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There have been a number of new Microsoft Azure updates released throughout May 2017. To ensure you make the most of the huge opportunity Azure can provide for you and your customers, below is an update on the key features:


Job Diagram Public Preview

A public preview has been launched for the metrics in the Job Diagram. This enables data-driven monitoring and troubleshooting with all Azure Stream Analytics jobs. Through introducing this new functionality, it is much quicker and easier to isolate issues and establish which specific components they affect. This also means query steps can be identified using these metrics, to resolve diagnostic problems.


Power BI Content Pack

Azure Enterprise users can now access a new Power BI Content Pack, which will allow them to explore and analyse consumption data for any enterprise enrolments.


The data is refreshed on a daily basis automatically and users can specify a time range of up to 36 months, with the Content Pack also now including Marketplace, Balance and Summary data. In addition to this, price sheet data has been added for the current billing period.


Azure Enterprise Power BI Content Pack

Azure Consumption and Charge APIs

At the start of the month, following the release of the new Power BI Content Pack, Microsoft announced the preview release for the new Azure Consumption and Charge APIs.


Launched for Enterprise customers, these enable users to query the details of Azure Usage and Marketplace Charges, using any date range or billing period. This is particularly useful for any organisations who want to gain a deeper understanding into how they use the platform, and what they’re spending on workloads being run on Azure.


On-Premises Data Gateway

May 2017 also saw the release of on-premises data gateway for all Azure users. Using the gateway, you can now securely connect your business apps in your cloud with your data sources on premises. This can help in the movement of data and is supported across multiple regions.

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Management Pack

The Management Pack is now available as a technical preview for Microsoft Azure Stack. Microsoft Azure Stack is a powerful and resourceful cloud platform that allows you to run Microsoft Azure services in your data centre. With the management pack added, it is a hugely valuable integration for businesses and operations managers.


Azure Batch Rendering

Azure Batch Rendering has been introduced as a preview. This is particularly beneficial to those working in media and entertainment, architecture, automotive, or manufacturing who create visual effects, photo-realistic images or animation in their jobs.


With Azure Batch, this works as a job and resource management service in the cloud. It helps to cut down on your data movement as you aren’t needing to export locally. You can submit jobs using platforms including Autodesk Maya, Arnold and 3ds Max, without needing to manage any licenses. This means you only need to pay for what you use.


Microsoft Azure Batch Rendering

Storage Service Encryption

Another new update is the introduction of the general availability of Storage Service Encryption with Azure Files Storage. This fully managed service allows the distribution and cross-platform storage of files. It is now the first fully managed file service to be offering for your data to be encrypted. This provides business with peace of mind and added security.


With Microsoft Inspire just round the corner in July, expect a number of other new and exciting Azure updates in the coming months!