Here’s a quick summary on the technology behind next big thing – machine learning
All three major public cloud providers have connected their core storage services, and one or more of their database products, to the machine learning offerings:
- Amazon Machine Learning connects to S3, Redshift and the MySQL flavor of its Relational Database Service (RDS).
- Google Prediction API can read data from Google Cloud Storage, and BigQuery.
- Microsoft supports both its Table and Blob storage services as data sources, as well as SQL Database, Hive tables in Hadoop and both OData feeds and flat files pointed to by a valid Internet URL.
Full Story: Machine learning is the next frontier in Big Data innovation. And the cloud is the next frontier within that frontier. By Andrew Brust for Big on Data
December 2014 enhancements to Microsoft Azure:
- Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads
- RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service
- SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases
- Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming
- Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more
- DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax Highlighting
- Site Recovery: General Availability of disaster recovery to Azure for branch offices and SMB customers
- Azure Active Directory: General Availability of Azure Active Directory application proxy and password write back support
via ScottGu’s Blog – Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More.
10+ hours of videos to help build your foundational skills on Azure. Updated Dec 2014
- Day 1: Establish the Foundation: Core IaaS Infrastructure Technical Fundamentals
- Day 2: Dive Deep into Networking, Storage and Disaster Recovery Scenarios
- Day 3: Embrace Open Source Technologies (Chef and Puppet Configurations, Containerization with Docker, and Linux) to Accelerate and Scale Solutions
- Day 4: Optimize Windows Workload Architecture and Administration Capabilities Within Azure
f you new to Azure and kicking the tires on SQL IaaS, you’ll want to make sure you are aware of these 4 options for HADR. Don’t forget to allocate some time to install / configure Active Directory for the high-end solutions.
SQL Server HADR technologies that are supported in Azure include:
- AlwaysOn Availability Groups
- Database Mirroring
- Log Shipping
- Backup and Restore with Azure Blob Storage Service
Full article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj870962.aspx