ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Guest health feature in Azure Monitor for virtual machines We are announcing the preview of Azure Monitor for virtual machines guest health feature that monitors the health of your virtual machines and fires an alert when any parameter being monitored is outside the acceptable range. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/guest-health-feature-in-azure-monitor-for-virtual-machines/
More IOPS at no additional cost for Azure Files premium tier All premium shares get additional baseline and burst input/output per second (IOPS) at zero cost, providing better performance and lower cost of deployment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/more-iops-at-no-additional-cost-for-azure-files-premium-tier/
Hybrid and multicloud strategies for financial services organizations The financial services industry is a dynamic space that is constantly testing and pushing novel use cases of information technology. Many of its members must balance immense demands—from the pressures to unlock continuous innovation in a landscape with cloud-native entrants, to responding to unexpected surges in demand and extend services to new regions—all while managing risk and combatting financial crime. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/hybrid-and-multicloud-strategies-for-financial-services-organizations/
Export and manage Azure Policy as code with GitHub New integrations in between Azure Policy and GitHub are now in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/export-and-manage-azure-policy-as-code-with-github/
Azure Databricks Achieves FedRAMP High Authorization on Microsoft Azure Government With this certification, customers can now use Azure Databricks to process the U.S. government’s most sensitive, unclassified data in cloud computing environments, including data that involves the protection of life and financial assets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-databricks-achieves-fedramp-high-authorization-on-microsoft-azure-government-mag/
The Azure Cloud Shell image has been updated Azure Cloud Shell has been updated to use a new base image. This will provide updates to some of the most common tools and commands. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/the-azure-cloud-shell-image-has-been-updated/
Azure Boards – Delivery Plans 2.0 is now in preview With this release, we're announcing the public preview release of Delivery Plans 2.0 and other improvements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-boards-delivery-plans-20-is-now-in-preview/
Azure portal November 2020 update Updates include moving resources from a resource group to another region and a filter pills update. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-portal-updatesnovember-2020/
Azure Resource Manager template support for Azure file share backup You can now leverage Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template to configure backup for Azure file shares. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-resource-manager-template-support-for-azure-file-share-backup/
Microsoft to establish its first datacenter region in Sweden 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-sweden/
Unified Connection Monitor in Network Watcher is now generally available Connection monitor provides unified end-to-end connection monitoring capabilities for hybrid and Azure deployments. It brings together the best of Network Performance Monitor and Connection Monitor (classic). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/connection-monitor-generally-available/

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