Azure Updates: Analytics; API Portal; Purview; Data Factory

April 25 2021

Microsoft marked a relative lull in announcements around the middle of April, but the company spoole up with new updates related to data, analytics, and developer tools.

For developers, important recent announcements include the general availability of Sphere version 21.04 coming up on April 29, in the Retail Eval feed. The open source API Portal entered general availability on April 16. It lets users create and publish customized sites with API documentation, employ GitHub based workflows, and set up REST API reference pages. Users can publish a portal within an organization to categorize APIs for discoverability, deduplicate assets, or provide branded portals to partners.

A number of announcements touched on data and analytics capabilities. Azure Purview added resource set pattern rules in public preview. Resource sets are single objects in data catalog that stand in for a large number of assets in storage. When Purview scans a storage account, it leverages defined patterns to decide whether a group of assets is a resource set. Currently, the pattern set rules support ADLS Gen2, Blob Storage and Files.

Data Factory added Data Flow in two new regions, US Virginia and US Arizona Gov Cloud. Meanwhile, the Azure team premiered event source start options in Time Series Insights Gen2 and ways to insert metadata into an Azure VM at the time of provisioning using the Instance Metadata Service.

In general updates, Microsoft announced the general availability of Application Gateway URL Rewrite, . DCsv2-series VMs are in public preview for Azure Government, allowing enclave-based secure apps capable of expanded protection for data and apps while in operation. The Azure team also announced the general availability of M-series Msv2 and Mdsv2 Medium Memory VMs, intended for memory-optimized workloads. Designed for a 20 percent increase in CPU performance, enhanced flexibility for local disks and scalability, the VMs are geared toward SAP HANA and SQL Hekaton workloads. Each of the M-series VMs runs on Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascade Lake processors, with support for both disk and diskless, as well as isolated VM sizes.

Katie Adams, writing on Becker's Health IT, recapped some of the big Microsoft healthcare partnerships of the last six months. Back in October, Microsoft brokered confidential computing and genomics agreements with UC San Francisco and Children's Mercy Kansas City, followed by Allscripts' migration to Azure in December, Epic EHR integration with Azure, work with Verily, Carnegie Mellon, the Mayo Clinic, and University of Washington.

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