ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Azure IoT Central new and updated features—January 2021 January updates include jobs improvements, new API features, new data export features, and documentation enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-feature-updates-january-2021/
Azure Security Center—general avialability updates for January 2021 New general availability enhancements and updates made to Azure Security Center in January 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-january2021-1/
Azure DDoS Protection—2020 year in review 2020 was a year unlike any other, it brought major disruptions to both the physical and digital worlds, and these changes are also evident in the cyberthreat landscape. The prevalence of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks in 2020 has grown more than 50 percent with increasing complexity and significant increase in the volume of DDoS traffic. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-ddos-protection-2020-year-in-review/
172 Azure offerings achieve HITRUST certification Azure expands its depth of offerings to Azure customers with its latest independent HITRUST assessment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/172-azure-offerings-achieve-hitrust-certification/
IT Service Management Connector (ITSMC) is now certified with ServiceNow Paris version The ITSM connector provides a bi-directional connection between Azure and ITSM tools to help track and resolve issues faster. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/it-service-management-connector-itsmc-is-now-certified-with-servicenow-paris-version/
Append blob support for Azure Data Lake Storage is now in limited public preview Applications can now create append blobs in addition to block blobs in Azure Data Lake Storage accounts and append to them using Append Block operations. Applications that need to add information to existing files efficiently and continuously can leverage append blobs.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/append-blob-support-for-azure-data-lake-storage-preview/
General availability: Azure Log Analytics in UAE Central & Japan 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 UAE Central & Japan West. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-log-analytics-in-uae-central-japan-west/
Microsoft Azure Attestation is now generally available Verify the identity and security posture of a platform before you interact with it. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-attestation/
General availability: Application Insight in UAE Central & Japan West Application Insight, a part of Azure Monitor, is now generally available in UAE Central & Japan West 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-uae-central-japan-west/
Azure achieves its first PCI 3DS certification Azure’s PCI 3DS Attestation of Compliance, PCI 3DS Shared Responsibility Matrix, and PCI 3DS whitepaper are now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-achieves-its-first-pci-3ds-certification/
Support for more workloads, tag based policies now in Backup Center public preview Backup Center now supports SQL in Azure VMs, SAP HANA in Azure VMs and Azure Files. New Azure Policies allow you to deploy backup at scale based on resource group and tag information. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/support-for-more-workloads-and-tag-based-policies-now-in-backup-center-public-preview/
Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in Australia Central 2 Azure Log Analytics is now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health and usage in Australia Central 2. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-log-analytics-in-australia-central-2/
HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition brings mixed reality to regulated environments It’s been an energizing first year, in-market, for HoloLens 2. We loved seeing the ways HoloLens 2 has empowered customers across industries to increase productivity and innovate with purpose. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/hololens-2-industrial-edition-brings-mixed-reality-to-regulated-environments/
Innovations for a more secure U.S. microelectronics supply chain Keeping up with the rapid pace of technology innovation today requires equal advances in the pace of development of new microelectronics. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/innovations-for-a-more-secure-us-microelectronics-supply-chain/
New Azure Monitor Agent available on latest Linux distros and new regions The new Azure Monitor Agent now supports the latest Linux distros and can be installed on additional new regions using Data Collection Rules. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-azure-monitor-agent-available-on-latest-linux-distros-and-new-regions/
Azure Security Center—Public preview updates for January 2021 New preview enhancements and updates made to Azure Security Center in January 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-january2021-2/
Azure Event Grid is now in public preview for Azure Cache for Redis Azure Cache for Redis integration with Azure Event Grid is in public preview. This integration allows service manage routing of Redis events like patching, scaling, and import/export(RDB) to any destination. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-event-grid-is-now-in-public-preview-for-azure-cache-for-redis/
General Availability: Custom Neural Voice, a Text-to-Speech capability within Speech Service Improve user experiences responsibly with Custom Neural Voice, a limited access capability within Speech Service. Custom Neural voice allows you to build a custom voice font consistent with your brand and use case. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-custom-neural-voice-a-custom-texttospeech-capability-within-speech-service/
Additional IOPS feature for MySQL – Flexible Server in public preview MySQL – Flexible Server supports the provisioning of additional IOPS (preview) so you can provision more IOPS above the complimentary IOPS limit and can increase or decrease the number of IOPS based on workload requirements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/additional-iops-feature-for-mysql-flexible-server-in-preview/
Gain real-time insights on SAP ERP data with Azure and Qlik Data Integration For companies worldwide, SAP is at the core of their business applications—housing critical information on sales, manufacturing, and financial processes. However, due to the inherent sophistication of SAP systems, many organizations struggle to integrate SAP data into modern analytics projects. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/gain-realtime-insights-on-sap-erp-data-with-azure-and-qlik-data-integration/
Support for SAP Application (NetWeaver) and Operating System (Linux) telemetry in Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions (AMS) now supports SAP Application (NetWeaver) in private preview and Operating System (Linux) provider in Public Preview. Both providers are available in the following Azure regions – West Europe, US East, US East 2 and US West 2. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/support-for-sap-application-netweaver-and-operating-system-linux-telemetry-in-azure-monitor-for-sap-solutions/
Public preview: Azure Machine Learning – Responsible ML updates Azure Machine Learning Enhanced Responsible ML Dashboard updates now in public review https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-machine-learning-responsible-ml-updates/
Azure Resource Graph unlocks enhanced discovery for ServiceNow We’re announcing that ServiceNow® ITOM Discovery is now integrated with Microsoft’s Azure Resource Graph, enabling faster and scalable discovery of your organization’s Azure estate within operational workflows. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-resource-graph-unlocks-enhanced-discovery-for-servicenow/
Support for Azure API Management certificates in Azure Key Vault has reached general availability. You can now enhance security by storing, managing, and referencing API Management’s certificates in Azure Key Vault. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/support-for-azure-api-management-certificates-in-azure-key-vault-has-reached-general-availability/

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