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Day: December 5, 2022

Creating an AML Workspace and Trying the Studio

Tomaz Kastrun continues an advent of Azure ML. First up, Tomaz creates a workspace:

You will select “New workspace”. For now, we will work on a workspace. But just to mention, the “New registry” will enable you to share assets among different workspaces, support multi-region replication and help you provision all resources to facilitate region replications.

From there, the focus shifts to using Azure Machine Learning Studio:

In this overview page, you can click the button “Launch studio” in the middle of the workspace or you can copy and paste the Studio web URL provided under the “Essentials” to start the Studio.

But before we launch the Studio, let’s explore some additional settings, worth mentioning.

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Multivariate Anomaly Detection with ADX

Adi Eldar shows off multivariate anomaly detection in Azure Data Explorer:

Azure Data Explorer (ADX) is commonly used for monitoring cloud resources and IoT devices performance and health. This is done by continuous collection of multiple metrics emitted by these sources, and on-going analysis of the collected data to detect anomalies. The analysis is applied over time series of the relevant metrics in order to locate significant deviations of the metrics values relative to their typical normal baseline pattern.

Click through for a nice overview of the topic, including two different scenarios: one which emphasizes time series data and the other, which does not.

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Bit Twiddling in T-SQL

Louis Davidson explains how bit operations work in T-SQL:

I expect that 99% of the people reading this looks at this probably would expect there to be a status table that contained the values of status. Seeing that this is a base 2 number, you may be in that 1% that thinks this might be a bitmask. but unless you have and eidetic memory, you probably don’t know what all of the bits mean.

A bitmask is a type of denormalization of values where instead of having a set of columns that have on or off values (no Null values), you encode it like:

Bitmasks make me break out the angry nun ruler. You can almost guarantee you’re doing something wrong if you design a bitmask as a column in a table.

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Enterprise-Level Backups in MySQL

Lukas Vileikis continues a series on backups with MySQL:

MySQL Enterprise Backup is a known tool for everyone inside of the world of MySQL, no matter if people dealing with the tool are enterprise (business) minded or not. The tool can be considered the flagship of MySQL’s enterprise-level offerings: it comes as a part of its Enterprise tier and costs thousands to attain: is it worth your money, and perhaps more importantly, your time? We will figure that out in this blog.

Read on for Lukas’s thoughts.

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Azure SQL Managed Instance Performance

Reitse Eskens wraps up a series on Azure SQL performance comparisons:

So far, the blogs were about the really SaaS databases; the database is deployed and you don’t have think about it anymore. This ease of use comes at a ‘price’. You’ve got no control whatsoever on files, you’ve lost the SQL Agent and a number of other features. The managed instance is a bit different. When I was testing you could see the TempDB files but not change them, since then a few changes have been made to this tier where you’re able to change settings and, Niko Neugebauer told the data community on twitter, there are more changes coming. With the managed instance, you get the agent back and you can run cross database query’s again. So you can safely say the managed instance is a hybrid between your trusty on-premises server and the fully managed Azure SQL database.

Click through for Reitse’s thoughts.

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