Participate in the Java EE cloud migration patterns survey 

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The Java on Microsoft Azure team has been strengthening its commitment and outreach to Java EE users. This effort includes additional technical guidance, tools, scripts, workshops, and more to better support migrations to Virtual Machines, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and managed service (PaaS) offerings. We are working with key industry partners like Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, and…Read more

J4K: an all-star Java and Kubernetes speaker line-up in one conference  

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J4K is a developer-oriented conference focused on open source and hybrid cloud application development of Java and Kubernetes. This is a community event, delivered by stellar Java community leaders, and is dedicated to enriching developers and architects with cloud-focused solutions. Registration is free.  Java has a rich history in enterprise applications and has evolved over the past two…Read more

Calico for Windows goes open source 

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Since Windows worker node support reached general availability in Kubernetes, Microsoft and Tigera have listened closely to feedback from the community. A big contention point of Windows container users in the Kubernetes community is: “One of the most important open source network policy tools in the market is not available for Windows.” This is limiting…Read more

CloudSkew makes it easy to sketch cloud architecture diagrams 

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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 

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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 

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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

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

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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

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Announcing Azure Functions extension for Dapr 

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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

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

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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 

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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

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What’s new in SandDance 3 

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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

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

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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