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Microsoft has this week rolled out a new update for its Azure Storage Explorer (ADX) solutions. The company says the latest version focuses on simplifying functionality on managed disks. With this release, the cloud solution has been bumped to version 1.10.0.

Azure Storage Explorer is a way of analyzing large streaming data sets in real time. While it may seem similar to Azure Analysis Servicer, Data Explorer allows combined data from multiple sources into a single analysis model. ADX reached general availability in February.

With the latest update, ADX has gained support for virtual machine (VM) disk management. Thanks to this integration, Azure customers can get a higher upload and download speeds when accessing managed disks.

With this added capability, users can move VMs from their on-premises to cloud more easily. Microsoft says customers are increasingly requesting more seamless movement to the cloud.

More Changes

Elsewhere in version 1.10.0 of ADX, Microsoft has simplified the disaster recovery abilities of the service. Previously, when doing a backup and restore, users would need to roll back VMs to a previous functional version. This would be achieved by restoring disks using snapshots.

That complicated process has been streamlined with support for managed disks. Users can now snapshot a disk at any time, similar to how they would in a storage blob. Microsoft says it will eventually offer full support for disks creation through snapshots.

Microsoft says Azure Data Explorer has the ability to query “1 billion records in under a second” without needing to change data. ADX has been built to combine the capabilities of the engine and data management (DM) service in Azure.

“While the DM service handles raw data ingestion and related tasks, as well as failure management, the engine is in charge of processing the incoming data and serving user queries. To achieve higher performance during operation, the engine combines auto scaling and data sharding.”