Cloud Platform Release Announcements for June 10, 2015

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform team.

In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud first era.

You expect cloud-speed innovation from us, and we’re delivering across the breadth of our Cloud Platform product portfolio. Below is a consolidated list of our latest releases to help you stay current, with links to additional details if you’d like more information.  In this update:

  • Azure RMS Departmental Templates generally available

  • Visual Studio Application Insights public preview

  • Azure Premium Storage generally available in East Australia

  • New Microsoft Power BI Content Packs generally available

Azure RMS Departmental Templates generally available

Organizations may choose to create policy templates specific to the needs of departments or divisions. Departmental templates will allow administrators to define the scope of these templates. In other words, an administrator can define the list of groups or individual users who can apply a particular template. Only those people can view and use the templates to protect documents. To learn more about this and other new Azure RMS capabilities, read The RMS Team Blog.

Visual Studio Application Insights public preview

Visual Studio Online Application Insights Preview helps development teams find performance issues earlier, diagnose crashes faster, and get smarter about their users with a 360° view of their apps and services.  Since the launch of our Preview users have been able to use the service for free.  Starting on June 15th we will turn on billing for Application Insights.

Learn more about Application Insights here. Learn more about the pricing for the different tiers here.

Azure Premium Storage generally available in East Australia

Azure Premium Storage is a solid-state drive (SSD)–based storage solution designed to support I/O-intensive workloads. With Premium Storage, you can add up to 32 TB of persistent storage per virtual machine (VM), with more than 64,000 IOPS per VM and extremely low latencies for read operations.

Offering a service-level agreement (SLA) for 99.9 percent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the East Australia region, as well as the previously announced regions.  Learn more about Premium Storage.

New Microsoft Power BI Content Packs generally available

Power BI continues to make it easier for users to connect to their data, providing pre-built solutions for popular services as part of the Power BI experience. This month we add content packs for appFigures and Mailchimp. Subscribers to one of these two supported service can now quickly connect to their account from Power BI and see their data through live dashboards and interactive reports that have been pre-built for them. Getting started with data visualization and analysis has never been easier, for additional information visit the Power BI blog.