ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Defender for App Service introduces dangling DNS protection Resources hosted on Azure App Service are at the forefront as attackers are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities in web applications. Dormant domains are a permanent resident on the checklist of both opportunistic and target-oriented attackers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-defender-for-app-service-introduces-dangling-dns-protection/
Azure Databricks Achieves DoD Impact Level 5 (IL5) on Microsoft Azure Government DoD Impact Level 5 (IL5) on Azure Government further validates security and compliance for Azure Databricks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-databricks-achieves-dod-impact-level-5-il5-on-microsoft-azure-government/
Announcing Power BI Embedded Generation 2 public preview We are announcing the second generation of Power BI Embedded, referred to as Embedded Gen 2, is available for its Azure subscribers to use during the public preview period. All of the Power BI Embedded Gen 1 capabilities such as pausing and resuming the capacity, are preserved in Gen 2 and the price per SKU remains the same, however the Gen 2 capacity resource provides substantial improvements in performance, scale and much more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/power-bi-embedded-generation-2-preview/
Back up Linux virtual machines running mission-critical workloads As organizations continue to embrace Linux, we see a growing number of enterprises running business and mission-critical workloads on Linux virtual machines in Azure. Azure Backup service offers application consistent backup of Linux virtual machines in Azure to safeguard against unintended destruction of data in your virtual machines. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/back-up-linux-virtual-machines-running-mission-critical-workloads/
Azure Cost Management now available for Azure Government Pay-As-You-Go subscriptions Azure Cost Management capabilities to view and analyze costs, be notified when exceeding cost thresholds using budgets, and export usage and charges data is now supported for Azure Government Pay-As-You-Go subscriptions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/acm-for-payg-azure-gov/
OCR support for 73 languages in the Cognitive Services Computer Vision public preview Computer Vision Read 3.2 API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), part of Cognitive Services, announces its public preview with support for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and several Latin languages, with option to use the cloud service or deploy the Docker container on premise. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/computer-vision-read-ocr-languages-update-preview/
General availability: Ingest up to 10 files and blobs with the new Azure Data Explorer intuitive UX Azure Data Explorer ingestion wizard allows you to automatically create a table and ingest data from up to 10 files or blobs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ingest-up-to-10-files-and-blobs-with-intuitive-ux/
Connecting Azure to the International Space Station with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Today we are announcing our partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to connect Azure directly to space using HPE’s upcoming launch of its Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), which will deliver edge computing and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in space for the first time on the International Space Station (ISS). https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/connecting-azure-to-the-international-space-station-with-hewlett-packard-enterprise/
Microsoft will establish its next U.S. datacenter region in Georgia’s Fulton and Douglas Counties Datacenters are part of today’s critical infrastructure—providing reliable and scalable compute power for online transactions, conference calls, virtual classrooms, supply chain and inventory management, internet searches, and much more around the world. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-will-establish-its-next-us-datacenter-region-in-georgia-s-fulton-and-douglas-counties/
Public preview: Azure Cost Management + Billing’s cost allocation now available in Azure Government Simplify your cost reporting in Azure government using Azure Cost Management + Billing’s cost allocation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-cost-management-billing-s-cost-allocation-now-available-in-azure-government/
Icertis boosts performance over 80 percent and lowers costs on Azure SQL As customers grow their mission critical workloads, scaling up to manage spiky workloads in house can become an expensive proposition. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/icertis-boosts-performance-over-80-percent-and-lowers-costs-on-azure-sql/
Azure Backup for SAP HANA: Soft limit increased from 2 TB to 8 TB Now you can protect larger SAP HANA DBs (such as Mv2 – 12 TB RAM machines) with the enhanced data transfer capabilities from Azure Backup. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-for-sap-hana-soft-limit-increased-from-2-tb-to-8-tb/
General availability: Azure mobile app now supports Azure Government You can now manage and monitor you Azure Government subscriptions with the Azure mobile app. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/generally-available-azure-mobile-app-now-supports-azure-government/
General availability: Soft delete for Azure file shares is now on by default for new storage accounts Soft delete, which protects Azure file shares from accidental deletion, is now on by default for new storage accounts created after January 31st. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-soft-delete-for-azure-file-shares-is-now-on-by-default-for-new-storage-accounts/
New planned datacenter region in Georgia (East US 3) Microsoft has announced plans to bring a new datacenter region, East US 3, to Georgia, including Availability Zones. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-planned-datacenter-region-in-georgia-east-us-3/
Versions no longer required for Key Vault references in App Service and Azure Functions Version pinning is no longer required for Key Vault references in App Service and Azure Functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/versions-no-longer-required-for-key-vault-references-in-app-service-and-azure-functions/
KLAS recognizes Microsoft's momentum in healthcare AI From improving clinical decision making to better managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) applied to health and medicine are undeniable. 2021 is expected to be a year where health systems make unprecedented investments in AI to improve quality, reduce costs, and create more personalized experiences for patients and health consumers alike. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/klas-recognizes-microsofts-momentum-in-healthcare-ai/
Azure Automation is now available in Japan West Automate tasks across Azure & Non-Azure environment using PowerShell and Python based scripts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-in-japan-west-region/

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