ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Data Factory adds cached lookups and enhanced zoom design to data flows Azure Data Factory (ADF) has made it easier to view and manage large, complex ETL patterns with new zoom controls for complex graph design. ADF has also added cached lookups to data flows for more efficient and faster design patterns. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-adds-cached-lookups-and-enhanced-zoom-design-to-data-flows/
Azure Shared Image Gallery–New features are now generally available Shared Image Gallery introduces new features to copy image versions, use disks or VMs to create image versions, and export a managed from an image version. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/shared-image-gallery-nov2020-features/
Azure Kubernetes Service updates for November 2020 AKS updates in general availability include ephemeral OS disk support, AKS containerd support, maxSurge support, Kubernetes 1.19 support, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/aks-updates-for-november-2020/
Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview If you have opted for Azure Database for PostgreSQL server, you are probably looking for a fully managed, intelligent, and flexible cloud database service that enables you to focus on building applications while offloading critical management tasks such as availability, scalability, and data protection to the service provider. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-backup-for-azure-postgresql-long-term-retention-in-preview/
Azure Hybrid Benefit now generally available for Linux Coinciding with this week’s Kubecon and Open Azure Day virtual events, today we’re announcing the general availability of Azure Hybrid Benefit functionality for Linux customers, allowing you to bring both your on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) subscriptions to Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-hybrid-benefit-now-generally-available-for-linux/
Connecting urban environments with IoT and Digital Twins As urbanization continues to take hold and cities face challenges to become more sustainable and livable, urban planning and operations strategies must adapt. Now more than ever, public and private organizations are coming together to push transformative solutions and change the way we plan and operate infrastructure and urban environments for all. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/connecting-urban-environments-with-iot-and-digital-twins/
Azure Site Recovery – Support for increased disk size in Azure VM disaster recovery is now generally available Protect Azure VMs with increased disk sizes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/site-recovery-large-disk-support-azure-vm/
Azure high-performance computing at Supercomputing 2020 Customers around the world rely on Microsoft Azure to drive innovations related to our environment, public health, energy sustainability, weather modeling, economic growth, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-high-performance-computing-supercomputing-2020/
Advancing global network reliability through intelligent software—part 2 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-2-of-2/
SMB Multichannel preview is now available on Azure Files premium tier Lower your deployment cost and increase you Server Message Block (SMB) 3.x client’s performance with Azure Files SMB Multichannel. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/smb-multichannel-preview-is-now-available-on-azure-files-premium-tier/
General availability: Azure Log Analytics in Brazil Southeast and Norway East Log Analytics, a feature of Azure Monitor, is now generally available for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyze their services for health and usage in Brazil Southeast and Norway East. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-log-analytics-in-brazil-southeast-and-norway-east/
Azure Firewall Premium is in public preview Azure Firewall Premium provides next generation firewall capabilities that are required for highly sensitive and regulated environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-firewall-premium-public-preview/
Azure Backup for SAP HANA backup – User management improvements The permissions required by a Azure Backup user for SAP HANA backup is now much simpler and automatically handled by a simple script from Azure Backup. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-for-sap-hana-backup-user-management-improvements/
Cognitive Services Speech adds new Neural TTS voices and general availability of Neural TTS in containers Speech service adds 10 new neural Text to Speech (TTS) voices and announces general availability of Neural TTS in containers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/cognitive-services-speech-adds-new-neural-tts-voices-and-ga-of-neural-tts-in-containers/
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/
Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in Germany West Central, UAE North, and Switzerland West Germany West Central, UAE North, and Switzerland West 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-germany-west-central-uae-north-and-switzerland-west/
Empowering developer velocity and efficiency with Kubernetes Welcome to KubeCon North America. It seems only yesterday that we were together in San Diego. Though we’re farther apart physically this year, the Kubernetes community continues to go strong. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/empowering-developer-velocity-and-efficiency-with-kubernetes/
Public preview: Application Insight in UAE North UAE North is 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-uae-north/
Performance tiers for Premium SSDs is now generally available Achieve higher performance and cost savings on Azure Disk Storage with performance tiers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/performance-tiers-for-premium-ssds-is-now-generally-available/
General availability: Application Insight in Australia Central, Brazil Southeast, and Norway East Application Insight, a part of Azure Monitor, is now generally available in Australia Central, Brazil Southeast, and Norway East regions 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-australia-central-brazil-southeast-and-norway-east/
Multiple new features for Azure VPN Gateway are now generally available Take advantage of multiple new enhancements and features that are now generally available in Azure VPN Gateway. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/multiple-new-features-for-azure-vpn-gateway-are-now-generally-available/
Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines Guest Health is in public preview Announcing the Public Preview of the Guest Health feature of Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines, that monitors the health of your virtual machines and fires an alert when any of the parameters being monitored are outside the acceptable range. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-for-virtual-machines-guest-health-preview/
Boost your client performance with Azure Files SMB Multichannel Lower your deployment cost, while improving client performance with Server Message Block (SMB) Multichannel on premium tier. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/boost-your-client-performance-with-azure-files-smb-multichannel/
A new version of Text Analytics is now in public preview Text Analytics new API version supports batch processing and healthcare scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/cognitive-services-2/
HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes with Premium Data Lake Storage Gen2 is now generally available With Premium Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 support for accelerated writes HDInsight HBase cluster, customers can now have increased read performance compared to standard storage and also take advantage of Hierarchical namespace feature of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hdinsight-hbase-accelerated-writes-with-premium-adls-gen2-is-now-generally-available/
Azure Backup for SAP HANA databases now supports Incremental backups – Public preview Azure Backup for SAP HANA now supports HANA incremental backups which allows you to have faster and more cost-effective backups. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-for-sap-hana-databases-now-supports-incremental-backups-public-preview/
General availability: VPN over ExpressRoute private peering VPN over ExpressRoute allows customers to encrypt all traffic going over their ExpressRoute circuit. VPN over ExpressRoute, combined with site-to-site and point-to-site VPN provides end-to-end encryption between data centers, branch offices and remote users. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-vpn-over-expressroute-private-peering/

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