Justin Luk joins Scott Hanselman to discuss AKS preview features and enabling new functionality like Virtual Machine Scale Set node pools and Availability Zones. Availability Zones (AZ) is a high availability offering from Azure that protects applications and data from datacenter failures. By using AZ with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), you will get higher reliability and resiliency for your applications running on Kubernetes.    

Here’s an interesting new product from Microsoft: Azure Lighthouse.

Grow your business profitably and efficiently to service more customers, larger workloads, and most mission-critical apps with precision on Microsoft Azure. Azure Lighthouse provides advanced automation on Azure for you to confidently manage multiple customers’ Azure estates at scale and protect your management IP.

With Azure Lighthouse, your customers can have greater visibility into service provider activities, increasing transparency and trust. Discover how this foundational management capability works consistently across Azure services and licensing models to help streamline managed service operations and can help our partners focus increasingly more on providing differentiated services to customers. Learn more: https://aka.ms/azurelighthouse

In this video, learn about Microsoft’s open source Confidential Consortium Framework (CCF), which leverages Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) technology to provide full confidentiality, high transaction throughput, and governance capabilities for blockchain and multi-party application builders.

Additional details can be found at: https://github.com/microsoft/CCF


In this episode of BlockTalk, watch a discussion on Bitcoin and Lightning technology with Samson Mow, the CSO of BlockStream. They cover Bitcoin and Lightning technology as well dive into how companies like BlockStream are innovating on top of the Bitcoin protocol.

Azure Data Share is available in public preview now and offers a simple pane of glass over your data sharing relationships.

In this episode of Azure Data Friday, learn how to easily provision a new data share, add datasets to it, specify your terms of use and invite recipients. Guest Joanna walks through how you can stay in control of your data through monitoring and governance features which ensure you are always in control of your data.

You can now derive rich insights from your IoT data in Azure Time Series Insights using advanced visualization options.

The team has introduced  several new capabilities into TSI Explorer since we launched last December. These include significant Performance improvements, new Explorations like Scatter Plots & Heatmaps, as well as an enhanced JS SDK and more. Rahul Kayal, PM in the TSI team walks us through the latest additions and enhancements in TSI.

Check this video out to learn more.     

Try Azure Time Series Insights today: https://aka.ms/tsipreview
Check out the JS SDK for TSI in action: https://aka.ms/tsiclientdemos
Try Azure IoT for free today: https://aka.ms/aft-iot

Google Colaboratory (Colab) is a cloud service that can be used for free of cost. It supports a free GPU and is based on Google’s Jupyter Notebooks environment. If you’re looking for alternatives, then you’re in luck.  While I am partial to Azure Notebooks, especially when paired with a Data Science Virtual Machine, I appreciate this rundown of other alternatives by Analytics India Magazine.

It provides a way for your machine to not carry the load of heavy workout of your ML operations. It is one of the very popular platforms of the kind. But there are some others which form as efficient alternatives of Colab. These are the best alternatives available out there for Google colab.