Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More

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Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax Highlighting Site Recovery: General Availability of disaster recovery to Azure for branch offices and SMB customers Azure Active Directory: General Availability of Azure Active Directory application proxy and password write back support All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note that some features are still in preview).  Below are more details about them: Premium Storage: High-performance Storage for Virtual Machines I’m excited to announce the public preview of our new Azure Premium Storage offering. With the introduction of the new Premium Storage option, Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data durably on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and provides high performance, low latency, disk storage with consistent performance delivery guarantees. Premium Storage is ideal for I/O-sensitive workloads – and is great for database workloads hosted within Virtual Machines.  You can optionally attach several premium storage disks to a single VM, and support up to 32 TB of disk storage per Virtual Machine and drive more than 50,000 IOPS per VM at less than 1 millisecond latency for read operations. This provides a wickedly fast storage option that enables you to run even more workloads in the cloud. Using Premium Storage, Azure now offers the ability to “lift-and-shift” more demanding enterprise applications to the cloud – including SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Server, MySQL, Oracle Database, IBM DB2, and SAP Business Suite solutions. Premium Storage is now available in public preview starting today. To sign up to use the Azure Premium Storage preview, visit the A RemoteApp instance is an elastic, automatically scaled, collection of Windows Server VMs that are running the Remote Desktop Session Host role and host the applications. The VMs are all created based on the template image you provide. You can provide your own template image containing your custom apps, or use one of the standard template images we provide. One of these is for Office 365 ProPlus, which you can use if you have a subscription that contains the Office 365 ProPlus service: Once enabled, your users can quickly and easily connect to the applications you host in Azure.  They can use Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices to connect to the RemoteApp service – enabling you to use Azure to run your Windows desktop applications anywhere in the world, on any device. Enabling Hybrid Applications Many business-critical Windows applications rely on on-premises infrastructure such as identity and machine management, and require access to on-premises databases and resources. Azure RemoteApp provides a hybrid deployment model that supports all of these scenarios. Hybrid Management: In a hybrid RemoteApp collection, the VMs which host your applications are joined to your AD domain. Therefore, you can use on-premises management tools like Group Policy, System Center, and many other enterprise management tools that rely on AD membership. Federated Identity: You can use Azure Active Directory integrated with your on-premises AD and your users can logon with their familiar corporate identities. When the Windows applications starts, it is running in a fully domain-joined session, with the usual integrated authentication capabilities of a Windows domain. Hybrid Networking: Windows applications in a hybrid RemoteApp collection can seamlessly access on-premises data and resources. This capability is built on Azure Virtual Networking with site-to-site VPN, providing cloud-premise virtual network connectivity. In the future, RemoteApp collections will support full range of Azure Networking capabilities, including ExpressRoute. Performance and Scale Configurations With today’s general availability release, we are offering two scale configurations: BASIC and STANDARD. BASIC is intended for lighter, task-worker use cases, such as a single productivity application or a data-entry frontend to a line of business system. STANDARD is intended for typical productivity use cases such as using Outlook, Word, Excel and other knowledge worker line of business and productivity applications. You can select the scale configuration for your RemoteApp collection while creating it. If you want to change it later, you can do so using the SCALE tab. Your applications and settings and your user data remain intact through this change. Pricing We are making the RemoteApp service available at a very attractive, affordable price.  You can host a line of business Windows application for as little as $10/user per month using the BASIC configuration. At the STANDARD level, you can host your users’ entire productivity workspace for just $15/user per month. Learn More A variety of resources are available on the Try our the new features and give us your feedback! Media Services: General Availability of Live Media Streaming I’m very excited to announce the General Availability of Live Channels Media Streaming support.  Live Channels with Azure Media Services is the live services backbone that broadcasters such as NBC Sports have used to deliver live online media streamed events such as English Premier League, NHL hockey, Sunday Night Football.  A dozen international broadcasters also used it to seamlessly deliver live media streaming coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup. You can now use Live Channels to stream events of your own – and scale to literally millions of users watching them.  Today’s general availability release is backed by an enterprise-grade Service-Level Agreement (SLA) for all customers.  Learn More For more information on functionality and pricing, visit the Once you create the index, you can also now drill into usage details like document counts and storage size. You can see all of the fields associated with this index as shown below: Index tuning is another enhancement now supported in the portal user interface. Boosting relevant items not only provides a better search experience, it also helps you achieve business objectives. For example, if you are searching a product index, you might want to boost documents where the result was found in the product name, as opposed to another document where the result was found in the product description. Or you may wish to use a scoring function that allows you to boost items that have high star ratings or that provide higher margins. The task of tuning an index was previously only available through the API. Starting today, using the Multilanguage Support across 27 Languages With today’s release, Azure Search now has support for In the new blade that opens, click the browse button to open a file explorer and select 1 or more JSON documents to upload. Note that Document Explorer currently supports up to 100 JSON document files in a single upload operation. Once you’re satisfied with your selection, click the upload button. The documents will automatically be added to the Document Explorer grid and aggregate results will be displayed as the upload operation is in progress. Once the operation has completed, you can select up to another 100 documents to upload without having to close the Add Document blade.  This makes it easy to import data into your DocumentDB databases. Query Explorer – Syntax Highlighting We’ve also enabled basic keyword and value highlighting within Query Explorer. This makes it even easier to experiment and test queries against your NoSQL databases. Please send us your feedback and suggestions on the Microsoft Azure DocumentDB With today’s release we added support for Kerberos Constrained Delegation. Now, once a user has authenticated to Azure Active Directory, the Azure Active Directory Application Proxy can automatically authenticate users to your on-premises application. Password Writeback for Azure Active Directory Premium Customers With the new Password Writeback support in Azure AD Sync, you can now configure your Active Directory system so that any time a user or administrator changes a password in Azure AD, the new password is also written back to your on-premises Active Directory as well. So, for example, when a user forgets their password to your on-premises AD, they can reset their password using the Azure AD password reset service we provide in the cloud, and then use their new password to sign on to your on-premises AD.  This makes it easier for organizations to enable a variety of self-service IT and password reset features to their employees and partners. Preview of security questions for password reset With today’s release we’re also introducing preview support that enables you to configure security questions for password reset scenarios. This enables users to register their answers to secret questions, and then use those answers to prove who they are when they go to reset a forgotten password. Add your own password SSO for SaaS applications With today’s release we are introducing the preview of functionality that lets you configure password-based single sign-on for any web application that has an HTML sign-in page, even for applications that are not in the Azure AD Application Gallery. You can also add any links to your users’ Azure AD Access Panel, such as deep links to specific SharePoint pages, or to web apps that use Active Directory Federation Services. More Ways to Get AD Premium We now support the ability to purchase Azure Active Directory Premium online at the Office 365 commerce catalogue, where you can purchase Azure AD Premium licenses for as many users as you want.  You can then easily manage your Azure Active Directory by navigating to http://aka.ms/accessAAD or through the Office administration portal. To learn more about these new capabilities and how you can start using them, read Alex Simons’ post on the Active Directory Team Blog. Summary Today’s Microsoft Azure release enables a ton of great new scenarios, and makes building applications hosted in the cloud even easier. If you don’t already have a Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today.  Then visit the Microsoft Azure Developer Center to learn more about how to build apps with it. Hope this helps, Scott P.S. In addition to blogging, I am also now using Twitter for quick updates and to share links. Follow me at: twitter.com/scottgu

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