Azure Functions

Azure Functions is an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in other Azure services, SaaS products, and on-premises systems. With Azure Functions, your applications scale based on demand and you pay only for the resources you consume. Azure Functions provides an intuitive, browser-based user interface allowing you to create scheduled or triggered pieces of code implemented in a variety of programming languages.

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  1. Add binding to Key Vault

    Functions often need password, API keys, and connection strings to connect to other services and retrieve data. It would be great if those secrets could easily be obtained from Key Vault.

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    Hi all,

    We’re pleased to announce a public preview of our Key Vault references feature, which you can learn more about here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/simplifying-security-for-serverless-and-web-apps-with-azure-functions-and-app-service/

    There are some limitations to the initial preview, but we’re hoping to address those very soon. We’re looking forward to your feedback!

    Thank you,
    Matthew, Azure Functions team

  2. Support for Azure Alerts

    Currently you can only configure Azure Alerts on the App Plan that is hosting your Azure Function. However, it would be great to do this on a Function level to detect failures and other metrics.

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    update:

    We have been working on this, and are a few months out from enabling it.

    Alex
    Azure Functions team

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    This is partially supported today. You can click through to the App Service Settings blade and click on the graph that shows up there.

    This lets you set up basic alerts on failure rates/etc or GB-sec thorughput.

    We’re adding Application Insights integration soon and that will provide even more options for setting up more granular alerts: github.com/Azure/azure-webjobs-sdk-script/i..

    -Chris, Functions PM

  3. Support Linux + Python support for Azure functions

    Please support python based Azure functions that run in a Linux Docker container.

    Linux Docker containers are already supported so we are half of the way there and Python is working/supported on windows preview.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-create-function-linux-custom-image

    Currently if you try to create a simple python based Azure function on Linux preview you get the error: HttpTriggerPy1: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

    The use case here is being able to run "enterprise" python 2 environments with hard dependencies on Linux. I can verify python runs correctly and can send an example Dockerfile if needed.

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  4. Allow customers to select the VM size their consumption plan runs on

    It's my understanding functions execute on an A1 size virtual machine, which has 1 core and 2GB memory. The customer has no way of changing this.

    Our processing requires a bit more beefy machine as it's CPU and memory intensive. We understand using a dedicated App Service Plan is an option, but we really like paying for only what we consume. Our jobs run infrequently and tend to be on the "longer" end of the run time scale.

    I'd love to be able to select the VM size we run on and pay accordingly with a consumption plan.

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