Episode 485 - Copilot for Azure

by Sujit D'Mello February 9, 2024

Santosh Somayajula, a Principal Product Manager in Azure, breaks down the new Copilot for Azure service which is currently in Private Preview in the Azure Portal. Using this feature, administrators and management can perform operations in the Portal using simple verbal commands instead of navigating the UI.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode485.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Gqv-qOOoK28

Resources: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/copilot/overview



Other updates:

General Availability: Azure Virtual Network encryption | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure


Public preview: ExpressRoute guided portal experience for multi-site resiliency | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure


General Availability: Azure MySQL Import feature for Azure Database for MySQL Single to Flexible Server migrations | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure 


Public Preview: Circuit Breaker in Azure API Management | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure  










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Episode 471 - AI Trends in Financial Services

by Sujit D'Mello August 30, 2023

We talk to Steve Selleny, a Global Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, about the AI and ML trends he has noticed in Financial Services ISVs. 

Steve has been working in the technology sector for over 21 years in various roles including software development, systems architecture, consulting, sales, and partner management. For the past two years, he has been working with Financial Services Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to build and market solutions on the Microsoft Cloud that drive digital transformation for customers.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode471.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6WDlqR34M48




Other updates:

Strengthening Your Defenses: Simulation Testing for Azure DDoS Protection - Microsoft Community Hub





Upgrade to App Service Environment v3 today and unlock new capabilities | Azure Blog | Microsoft Azure



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Episode 466 - Open AI

by Sujit D'Mello July 7, 2023

Cloud Solution Architect, Dr. Linda Sheard, joins Russell and Sujit for a primer on Azure Open AI. Linda breaks down the service and provides context on how it can be used for the typical scenario where a customer wants to reason over their own data. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode466.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/nDcIWvHa43s

Resources: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/openai/overview


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Episode 391 - AI/ML for Process Automation

by Sujit D'Mello August 27, 2021

The team speaks with Nikhil Vimal from Chat Mode about different use cases where combinations of Azure services can be used to infuse AI or leverage machine learning into automating processes.

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode391.mp3

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYOmYhLbdyw



Power Automate Desktop

Power Automate RPA

Power Automate UI Flow

Power Virtual Agents (AI Chatbots)

Microsoft Teams Bots

Azure Bot Services


Microsoft AI Research


Genomics testing on the ISS with HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 and Azure

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Episode 259 - AI and Hacks - Tales from the real world

by Russell Young December 21, 2018

Developer Evangelist David Gristwood and Cloud Solution Architect Robin Lester, from Microsoft UK, are enthusiastic about the AI hacks they do with partners to help them quickly realize an application that uses Azure's AI capabilities. They discuss common patterns and tips and tricks from their various hacks.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode259.mp3

Transcript: https://www.videoindexer.ai/accounts/aca83d23-620b-46d6-beec-e920bff88847/videos/d4f658c21b/

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Episode 235 - AI, Blockchain and Big Data discussion

by Cale Teeter June 29, 2018

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Episode 224 - The AI Platform

by Sujit D'Mello April 13, 2018

Senior Product Marketing Manager Sonya Koptyev talks to us about the Azure AI Platform and give us some great pointers on how to get started with AI.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode224.mp3


Other updates:

Following last month's announcement of zone-redundant database support, Azure SQL Database is further expanding the power of databases and elastic pools by including read scale-out support in the Premium and Business Critical service tiers. 
This capability redirects the read-only client connections to one of the automatically provisioned HA replicas and effectively doubles the compute capacity of the database or elastic pool at no additional charge. This is ideal for load balancing of complex analytical workloads without affecting the primary OLTP workload.


Azure DevTest Labs is now available in Azure Government.
With this availability, US government agencies and their partners can modernize their legacy infrastructure to build fast, easy, and lean environments.


Offline media import for Azure

Achieving GDPR compliance in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

Three common analytics use cases with Microsoft Azure Databricks



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Episode 195 - ML & AI

by Sujit D'Mello September 14, 2017

Evan and Sujit have a very insightful discussion about getting ramped up on Machine Learning and AI related workloads in Azure, with Azure RD, MVP and Architect - Vishwas Lele.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode195.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/519f272f27




Other Updates:

Azure Active Directory Domain Services supports virtual networks created through the Resource Manager deployment model. This feature is in public preview.



Announcing Default Encryption for Azure Blobs, Files, Table and Queue Storage
From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-default-encryption-for-azure-blobs-files-table-and-queue-storage/


Microsoft Azure expands with two new regions for Australia
Last month, we announced two new regions for Microsoft Azure located in Canberra, Australia and specifically designed to meet the needs of the Australian government. This increases the number of Azure regions announced across the globe to 42, more than any other major cloud provider.​ The two new regions, available in the first-half of 2018, are intended to be capable of handling sensitive Unclassified data as well as Protected data for the Australian government. Protected is a data classification for the first level of national security classified information in Australia. This is being achieved through a strategic partnership with the Australian-owned firm Canberra Data Centres (CDC). CDC are the preeminent specialist datacenter provider for secure government data in Australia with four modern Canberra-based facilities that hold the accreditations and security controls to handle even Top Secret classified data. ​


Accelerate Mission Critical database migrations
Migrating data to a modern Data Estate can be a painful, expensive and time-consuming effort. Fortunately, there is a new offering from Microsoft and Attunity to ease the pain. Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations ingests data in the most popular commercial and open source databases to the Microsoft data platform. So, no matter where our customers data resides, they can now migrate it quickly, easily and securely to SQL Server on premises or in the Azure cloud.
Invite your customers to join experts from Microsoft and Attunity on a live webinar on September, 21st to learn how to:
 · Save time with an easy-to-use solution
 · Migrate data continuously with zero downtime
 · Lower the cost of data migration

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