Category Azure News

ONNX Runtime for inferencing machine learning models now in preview

We are excited to release the preview of ONNX Runtime, a high-performance inference engine for machine learning models in the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format. ONNX Runtime is compatible with ONNX version 1.2 and comes in Python packages that support both CPU and GPU to enable inferencing using Azure Machine Learning service and on any Linux machine running Ubuntu 16.

ONNX is an open source model format for deep learning and traditional machine learning. Since we launched ONNX in December 2017 it has gained support from more than 20 leading companies in the industry...

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Azure IoT Reference Architecture 2.1 release

A few months ago, we released a significant update to the Azure IoT Reference Architecture, a downloadable resource that aims to accelerate customers building IoT solutions on Azure by providing a proven production ready architecture and technology implementation choices.

Today, we are happy to release updated version 2.1 of the Azure IoT Reference Architecture. The document offers an overview of the IoT space, recommended subsystem factoring for scalable IoT solutions, prescriptive technology recommendations per subsystem, and detailed sections that explore use cases and technology alternatives.

This latest version of the guide includes four essential updates:

  1. Guidance to build IoT solutions by leveraging SaaS (Azure IoT Central), PaaS (Azure IoT solution accelerators), or IaaS (using OS...
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Accessibility and array support with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.4.0

We’ve been very grateful for the feedback you’ve given us since we first introduced Azure Blockchain Workbench in public preview a few months ago. Your feedback continues to be an essential and impactful part of our work. For this release, we focused on making Workbench more accessible for everyone. Accessibility is a key pillar in our vision of empowering every person and every organization to achieve more. We are excited to share some of the improvements we’ve made with accessibility in mind.

To use 1.4, you can either deploy a new instance of Workbench through the Azure Portal or upgrade your existing deployment to 1.4.0 using our upgrade script. This update includes the following improvements:

Better accessibility for screen readers and keyboard navigation

Azure Blockchain Workbench is...

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Accelerating AI in healthcare: Security, privacy, and compliance

Healthcare is drowning in data. Every patient brings a record that could span decades, with x-rays, MRIs, and other data that can affect every decision. Providers and payers bring their own collateral to the table. Skills, policies, and certifications are just the start. Complying with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) present additional burdens on any process. But there is a remedy: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (machine learning) are powerful tools that can change the way healthcare organizations deal with the tsunami of healthcare data.

Use cases where AI can help vary from diagnostic imaging to predicting the patient length of stay, and even chatbots...

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Apache Spark jobs gain up to 9x speed up with HDInsight IO Cache

Today, we are pleased to reveal the preview of HDInsight IO Cache, a new transparent data caching feature of Azure HDInsight that provides customers with up to a 9x performance improvement for Apache Spark jobs. We know from our customers that when it comes to analytics cost efficiency of managed cloud-based Apache Hadoop and Spark services is one of their major attractors. HDInsight IO Cache allows us to improve this key value proposition even further by improving performance without a corresponding increase in costs.

Architecture

Azure HDInsight is a cloud platform service for open source analytics that aims to bring the best open source projects and integrate them natively on Azure...

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Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 21

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From September 1 to 15, 29 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual Machines

Active Directory Certificate Services 2016 PKI

Active Directory Certificate Services 2016 PKI: Quickly deploy Active Directory Certificate Services 2016 PKI to your Microsoft Azure tenant Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Build a new PKI hierarchy or set up a subordinate certificate authority to an established PKI hierarchy.

Aider-MigrateR

Aider-MigrateR: Aider-MigrateR is a specialized virtual machine to assist in the planning and execution of migrations.

Azul Zulu on Ubuntu 18.04

Azul Zulu on Ubuntu 18.04: Azul Zulu is a Java virtual machine that is compliant with the Java SE specification...

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Announcing the public preview of Azure Digital Twins

Last month at our Ignite conference in Orlando, we proudly announced the public preview of Azure Digital Twins, a new platform for comprehensive digital models and spatially aware solutions that can be applied to any physical environment. Today, we take the next step in the journey of simplifying IoT for our customers and are happy to announce that Azure Digital Twins is now officially live.

Starting today, customers and partners can create an Azure account and begin using Azure Digital Twins. We encourage you to explore the content available in the Azure Digital Twins documentation and on the product page. You can also try out the quickstart to begin building your solution with Azure Digital Twins today.

As mentioned in the announcement blog post from last month, Azure Digital Twins allow...

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Detecting fileless attacks with Azure Security Center

As the security solutions get better at detecting attacks, attackers are increasingly employing stealthier methods to avoid detection. In Azure, we regularly see fileless attacks targeting our customers’ endpoints. To avoid detection by traditional antivirus software and other filesystem-based detection mechanisms, attackers inject malicious payloads into memory. Attacker payloads surreptitiously persist within the memory of compromised processes and perform a wide range of malicious activities. 

We are excited to announce the general availability of Security Center’s Fileless Attack Detection. With Fileless Attack Detection, automated memory forensic techniques identify fileless attack toolkits, techniques, and behaviors...

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