions is now integrated with ADF, allowing you to run an Azure function as a step in your data factory pipelines.
Simply drag an “Azure Function activity” to the General section of your activity toolbox to get started.
You need to set up an Azure Function linked service in ADF to create a connection to your Azure Function app.
Provide the Azure Function nam... Read More
We are excited to share that a new, automated way to configure high availability solutions for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) is now available using our SQL VM resource provider.
To get started today, follow the instructions in the table below.
High availability architectures are designed to continue to function even when there are database, hardware, or network failures. Azure Virtual Machine instances using Premium Storage for all operating system disks and data disks offers 99.9 percent availability. This SLA is impacted by three scenarios – unplanned hardware maintenance, unexpected downtime, and planned maintenance.
To provide redundancy for your application, we recommend grouping two or more virtual machines in an Availability Set so that during either a planned or unplan... Read More
For over three years, we have helped customers find devices that work with Azure IoT technology through the Azure Certified for IoT program and the Azure IoT device catalog. In that time, our ecosystem has grown to one of the largest in the industry with more than 1,000 devices and starter kits from over 250 partners.
Today, we are taking steps to further to grow our device partner ecosystem with the release of Azure IoT certification service (AICS), a new web-based test automation workflow, which is now generally available. AICS will significantly reduce the operational processes and engineering costs for hardware manufacturers to get their devices certified for Azure Certified for IoT program and be showcased on the Azure IoT device catalog.
Over the past year, we’ve made significant imp... Read More
This blog post was authored by Peter Cooper, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft IoT.
It’s 1882. Thomas Edison has just surpassed his breakthrough invention—the first incandescent lightbulb—by collaborating with J.P. Morgan to open the first industrial-scale power station in the United States.
Flash forward to today: Power generation, distribution, transmission, and consumption now drive business and modern life around the globe. The industry operates on a vast scale, with a complex web of relationships and technology that enables instant, reliable delivery throughout much of the developed world.
And that grid that got its start back in the 19th century? It’s sorely in need of a massive update... Read More
We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From November 1 to November 16, 2018, 61 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:
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Applying the latest in deep learning innovation, Speech Service, part of Azure Cognitive Services now offers a neural network-powered text-to-speech capability. Access the preview available today.
Neural Text-to-Speech makes the voices of your apps nearly indistinguishable from the voices of people. Use it to make conversations with chatbots and virtual assistants more natural and engaging, to convert digital texts such as e-books into audiobooks and to upgrade in-car navigation systems with natural voice experiences and more.
This release includes significant enhancements since we first revealed Neural Text-to-Speech at Ignite earlier this year.
Enhanced voice quality
The voices sound more robust and natural across a wider variety of user scenarios, achieved by harnessing the following:
Today we are excited to announce the general availability of static websites on Azure Storage, which is now available in all public cloud regions.
What is a static website?
Azure offers built-in disaster recovery (DR) solution for Azure Virtual Machines through Azure Site Recovery (ASR). In addition to the broadest global coverage, Azure has the most comprehensive resiliency strategy in the industry from mitigating rack level failures with Availability Sets and data center failures with Availability Zones to protecting against large-scale events with failover to separate regions with ASR. A common question we get is about costs associated with configuring DR for Azure virtual machines. We have listened and prioritized.
Configuring disaster recovery for Azure VMs using ASR will incur the following charges.
- ASR licensing cost per VM.
- Network egress costs to replicate data changes from the source VM disks to another Azure region...