Microsoft adds new services to Azure
3 months ago, Microsoft announced that Azure and Office 365 services are now available from it’s UK data centres. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it has expanded on this availability of Azure in the UK by bringing several new services to the region.
At the number one spot of new services to come to the UK is their SQL Server Stretch Database, which Microsoft says is “cost effective and can migrate your cold data transparently and securely to the Microsoft Azure cloud.”
Second on the list is Azure Functions, which is a solution for “easily running small pieces of code in the cloud.”
At number three is Power BI, which is a “a cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to connect to, visualise, and analyse data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding.” This has been available for a while but not specifically within UK data centres.
At the number four spot is Power BI embedded, which “enables application developers to embed stunning, fully interactive reports and visualisations in customer-facing apps without the time and expense of having to build custom controls from the ground up.”
Other services added to Azure include:
- Azure DocumentDB: A fully managed “NoSQL” database service built for fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development. As a schema-free NoSQL database, DocumentDB provides rich and familiar SQL query capabilities with consistent low latencies on JSON data
- Azure DevTest Labs: A service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimising waste and controlling cost. The goal of this service is to solve the problems that IT and development teams have traditionally faced around delays in getting a working environment up and running, as well as the traditional high maintenance costs.
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