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Azure News September 2020

by Sep 1, 2020

Share big data at scale with Azure Data Share in-place sharing for Azure Data Explorer

Microsoft Azure Data Share is an open, easy, and secure way to share data at scale by enabling organisations to share data in-place or as a data snapshot. Microsoft Azure Data Explorer is a fast and highly scalable data analytics service for telemetry, time-series, and log data. By bringing the two together Microsoft give you the ability to share big data easily and securely between internal departments and with external partners, vendors, or customers for near real-time collaboration. 

Interested in finding out more? Read the full announcement. 

Azure Data Share and Data Explorer collaboration. Source: Microsoft. 




Azure SQL Database gateways changes coming soon

As of 15th September 2020 changes to Azure SQL Database gateways will come into effective. You may be affected if: 

  • You’ve hard-coded the IP address for a particular gateway in your on-premises firewall.  
  • You have any subnets using Azure SQL Database as a service endpoint but can’t communicate with the gateway IP addresses in the region.  
  • You use the zone redundant configuration for your database. 

You can view the full list of changes here. 


Azure Cost Management + Billing updates

At the end of each month Microsoft announce the improvements and updates they’ve made to Azure Cost Management + Billing based on users’ feedback. This month we were treated to: 

  • Advanced scheduling options now available for exports 
  • More details for reservation recommendations 
  • Quick fix remediation to action on recommendations faster 
  • New ways to save money 

Quick fix remediation for Azure Advisor. Source: Microsoft 




7 considerations when pricing Windows Virtual Desktop

Interested in Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) but not sure where to start? Our Director, Andy Slater, has put together a 10minute video on the different pricing options available for WVD for Azure.


Video series: Azure SQL for beginners

New to Azure SQL but keen to learn more? Channel 9 have done a great ‘Introduction to Azure SQL for Beginners’ video series which has 61 short sessions across five modules that you can pick and choose from. The modules include: 

  • Introduction to Azure SQL
  • Deploy and Configure 
  • Security  
  • Performance 
  • Availability  
  • Putting It All Together 



Guide: How to optimise your Azure workload costs 

New Azure SQL Learning Tools help reduce the global technology skills gap 

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