Microsoft released a number of new features in Azure during July. I have tried to compile a list of what those updates are and a brief summary below. If you rely on one of these currently or plan on using it in the future, you will find more details by following the links included.
Premium Messaging GA
This service is now available on dedicated hardware to handle messages up to 1MB in size and with higher performance. It is charged at a fixed daily rate and is 50% off the standard price until the end of August.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse
By separating the compute and the storage, you can independently scale each as needed. There is even a pause feature that allows you to stop the compute charges while retaining your data. The storage can scale to hundreds of terabytes while the compute runs on an elastic massively parallel processing architecture with SQL.
Two New Azure Regions
Microsoft has added two new Azure regions in the US. West US 2 and West Central US are now generally available.
Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 edition
The S3 edition is the fourth level of performance with IoT Hub and can deliver up to 300 million messages a day.
Bing APIs in Microsoft Cognitive Services
I saw a demo of the Face API and Emotion API recently, and it was impressive though not perfect in detecting age and whether the person was happy, sad, angry, etc. Microsoft is calling these, server-less computing. Not all of the services are GA but those that are not still in preview offer a lot of possibilities.
Azure ExpressRoute in Additional Locations
With the new regions in Azure coming online, the availability of ExpressRoute (MPLS) is also expanding with Paris, Newport, and Quebec.
So as you can see, Microsoft has been busy!
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