ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves now in public preview Always Encrypted with secure enclaves enables in-place encryption and rich confidential queries on sensitive data by leveraging Intel SGX secure enclaves, available in the new DC-series hardware configuration. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/confidential-computing-using-always-encrypted-with-secure-enclaves-now-in-public-preview/
Public preview: Application Insight in Japan West Application Insight is now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health in Japan West. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insight-in-japan-west/
Backup for Azure Managed Disk is in limited preview Azure Backup offers snapshot lifecycle management to Azure Managed Disk by automating periodic creation of snapshot and retain it for configured duration using Backup policy. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-disk-backup/
Azure Backup: Encryption at rest using customer-managed keys is now generally available Encrypt your backups using customer-managed keys for more security and control. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-cmk-encryption/
General availability: Azure Log Analytics in Germany West Central, UAE North, & Switzerland West Log Analytics, a feature of Azure Monitor, is now generally available for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health and usage in Germany West Central, UAE North, & Switzerland West . https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-log-analytics-in-germany-west-central-uae-north-switzerland-west/
Action Required: Upgrade IoT Hub IP filter before 1 February 2022 The upgraded IP filter protects the built-in endpoint and is more secure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-upgrade-iot-hub-ip-filter-before-1-february-2022/
App Service Authentication portal experience is now in public preview A new version of the App Service Authentication/Authorization portal experience is now in preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/app-service-authentication-portal-experience-is-now-in-public-preview/
Azure Automation is now available in Switzerland West Automate tasks across Azure & Non-Azure environment using PowerShell and Python based scripts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-in-switzerland-west-region/
Key customer benefits of the expanded SAP and Microsoft partnership This past year has shown us how important it is to be ready for the unexpected. I spent a lot of time talking with customers, and it was rewarding to hear their stories of using technology to respond quickly to changing business needs. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/key-customer-benefits-of-the-expanded-sap-and-microsoft-partnership/
Automatic tracking of click events with Application Insights is now available Azure Monitor Application Insights JavaScript SDK Click Analytics Plugin provides automatic tracking of click events on web pages. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automatic-tracking-of-click-events-with-application-insights-is-now-available/
Public preview: Azure Key Vault CSI driver support in Azure Kubernetes Service Azure Key Vault provider for Secrets Store CSI driver allows you to get secret contents stored in an Azure Key Vault instance. Azure Key Vault simplifies the task of securing and using cryptographic keys and other secrets with AKS.
With this new feature, you can use the Secrets Store CSI driver interface to mount secrets into Kubernetes pods while benefiting from the increased security and control via the Azure Key Vault.
AKS customers can use this new capability to mount enterprise grade external secrets stores to AKS pods, thereby simplifying access to secrets, keys, and certificates in a secure manner.
You can now mount secrets stored in Azure Key Vault into Kubernetes pods.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-key-vault-csi-driver-support-in-azure-kubernetes-service/
Public preview: Automatic Cluster Upgrades in AKS AKS simplifies the task of deploying new Kubernetes releases by enabling users to configure automatic cluster upgrades. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-automatic-cluster-upgrades-in-aks/
Public preview: Dynamic IP allocation and enhanced subnet support in AKS AKS users now have more flexible network configuration options via dynamic IP allocation and support for subnets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-dynamic-ip-allocation-and-enhanced-subnet-support-in-aks/
Azure Monitor ITSM Connector for ServiceNow ITOM with Secure Export Introducing a public preview of Secure Export as a new version of Azure Monitor ITSM Connector, providing integration with ServiceNow ITOM. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-itsm-connector-for-servicenow-itom-with-secure-export/
The Azure Quota REST API to manage service limits (quotas) is now generally available Use Azure REST Quota APIs to manage the service limits (quota) of Azure Virtual Machines (cores/vCPU) and Azure Machine Learning. Take advantage of this capability to query current usage and quotas for the supported resources and update these limits. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-quota-rest-apis-to-manage-service-limits-quota-are-now-generally-available/
Generally available: Copy Blob support over private endpoints in Azure Storage Azure Storage now supports copying of data between storage accounts using private endpoints. This includes support for the Copy Blob API and utilities such as AzCopy. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/copy-blob-support-over-private-endpoints/
Azure Cosmos DB: Multiple region Availability Zones support with single-region write now generally available The general availability of Availability Zone support for Azure Cosmos DB accounts configured for two or more regions with single-region writes may lower pricing and includes increased availability SLA. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-multiple-region-availability-zones-support-with-singleregion-write-now-generally-available/
General availability: Optional Uptime SLA for Azure Kubernetes Service private clusters Financially backed uptime SLA for AKS private clusters is now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-optional-uptime-sla-for-azure-kubernetes-service-private-clusters/
Azure Boards – New enhancements to Delivery Plans 2.0 In this sprint, we're enhancing Delivery Plans 2.0 with new condensed views and rollup information. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-boards-new-enhancements-to-delivery-plans-20/

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