Microsoft Azure is constantly evolving, and the past month has seen some exciting new features implemented, including support for templates in Azure Data Factory.
This support helps to solve issues for organisations that need to integrate various types of data, and allows for the unification of complex processes within a hybrid data environment. Azure Data Factory templates allow for businesses to create integrated data solutions without having to repeatedly build the same workflows. Azure users can choose from a template gallery containing data movement templates, use-case based templates, SSIS templates and transformation templates which allow the user to be hands-on when creating data factory pipelines.
Azure Sphere update
Elsewhere, Microsoft launched version 19.02 of Azure Sphere. This release focuses on increasing what the user can accomplish with MT3620 solutions. Platform support has been added for critical DHCP and SNTP services, to facilitate easier deployment in brownfield scenarios. To create apps that make use of this new functionality, users will need to install the latest Azure Sphere SDK Preview.
Azure DevOps Projects now supports Azure Kubernetes Service
While Kubernetes continues to go from strength-to-strength on account of increasing industry adoption, there are still a large number of users who are new to container orchestration who potentially need to increase their familiarity of Docker or containers in general.
Microsoft has recognised the need to help users move from a container image or git repo, and to provide help to get an app up and running in Kubernetes as simply as possible. As such, the firm has offered two easy solutions: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Azure DevOps Projects.
AKS is a full Kubernetes container service. It allows for the simplification of Kubernetes operation and deployment, helping the user to scale app infrastructure with agility and confidence.
Azure DevOps Projects is another simplified experience which allows the user to launch apps on their Azure Service of choice in a few simple steps. The DevOps Projects dashboard makes it easy to keep track of code commits and deployments from one single view. It supports all popular frameworks including Java, .NET, Node.js, Python and PHP, and users can start from scratch or import apps from GitHub.