Azure News Roundup – August 21, 2020

Every two weeks we curate some of the best news and events in the Azure ecosystem into this bi-weekly news roundup.

We cover industry trends, new Azure tools and releases, and interesting perspectives from Azure and cloud thought leaders.

If you’re looking for specific answers about your own Azure environment, we also recently launched our own Azure Snapshot tool, which can give you an instant score for security vulnerabilities, monitoring coverage, and potential cost optimization.

Microsoft has a plan to try to improve Azure outage assistance

Microsoft is continuing to evolve the way it alerts Azure users of outages and has plans to use similar techniques for Microsoft 365 and the Power Platform services.

Microsoft readies its AWS Outposts hybrid competitor: Azure Stack ‘Fiji’

Fiji is meant to provide users with the ability to run #Azure as a local cloud, managed by public Azure and delivered in the form of racks of servers provided by Microsoft directly to user. 

Azure HDInsight gets its own Hadoop distro, as big data matures

Microsoft’s new home-brewed Hadoop distribution lets Azure HDInsight keep on truckin’ in a post-Hortonworks big data world.

Build resilient applications with Kubernetes on Azure

You can securely deploy any workload to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to drive cost-savings at scale across your business.Learn even more capabilities that can help you along on your cloud-native journey to Kubernetes on Azure here.

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

Azure Data Share in-place Sharing for Azure Data Explorer, now generally available, enables you to share big data easily and securely between internal departments and with external partners, vendors, or customers for near real-time collaboration.

VIAcode provides services for migration, optimization and management for Azure.