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2021’s Ignite shows off new Cosmos DB features

Microsoft’s second virtual Ignite conference is promoting new Azure data services, including major upgrades to its planet-scale distributed database.

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Why Microsoft Azure wins with enterprise customers

In the cloud wars, Microsoft often comes off as second best to Amazon Web Services. But when it comes to established enterprises Azure wins more often than not. Here’s why.

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Run containers on Azure App Service

Simple container-based web apps and services don’t need Kubernetes to run on Azure.

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Microsoft Azure Quantum opens for public preview

Microsoft’s quantum computing platform has been used for applications including cancer research, logistics and freight optimization, and risk management.

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Cloud on cloud: Couchbase as a service on Azure

The Azure Marketplace lets you add third-party tools and services, such as Couchbase’s NoSQL database, to your applications.

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Extending Azure Functions with custom handlers

Build serverless code on Azure in any language.

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Google Cloud named best performing cloud for 2021

Google Cloud edged AWS and Azure in Cockroach Labs’ 2021 report, which compares the big three cloud providers on performance and cost using online transaction processing benchmarks.

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Working with Azure Image Builder

Dynamically generate and customize your Azure virtual machines.

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Jumping into Azure Arc Data Services

Azure Arc brings Azure databases to your on-premises servers and applications.

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Go local with Azure Logic Apps development

Microsoft’s low-code business process automation tools add container runtimes and a local development environment.

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Exploring Azure Spatial Analysis containers

Use containers and Azure IoT Hub to bring Cognitive Services machine learning to your own servers on the edge.

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Microsoft rolls out data governance service on Azure

Azure Purview automates the discovery and cataloging of data on-premises, in the cloud, and in SaaS applications.

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Microsoft adds a new Linux: CBL-Mariner

Azure’s container infrastructure Linux host gets a public outing on GitHub.

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Azure Cosmos DB goes serverless

Microsoft adds new options to its cloud-scale database.

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Build custom models with Azure Machine Learning Designer

Now anyone can be a model designer with assistive tooling and a new automated ML development service. All you need is data.

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Getting started with Azure SQL Edge

Microsoft scaled down its flagship database, squeezing it into 500MB and running it on edge hardware.

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Azure Databricks previews parallelized Photon query engine

Microsoft and Databricks say the vectorized query engine written in C++ accelerates Apache Spark workloads by up to 20x

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Ignite 2020: Introducing Azure Communication Services

New APIs from Microsoft let you build both Team’s chat services and telephony into your code

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