ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Custom Translator V2 upgrade (full trainability) is generally available Custom Translator completed the full V2 platform upgrade to deliver an even bigger translation quality gain than before. Customers can now build custom models with all document types (Training, Testing, Tuning, Phrase Dictionary, and Sentence Dictionary) using full text documents, like Office documents, PDFs, HTML, and plain text. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ctnov2020/
.NET 5 now available in App Service App Service support for .NET 5 applications is available across all public regions and scenarios on both Windows and Linux App Service plans. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/net-5-now-available-in-app-service/
New version of SSMS and ADS tools for serverless SQL pools in Azure Synapse Analytics Serverless SQL pool released a new version of SSMS and ADS which improves scripting in object explorer and increases stability. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-synapse-sql-serverless-breaking-change-related-to-tooling-ssms-ads/
Azure Machine Learning updates–November 2020 Numerous updates across security, performance, experimentation and automated ML capabilities have been implemented. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-updates-november-2020/
New recommendations from Azure Advisor are now available Four new best practice recommendations will help you improve the reliability and performance of your Azure resources https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-recommendations-from-azure-advisor/
Advancing global network reliability through intelligent software—part 1 of 2 In our two-part series on advancing global network reliability through intelligent software, we explain how we’ve approached our network design, and how we’re constantly working to improve both reliability and performance. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-global-network-reliability-through-intelligent-software-part-1-of-2/
Service Fabric release 7.2 is now available This release brings new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/service-fabric-release-72-is-now-available/
Premium tier for Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available Premium tier is ideal for big data analytics applications and workloads that require low and consistent latency (fast access) or have a high number of transactions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/premium-tier-for-azure-data-lake-storage-is-now-available/
New constrained vCPUs capable VMs now available The latest memory optimized Azure VM series Esv4, Edsv4, and Easv4 now offer new constrained vCPU VM sizes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-constrained-vcpus-capable-vms-now-available/
New Azure Firewall capabilities will be generally available in Q4 CY2020 Custom DNS, DNS Proxy with integrated Threat Intelligence, and FQDN filtering in network rules will be generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-firewall-new-ga-capabilities-in-q4-cy2020/
SQL Server Analysis Services Virtual Machine images now available SQL Server Analysis Services Virtual Machine images (in general availability) can help make your workloads more efficient, enable an easier onboarding experience, and helps viewing your different virtual machine workloads and managing them. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/sql-server-analysis-services-virtual-machine-images-now-available/
Meeting developer needs with powerful new features in Azure Cache for Redis In May, we announced a groundbreaking partnership with Redis Labs to bring their Redis Enterprise software to Azure as a part of Azure Cache for Redis. We were humbled by the level of excitement and interest we received. We are announcing that you can now use Redis to tackle new challenges while making your caches larger and more resilient than ever before. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/meeting-developer-needs-with-powerful-new-features-in-azure-cache-for-redis/
Intel SGX based confidential computing VMs now available on Azure Dedicated Hosts The new DCsv2_Type1 Dedicated Host SKUs add confidential computing capabilities to Azure Dedicated Hosts. The DCsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines can help protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. Dedicated hosts will provide further isolation from other tenants, further enhancing the isolation aspect of secure applications within confidential computing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/intel-sgx-based-confidential-computing-vms-now-available-on-azure-dedicated-hosts/
New enhanced DNS features in Azure Firewall—now generally available Custom DNS, DNS proxy, and FQDN filtering in network rules (for non-HTTP/S and non-MSSQL protocols) in Azure Firewall are now generally available. In this blog, we also share an example use-case on using DNS proxy with Private Link. Azure Firewall is a cloud-native firewall as a service (FWaaS) offering that allows you to centrally govern and log all your traffic flows using a DevOps approach. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-enhanced-dns-features-in-azure-firewall-now-generally-available/
Azure Automation is now available in Brazil Southeast region Automate tasks across Azure & Non-Azure environment using Powershell and Python based scripts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-in-brazil-southeast-region/
Azure achieves Service Organization Controls compliance for 14 additional services Azure gives you some of the industry’s broadest certifications for the critical SOC 1, 2, and 3 compliance offering, which is widely used around the world. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-achieves-service-and-organization-controls-compliance-for-14-additional-services/
New SAP HANA Certified Memory-Optimized Virtual Machines now available We are expanding our SAP HANA certifications, enabling you to run production SAP HANA workloads on the Edsv4 virtual machines sizes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-sap-hana-certified-memoryoptimized-virtual-machines-now-available/
Open Azure Day: A VIP Linux and OSS speaker line-up in one event The Linux and open-source landscapes are changing rapidly. With so many companies embracing remote work and operations this year, we’re seeing more organizations running large-scale, mission-critical Linux and open-source workloads than ever before. IT teams need technical resources that can keep up—now. Even organizations that had already begun moving to the cloud are now finding that they need to accelerate and expand their cloud adoption. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/open-azure-day-a-vip-linux-and-oss-speaker-lineup-in-one-event/
How to optimize your Azure workload costs Managing IT costs is critical during this time of economic uncertainty. The global pandemic is challenging organizations across the globe to reinvent business strategies and make operations more effective and productive. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/how-to-optimize-your-azure-workload-costs-2/
Azure Cosmos DB transactional batch support for Java SDK 4.7.0 and above is now available This new support satisfies a frequent customer ask for ACID-compliant transactions that succeed or fail altogether. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-transactional-batch-support-for-java-sdk-470-and-above/
Serverless offer for Azure Cosmos DB in preview on all APIs A new consumption-based offer that complements the existing range of provisioned throughput options is now in preview for all Azure Cosmos DB APIs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/serverless-offer-for-azure-cosmos-db-in-preview-on-all-apis/
Node.js 14 for Azure Functions is now available in public preview Developers can now build and publish Azure Functions Apps using Node.js 14. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/nodejs-14-for-azure-functions-is-now-available-in-preview/
Azure Sphere 20.10 update is now available Learn about what's new in the the 20.10 release, including new and updated features in the OS, SDK, and extensions for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-2010-update-is-now-available/
QnA Maker introduces deep learning (Public Preview) The next version of QnA Maker introduces state-of-art deep learning technologies and advances several core capabilities like better relevance and precise answering. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/cognitive-services/
SQL Server Reporting Services Virtual Machine images now available Migrate SQL Server Reporting Services workloads into Azure using pre-configured VM images to enable easier workload management, more efficient onboarding to the cloud, and leverage benefits by selecting preconfigured images. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/sql-server-reporting-services-virtual-machine-images-now-available/
Support for Oracle WebLogic Server on Azure Kubernetes Service is now available This initial release of solutions jointly developed between Microsoft and Oracle enables you to bring your WebLogic workloads to a managed Kubernetes service on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/run-oracle-weblogic-server-on-azure-kubernetes-service/
Azure HDInsight ID Broker (HIB) is now generally available HDInsight ID Broker (HIB) provides modern OAuth authentication and enables federated users to login to cluster without syncing on-premise password hashes to the cloud. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-hdinsight-id-broker-hib-is-now-generally-available/
Redis 6.0 is now in preview for Azure Cache for Redis Redis 6.0 (preview) for Azure Cache for Redis brings several new features enhancing developer productivity including Redis Streams (new list data type), new commands, improved HyperLogLog performance, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/redis-60-is-now-in-preview-for-azure-cache-for-redis/

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