Cloud Platform Release Announcements for March 29, 2016

This blog post is part 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:

  • HDInsight Premium (Security, RRE, Spark) Public Preview
  • ExpressRoute Premium price drop GA
  • CentOS VM Images – US Gov GA
  • New Java and Node.js Developer Centers in ACOM RTM

HDInsight Premium (Security, RRE, Spark) | Public Preview

R Server for Azure HDInsight Public Preview

R Server for Azure HDInsight is a 100% open source R implementation running the most comprehensive set of ML algorithms and statistical functions in the cloud that leverages Hadoop and Spark. By making it available as a workload running inside HDInsight, we remove obstacles for users to unlock the power of R by eliminating memory and processing constraints and extending analytics from the laptop to large multi-node Hadoop and Spark clusters. This allows for the ability to train and run ML models on larger datasets than previously possible to make more accurate predictions that affect the business. It also reduces the time to move ideas into production by eliminating the time-consuming installation or set up and procurement cycles for new hardware.

Learn more.

ExpressRoute Premium price drops | GA

Revised price for Azure ExpressRoute Premium tier, and new offer for customers using ExpressRoute for Office 365 traffic.

Pricing | ExpressRoute

Azure ExpressRoute Premium has three distinct elements versus the non-Premium version of the service: Global connectivity, a larger number of virtual networks, and a larger number of routes (private and public peering). Currently, the cost of the Premium upgrade is the same, irrespective of circuit size, deployment zone, or type of plan (metered or unlimited).

  • Starting April 1, 2016, the price for the Premium upgrade will decrease based on circuit size and zone, by as much as 97 percent in some cases.
  • You’ll be able to receive the Premium service with a single plan instead of two (for example, non-Premium and Premium add-on).

Additional changes are being made to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) unit of measure (UoM): It’s going from a daily connection to an hourly connection. The following shows new UoM values for the listed meters.

Meter New EA UoM Existing EA UoM
c867051d-c34a-4c19-b3e4-3d30d874613d 1 Hourly Connection 1 Daily Connection
84589e8f-779a-44a7-8529-1f1d7475d8e7 1 Hourly Connection 1 Daily Connection
7c9c46ab-0d01-43fe-9eaf-22173d92f0a5 1 Hourly Connection 1 Daily Connection
40d3ab8d-ff96-4371-a7e9-9ec544133675 1 Hourly Connection 1 Daily Connection
9788ef01-df34-4b35-9257-c8fef93278e8 1 Hourly Connection 1 Daily Connection

CentOS VM Images – US Gov GA

Provided by OpenLogic in Azure Government, CentOS 6.7 and CentOS 7.2 images are now available. With CentOS images, you can choose to deploy pre-built images from Microsoft and our partners or upload your own VHDs. This provides flexibility to deploy your own standardized images if needed. The following details the new VM image additions:

Publisher: OpenLogic
Image name: OpenLogic 7.2
Description: This distribution of Linux is based on CentOS version 7.2 and is provided by OpenLogic. It contains an installation of the Basic Server packages.
Operating system family: Linux

Publisher: OpenLogic
Image name: OpenLogic 6.7
Description: This distribution of Linux is based on CentOS version 6.7 and is provided by OpenLogic. It contains an installation of the Basic Server packages.
Operating system family: Linux

For a list of images available in Azure Government, please visit the Microsoft Azure Government Image Gallery documentation webpage. For instructions on how to deploy a Linux-based VM, please visit the Create a Linux virtual machine documentation webpage.

New Java Developer Center in ACOM | RTM

This month, there’s been strong momentum on our offerings for Java developers. One of those announcements is the debut of our new Java Developer Center, including updated samples and documentation. The update for this developer center includes:

  • Two-step process of getting started with Java on Azure
  • Reference documentation for storage, Redis Cache, DocumentDB and more
  • Plugins for continuous integration and automated deployment

Check out the new Java Developer Center now!