Java 11 for Azure Functions, ML for Azure SQL and new Azure Disk Storage tiers – The Java programming language was initially called Oak. Then Green. The Java name came from creator James Gosling’s favorite boutique coffee shop that sourced their products from the Indonesian Island of Java. And they had so much faith in the language that the first Java compiler was written in Java.
Also only two of these three statements are true. This week on the show: Java 11 for Azure Functions is out in a preview. Machine learning arrives for Azure SQL. And new performance tiers for Azure Disc Storage. According to GitHub, Java is the second most popular programming language, only surpassed by Python.
Java is used everywhere, including every single Android phone. So it makes sense that it is a first-class citizen on Azure as well. This week Java 11 was released for Azure Functions. Although Java 11 was released more than two years ago, it is still the standard for the main long term support or LTS version of Java. The next LTS version will be 17, which is expected in September 2021.
You can try it out now in a preview for consumption and premium plans on Windows and Linux. Machine learning needs lots of data to work. And one of the places companies have lots of data is in SQL databases. Which is probably why there is now an ML service for Azure SQL Managed Instances.
This limited preview will let you run R and Python scripts to do data preparation and general-purpose data processing. You can train machine learning models in the database and deploy your models and scripts into production in stored procedures. Does this mean we can now store ML models directly SQL? The preview is limited as ML resource requirements are significant. They’re often about this big, this big. Use the link in the description to find the sign-up link as well.
At times, it can be useful to increase the performance of your storage. If the influx of funny cat gifs increases beyond your normal volume, how do you make sure you don’t lose any? Yeah. Microsoft has obviously also considered this critical scenario, as this week a limited preview of Azure Storage performance tiers was announced. For a specific duration of time, maybe that much, your Premium SSD disc storage can have increased performance, as if it was a disc with much higher performance. No loss of cat gifs.
The world is saved. There was only so many parts of the Azure news for this week I could fit in. In particular, there was a lot of Kubernetes news too. If you want to know more about Kubernetes check out Nigel Poulton’s Kubernetes this month on the ACG platform.
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