ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure portal September 2020 update Updates include improvements to the ARM template deployment experience, a variety of updates for Azure Blob Storage, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-portal-september-2020-update/
Confidential computing nodes (DCSv2) support on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in public preview Orchestrate your container applications with hardware based isolation and data-in-use protection through Intel SGX enclaves. Supporting both enclave aware containers and confidential containers (unmodified container apps) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/confidential-worker-nodes-aks-public-preview/
Azure Container Registry now available in several new regions Azure Container Registry is now generally available in US Gov Texas, Germany West Central, and Brazil Southeast regions bringing the number of Azure regions that it’s available in to 38. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-container-registry-now-available-in-several-new-regions/
Learn how to manage and optimize your Azure costs with our guided learning modules Stay up to date on your cost management needs with five new courses https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/learn-how-to-manage-and-optimize-your-azure-costs-with-our-guided-learning-modules/
General availability of Azure Maps support for Azure Active Directory, Power Apps integration, and more New and recent updates for Microsoft Azure Maps include support for Azure Maps integration with Azure Active Directory, integration with the Microsoft Power Apps platform, Search and Routing services enhancements, new Weather services REST APIs (in preview), and expanded coverage for Mobility services. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/general-availability-of-azure-maps-support-for-azure-active-directory-power-apps-integration-and-more/
Microsoft named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service We are excited to share that Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the 2020 enterprise integration platform as a service (EiPaaS) Magic Quadrant, based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision. Microsoft has now remained an EiPaaS MQ leader for the past three years. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-gartners-magic-quadrant-for-enterprise-integration-platform-as-a-service/
Azure DevTest Labs: Encrypt OS disks in your lab Protect your labs data and data stored on managed disks while resting assured that you are hitting your organization's security and compliance benchmarks with Server-Side Encryption. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-devtest-labs-encrypt-os-disks-in-your-lab/
General availability: Azure Availability Zones in more regions Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in Australia East and Canada Central. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-availability-zones-in-australia-east/
Azure Data Explorer extends functionality to support geospatial joins The new geo_polygon_to_s2cells function enables the user to join vast amount of geospatial timeseries data with polygons on S2 cells. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adx-geo-updates-joins/
Public Preview: Data Factory adds SQL Managed Instance (SQL MI) support for ADF Data Flows and Synapse Data Flows Azure Data Factory (ADF) is adding new connector support to SQL MI as a source and sink to data flows in ADF and Synapse Analytics in ADLS and Blob Store. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-data-factory-adds-sql-managed-instance-support/
General Availability: Application Insight in UK West Application Insight, a part of Azure Monitor, is now generally available in the UK West region for customers to collect telemetry and analyze their service health in production environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-insight-in-uk-west/
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – September 2020 While 2020 may be keeping you on your toes, September should help make your life a little bit easier with the general availability of AWS support in Azure Cost Management + Billing, allowing you to manage all your Azure and AWS costs in a single place; the preview of cost allocation, streamlining your internal chargeback process; and many, many new cost optimization tips and tricks, including a new retail, PAYG pricing API, new Advisor recommendations, and specific guidance for organizations using Azure SQL or Azure Backup. You won't want to miss this update! https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-billing-updates-september-2020/
The new Azure VMware Solution is now generally available Last week, during Microsoft Ignite we announced the general availability of the new the new Azure VMware Solution T Designed, built, and supported by Microsoft, Cloud Verified by VMware, running VMware Cloud Foundation technologies. Azure VMware Solution (AVS) enables customers to extend or migrate VMware workloads to the cloud seamlessly. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/the-new-azure-vmware-solution-is-now-generally-available/
Shared disks on Azure Disk Storage is now available in broader set of regions Shared disks is available for Premium SSDs in all regions and available for Ultra Disks in all regions that support Ultra Disks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/shared-disks-on-azure-disk-storage-is-now-available-in-broader-set-of-regions/
Azure HDInsight –Autoscale for Interactive Query with HDInsight 4.0 is now generally available Enable HDInsight Autoscale to drive higher utilization of your clusters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-hdinsight-autoscale-for-interactive-query-with-hdinsight-40-is-now-generally-available/
GA: Data Factory adds ORC data lake file format support for ADF Data Flows and Synapse Data Flows Azure Data Factory (ADF) is adding new connector support to enable Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) format to data flows in ADF and Synapse Analytics in ADLS and Blob Store. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-data-factory-adds-orc-data-lake-file-format-support-for-adf-data-flows-and-synapse-data-flows/
Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB SDK v3.0.0 release now available Now you can use the Spring Data framework with the Azure Cosmos DB Core (SQL) API. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/spring-data-azure-cosmos-db-sdk-v300-release-now-available/
New Common Data Model connector for Apache Spark in Azure Synapse Analytics & Azure Databricks (in preview) This new Spark CDM connector requires zero configuration and is pre-installed with Azure Synapse Analytics. It can also be installed and used with Azure Databricks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-common-data-model-connector-for-apache-spark-in-azure-synapse-azure-databricks/
New analytics and windowing capabilities in Stream Analytics The latest update of Azure Stream Analytics includes extended SQL language operators such as new windowing and analytics functions; and improvements of existing features. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-analytics-and-windowing-capabilities-in-stream-analytics/
New Datadog integration with Azure offers a seamless configuration experience With the new Azure integration with Datadog, organizations can now fully map their legacy and cloud-based systems, monitoring real-time data during every phase of the cloud transition, and ensure that migrated applications meet performance targets. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-datadog-integration-with-azure-offers-a-seamless-configuration-experience/
Long term retention for Azure Database for PostgreSQL-Single Server Preview of long-term retention of data for Azure Database for PostgreSQL-Single Server is now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/long-term-retention-for-azure-database-for-postgresql-single-server/
Azure Ultra Disk is now available in more regions Azure Ultra Disk is now available in Australia Central, India Central, Korea Central and US Gov Texas. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-ultra-disk-is-now-available-in-more-regions/
Scaling Microsoft Kaizala on Azure Microsoft Kaizala is a secure work management and mobile messaging app for mobile-only users. Today, we’re sharing some of our learnings about managing and scaling an enterprise grade productivity app resulting from the increased usage related to working from home.

Authenticate Azure Stream Analytics to Azure Synapse Analytics using managed identities (preview) To support Azure customers' need for a more secure streaming data pipelines, Azure Stream Analytics now supports managed identity authentication with SQL pool tables Azure Synapse Analytics. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/authenticate-azure-stream-analytics-to-azure-synapse-analytics-using-managed-identities-preview/
New guided UI experience to deploy machine learning models in Azure Synapse Analytics (in preview) We are introducing a guided UI experience in the Synapse Studio that enables users to deploy machine learning models from the Azure Machine Learning model registry directly to Azure Synapse for inferencing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-guided-ui-experience-to-deploy-machine-learning-models-in-azure-synapse-analytics/
Azure introduces new capabilities for live video analytics In June 2020, we announced the preview of the Live Video Analytics platform—a groundbreaking new set of capabilities in Azure Media Services, that allows you to build workflows that capture and process video with real-time analytics from the Intelligent Edge to Intelligent Cloud. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-introduces-new-capabilities-for-live-video-analytics/
Reserved capacity on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale is now available Obtain discounts on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale using reserved capacity. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/reserved-capacity-on-azure-sql-database-hyperscale-is-now-available/
Azure Cognitive Services Translator Text— Assamese language now available Translator Text now supports the Assamese language. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cognitive-services-translator-text-assamese-language-now-available/
Azure Security Center—News and updates for September 2020 New enhancements and updates that were made to Azure Security Center in September 2020. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-september2020/
Embedded C SDK general availability Announcing the release of our newest device SDK for embedded IoT devices https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/embedded-c-sdk-general-availability/
New recommendations for operational excellence are now available in Azure Advisor Review new Azure Advisor recommendations to help you improve your cloud operations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-recommendations-for-operational-excellence-are-now-available-in-azure-advisor/
Microsoft partners with the telecommunications industry to roll out 5G and more The increasing demand for always-on connectivity, immersive experiences, secure collaboration, and remote human relationships are pushing networks to their limits, while the market is driving prices down. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-partners-with-the-telecommunications-industry-to-roll-out-5g-and-more/
New features for Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service Learn about new Windows Server container related capabilities in AKS https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-features-for-windows-server-containers-in-aks/
What’s new in Azure Backup This past week at Ignite, we announced many new capabilities in Azure Backup to help customers scale their data protection to the evolving needs of their business. Lets recap on all the new capabilities within Azure Backup. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/whats-new-in-azure-backup/
New performance recommendations now available in Azure Advisor Review new Azure Advisor recommendations to help you achieve better performance. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-performance-recommendations-now-available-in-azure-advisor/
Monitor Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes with Metric Alerts Learn how to configure recommended metric alerts for monitoring your Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/arck8smetricalerts/
Raw Logs and Metrics are generally available on Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) from Microsoft CDN New options for analytics on Azure CDN are now available to unblock more scenarios for you https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-content-delivery-network-cdn-from-microsoft-cdn-http-raw-logs-and-metrics-is-generally-available/

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