Category Archives: Microsoft
Jabil pilots Azure and Project Brainwave in advanced manufacturing solutions
Jabil provides advanced manufacturing solutions that require visual inspection of components on production lines. Their pilot with Azure Machine Learning and Project Brainwave promises dramatic improvements in speed and accuracy, reducing workload and improving focus for human operators.
Proud to be the lead architect working on advanced Machine Learning solutions and pipelines at Jabil.
Our machine learning development project makes it into //BUILD 2018 Keynote
Sometimes working on advanced technologies comes with the peril of NDAs … which limit what I can talk about… but it is nice to see yet another of our projects feature in Keynote speech by Satya Nadella, this time at Microsoft //BUILD 2018. Proud to be the lead architect working on advanced Machine Learning solutions and pipelines at Jabil.
Sync SQL data in large scale using Azure SQL Data Sync
“Azure SQL Data Sync allows users to synchronize data between Azure SQL Databases and SQL Server databases in one-direction or bi-direction. This feature was first introduced in 2012. By that time, people didn’t host a lot of large databases in Azure. Some size limitations were applied when we built the data sync service, including up to 30 databases (five on-premises SQL Server databases) in a single sync group, and up to 500 tables in any database in a sync group.
Today, there are more than two million Azure SQL Databases and the maximum database size is 4TB. But those limitations of data sync are still there. It is mainly because that syncing data is a size of data operation. Without an architectural change, we can’t ensure the service can sustain the heavy load when syncing in a large scale. We are working on some improvements in this area. Some of these limitations will be raised or removed in the future. In this article, we are going to show you how to use data sync to sync data between large number of databases and tables, including some best practices and how to temporarily work around database and table limitations”…
Read more at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/sync-sql-data-in-large-scale-using-azure-sql-data-sync/
Azure Event Grid reaches GA
Azure Event Grid generally available
Easily subscribe and react to interesting events happening in any Azure service or in your own apps with Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service. Event Grid removes the need to continuously poll by reliably routing events at high scale and low latency. In addition, take advantage of the rich coverage and reactive event model enabled by Event Grid in your serverless architectures. These features were added as part of the general availability (GA) release:
|✓||Richer scenarios enabled through integration with more services: Azure Storage General Purpose v2 accounts were added; Azure IoT Hub and Azure Service Bus were added as new event publishers; and Azure Event Hubs was added as a new destination for events.|
|✓||Availability in more regions: It’s now available in the following regions: West US, East US, West US 2, East US 2, West Central US, Central US, West Europe, North Europe, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, with more coming soon.|
|✓||Increased reliability and service-level agreement (SLA): We now have a 24-hour retry policy with exponential back off for event delivery. We also offer 99.99 percent availability with a financially backed SLA for your production workloads.|
|✓||Better developer productivity: New management and data plane SDKs help make the development process smoother.|
Event Grid is now generally available. GA pricing will be effective for billing periods beginning on or after April 1, 2018. Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages or via the Azure Blog.
Recently released: Azure Data Architecture Guide (ADAG) – 36 Articles for Data Professionals
The Azure Data Architecture Guide:
The guide is structured around a basic pivot: The distinction between relational data and non-relational data.
Relational data is generally stored in a traditional RDBMS or a data warehouse. It has a pre-defined schema (“schema on write”) with a set of constraints to maintain referential integrity. Most relational databases use Structured Query Language (SQL) for querying. Solutions that use relational databases include online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP).
Non-relational data is any data that does not use the relational model found in traditional RDBMS systems. This may include key-value data, JSON data, graph data, time series data, and other data types. The term NoSQL refers to databases that are designed to hold various types of non-relational data. However, the term is not entirely accurate, because many non-relational data stores support SQL compatible queries. Non-relational data and NoSQL databases often come up in discussions of big data solutions. A big data architecture is designed to handle the ingestion, processing, and analysis of data that is too large or complex for traditional database systems.
Within each of these two main categories, the Data Architecture Guide contains the following sections:
- Concepts. Overview articles that introduce the main concepts you need to understand when working with this type of data.
- Scenarios. A representative set of data scenarios, including a discussion of the relevant Azure services and the appropriate architecture for the scenario.
- Technology choices. Detailed comparisons of various data technologies available on Azure, including open source options. Within each category, we describe the key selection criteria and a capability matrix, to help you choose the right technology for your scenario.
This guide is not intended to teach you data science or database theory — you can find entire books on those subjects. Instead, the goal is to help you select the right data architecture or data pipeline for your scenario, and then select the Azure services and technologies that best fit your requirements. If you already have an architecture in mind, you can skip directly to the technology choices.
- Online analytical processing (OLAP)
- Online transaction processing (OLTP)
- Data warehousing and data marts
Big data and NoSQL
- Non-relational data stores
- Working with CSV and JSON files
- Big data architectures
- Advanced analytics
- Machine learning at scale
- Batch processing
- Real time processing
- Free-form text search
- Interactive data exploration
- Natural language processing
- Time series solutions
Our solution included in Microsoft Ignite 2017 Keynote
Azure Cosmos DB, Azure DW, Machine Leaning, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, TensorFlow, SQL Server, ASP.NET Core… are just a few of the components that make up one of the solutions we are currently developing.
Have been under a social media embargo, until today, but now that the Microsoft Ignite 2017 keynote has taken place, I am able to proudly say that the solution our team has been working on for some time was part of the Keynote addresses.
During the second keynote lead by Scott Guthrie, Danielle Dean a Data Scientist Lead @Microsoft discussed at a high level, one of the solutions we are developing at Jabil, which involves advanced image recognition of circuit board issues. The keynote focused in on the context of the solutions data science portion and introduced the new Azure Machine Learning Workbench to the packed audience.
Tomorrow morning there is a session – “Using big data, the cloud, and AI to enable intelligence at scale” (Tuesday, September 26, from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, in Hyatt Regency Windermere X)… during which we will be going into a bit more detail, and the guys at Microsoft will be expanding on the new AI and Big Data machine learning capabilities (session details via this link).
Awaiting Microsoft Ignite Keynote
Some cool stuff ahead today… keynote coming up…
Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 Release Notes
Release Date: August 18, 2017 – Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3.1
Issues Fixed in August 18, 2017 Release
These are the customer-reported issues addressed in this version:
- Update Git version to address security fix.
- Add Watch displays the wrong line of code.
- F# Editor loses focus when typing arrow, backspace, or newline keys.
- R Tools missing translations.
Summary: What’s New in this Release
- Accessibility Improvements make Visual Studio more accessible than ever.
- Azure Function Tools are included in the Azure development workload. You can develop Azure Function applications locally and publish directly to Azure.
- You can now build applications in Visual Studio 2017 that run on Azure Stack and government clouds, like Azure in China.
- We improved .NET Core development support for .NET Core 2.0, and Windows Nano Server containers.
- In Visual Studio IDE, we improved Sign In and Identity, the start page, Lightweight Solution Load, and setup CLI. We also improved refactoring, code generation and Quick Actions.
- The Visual Studio Editor has better accessibility due to the new ‘Blue (Extra Contrast)’ theme and improved screen reader support.
- We improved the Debugger and diagnostics experience. This includes Point and Click to Set Next Statement. We’ve also refreshed all nested values in variable window, and made Open Folder debugging improvements.
- Xamarin has a new standalone editor for editing app entitlements.
- The Open Folder and CMake Tooling experience is updated. You can now use CMake 3.8.
- We made improvements to the IntelliSense engine, and to the project and the code wizards for C++ Language Services.
- Visual C++ Toolset supports command-prompt initialization targeting.
- We added the ability to use C# 7.1 Language features.
- You can install TypeScript versions independent of Visual Studio updates.
- We added support for Node 8 debugging.
- NuGet has added support for new TFMs (netcoreapp2.0, netstandard2.0, Tizen), Semantic Versioning 2.0.0, and MSBuild integration of NuGet warnings and errors.
- Visual Studio now offers .NET Framework 4.7 development tools to supported platforms with 4.7 runtime included.
- We added clusters of related events to the search query results in the Application Insights Search tool.
- We improved syntax support for SQL Server 2016 in Redgate SQL Search.
- We enabled support for Microsoft Graph APIs in Connected Services.
Read more at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-gb/news/releasenotes/vs2017-relnotes#15.3.26730.08
.NET Core 2.0 and ASP.NET Core 2.0 Released
Been busy past couple of weeks, but if like me you are catching up… on 14th Aug, Microsoft released .NET Core 2.0, including ASP.NET Core 2.0
.NET Core 2.0
.NET and C# – Get Started in 10 Minutes
ASP.NET Core 2.0
This release features compatibility with .NET Core 2.0, tooling support in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3, and the new Razor Pages user-interface design paradigm. For a full list of updates, you can read the release notes and you can check the list of changed items in the ASP.NET Announcements GitHub repository for a list of changes from previous versions of ASP.NET Core. The latest SDK and tools can be downloaded from https://dot.net/core.
Read more at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/webdev/2017/08/14/announcing-asp-net-core-2-0/