Azure ML Preview Now Available In Azure Germany

Microsoft has recently announced the private preview of Azure Machine Learning as part of the IOT Suite launch at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, in Microsoft Azure Germany.

Microsoft has recently announced the private preview of Azure Machine Learning as part of the IOT Suite launch at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, in Microsoft Azure Germany.
 
 
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Microsoft states,
 
“Customers interested in participating in the preview can email AzureGermany@microsoft.com. A core set of Azure ML features are available in Germany, with more in the process of being added.”
 
The German datacenter is a physically as well as a logically separate allocation of Azure, one in which all the customer data as well as required support systems reside in German datacenters. There is a dedicated network within Germany, which is independent of the public cloud network.
 
The company states,
 
“A German data trustee, T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom), controls physical and logical access to customer data, and Microsoft has a commitment to meet applicable compliance requirements and certifications. If you require compliance with German business and public sector requirements, then Microsoft Azure Germany would be appropriate for you. Otherwise, Azure ML is available in public Azure regions already.”
 
Information about Microsoft Azure ML Germany
 
When you provision the IOT Suite Predictive Maintenance solution through its Germany-specific page, you will get an Azure ML workspace and the corresponding experiment. This is currently the only non-programmatic way to create an Azure ML workspace.
 
Once you have created the workspace, you will be able to use Azure ML Studio as you would in public Azure. You will be able to easily create new experiments, drag in modules and also run experiments. You can also view sample experiments by clicking +New button available in the Studio. The model will also be able to operationalized as an API hosted in Microsoft Azure Germany, accessible worldwide as a REST API.
 
During the private preview, it is important to note the following Reader and Writer modules (soon renamed Import Data and Export Data, respectively):
  • Azure SQL: You can connect to any Azure SQLDB instance if you fully qualify the server and instance name. In other words, do not omit the prefixes commonly associated with Azure SQLDB, but be sure use the full URL of the database.
  • Azure table: You can read from a table that has been made available through the SAS or Public option. Reading from any Black Forest Azure account is not supported yet.
  • Azure blob: You can read from a blob that has been made available through the SAS or Public option. Reading from any Black Forest Azure account is not supported yet.
  • Hive query: Use the HDFS option, not the Azure storage option, and reference the URI of the cluster in HDFS.
  • Data feed provider: Access to feeds that require authentication is not supported. Use for public data only.