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Securing Azure customers from CPU vulnerability

An industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability was disclosed today. Keeping customers secure is always our top priority and we are taking active steps to ensure that no Azure customer is exposed to these vulnerabilities. At the time of this blog post, ... continue reading

Azure #CosmosDB: Recap of 2017

It was a pretty amazing year for Azure Cosmos DB, highlighted by the launch of the service, the preview and general availability of Graph, Table APIs, MongoDB API, native Spark connector and many other awesome capabilities. There were breakthroughs in ... continue reading

Last week in Azure: Azure HDInsight, Azure Cosmos DB, and more

Welcome to 2018! This edition of Last Week in Azure covers the final two weeks of 2017. Just before everyone disappeared for the holiday break here in Redmond, the news focused on Azure HDInsight. Azure HDInsight We lowered prices and ... continue reading

XBox – Analytics on petabytes of gaming data with Azure HDInsight

This blog post was co-authored by Karan Gulati, Senior Software Engineer, XBOX and Daniel Hagen, Senior Software Engineer, XBOX. Microsoft Studios produces some of the world’s most popular game titles including the Halo, Minecraft, and Forza Motorsport series. The Xbox ... continue reading

How cloud speed helps SQL Server DBAs

A few years ago, the Microsoft SQL Server product team introduced a new cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Azure SQL Database, which shares the SQL Server code base. Running a cloud-first service required significant changes to the legacy SQL Server engineering model ... continue reading

Azure SQL Databases Disaster Recovery 101

Why should I care? As a PaaS service, Azure SQL provides automated backup for all databases. It allows customers to recover their data from system or human errors and restores the databases to any point in time during the retention ... continue reading

Automatic Dependency Mapping with Service Map and Live Maps

The following is a special guest blog from Savision Modern enterprise IT infrastructures are becoming increasingly difficult to manage as the deployment of new services and applications continues to grow. Applications tend to rely on many other services and applications ... continue reading

WANdisco enables continuous data replication on Azure HDInsight for Big Data applications

We are pleased to announce the expansion of HDInsight Application Platform to include WANdisco. You can install the WANdisco Fusion app and take advantage of the free trial too. Azure HDInsight is the industry leading fully-managed cloud Apache Hadoop and ... continue reading

A new Planned Maintenance experience for your virtual machines

We’re excited to announce the availability of a new planned maintenance experience in Azure, providing you more control, better communication, and better visibility. While most planned maintenance is performed without any impact to your virtual machines using memory preserving maintenance, ... continue reading
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