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Az Update: AZ-104 Beta Exam available, Azure Feedback, Azure Edge Zones and new Disks

Az Update: AZ-104 Beta Exam available, Azure Feedback, Azure Edge Zones and new Disks

With all the changes in Azure, it is sometimes hard to keep track, that's why I thought I would give you a quick update on a couple of exciting things I learned this week. In this update, I want to ... continue reading
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SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are: Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely ... continue reading
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Compute-optimized Fsv2 hardware in Azure SQL Database

Executive summary For CPU-bound workloads, Fsv2 can improve query response time and workload throughput by 20-40%, compared to Gen5 hardware. What is Fsv2-series hardware? At the Ignite conference in November 2019, we introduced the preview of two new hardware generations ... continue reading
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Scaling up an IoT workload using an M-series Azure SQL database

Executive summary M-series provides close to 30 GB of memory per core and up to 128 cores, enabling significant scale-up capability in Azure SQL Database. For the same IoT workload, we achieved 3 times higher throughput on M-series compared to ... continue reading
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Monitor Windows Storage Spaces Direct 2016/2019 with SCOM Management Pack

SCOM have revamped the old S2D 2016 MP and have added a whole list of new features to enable you with monitoring of entire S2D stack all the way from Physical disks to CSVs/File shares. Download the preview version today ... continue reading
Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

I was recently challenged with having to create technical demos for a Microsoft Ignite the tour session called “Migrating to Windows Server 2019” (watch the recording here - awesome session). The demos for this talk centered around taking a bunch ... continue reading

Save more on Azure usage—Announcing reservations for six more services

With reserved capacity, you get significant discounts over your on-demand costs by committing to long-term usage of a service. We are pleased to share reserved capacity offerings for the following additional services. With the addition of these services, we now ... continue reading

Gain on OLTP price-performance with Azure SQL Virtual Machines

This post was co-authored by Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager, Sadashivan Krishnamurthy, Principal Architect, and Bob Ward, Principal Architect. Today, most applications are running online transactional processing (OLTP) transactions. Online banking, purchasing a book online, booking an airline ticket, sending ... continue reading
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Controlling write-through behaviors in SMB

Heya folks, Ned here again. In my continuing series on offbeat SMB settings, today I’m going to explain how to control SMB write-through and data consistency in Windows 10 and Windows Server. Background Network protocols like SMB or NFS are ... continue reading
Training and production with PyTorch and ONNX Runtime

PyTorch on Azure: Full support for PyTorch 1.2

Congratulations to the PyTorch community on the release of PyTorch 1.2! Last fall, as part of our dedication to open source AI, we made PyTorch one of the primary, fully supported training frameworks on Azure. PyTorch is supported across many ... continue reading