Microsoft has announced new advancements to Azure at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit in Seattle today.
The company released Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, which is a scalable data lake solution for big data analytics. With this solution, all data can coexist in a single store without needing to be copied, allowing for greater speed to insight for data.
It also announced new capabilities in Azure Data Factory, such as a web-based graphical user interface, code-free data ingestion, and the ability to easily lift SQL Server Integration Services packages to Azure and then run them in a managed execution environment in Azure Data Factory.
On the Internet of Things front, it made Azure IoT Edge, which enables consistency between cloud and edge, generally available. The solution will allow developers to push AI and machine learning to the edge.
It is now available on GitHub providing developers with greater flexibility and control over edge solutions in addition to enabling them to modify the runtime and dubug issues. It also added a Device Provisioning Service that allows tens of thousands of devices to be provisioned with zero touch.
Finally, it is increasing Azure’s global presence with 54 new regions. Now, Azure users with be able to “deliver cloud services and apps to nearly every corner of the globe and to provide everything that’s needed to run mission-critical applications, across scenarios, with a full set of resiliency solutions.”
It also is working on increase Azure’s resiliency capabilities with the addition of new Azure Availability Zones.
“As always, we will continue to focus on building the technologies you need to drive innovation and disruption with the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge,” Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure wrote in a post.