Cloud Platform Release Announcements for July 9, 2015

Cloud Platform Release Announcements for July 9, 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:

  • Linux RDMA Support generally available

  • Introducing Operations Management Suite add-on for System Center

  • Azure Site Recovery (VMWare/Physical to Azure) generally available

  • Azure Batch generally available

  • HPC Pack support for Linux generally available

  • Power BI Content Packs

  • Datazen Windows 7 Publisher Public Preview

  • System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2


Linux RDMA Support generally available

We now support Linux remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology, enabling scientists and engineers to solve complex problems using simulations running on Azure. RDMA technology allows A8 and A9 Linux VMs in Azure to directly communicate through the InfiniBand network. This helps enable faster communication between VMs at low latency for parallel workloads and applications that take advantage of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) stack. With this release, Intel MPI is supported. For more information, please visit the About the A8, A9, A10, and A11 Compute Intensive Instances documentation webpage.


Introducing Operations Management Suite add-on for System Center

We designed OMS to empower customers to do more with their System Center investments, and just two months after the release of OMS, we are delivering the Operations Management Suite add-on for System Center.  The OMS add-on provides System Center customers access to the full suite of OMS solutions at one low cost. For every System Center Standard or Datacenter license you own with Software Assurance, you will be able to purchase a corresponding Microsoft Operations Management Suite add-on for access to allocated solutions that enable you to extend your datacenter, quickly enable hybrid cloud scenarios, and take advantage of cloud bursting, migration and dev/test scenarios.  To add further value, we are also providing an introductory promotional offer through December 31, 2015, which includes site recovery to Azure.  This promotion equates to a 40 percent discount over the regular price and a 57% discount over purchasing the standalone services.  You can learn more about Operations Management Suite and the new OMS add-on here.


Azure Site Recovery (VMWare/Physical to Azure) generally available

Pricing | Site Recovery webpage
ASR for VMWare and Physical is now generally available and we’ve made it easier to try Azure Site Recovery to enable Availability on Demand, and to extend and help protect your datacenter. With Site Recovery, you can quickly help protect applications running on your physical and virtual infrastructure, migrate applications into Azure, create copies of your applications in Azure for dev/test, or run analytics or reporting on replicated applications with a copy of production data.

Site Recovery helps you avoid the expense and complexity of building and managing your own secondary datacenter, and leverage the power of Azure with a just a few clicks. Now, you can use the powerful replication capabilities of Site Recovery for 31 days at no charge for every new application or VM that you replicate.


Azure Batch generally available

Azure Batch makes it easy to run large-scale parallel and high-performance computing workloads in Azure. As part of this release, the Batch scheduling capabilities will be available as a free tier. Users pay only for the underlying VM usage, with no additional charge for using Batch. Developers can use Batch to scale out parallel workloads, manage execution of tasks in a queue, and enable applications to offload compute jobs in the cloud. With Batch, users can run these applications on demand at scale without setting up and managing a cluster, VMs, or a job scheduler. Batch manages VM deployment, autoscaling, and failure recovery. It can also be used as part of a workflow and to deliver self-service applications as a service.


HPC Pack support for Linux generally available

HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 2 is now available. With this update, HPC Pack now supports Linux VMs running on Azure. Customers running high-performance computing clusters on Linux can now use HPC Pack management, deployment, and scheduling capabilities. For more information about this update, please visit the Microsoft HPC Pack webpage.


Power BI Content Packs

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 added content packs for Acumatica and UserVoice. Acumatica offers cloud accounting software and cloud ERP software for small to midsize business and UserVoice integrates easy-to-use feedback, helpdesk, and knowledge base management tools in one platform. Subscribers to these supported services 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.


Datazen Windows 7 Publisher Public Preview

Datazen Publisher enables quick creation and publishing of rich data visualizations from on-premises enterprise data sources such as SQL Server. Published content delivers business insights through an interactive user experience on all major mobile platforms.

The public preview of Datazen Publisher for Windows 7 is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

Datazen Publisher for Windows 7 offers feature parity with the Datazen Publisher app, which is available in the Windows store, the UI that has been optimized for desktop scenarios.

For more information about how Datazen can help your organization get insights from your on-premises data please visit: http://


System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2

Today, we announced the availability of System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Endpoint Protection Technical Preview 2. This second technical preview provides an early glimpse of the functionality that we plan to release in Q4 of this calendar year, bringing with it full support for client deployment, upgrade, and management of Windows 10. New features available in Technical Preview 2 include:

  • Universal Windows apps support for Windows 10 – You can now side-load internally developed Universal Windows apps to Windows 10 devices.

  • Peer cache support for Windows PE – Peer cache support now includes OS deployment scenarios for Windows PE, extending our existing Configuration Manager peer cache content management.

  • Ability to manage Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices via MDM with on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure – Support now includes Windows 10 PCs in addition to existing support for mobile devices which was added in the first Technical Preview. With this new option, you can manage Windows 10 devices using Configuration Manager integrated with Microsoft Intune (hybrid) without the need to store your data in the cloud. This is especially helpful for managing devices that are unable to connect to the Internet such as Windows IoT/Embedded devices. Note: An Intune subscription is required.

    Read the post on the ConfigMgr blog for more information on today’s announcements.