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Integrate 2016 Wrap-up: Microsoft Shares Azure App Service and Cloud Messaging Adoption Metrics

by Kent Weare on  May 15, 2016

InfoQ attended the recent Integrate 2016 event in London, where Microsoft Integration technologies took center stage. Day 1 focused on the BizTalk, Logic Apps and API Management teams. Day 2 was focused on Azure App Service adoption and the new server-less Azure Functions. Microsoft's Cloud Messaging team also spoke about adoption metrics and their work in the OPC UA working group.

Exploring Azure with F# Azure Storage Type Provider

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  May 11, 2016

The Azure Storage Type Provider brings statically typed access to Azure storage data sources: Blob, Table and Queue. Isaac Abraham, maintainer of the project, recently presented how to interact with these data sources using the type provider.

Integrate 2016 - Day 1 Recap

by Kent Weare on  May 11, 2016

InfoQ is currently attending the Integrate 2016 event in London, where Microsoft Integration technologies take center stage. The event is a hosted by BizTalk360 in collaboration with Integration related Microsoft Product Groups.

Azure Stream Analytics Publishing to Power BI Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 21 Microsoft announced the integration between Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI has reached General Availability (GA). Using this capability, customers can gain real-time insight into their business performance by analyzing in-flight data streams.

Q&A on Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net

by João Miranda on  May 03, 2016

"Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net" is a short book by Matthew Skelton and Chris O'Dell that should be seen as a very useful complement to Jez Humble and Dave Farley's "Continuous Delivery" book for those that work in a Windows and .Net environment. InfoQ talked with the authors to learn more about the state of Continuous Delivery on Windows and .Net.

Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2016 CTP 1

by Kent Weare on  May 01, 2016

On March 30th, 2016 Microsoft announced the release of their BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technical Preview 1 (CTP). This release is one of Microsoft’s milestones they highlighted in their recent Integration Roadmap. In addition to the BizTalk Server CTP, Microsoft has also released an initial CTP for its Host Integration Server offering.

Microsoft Releases Power BI Embedded Preview

by Kent Weare on  Apr 17, 2016

Recently at the 2016 Build Event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a change to their Power BI offering. The update comes in the form of giving customers and ISVs with the ability to embed Power BI reports within their own applications. Microsoft is calling this service Power BI Embedded and it is currently in preview.

Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

Microsoft Joins the Eclipse Foundation

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 08, 2016 1

At today's EclipseCon, Microsoft announced that they have joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member, including open-sourcing their Team Explorer Anywhere on GitHub. InfoQ reports.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

Microsoft Makes Azure Container Service Preview Available

by Kent Weare on  Dec 15, 2015

Microsoft has recently announced the Azure Container Service has reached preview status. The service was first discussed at the AzureCon event earlier this fall and is now available to customers through a self-nomination process.

Release of MBrace 1.0, a Distributed Programming Framework for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 18, 2015

After several years of development, MBrace 1.0 was released last week. MBrace is a programming model for scalable cloud data scripting and programming with F# and C#. The project consists mainly of code libraries and cloud providers runtime.

SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

Microsoft Azure Tops Nasuni’s Storage Benchmark Test

by Janakiram MSV on  May 24, 2015

Nasuni, the cloud NAS and storage company published the results of its annual cloud storage benchmarking test. Microsoft Azure Storage emerged as a winner on speed, availability, and scalability. Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage were the other services included in the benchmark.

Azure Gains New Networking Capabilities

by Chris Swan on  May 11, 2015 2

At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.

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