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Improved discovery experience for Microsoft containers on Docker Hub

Continuing with our approach to delivering a consistent and trustworthy acquisition experience for Microsoft container images, we are pleased to announce updates for the Microsoft Container Registry (MCR). In partnership with Docker, Microsoft has sought to improve the developer experience and servicing of container images while maintaining the current discovery and acquisition process via Docker...

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What is a service mesh anyways?

The service mesh may sound complex, but at its heart, it’s a very simple idea: a set of network proxies that transparently run alongside microservices, implementing reliability, observability, and security features by measuring and manipulating inter-service (“east-west”) traffic. Led by open source projects such as Linkerd, the service mesh model is increasingly popular because it...

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Microsoft open sources Trill, a powerful query processor for analytics at incredible speeds

In today’s demanding business environment, processing massive amounts of data each millisecond is becoming a common business requirement. We are excited to be announcing that an internal Microsoft project known as Trill—for processing “a trillion events per day”—is now being open sourced. Trill started as a research project at Microsoft Research in 2012, and has...

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Introducing AMBROSIA: a new platform for reliable distributed applications without all the hassle

Building reliable and performant distributed programs that span cloud machines and devices is a challenging endeavor, but one that more and more developers are required to tackle. Foremost among the challenges is effectively handling restart, reconnection, and recovery to a valid state. This is where AMBROSIA (Actor-Model-Based Reliable Object System for Internet Applications), a new...

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4 new Python/Django video tutorials for productive cloud development

Python is a great language for building web apps, and Django is one of the most popular frameworks. It lets developers create web apps fast, including modern RESTful APIs, with security and scalability in mind. I’ve been using Visual Studio Code and Azure for a while and was invited to share my experiences at Microsoft’s...

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Phippy and friends join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

We’re so excited to share that Phippy is headed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)! Microsoft has donated Phippy and friends, along with our original book The Illustrated Children Guide to Kubernetes, to CNCF! What does this mean? It means that the characters you know and love are now free to use as you...

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Introducing CNAB: a cloud-agnostic format for packaging and running distributed applications

“The day of the distributed app is near.” That is the mantra we’ve been repeating for years. But with robust cloud offerings, the microservice pattern, orchestration platforms like Kubernetes, and the REST-ification of everything, we’re already there. It is the day of the distributed application. Almost. We’ve gotten the “distributed” thing down, but in doing...

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Announcing the Service Fabric provider for Bosh

Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that helps you build, deploy and manage microservices in any public cloud or on-premises. The platform powers mission critical services within Microsoft and external workloads running both Windows and Linux. To enable the provisioning of Ubuntu clusters in any environment, today we are announcing the Service Fabric provider...

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Attention: MySQL & PostgreSQL Azure Terraform resource users

We want to give a heads-up to Azure customers who are using Terraform to provision and manage MySQL and/or PostgreSQL. As planned, the Azure data team will deprecate their ‘2017-04-30-preview’ API for both MySQL and PostgreSQL on December 1, 2018. I know that you are asking yourself, “As a Terraform user, why do I care?”...

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