Throughout the week, I read a lot of blog-posts, articles, and so forth, that has to do with things that interest me:

  • data science
  • data in general
  • distributed computing
  • SQL Server
  • transactions (both db as well as non db)
  • and other “stuff”

This blog-post is the “roundup” of the things that have been most interesting to me, for the week just ending.

Distributed Computing


  • Microsoft opens first datacenters in Africa with general availability of Microsoft Azure. I guess the title says it all! On March 6, Microsoft opened two data centers in South Africa: South Africa North (Johannesburg) and South Africa West (Cape Town). At the moment the offerings are somewhat sparse, but I have no doubt we’ll soon see quite a lot of services.
  • Service Fabric Processor in public preview. Azure Event Hub is an elegant way to ingest data into the Azure ecosystem, and Service Fabric is awesome for hosting and running microservices. Quite often some of the services need to consume from Azure Event Hubs, and until now you have had to write your own consumer, most likely based on Event Processor Host. That changes now with the preview of Service Fabric Processor, which is a new library for consuming events from an Event Hub that is directly integrated with Service Fabric. Awesome!


Data Science

SQL Server 2019

~ Finally

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy what I did put together. If you have ideas for what to cover, please comment on this post or ping me.

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