ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Monitor Log Analytics data export is in public preview You can now enable continuous data export from your Log Analytics workspaces to an Azure Storage Account or Azure Event Hubs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-log-analytics-data-export-is-in-public-preview/
Azure Data Explorer now support Compute Isolated SKUs Azure Data Explorer has added support for isolated compute SKU and ready for deployment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adx-isolatedcompute/
Azure DevTest Labs now available in more regions Explore Azure DevTest Labs in UAE North, Germany West Central and Norway East regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-devtest-labs-now-available-in-more-regions/
HPC Cache new namespace page and region expansion New HPC Cache namespace lets clients see all storage as a single file system. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hpc-cache-new-namespace-page-and-region-expansion/
Azure DevTest Labs – Create a network isolated lab Isolate environments from unwanted traffic with Azure DevTest Labs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-devtest-labs-create-a-network-isolated-lab/
Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: SQL serverless runtime support in preview Azure Synapse Link now offers preview support for querying Azure Cosmos DB data with Synapse SQL serverless. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-synapse-link-for-azure-cosmos-db-sql-serverless-runtime-support-in-preview/
Machine Learning open sourcing for R and Python Custom Runtime Announcing a general availability release that solves one of our customers’ pain points; the ability to bring a newer version of R and Python they may be using in their own companies. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/machine-learning-open-sourcing-for-r-and-python-custom-runtime/
Distributed database transactions spanning multiple Azure SQL Managed Instances Utilize distributed transactions (now in preview) and save time when migrating existing applications that require this capability as it eliminates the need to change application code and to perform extensive testing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/distributed-database-transactions-spanning-multiple-azure-sql-managed-instances/
Azure Dev Spaces is retiring on 31 October 2023 Start using Bridge to Kubernetes in Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio Code https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-dev-spaces-is-retiring-on-31-october-2023/
Azure IoT Edge 1.0.10 release is now available The Azure IoT Edge 1.0.10 release is available with support for diagnostic metrics, message priorities, module startup order, and arrays in twins. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-edge1-0-10/
Azure and Intel commit to delivering next generation confidential computing Today, we are announcing that Azure will be an early adopter of the 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Platform, code named Ice Lake, which includes full memory encryption and accelerated cryptographic performance for confidential computing with Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX). When available next year, this technology will unlock even more confidential computing scenarios for our customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-and-intel-commit-to-delivering-next-generation-confidential-computing/
Azure Blob storage point-in-time restore now generally available Azure Blob storage point-in-time restore provides continuous data protection and restoration capabilities for block blob data. This extends protection features to provide an easy way to restore to a previous date/time https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-pointintime-restore-now-generally-available/
Azure Virtual Machines DCsv2-series expanding within Europe, United Kingdom and United States Confidential computing DCsv2-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in North Europe, UK West, US West. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-confidential-computing-continues-to-expand/
Announcing Azure Data Explorer data connector for Azure Synapse You can now use Azure Synapse Workspace to access your data in Azure Data Explorer using Apache Spark pool https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adx-synapse-connector/
Zone redundant configuration for Azure SQL DB general purpose tier Make your general purpose databases and elastic pools resilient to a much larger set of failures, including catastrophic datacenter outages, without any changes of the application logic by selecting zone redundancy. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/zone-redundant-configuration-for-azure-sql-db-general-purpose-tier/
Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available in the Azure Government cloud Simplify and secure your virtualization infrastructure, in the cloud, with Windows Virtual Desktop. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/windows-virtual-desktop-is-now-generally-available-in-the-azure-government-cloud/
App Service Private Endpoints now generally available Secure your line of business applications with Private Endpoints https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-service-private-endpoints-ga/
Announcing advanced Azure Machine Learning nanodegree program with Udacity Earlier this year we announced a free ‘introduction to Machine Learning’ course with Udacity, empowering 10,000 scholars from all over the world to learn the basics of machine learning. Today, we announce the new Machine Learning Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program on Udacity—students can now sign up and start taking this new Nanodegree. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/announcing-advanced-azure-machine-learning-nanodegree-program-with-udacity/
Azure IoT Central new and updated features—September 2020 September updates include the data export feature, more jobs improvements, offline commands, new dashboard formatting capabilities, new Power Automate templates, and documentation enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-feature-updates-september-2020/
Gain real-time insights on Oracle E-Business Suite data with Azure and Incorta To enable companies to gain real-time insights on the critical data in their Oracle E-Business Suite, we are announcing a new offer with Incorta that brings Azure Synapse Analytics, Power BI, and Incorta together for end-to-end finance analytics. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/gain-realtime-insights-on-oracle-ebusiness-suite-data-with-azure-and-incorta/
Zone Redundancy in preview for Azure Cache for Redis Increase reliability in the Azure Cache for Redis premium tier even further with up to four nodes for redundancy; a primary and three replicas that can be distributed across multiple availability zones. This setup protects you against a datacenter-level outage, increasing availability up to a 99.95 percent level. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/zone-redundancy-in-preview-for-azure-cache-for-redis/
Azure Cognitive Services has achieved human parity in image captioning Computer Vision, part of Azure Cognitive Services, now offers an updated image captioning capability that has achieved human parity based on the Novel Object Captioning at Scale (NOCAPS) benchmark. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cognitive-services-has-achieved-human-parity-in-image-captioning/
New alert query examples topic in Log Analytics The logs experience was recently updated with examples queries for common log alerts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/alert-examples-in-logs/
Row Level Security now generally available for Azure Data Explorer Row Level Security simplifies the design and coding of security. It lets you apply restrictions on data row access in your application. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adx-rls/
Public Preview: JBoss EAP on Azure App Service A managed JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) experience is now available in Public Preview on Azure App Service. Deploy your Web Application Archive (WAR) and Enterprise Application Archive (EAR) apps to a PaaS for Java EE apps. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-jboss-eap-on-azure-app-service/
T-digest extension for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) Now in general availability, the algorithm used in the open source t-digest extension allows high performance percentile calculations on sizable distributed analytical workloads with improved accuracy. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/tdigest-extension-for-azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus/
SQL Server on Virtual Machines: Machine Learning with Microsoft R Open 4.0.2 now available The latest update for Microsoft R Open 4.0.2 (downloadable for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms) includes improvement to the performance of the merge function and adds an option to better handle zero-length arguments to the paste and paste0 functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/sql-server-on-virtual-machines-machine-learning-with-microsoft-r-open-4-0-2-now-available/
Zone Redundancy for Azure Cache for Redis now in preview Between waves of pandemics, hurricanes, and wildfires, you don’t need cloud infrastructure adding to your list of worries this year. Fortunately, there has never been a better time to ensure your Azure deployments stay resilient. Availability Zones in particular are one of the best ways to mitigate risks from outages and disasters. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/zone-redundancy-for-azure-cache-for-redis-now-in-preview/
Public preview: Service Fabric managed clusters Service Fabric managed clusters reduce complexity and issues associated with managing a cluster made up of multiple resources. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-service-fabric-managed-clusters/
Azure Sphere update 20.10 is now available for compatibility testing The Azure Sphere OS update 20.10 is now available for evaluation via the Retail Eval feed. The 20.10 evaluation release includes an OS update as well as a special evaluation version of the SDK for use during this period. T https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-update-2010-is-now-available-for-compatibility-testing/

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