ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Machine Learning helps customers stay ahead of challenges Organizations today are striving to build agility and resilience to the fast-changing environment we live in. AI and machine learning innovation can help tackle these emerging challenges and enable cost efficiencies. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-machine-learning-helps-customers-stay-ahead-of-challenges/
Azure Monitor for containers now support monitoring of Network configurations with Network Policy Manager (Preview) For your AKS cluster network configurations using Network Policy Manager (NPM), Azure monitor for containers will start collecting NPM Prometheus metrics allowing you to visualize Network performance and Network configuration anomalies. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/npm-ci-azmon/
Azure Red Hat OpenShift – Pricing and service updates Lower prices, more flexible purchase options, and an improved SLA. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-red-hat-openshift-lower-prices-more-flexible-purchase-options-and-improved-sla/
IoT Signals Research, edition 2: global insights for 2020 and beyond If your business is already harnessing IoT, you likely believe IoT is critical to the long term success of your business. You are not be alone. According to our latest annual report, IoT Signals Edition 2 released today 90 percent of decision makers now believe IoT is critical to their company’s success. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/iot-signals-research-edition-2-global-insights-for-2020-and-beyond/
Enabling resilient DevOps practices with code to cloud automation At Microsoft Ignite we announced new GitHub Actions for Azure, which we added to our growing catalogue of Azure and GitHub integrations, with more to come soon. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/enabling-resilient-devops-practices-with-code-to-cloud-automation/
Azure Data Lake Storage immutable storage is now in preview Immutable storage for Azure Data Lake Storage is now in preview. Set time-based policies or legal holds on data so that the data becomes non-erasable and non-modifiable. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/immutable-storage-for-azure-data-lake-storage-now-in-public-preview/
Action required: Review your applications to avoid service disruption during Azure changes Certificate authority changes are currently in progress for most applications. Update your application to avoid service disruption. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-review-your-applications-to-avoid-service-disruption-during-azure-changes/
Analysis Services Tabular improves MDX query performance in the cloud With a recent update of the Analysis Services Tabular engine in Azure Analysis Services (AAS) and in Power BI, Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) clients, such as Microsoft Excel, can now enjoy improved query performance. This MDX performance improvement alleviates some of the optimization burden for measures used in a PivotTable. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/analysis-services-tabular-improves-mdx-query-performance-in-the-cloud/
Azure Blob – Soft Delete for Containers preview region expansion Azure Blob Soft Delete for Containers public preview is now available in all public Azure regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-soft-delete-for-containers-public-preview-region-expansion/
Lower prices and more flexible purchase options for Azure Red Hat OpenShift For the past several years, Microsoft and Red Hat have worked together to co-develop hybrid cloud solutions intended to enable greater customer innovation. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/lower-prices-and-more-flexible-purchase-options-for-azure-red-hat-openshift/
Azure Communication Services SMS and Telephony now available in Public Preview Build engaging communication experiences with the same secure platform used by Microsoft Teams. Add video, voice, SMS, chat, and telephony capabilities into almost any web, mobile, or desktop application. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-communication-services-sms-and-telephony-now-available-in-public-preview/
Azure Data Lake Storage file snapshots are now in preview File snapshots for Azure Data Lake Storage is now in preview. Use file snapshots to take an unlimited number of snapshots of your files so that you can have a copy of that file at a point in time. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/file-snapshots-for-azure-data-lake-storage-now-in-public-preview/
Microsoft is a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management We are excited to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2020 based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Our placement is a testament to our continued innovation in enterprise API management capabilities and broad customer adoption of Azure API Management. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-is-a-leader-in-the-2020-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-full-life-cycle-api-management/
Announcing new lower pricing for Azure Files premium tier Azure Files premium tier price is dropped by more than 33% in all regions and for all redundancy options. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/announcing-new-lower-pricing-for-azure-files-premium-tier/
Azure Files premium tier is now available in more regions with LRS, ZRS, and NFS support More Azure Files premium tier regions – more premium files regions with locally redundant storage (LRS), zone redundant storage (ZRS) support, and Network File System (NFS 4.1) public preview support. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-files-premium-tier-is-now-available-in-more-regions-with-lrs-zrs-and-nfs-support/
Deliver AI-powered application search with Azure Cognitive Search and BA Insight Data is growing exponentially, and over 80 percent of data is unstructured, creating a challenge for organizations to find and surface the right information to their customers. What organizations need is a solution that enables them to uncover latent insights from all their content by quickly identifying relevant information and meaningful patterns. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/deliver-ai-powered-application-search-with-azure-cognitive-search-and-ba-insight/
Microsoft partners expand the range of mission-critical applications you can run on Azure In the past few years, IT organizations have been realizing compelling benefits when they transitioned their business-critical applications to the cloud, enabling them to address the top challenges they face with running the same applications on premises. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-partners-expand-the-range-of-missioncritical-applications-you-can-run-on-azure/
Optimize your Azure workloads with Azure Advisor Score Modern engineering practices, like Agile and DevOps, are redirecting the ownership of security, operations, and cost management from centralized teams to workload owners—catalyzing innovations at a higher velocity than in traditional data centers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/optimize-your-azure-workloads-with-azure-advisor-score/
Azure Repos adds a default branch at the org-level With this release, we're adding the ability to set a default branch for the entire organization. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-repos-adds-a-default-branch-at-the-orglevel/
Public Preview: Azure NetApp Files Manual QoS Capacity Pool Azure NetApp Files (ANF) manual quality of service (QoS) capacity pool allows you to assign the capacity and throughput for a volume independently. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-netapp-files-manual-qos-capacity-pool/
Compete. Learn. Win. Sign up for the Azure SQL Championship Today The last six months have seen an unprecedented acceleration in digital transformation. There has never been a more important time for DBAs and developers to prepare for an increasingly cloud-centric future. However, we’d like to make this interesting and fun. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/compete-learn-win-sign-up-for-the-azure-sql-championship-today/
Learn how the Azure nested edge securely unlocks value from manufacturing data Around the world, customers are demonstrating the future of data-driven manufacturing. Dutch paint company AkzoNobel transformed from a manual operation to one focused on expanding a modern digital performance solution across its European factories. Swedish Manufacturer, Sandvik Coromant saw a 40 percent increase in engineering and operator productivity. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/learn-how-the-azure-nested-edge-securely-unlocks-value-from-manufacturing-data/
Dark theme is now available for the Azure mobile app You can choose either dark or light for your mobile app experience. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/dark-theme-is-now-available-for-the-azure-mobile-app/
Azure Data Lake Storage static website now in preview Static website for Azure Data Lake Storage is now in preview. Directly host static content from Azure Data Lake Storage, and view that content from a browser by using the public URL of that website. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/static-website-for-azure-data-lake-storage-now-in-public-preview/
Microsoft plans to establish new cloud datacenter region in Greece The new region is anticipated to include Microsoft Azure, with Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to follow. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-plans-to-establish-new-cloud-datacenter-region-in-greece/
Three ways serverless APIs can accelerate enterprise innovation With the wrong architecture, application programming interface (APIs) can be a bottleneck to not only your applications, but to your entire business. Bottlenecks such as downtime, low performance, or high application complexity, can result in exaggerated infrastructure and organizational costs as well as lost revenue. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/three-ways-serverless-apis-can-accelerate-enterprise-innovation/
Standard Load Balancer and Public IP addresses support resource group move Standard Load Balancers and Standard Public IP addresses support cross resource group moves enabling easy management of resources at the resource group level. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/standard-resource-group-move/

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