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CloudSkew makes it easy to sketch cloud architecture diagrams 

CloudSkew is a free online diagram editor that helps you draw cloud architecture diagrams. CloudSkew diagrams can be securely saved to the cloud and icons for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud (OCI), and more are included. CloudSkew is currently in public preview and the full list of features and...Read more

GPT-2 fine-tuning with ONNX Runtime – a 34% speedup in training time 

Model training is an important step when developing and deploying large scale Artificial Intelligence (AI) models. Training typically utilizes a large amount of compute resources to tune the model based on the input dataset. Transformer models, with millions and billions of parameters, are especially compute-intensive and training costs increase with model size and fine-tuning steps...Read more

Securing Open Liberty applications with Azure Active Directory via OpenID Connect 

Long gone are the days when you had to create your own user account management, authentication, and authorization for your web delivered software. Instead, contemporary applications leverage these functions (Identity and Access Management or IAM for short) from an external provider. As a full-featured Java application runtime, Open Liberty has great options for externally provided IAM....Read more

VS Code Docker extension can now run containers in Azure Container Instances 

Today we are releasing version 1.4 of our Visual Studio Code Docker extension, which makes it easy to build, manage, and deploy containerized applications from Visual Studio Code (VS Code). In this release, you can now view and troubleshoot containers deployed in Azure Container Instances (ACI) from within VS Code. If you are using, or...Read more

Announcing Azure Functions extension for Dapr 

We’re excited to announce a new extension for Azure Functions that lets a function seamlessly interact with Dapr for building cloud-native applications. Azure Functions provides an event-driven programming model and Dapr provides a set of essential cloud-native building blocks. With this new extension, you can now bring both together for serverless and event-driven apps that...Read more

Hyperspace, an indexing subsystem for Apache Spark™, is now open source 

For Microsoft’s internal teams and external customers, we store datasets that span from a few GBs to 100s of PBs in our data lake. The scope of analytics on these datasets ranges from traditional batch-style queries (e.g., OLAP) to explorative ”finding the needle in a haystack” type of queries (e.g., point-lookups, summarization). Resorting to linear...Read more

Announcing Azure Service Operator for Kubernetes 

Today, we’re announcing Azure Service Operator―an open source project we’ve been working on in collaboration with a handful of customers to expose several Microsoft Azure services as Kubernetes operators. As we’ve seen Kubernetes adoption grow exponentially, we’ve also seen an increasing desire from customers to manage their resources exclusively through the Kubernetes control plane. Kubernetes...Read more

What’s new in SandDance 3 

SandDance, the open source data visualization tool from Microsoft Research, is launching several new features in version 3. Facets on all chart types We’ve added much more control to faceted data. All chart types now have the Facet By column feature. When a Facet By column contains quantitative data, you can specify the number of...Read more

See you at camp…virtual Cloud Native Camp that is! 

Join us next Tuesday, June 23, for Camp Cloud Native! Previously known as Cloud Native eParty, the free live virtual event is focused on the cloud native ecosystem, with a focus on education and fun! The 12-hour event will span from 5am PT to 5pm PT. Check out the full schedule here. In addition to...Read more

Announcing the Azure DevOps Provider for Terraform 

On behalf of HashiCorp and Microsoft, I am excited to announce the release of Azure DevOps Provider 0.0.1 for Terraform. With this provider, you will be able to manage Azure DevOps resources like projects, CI/CD pipelines, and build policies through Terraform. Many of our customers have been moving towards Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools such...Read more

The Open Application Model reaches a new milestone with v1Alpha2 and Crossplane 

In March of this year, the Open Application Model (OAM) specification reached the second draft milestone of the spec, dubbed v1Alpha2. This draft was a collaborative effort with the OAM community and the community behind Crossplane—a forward-thinking open source project that enables you to use the Kubernetes API to provision and manage cloud infrastructure, services,...Read more

Announcing cloud-native workflows using Dapr and Logic Apps 

The Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr) project is growing rapidly are we’re grateful for all the community support and customer feedback. While working with customers building business applications, we find that one of the most frequent needs is the ability to schedule, automate, and orchestrate business processes. This is often called a business workflow. Workflows also...Read more