CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS021

CTT Big4 News Azure Recently #MS021

Hello Friends, welcome to CTT News – Big4 Recently

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.

Azure API Management update December 20

Now, Microsoft started a regular Azure API Management service update. It includes the following bug fixe s, changes, and new features:

  • Improved validation of back-end URLs. Now valid back-end URLs in API configuration and set-backend policy is enforced. 
  • Renamed SSL blade. The previous SSL blade has been renamed to Protocol settings.  
  • HTTP/2 support on the client side. HTTP/2 between clients and the API Management gateway is now supported. It can be enabled in Protocol settings

Migrating to the Az.Api Management PowerShell module

The new Azure PowerShell “Az” module has been released. As a result, Microsoft is deprecating the AzureRM.ApiManagement module. There will be no new development into AzureRM.ApiManagement. All new changes will go to the new Az.ApiManagement module.

In addition, a number of old cmdlets in the new Az.ApiManagement module is also removed.

Azure Log Analytics is available in West US 2

Azure Log Analytics is part of Azure Monitor. It collects telemetry from a variety of sources and uses the query language from Data Explorer to retrieve and analyse data. Log Analytics is now available and can be built in West US 2. 

Azure Monitor for Containers agent updates

Microsoft have released the 29/11/2018 build version of the Azure Monitor for Containers agent. Some of the enhancements include:

  • New auto-upgrade feature for the agent. 
  • Option to disable collection of environment variables from containers.
  • Data collection bug fixes. 

Azure IoT Edge 1.0.5 release

The 1.0.5 update of Azure IoT Edge includes the following improvements.
Stability for all operating systems
Multiple bugs have been resolved in both Edge Hub and iotedged. (A full change list can be found in the release notes on GitHub.) Most notably, we have:

  • Improved information provided in error messages.
  • Made the timeout period configurable. This is particularly useful for devices on slow connections where operations do not finish as quickly as they do on high-bandwidth connections. 

Edge on Windows
1.0.5 is a release candidate for IoT Edge on Windows x64 (minimum version of RS5). This version significantly closes the gap between modules running on Windows and Linux. Specifically, modules on Windows can now use similar security features in the OS, run using performant process isolated containers and access hardware like Serial, SPI, GPIO and GPU acceleration with WinML. Edge Agent and Edge Hub now use RS5 as the guest OS in the container. This has the following implications:

  • Existing devices using RS4 as the host OS and running IoT Edge 1.0.4 are not affected.
  • Existing devices upgrading from RS4 to RS5 as the host OS and running IoT Edge 1.0.4 are not affected.
  • New devices running RS5 as the host OS will work correctly with IoT Edge 1.0.5.
  • RS4 devices cannot run as the host OS for IoT Edge 1.0.5.

Users writing Java or Node modules should remain on 1.0.4 until the Java and Node SDKs are updated to support IoT Edge 1.0.5 on Windows RS5.
The Security Daemon is updated to use a physical TPM instead of a simulated TPM when doing the DPS provisioning flow.

Cognitive Services Speech Services neural text-to-speech capability is in preview

 Cognitive Services Speech Services now offers a neural text-to-speech capability in preview. Use this capability to deploy voices to apps that are nearly indistinguishable from the human voice. The neural text-to-speech capability enables you to make interactions with chatbots and virtual assistants more natural and engaging, to convert digital text such as e-books into audiobooks and to enhance vehicle navigation systems.

Author: Debashree

A Technical writer and passionate about digital life. Always eager to learn and share knowledge.

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