ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Defining roles and responsibilities for cloud cost optimization Today’s challenging economic climate has driven many IT organizations to launch cost optimization initiatives. If you’re participating in one such initiative, you’ve discovered that cloud cost management is a journey, with many factors to consider and steps to take to improve cloud spending behaviors. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/defining-roles-and-responsibilities-for-cloud-cost-optimization/
Azure Cost Management and Billing 2020 year in review 2020 wasn't the year we signed up for, but was chock full nonetheless. From optimized account and invoice management experiences to richer reporting within and outside the portal; new ways to facilitate chargeback and more flexible budget alerts to an overwhelming amount of new cost optimization opportunities. The year brought a lot and 2021 is looking exciting, with continued evolution across all fronts. Read on for a sneak peek at what's coming. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-2020-year-in-review/
Additional support for managed identity in Azure Stream Analytics now in public preview Azure Stream Analytics now supports managed identity for Blob input, Event Hubs (input and output), Synapse SQL Pools and customer storage account. As a result, customers do not have to manage service-to-service credentials by themselves, and can process events when streams of data are coming from Event Hubs in a VNet or using a firewall. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/additional-support-for-managed-identity-in-azure-stream-analytics/
Azure VMware Solution now available in UK South and Japan East Azure regions The new Azure VMware Solution has expanded availability to Japan East and UK South Azure regions in addition to the existing regions: US East, US West, West Europe and Australia. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-now-available-in-uk-south-and-japan-east-azure-regions/
Support for reference data up to 5GB and new improvements in Azure Stream Analytics now generally available The latest update of Azure Stream Analytics, now deployed in every supported region, provides support for larger reference data ( up to 5 GB), and add support for composite keys for blob output partitioning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/additional-support-for-managed-identity-and-new-features-in-azure-stream-analytics/
Five more free services now available in the Azure free account Free amounts of Archive Storage, Container Registry, Load Balancer, Service Bus, and VPN Gateway are now available for eligible Azure free account users, as well as and increased free amounts of Cosmos DB. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/five-more-free-services-now-available-in-the-azure-free-account/
Watch this new series to help you navigate and adopt the cloud Whether you are just embarking on your cloud journey or you are looking to maximize business value out of your existing cloud investments, you may want to leverage industry best practices and and technical guidance we have compiled in Azure documentation, from working with many engineers, customers, and partners. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/watch-this-new-series-to-help-you-navigate-and-adopt-the-cloud/
Azure Digital Twins is now generally available Azure Digital Twins is generally available and read for production deployments. Features include: Flexible modelling and general graph topology, richer compute, bring your own IoT Hub for easier integration, and improved scalability. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-digital-twins-is-now-generally-available/
5 ways to save costs by running .NET apps on Azure Digital transformation is accelerating at an incredible rate for consumers and employees alike, and the way we live and work has drastically changed. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/5-ways-to-save-costs-by-running-net-apps-on-azure/
Azure Sphere OS version 20.12 is now available Learn more about what's new in Azure Sphere OS version 20.12. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2012-is-now-available/
Deprecation of webview sign-in support announcement from Google Google is deprecating webview support starting January 4, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/deprecation-of-webview-support-announcement-from-google/
API Management’s Named Values integration with Azure Key Vault API Management’s Named Values can now be stored and managed in Azure Key Vault. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/api-management-s-named-values-integration-with-azure-key-vault/

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