ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – October 2020 Last month, we shared a lot of cost optimization tips and tricks. Continuing with that focus, October is all about helping you save money on Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS), database, or storage offerings. You'll also read about creating subscriptions via Azure Resource Manager deployment templates, be able to participate in a survey to streamline your experience when verifying your billed charges, and get a sneak peek at a few very early previews. Enjoy! https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-billing-updates-october-2020/
Community support for PHP 7.4 is ending on 28 November 2022 App Service support for PHP 7.4 on Windows is ending on 28 November 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/community-support-for-php-74-is-ending-on-28-november-2022/
Azure Backup Price and Meter ID Change – ZA North and ZA West regions of South Africa Effective 12/01/2020, the price and meter IDs of Azure Backup will change.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-price-and-meter-id-change/
General Availability: Azure Spot on Azure Kubernetes Service Use Azure Spot with Azure Kubernetes Service to save on compute costs for workloads that can tolerate interruptions https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-azure-spot-on-aks/
App Service Discount for Premium Plans App Service Premium plan (Pv2 & Pv3) customers can now take advantage of Dev/Test subscription discounts https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-service-discount-for-premium-plans/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server now available in Brazil Southeast The preview support in the Brazil Southeast region provides additional flexibility in deploying solutions to help accelerate innovation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-regions-for-postgresql-single-server-in-brazil-southeast/
Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is now generally available Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare will make it easier for healthcare organizations to remain agile and focus on what they do best—delivering better experiences, insights, and care. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-cloud-for-healthcare-is-now-generally-available/
General Availability: Azure Kubernetes Service support for proximity placement groups Co-locate agent nodes and minimize node-to-node latency with AKS support for proximity placement groups. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ga-aks-support-for-proximity-placement-groups/
ADLS Gen2 Hierarchical Namespace Quick Query Name and Price Changes Effective December 1, 2020, the price and name of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 Hierarchical Namespace Quick Query will change. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adls-gen2-hierarchical-namespace-quick-query-name-and-price-changes/
New Azure Batch capabilities available in preview A number of new security-related features are now available in preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-batch-updates-preview-october2020/
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/
Microsoft unlocks the full potential of the smart building ecosystem It is impossible to understate the profound impact 2020 events have had on the real estate industry. Buildings of all kinds, from commercial offices to retail, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and more, remain in need of transformative solutions that will enable employees to return to work safely. In times of crisis, it is innovation that transforms challenges into opportunities. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-unlocks-the-full-potential-of-the-smart-building-ecosystem/
We’re retiring Azure SQL DB Import-Export Direct Endpoints on 31 October 2023 Start using Azure Resource Manager REST APIs https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/we-re-retiring-azure-sql-db-importexport-direct-endpoints-on-31-october-2023/
Azure Automation is now available in Switzerland North region Azure Automation is now available in Switzerland North region https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-in-switzerland-north-region/
Register Your Azure SQL Virtual Machines with SQL Server IaaS Agent extension today By simply checking a box, you can automatically register all existing and future SQL Server VMs in your subscription to access features designed to enable cost savings and increase manageability. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/register-your-azure-sql-virtual-machines-with-sql-server-iaas-agent-extension-today/
Action Required: Migrate to Data Science Virtual Machine Ubuntu 18.04 End of Support for Data Science Virtual Machine for Ubuntu 16.04 on 1 April 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-migrate-to-data-science-virtual-machine-ubuntu-1804/
Azure Red Hat OpenShift 3.11 will be retired on 30 June 2022 Start using Azure Red Hat OpenShift on OpenShift 4. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-red-hat-openshift-311-will-be-retired-on-30-june-2022/
Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare: Unlocking the power of health data for better care As healthcare providers have faced unprecedented workloads (individually and institutionally) around the world, the pandemic response continues to cause seismic shifts in how, where, and when care is provided. Longer term, it has revealed the need for fundamental shifts across the care continuum. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-cloud-for-healthcare-unlocking-the-power-of-health-data-for-better-care/
Microsoft named a Leader in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms Embracing digital transformation in Industrial IoT requires companies to rethink and shift business models and operations. Doing so, however, has become more difficult in the past six months due to production slowdowns, restrictions on employee movement with social distancing, and rapidly shifting market demands. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-gartner-s-2020-magic-quadrant-for-industrial-iot-platforms/
New Azure Batch capabilities New job scheduling and security-related features are now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-batch-updates-october2020/
Public preview: Auditing of Microsoft support operations in Azure SQL DB and Azure SQL MI The auditing of Microsoft support operations capability enables the audit of Microsoft support operations when accessing servers and/or databases during a support request to an audit logs destination. The use of this capability, along with auditing, enables more transparency into the workforce and allows for anomaly detection, trend visualization, and data loss prevention. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/auditing-of-microsoft-support-operations-in-azure-sql-db-and-azure-sql-mi/
Legacy developer portal in Azure API Management will retire on 31 October 2023 Start using the new developer portal in Azure API Management. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/legacy-developer-portal-in-azure-api-management-will-retire-on-31-october-2023/
Public preview: Up to 10 read replicas for MySQL Flexible Server Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server enables read-heavy workloads to scale out and be balanced across replica servers according to preferences. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/read-replica-for-mysql-flexible-server/
Azure Databricks Now Available in Switzerland North Azure Databricks is now available in the Swiss Azure datacenters which marks another milestone on the way to digitize Switzerland https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-databricks-now-available-in-switzerland-north/
Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Preview APIs Deprecated The Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 public preview APIs have been deprecated. Read about the process for migrating onto the new generally available API version for Azure Time Series Insights Gen2. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-tsi-preview-api-deprecated/
Bing Search APIs will transition from Azure Cognitive Services to Azure Marketplace on 31 October 2023 Continue to create new instances of Bing Search APIs under the Azure Marketplace. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/bing-search-apis-will-transition-from-azure-cognitive-services-to-azure-marketplace-on-31-october-2023/
Generate a new function app from an OpenAPI specification Create a function app from an Open API Definition using VS Code https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/generate-a-new-function-app-from-an-openapi-specification/
Public Preview: Application Insight in Australia Central, Brazil Southeast and Norway East Australia Central, Brazil Southeast, and Norway East are now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyze their services for health using Application Insight. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insight-in-australia-central/
World Cities Day 2020: Committing to sustainable urban environments October 31 is World Cities Day, established to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. This year’s theme ‘Better City, Better Life: Valuing Our Communities and Cities’ is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities, addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/world-cities-day-2020-committing-to-sustainable-urban-environments/
Migrate your Hadoop data lakes with WANDisco LiveData Platform for Azure It’s no secret that organizations consider data as one of their most valuable assets and are investing to build their capability for data-driven decision making. While it is challenging to institute a flexible and cost-effective data estate on-premises, the cloud offers an extensive set of innovative and data-oriented solutions. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/migrate-your-hadoop-data-lakes-with-wandisco-livedata-platform-for-azure/
Azure Sphere 20.10 Update 1 is now available for compatibility testing Azure Sphere 20.10 Update 1 fixes some issues reported to us by customers using 20.10 Retail Eval for compatibility testing. The release of 20.10 Update 1 will not reset the retail evaluation period. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-2010-update-1-is-now-available-for-compatibility-testing/
Action Required: Update to Data Science Virtual Machine Ubuntu 18.04 Migrate to Data Science Virtual Machine – Ubuntu 18.04 Image. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-update-to-data-science-virtual-machine-ubuntu-1804/
Policy to control the minimum TLS version used with Azure Storage now generally available Secure Azure Storage HTTPS connection with minimum TLS version via policy control. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/policy-to-control-the-minimum-tls-version-used-with-azure-storage-now-generally-available/
Preview: Azure Monitor for containers now support capacity monitoring of Persistent Volume (PV) In this preview support you can monitor the capacity of the PVs. You can visualize, query and enable fast alert on the PV capacity & inventory metrics. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azmon-ci-pv/
Public Preview: Azure Log Analytics in Brazil Southeast and Norway East Brazil Southeast and Norway East are now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyze their services for health and usage using Azure Log Analytics. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-log-analytics-in-brazil-south-east-and-norway-east/
Soft delete for Azure file shares is now generally available in all regions Soft delete protects Azure file shares from accidental deletion. In January 2021, it will be enabled by default for all new storage accounts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/soft-delete-for-azure-file-shares-is-now-generally-available/
Schema Registry for Azure Event Hubs public preview Utilize the Schema Registry in Azure Event Hubs to provide data governance and operational efficiencies for message delivery. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/schema-registry/
Public preview: AKS pod identity Access cloud resources securely from Azure Kubernetes Service applications using Azure Active Directory. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-aks-pod-identity/
Microsoft to establish its first datacenter region in Taiwan 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-to-establish-its-first-datacenter-region-in-taiwan-as-a-part-of-its-reimagine-taiwan-initiative/

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