CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS020

CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS020

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AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers are improving and introducing very frequently and it is hard to keep up to date ourselves without single source of information. Hence, in this series, we intend to address most important recent news of Big4 Cloud Platforms. You may save your valuable time by not searching recent updates of these cloud platforms from different individual websites. We hope, you will find this series interesting. Please visit specific Cloud provider news that you are interested in as following.

In this article, we will explore latest Azure Recently. So, lets jump on the updates.

Connect Cognitive Services subscription to enable unlimited skillset execution

As part of the Cognitive Search preview, the ability to extract information from unstructured files and the ability to execute cognitive skills were introduced in May 2018. This allowed you to extract images from unstructured documents such as PDFs and then enrich those documents through the execution of skills such as OCR, key phrase extraction and named entity recognition to get more insights from your data. Until now, both skillset execution and the extraction of images from documents have been offered for free.

Starting 21st December 2018, you will be able to associate your Cognitive Services subscription with an Azure Search skillset. The skillset execution will be charged as part of the Cognitive Services subscription. On 21st December 2018, Microsoft will also begin charging for image extraction as part of document-cracking stage. Text extraction from documents will continue to be offered at no additional cost.

The execution of built-in skills will be charged at the existing Cognitive Services pay-as-you go price. Image extraction pricing will be charged at preview pricing and is described on the Azure Search pricing page. If you are not currently using Cognitive Search capabilities as part of Azure Search, you should not be impacted by these price changes.

Python images for App Service Linux are now in preview

The experience of running Python apps on Azure App Service has been greatly improved. Previously, customers seeking to deploy Python on Azure could choose to run Python on Windows or on MS Linux containers.  Now, the built-in Python images for App Service for Linux (in preview) offer a far better and more comprehensive support for Python packages, as well as the ability to get started quickly without needing to use custom Docker containers. The new Python offering detects common Flask and Django application structures for hosting in gunicorn and works with common database drivers for MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Azure Monitor for containers is now available

Azure Monitor for containers, now generally available, monitors the health and performance of Kubernetes clusters hosted on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Since the launch of the preview of this service at Build (May 2018), there has been a lot of excitement from customers about the new capabilities, such as the ability to enable monitoring as soon as you create an AKS cluster. It is also now possible to get all the monitoring telemetry in a centralised location in Azure without having to sign into containers or rely on other tools. Since the preview, several new capabilities have been added including:

  • Multi-cluster view—The multi-cluster view discovers all AKS clusters across subscriptions, resource group and workspaces and provides you a health roll up view. You can even discover clusters that are not being monitored and start monitoring them with just few clicks.  
  • Performance grid view—To investigate further, drill down to performance grid view that shows the health and performance of your nodes, controllers and containers. From the node view tab, it is easy to spot the noisy neighbor issue on the pod and drill further to see the controller it is part of. In addition, see the controller limits, request setting and actual usage and determine if you have configured your controller correctly. Continue investigating by looking at the Kubernetes event logs associated to that controller.
  • Live debugging—With live logs, you get a real time, live stream of your container logs directly in your Azure portal to help you interactively troubleshoot issues. You can pause the live stream and search within the log file for errors or issues. Unlike the Azure Monitor logs, the live stream data is ephemeral and is meant for real time troubleshooting.
  • Onboarding—In addition to the Azure portal, there are now more ways for you to automate onboarding Azure Monitor for containers: use Azure CLI (a single command), ARM template and Terraform.

MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB migration is in preview

Perform offline (one-time) migrations from on-premises or cloud implementations of MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB by using the Azure Database Migration Service, which enables resilient migrations of MongoDB data at scale and with high reliability. To perform the migration, provision an instance of the  Database Migration Service from the Azure portal or via Azure CLI and create a project.

General availability: Azure Kubernetes Service in East Asia

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available in East Asia (Hong Kong). It is the sixteenth Azure region to offer the service. In the list of regions, you can see where AKS is available and where it is coming next.

Azure Database for MariaDB name changes

Effective 1st February, 2019, names for Azure Database for MariaDB will change.

Author: Debashree

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