Episode 320 - COVID-19

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2020

The team gets together to share personal thoughts and experiences on working at home for extended periods of time and how Azure and other cloud vendors are helping the cause during this difficult time.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode320.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/f0d8448fcd/

Resources:

https://www-theverge-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/3/21/21189227/cdc-microsoft-chatbot-coronavirus-symptom-checker
https://hackorona.in.dev/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/our-commitment-to-customers-and-microsoft-cloud-services-continuity/

Other updates:

Configure Azure Monitor log alert rules for recommendations and alerts exported from Security Center by taking advantage of Security Center's continuous export capabilities to Log Analytics Workspace.

How Azure Machine Learning service powers suggested replies in Outlook
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-azure-machine-learning-service-powers-suggested-replies-in-outlook/

New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-deploy-to-azure-extension-for-visual-studio-code/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-research-covid-19-literature-dataset-eric-horvitz/
https://www.bing.com/covid
https://www.coepi.org/
http://privatekit.mit.edu/
https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/03/20/delivering-information-and-eliminating-bottlenecks-with-cdcs-covid-19-assessment-bot/

Azure Security Center—Protection for Azure Kubernetes Service is now available

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-security-center-s-threat-protection-for-azure-kubernetes-service-is-now-generally-available/>

Protect your web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities with Web Application Firewall for Azure Content Delivery Network from Microsoft. Web Application Firewall is already natively integrated with Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door services.
Apply the firewall policies to protect your Azure Content Delivery Network endpoints from malicious attacks. A Web Application Firewall security policy may consist of an ordered list of custom match rules, rate limit rules, or Azure-managed pre-configuration rules.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-web-application-firewall-waf-for-azure-content-delivery-network-cdn-from-microsoft-service-is-in-preview/>


How Azure Machine Learning service powers suggested replies in Outlook

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-azure-machine-learning-service-powers-suggested-replies-in-outlook/>

[Preview] Joining a Live Share session from the browser

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/liveshare/quickstart/browser-join


Cognitive Services introduces new Neural Text to Speech voices for different styles
Updated: March 18, 2020
We are announcing new style voices for Neural Text to Speech. Neural Text to Speech enables fluid, natural-sounding speech that matches the patterns and intonation of human voices. New speaking styles allow you to tailor your voice for different scenarios, such as expressing different emotions, like cheerfulness or empathy. We are excited to be rolling out new speaking styles for newscast, voice assistant, and customer service scenarios for our English and Chinese neural voices.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/cognitive-services-introduces-new-neural-text-to-speech-voices-for-different-styles/>


Azure Web Application Firewall service protects your web applications from malicious attacks. In addition to Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door service, Web Application Firewall is now natively integrated with Azure Content Delivery Network, protecting Content Delivery Network endpoints from common exploits such as SQL injection and cross site scripting (XSS) attacks.


Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications preview now available
Updated: March 18, 2020
Azure Shared Disks is a shared block storage offering, enabling customers to run latency-sensitive workloads without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability. Azure Shared Disks are best suited for clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent containers, and machine learning applications.
Azure Shared Disks provide a consistent experience for applications running on Windows or Linux based clusters today. These include, Global File System 2 (GFS2), SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI), Scale-out File Servers (SoFS) which leverage SCSI Persistent Reservations (PR) to handle cluster node communication as well as write locking.
Visit the Azure Shared Disk blog
Learn More about Enable Shared Disk
Learn More about Azure Disk Storage

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-shared-disks-for-clustered-applications-preview-now-available/>


Azure Database for MySQL—Connection redirection support for PHP drivers
Updated: March 18, 2020
Redirection support for the mysqlnd PHP driver used to connect to Azure Database for MySQL is now available in preview. Take advantage of the mysqlnd_azure extension to improve the connection latency between applications and Azure Database for MySQL. This new redirection support allows the gateway to return the backend database server address to the client driver. Subsequent connections then use this address to connect directly to the Azure Database for MySQL server.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-connection-redirection-support-for-php-drivers/>

 

 

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