ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Azure Cognitive Services Translator – Inuktitut language text translation now available Translate to or from Inuktitut into any of the more than 70 languages available in Translator. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cognitive-services-translator-inuktitut-language-text-translation-now-available/
General availability: Azure HDInsight extends capabilities for encryption of data in transit and at rest Azure HDInsight Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) encryption in transit is now generally available. HDInsight also supports version-less keys for customer-managed key (CMK) encryption at rest. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-hdinsight-extends-capabilities-for-encryption-of-data-in-transit-and-at-rest/
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – January 2021 Welcome to 2021: A year full of promise! The year starts out strong with two commonly requested features: a built-in view of cost broken down by resource group and remembering the last-used scope when opening Cost Management in the Azure portal. And, as always, we have tips and new ways to save money with Azure and new learning opportunities and documentation updates. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-january-2021/
Germany West Central Availability Zones now generally available Microsoft is pleased to announce that Azure Availability Zones are now generally available from the Germany West Central datacenter region. Azure Availability Zones (AZs) feature in the broad portfolio of services and products that enable organizations to create resilient, highly available applications for mission-critical workloads. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/germany-west-central-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Automate application lifecycle management with GitHub Actions In 2021, each month we will be releasing a monthly blog covering the webinar of the month for the Low-code Application Development (LCAD) on Azure solution. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/automate-application-lifecycle-management-with-github-actions/
Azure Availability Zones in the South Central US datacenter region add resiliency As businesses move more workstreams to the cloud, business continuity and data protection have never been more critical—and perhaps their importance has never been more visible than during the challenges and unpredictability of 2020. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-availability-zones-in-the-south-central-us-datacenter-region-add-resiliency/
General availability: Text Analytics' Named Entity Recognition v3 now supports 10 languages with improved AI quality With support for more entity categories and more languages, using Text Analytics NER enables organizations to extract higher quality insights from unstructured text. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/text-analytics-ner-improved-ai-quality/
Introducing seamless integration between Microsoft Azure and Confluent Cloud Customers are undergoing rapid transformations to stay competitive in an increasingly digital world with cloud design patterns and event streaming playing critical roles in their success. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/introducing-seamless-integration-between-microsoft-azure-and-confluent-cloud/
New Azure Cloud Services deployment model in public preview Use Azure Cloud Services (extended support), now in public preview, to increase regional resiliency and gain access to new capabilities that the Azure Resource Manager-based deployment model provides. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-azure-cloud-services-deployment-model-in-public-preview/
Azure Sphere version 21.01 is now available This release includes new memory and current control functions as well as new features in the SDK. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-version-2101-is-now-available/
4 reasons customers are asking service partners for Azure Lighthouse With an increasingly complex security landscape and an ever-growing service partner portfolio, how do you stay on top of industry standard best practices? As your business needs grow, you employ more and more partners to support your infrastructure, network, apps, and employees, but with that support comes a required level of access—how do you keep track of who has access to what and what exactly their doing to your resources? https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/4-reasons-customers-are-asking-service-partners-for-azure-lighthouse/
Resource instance rules for access to Azure Storage now in public preview Resource instance rules enable secure connectivity to Azure Storage by restricting access to specific resources of select Azure services. Resource instance rules to control access to Azure Storage are now in preview in all Azure public regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/storage-resource-instance-rules-preview/
Azure API Management Updates – January, 2021 A regular Azure API Management service update was started on January 21, 2021, and included several new features and bug fixes, along other improvements. It may take several weeks for your API Management service to receive the update. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-api-management-updates-january-2021/
Confluent Cloud Integration with Azure is now generally available Confluent and Microsoft have worked together to enable seamless integration experience between Azure and Confluent Cloud – a managed Apache Kafka service. This service will enable you to provision Confluent Cloud resources using Azure client interfaces like portal/CLI/SDKs. Other integration points include single sign-on using Azure Active directory and unified billing through Azure with an option to draw down on existing Azure commits. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/confluent-cloud-integration-with-azure-is-now-generally-available/
South Central US Availability Zones now generally available Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the South Central US region. These three new zones provide customers with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/south-central-us-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Azure Data Factory is now available in two additional regions Azure Data Factory is now available in two new regions: China North 2 and South India https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-is-now-available-in-two-new-regions/
99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory Premium customers is coming April 1st, 2021 SLA for Azure AD is increasing the up-time commitment to 99.99% for Azure AD Premium customers to support the need for an Identity service with high resilience and low interruptions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/9999-uptime-for-azure-active-directory-premium-customers-is-coming-april-1st-2021/
Build regionally resilient cloud services using the Azure Resource Manager Today, we are announcing the preview of Cloud Services (extended support), which is a new Azure Resource Manager (ARM) based deployment model for Azure Cloud Services. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/build-regionally-resilient-cloud-services-using-the-azure-resource-manager/
Python 3.9 in Azure Functions is now in public preview Announcing some enhancements to the development experience for Python workloads in Azure Functions, including support for Python 3.9. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/python-39-in-azure-functions-is-now-in-public-preview/
Azure Service Fabric Mesh Preview Retirement Today, we are announcing the retirement of the Azure Service Fabric Mesh public preview. New deployments will no longer be available but we will continue to support existing deployments until April 28, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-service-fabric-mesh-preview-retirement/
Public preview: Azure Machine Learning Data Labeling – Image Instance Segmentation Data Labeling in Azure Machine learning gives you a central place to create, manage, and monitor labeling projects. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-machine-learning-data-labeling-image-instance-segmentation/
General availability: Azure Machine Learning Output Datasets Read data in the cloud efficiently with Output datasets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-machine-learning-output-datasets/

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