Microsoft announces new Azure features around cloud-native apps, data analytics, and hybrid cloud operations

Microsoft Corp. today unveiled a series of updates to the Azure cloud platform at its Build 2022 online developer conference, with new features for cloud-native apps, big data, hybrid cloud, and Azure migration among the strengths.

Cloud-native app developers in particular have a lot to look forward to, with multiple Azure updates aiming to make their lives much easier than before.

the launch of the Azure Communication Services Mobile UI Library generally available means that developers have access to a number of production-ready UI components for the mobile apps they build on Azure. The release supports 13 languages, accessibility for UI components, and the ability to view split-screen content, including pinch-to-zoom.

The company has come up with an easier way for developers to also add email notifications to their apps, with the Azure Communication Services Email preview. According to Microsoft, this enables new scenarios such as account registrations, password resets, service outage alerts, purchase confirmations and more.

During this time, Azure Kubernetes Service gets a number of new improvements the company said they were meant to make the developer experience easier. AKS, as it is called, is a service that simplifies the management of Kubernetes, which is open source software that hosts the components of modern applications. The biggest update here is the availability of Draft 2, a reboot of the open-source Draft project that helps developers build Kubernetes applications. Project 2 provides an easy way to build, containerize, and deploy applications directly to Kubernetes, and can also generate GitHub Action workflow files, Microsoft said.

Other updates to AKS, available in preview, include extensions to the Azure Draft CLI, Azure portal, and Visual Studio Code, as well as a web application routing add-in that offers developers an immediate way to expose Kubernetes web applications to the Internet.

Elsewhere, the Azure API Management service for managing application programming interfaces earnings Support for Azure Private Link, allowing traffic to be secured through a virtual network through Azure Private Link. Microsoft also added support for general availability managed certificates, giving users an easier way to quickly secure custom domains with a free certificate provisioned, managed, and automatically renewed. A final addition is support for GraphQL Relay, which means Azure API Management is now extended to GraphQL APIs.

As the latest boon for cloud-native app developers, Microsoft has announced a update host to Azure App Service, a fully managed web hosting service for building web applications, services, and RESTful APIs. Azure App Service has support for Google Remote Procedure calls today and will soon have mass migration capabilities in the coming weeks, making it easier to discover and assess ASP.NET web applications and categorize of those that are ready for migration.

Simplified data analysis

On the big data side, Microsoft greatly facilitates the life of data analysts with the start of the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform. Now generally available, it’s a new integrated service that seeks to deliver real value by unifying databases, analytics, and governance into a single platform. The idea is to bring all data analytics and governance operations together in one place, rather than wasting time managing a fragmented data estate, the company explained.

Microsoft said Intelligent Data Platform will make it easier for enterprises to add layers of intelligence to their applications, unlock predictive insights, and manage data wherever it resides. It will also help address issues related to market fragmentation, while helping businesses capture and use data more effectively.

Customers may have more reason to want to unify their data operations thanks to Microsoft’s efforts on the database front. Today it announced the launch of SQL Server 2022 in Insight. It’s said to be the most “Azure-enabled” version of SQL Server and adds some serious performance, security, and availability improvements, according to the company.

For example, SQL Server now integrates with Azure Synapse Link and Microsoft Purview, enabling customers to derive deeper insights and governance from their large-scale data estates. At the same time, cloud integration benefits from disaster recovery to Azure SQL Managed Instance and no-fetch/transform/load connections to Azure’s cloud analytics services.

Another key database offering, Azure Cosmos DB, earnings new burst capacity and elasticity features to enable higher performance for applications during peak periods without cost overruns, as well as increased serverless capacity and an improved 30-day trial experience. Additionally, Azure SQL Database advantages new features that the company says will streamline development and improve flexibility for app developers.

Hybrid cloud updates

On the hybrid cloud front, Microsoft announced major updates to Azure Arc, a service that aims to simplify governance and management by providing a consistent multicloud and on-premises management platform.

New features generally available starting today include a landing zone accelerator for Kubernetes compatible with Azure Arc. This provides best practices and automated reference implementations, making it easier for customers to get started with Azure Arc and deploy cloud-native applications faster in different environments.

Azure Arc also gets a new Business Critical service tier for Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instances, delivering stronger business continuity guarantees, increased performance, and ongoing security to the most base-intensive workloads. of user data.

With the Business Critical tier, Azure Arc users get availability and redundancy through passive disaster recovery and Always On Availability Groups, as well as continuous security through updates automatic, continuous updates that deliver fixes and new features without application downtime. Other benefits include unlimited CPU and memory capacity, and the ability to choose the best combination of the two.

Simplified cloud migration

Finally, Microsoft announced a number of new features that aim to streamline and simplify migration to Azure Cloud. They include the general availability of agentless discovery and the consolidation of Hyper-V virtual machines and dependent physical servers, which helps ensure that all required components are identified before migrating to Azure.

Other additions include rating recommendations for SQL Server on Azure VMs and support for Hyper-V VMs and physical stacks, available in preview, and a new pause and resume feature. migration which offers more control over the actual migration operation. This makes it easier to schedule migrations during off-peak times, Microsoft explained.

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