ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Load Balancer support for IP-based backend pool management is now generally available Azure Load Balancer support for adding and removing resources from a backend pool via IP address is now generally available. This enables IP addresses to be reserved as part of a backend pool before the associated resources are created. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iplbga/
Automatic VM guest patching is now in public preview for Linux VMs Automatic VM guest patching provides safe and automatic patching for virtual machines to simplify update management and maintain security compliance. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automatic-vm-guest-patching-now-in-preview-linux/
Azure Backup for SAP HANA: Incremental backup is now generally available Create cost-effective, faster backup policies with weekly full and daily HANA incremental and protect even large HANA databases. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-for-sap-hana-incremental-backup-is-now-generally-available/
Azure Machine Learning – Preview announcements Ignite, March 2021. Azure Machine Learning has new features in preview now. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-preview-announcements-ignite-march-2021/
Azure Backup: Operational backup for Azure Blobs is now in public preview Operational backup for Azure Blobs gives you a managed data protection solution for block blobs in your storage accounts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-blob-op-backup-preview/
Azure Object Anchors is now in public preview In many of today's mixed reality scenarios, there is a need to align digital content with physical objects. Azure Object Anchors, now in preview, eliminates the need for markers or manual holographic alignment within mixed reality applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azureobjectanchorspreview/
Azure Machine Learning – Generally available announcements at Ignite, March 2021. New features now generally available: Custom Views, Cross-Experiment Run Comparison and Role-based access control. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-generally-available-announcements-at-ignite-march-2021/
Azure Cosmos DB API for MongoDB supports version 4.0 Azure Cosmos DB API for MongoDB 4.0 (general availability) adds several new features, including multi-document transactions, making it easier to model complex transactional business logic. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-api-for-mongodb-supports-version-40/
Azure Percept in public preview Announcing preview of Microsoft Azure Percept, a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform with added security for creating edge artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-percept-in-public-preview/
Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes is now generally available Now you can on-board all your Kubernetes clusters in production and manage them centrally from Azure with the help of Azure Arc which is generally available today. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-arc-enabled-kubernetes-is-now-generally-available/
Azure Machine Learning – Arc enabled machine learning Azure Arc enabled machine learning (preview), gives you the ability to train models on any Kubernetes cluster, using Azure Machine Learning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-arc-enabled-machine-learning/
Advance notifications for Azure SQL Database now in public preview Prepare for planned maintenance events on your Azure SQL Database resources and minimize the impact of database failovers on your sensitive workloads with advance notifications (preview). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/advance-notifications-for-azure-sql-database-now-in-public-preview/
Azure SQL auditing of Microsoft operations is now in general availability Azure SQL auditing of Microsoft operations for Azure SQL Database, Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure SQL Managed Instance is now generally available, enabling more transparency into your workforce. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-auditing-of-microsoft-operations-is-now-generally-available/
Azure Security Center: Public preview updates for February 2021 Preview enhancements and updates released for Azure Security Center in February 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-february2021-2/
Confidential computing nodes (DCSv2) on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is generally available Confidential computing capability now available on AKS for your container workloads.

Azure Spring Cloud: General availability of Managed Virtual Network and Autoscale Two related features: Managed Virtual Network and Autoscale for Azure Spring Cloud are now generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-spring-cloud-general-availability-of-managed-virtual-network-and-autoscale/
Apply AI to your most critical business needs with new Azure AI capabilities Tens of thousands of customers, such as Pepsi, Amway, Airbus, BBC, and Progressive Insurance are using Azure AI to deliver immersive customer experiences, identify new business opportunities, and drive impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/apply-ai-to-your-most-critical-business-needs-with-new-azure-ai-capabilities/
Azure Cosmos DB: Continuous backup with point in time restore in public preview Continuous backup mode capability (now in preview) for new SQL and MongoDB API accounts helps you handle accidental deletes in your account or container, or accidental modification of the data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-continuous-backing-with-point-in-time-restore-in-preview/
Azure Monitor Alerts for Azure Backup is in public preview Manage your backup-related alert lifecycles in a manner that is consistent with native Azure management principles https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-alerts-for-azure-backup-is-in-preview/
Azure trusted launch for Virtual Machines now in public preview Azure offers trusted launch as a seamless way to bolster the security of Generation 2 VMs. Designed to protect against boot kits, rootkits, and kernel-level malware, trusted launch is comprised of secure boot, virtual trusted platform module (vTPM), and boot integrity monitoring. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/trustedlaunch/
Azure Percept: Edge intelligence from silicon to service In today’s fast-paced world, there is often a need for instantaneous, real-time responses. Companies are finding the computing needed to support this 24/7 mentality generates staggering amounts of data, often from devices out in the physical world. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-percept-edge-intelligence-from-silicon-to-service/
Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: Azure Synapse serverless SQL pool support in general availability Run familiar analytical T-SQL queries over data in Azure Cosmos DB in place and build rich near-time business intelligence with Synapse serverless SQL pools for Azure Synapse Link. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-synapse-link-for-azure-cosmos-db-azure-synapse-serverless-sql-pool-support-in-general-availability/
Azure SQL auditing to Log Analytics and Event Hub are now generally available Auditing for Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics to Log Analytics and Event Hub are now generally available, allowing the centralization of SQL audit logs into a single go-to-location. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-auditing-to-log-analytics-and-event-hub-are-now-generally-available/
Azure Stream Analytics Dedicated now generally available Azure Stream Analytics Dedicated offers a single-tenant clustered deployment of Stream Analytics for complex and demanding streaming scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-stream-analytics-dedicated-now-generally-available/
Device Update for IoT Hub in public preview Streamline device management with Device Update for IoT Hub, now in public preview https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/device-update-for-iot-hub-in-public-preview/
Azure API Management extension for Visual Studio Code now generally available Perform common management operations on your Azure API Management service instances without switching away from Visual Studio Code. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-api-management-extension-for-visual-studio-code-now-generally-available/
General availability: Azure monitor for containers now supports Pods & Replica set live logs in AKS resource view View live logs of your pods & replica-sets in Azure Kubernetes Service(AKS) resource view. Filter, search, and troubleshoot your pods and replica-sets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azmon-livelogs-pods/
Azure Sphere version 21.02 is now available The 21.02 release includes new features in the Azure Sphere CLI v2 and promotion from Beta to release. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-version-2102-is-now-available/
General availability: Just-In-Time Access support in AKS Improve security by implementing Just-In-Time (JIT) access rules for tasks that require elevated permissions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-justintime-access-support-in-aks/
General availability: Application insights no-code enablement on Node.js Linux App Service Environments Azure Monitor application insights App Service integration on Node.js Linux environments provides no-code enablement of application insights via Azure portal, PowerShell, or ARM Templates. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-insights-nocode-enablement-on-nodejs-linux-app-service-environments/
Developer Velocity: Key lessons from digital leaders on software excellence for 2021 and beyond Becoming world class at developing software is a more strategic imperative for companies across industries than ever before. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/developer-velocity-key-lessons-from-digital-leaders-on-software-excellence-for-2021-and-beyond/
General availability: Announcing private Azure Marketplace Private Azure Marketplace, now generally available, streamlines your operations saving you time. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-announcing-private-azure-marketplace/
Public preview: At scale discovery and assessment for SQL Server migration to Azure SQL Azure Migrate now has unified discovery and assessment for SQL Server natively within the Azure Migrate experience. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-at-scale-discovery-and-assessment-for-sql-server-migration-to-azure-sql/
General availability: Conditional Access feature integration with AKS Azure Kubernetes Service(AKS) now supports the Azure Active Directory(AAD) Conditional Access feature. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-conditional-access-feature-integration-with-aks/
Improve Azure Spot Virtual Machines runtime and simulate evictions with new features in public preview New Azure Spot Virtual Machines capabilities – ‘try & restore’ and REST APIs to simulate VM evictions – are now in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/improve-azure-spot-virtual-machines-runtime-and-simulate-evictions-with-new-features-in-public-preview/
Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra service now in public preview With Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra (preview), scale on-premise Cassandra data to the cloud with automated deployment, scaling, and management operations for open source Apache Cassandra datacenters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-managed-instance-for-apache-cassandra-service-now-in-public-preview/
Azure Sphere OS version 21.02 Update 1 is now available for evaluation This update to the evaluation release of 21.02 includes a security fix. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2102-update-1-is-now-available-for-evaluation/
Backup Reports is now generally available Gain visibility into backup job statistics, consumption trends and optimization opportunities across your Recovery Services vaults. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/backup-reports-is-now-generally-available/
Enable resilience and accelerate growth with your Azure migration In response to the global health and macroeconomic crisis that began last year, customers have been accelerating their digital transformation efforts at an unprecedented pace to help bolster organizational resilience. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/enable-resilience-and-accelerate-growth-with-your-azure-migration/
General availability of Persistent Volume monitoring & Reports tab in Container Insights Container Insights from Azure Monitor now enables you to monitor the capacity of the Persistent Volumes. You can visualize via workbooks, query, and write alerts. You can now access all your Kubernetes related visualizations such as Node-disk, Node-network, Workloads, & Persistent Volume, and many more in new Reports (tab). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-of-persistent-volume-monitoring-reports-tab-in-container-insights/
Accelerate IT innovation with new Windows Server on Azure updates Now more than ever, customers are accelerating their move to Azure to increase efficiency, improve security, optimize costs, and to innovate. Customers like Molina Healthcare and Forever 21 are using Windows Server on Azure and are able to scale capacity during surges related to the COVID-19 pandemic or seasonal retail sales. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-it-innovation-with-new-windows-server-on-azure-updates/
Harness the power of data with Azure Data and AI For any organization to succeed in a world of unprecedented uncertainty, a new level of agility is required. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/harness-the-power-of-data-with-azure-data-and-ai/
Azure VMware Solution now generally available in the Southeast Asia region The new Azure VMware Solution has expanded availability to Southeast Asia (Singapore). This update is in addition to the existing availability in US East, US West, West Europe, Australia, Japan East, UK South, Canada Central, North US, and North Europe (Dublin) regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-now-generally-available-in-the-southeast-asia-region/
Multiple new features for Azure VPN Gateway in public preview Take advantage of multiple new enhancements and features that are now available in Azure VPN Gateway. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/multiple-new-features-for-azure-vpn-gateway-in-public-preview/
Role-based access control (RBAC) with Azure Active Directory (AAD) on Azure Cosmos DB in public preview Benefit from finer grained access control to data and leverage AAD authentication with role-based access control (RBAC) with Azure Active Directory (AAD) for Azure Cosmos DB, now in preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/rolebased-access-control-rbac-with-azure-active-directory-aad-on-azure-cosmos-db-in-public-preview/
Connecting customers and businesses with Azure Communication Services and Microsoft Teams Last year, we launched Azure Communication Services to help businesses reach customers—enabled by voice, video, text chat, and connections into short message service (SMS) and public switched telephone network (PSTN)—across applications, websites, and mobile platforms. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/connecting-customers-and-businesses-with-azure-communication-services-and-microsoft-teams/
On-demand disk bursting for Premium SSDs now in public preview On-demand disk bursting is available in preview for Premium SSDs, allowing you to scale performance to meet demand whenever needed and optimize costs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ondemand-disk-bursting-for-premium-ssds-now-in-public-preview/
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.
General availability: Assessments for migration to Azure VMware Solution You can seamlessly migrate your VMware applications to Azure with ease due to assessments for migration to Azure VMware Solution. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-assessments-for-migration-to-azure-vmware-solution/
General availability: Azure API Management now has 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/general-availability-azure-api-management-now-has-named-values-integration-with-azure-key-vault/
Innovate across hybrid and multicloud with new Azure Arc capabilities Across industries, companies are investing in hybrid and multicloud technologies to ensure they have the flexibility needed to innovate anywhere and meet evolving business needs. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/innovate-across-hybrid-and-multicloud-with-new-azure-arc-capabilities/
Azure Security Center: General availability updates for February 2021 New enhancements and updates released for general availability in Azure Security Center in February 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-february2021-1/
Backup Center is now generally available Backup Center enables centralized backup management allowing you to monitor, operate, govern, and optimize data protection at scale. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/backup-center-is-now-generally-available/
Empowering every developer to innovate with Azure As developers, we are the builders of our era, creating the ideas and writing the code that helps organizations digitally transform. We pioneer innovation that disrupts countless industries and help businesses endure tough times. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/empowering-every-developer-to-innovate-with-azure/
General availability: Encrypted customer managed keys policy for AKS Setup policy to audit usage of customer managed keys on OS and data disks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-encrypted-customer-managed-keys-policy-for-aks/
Public preview: Azure Communication Services interoperability with Microsoft Teams  Azure Communication Services is now interoperable with Microsoft Teams in preview, enabling you to leverage a unified offering for both internal and external communication experiences. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-communication-services-interoperability-with-microsoft-teams/
General availability: Deploy WebLogic on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using custom Docker images You can now deploy Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) domains to Azure in a Kubernetes native fashion using custom Docker images and Azure Container Registry (ACR). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-deploy-weblogic-on-azure-kubernetes-service-aks-using-custom-docker-images/
Public preview: Azure Route Server The new Azure Route Server simplifies integration of network virtual appliance into your Azure virtual network. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-route-server/
General availability: Public IP per node capability in AKS Access AKS nodes directly via a public IP instead of a load balancer. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-public-ip-per-node-capability-in-aks/
Generally available: Plan your migration to Azure VMware Solution using Azure Migrate Azure Migrate assessments for Azure VMware Solution with improved node sizing logic is now generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-migrate-azure-vmware-solution-assessment-ga/
New orchestration mode for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets now in public preview Increase the availability at scale of business-critical applications with new Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets features. Simplify workload deployment, management, and scalability with Virtual Machine Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode, now in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-orchestration-mode-for-azure-virtual-machine-scale-sets-now-in-public-preview/
On-demand capacity reservations in public preview Reserve compute capacity and obtain a capacity SLA for Azure virtual machine deployments with on-demand capacity reservations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ondemand-capacity-reservations-in-public-preview/
Public preview: Planned maintenance windows in AKS Minimize interruptions by specifying planned maintenance windows for your clusters in AKS. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-planned-maintenance-windows-in-aks/
Improving agility, performance, and resilience with new Azure infrastructure capabilities As our customers move beyond immediate crisis needs, such as enabling remote work, many are accelerating cloud adoption to increase competitive advantage and stay more digitally resilient. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/improving-agility-performance-and-resilience-with-new-azure-infrastructure-capabilities/
New planned datacenter region in China (China North 3) The new data center region China north 3 will be launched in China in 2022. The new region will have Availability Zones to improve the high availability and tolerance to datacenter failures. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-planned-datacenter-region-in-china-china-north-3/
Azure Remote Rendering is now generally available Build immersive mixed reality experiences with Azure Remote Rendering, now generally available. Use it to enable high fidelity 3D visualization of objects and view models with a billion or more polygons without decimation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azureremoterenderingga/
General availability: App Gateway ingress controller add-on for AKS Easily create or attach an existing Application Gateway instance to your Azure Kubernetes Service clusters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-app-gateway-ingress-controller-addon-for-aks/
General availability: New Simplified NSX networking experience for Azure VMware Solution Azure VMware Solution helps simplify migration to the cloud by running VMware environments natively on Azure. With the new simplified NSX networking experience, it is now easier for VMware administrators to execute networking operations for Azure VMware Solution from the Azure portal. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-new-simplified-nsx-networking-experience-for-azure-vmware-solution/
Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) option for Azure managed disks in limited preview Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) option for Azure managed disks protect disks from zonal failures which may occur due to natural disasters or hardware issues. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/zone-redundant-storage-zrs-option-for-azure-managed-disks-in-limited-preview/
Public preview: Announcing new capabilities for Azure Automanage Announcing new enhancements to Azure Automanage for Windows Server and the expansion of Azure Automanage to Linux. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-announcing-new-capabilities-for-azure-automanage/
Private Azure Marketplace is now generally available Private Azure Marketplace, streamlines your operations by letting administrators govern which third-party solutions their users can use. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-azure-marketplace-is-now-generally-available/
Public preview: Scan and classify Amazon AWS S3 data using Azure Purview Extend your Azure Purview Data Map to include multicloud data sources – Azure and Amazon AWS with this feature, now in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-scan-and-classify-amazon-aws-s3-data-using-azure-purview/
Public preview: Containerize and migrate apps to Azure Kubernetes Service with Azure Migrate: App Containerization The new app containerization feature will allow you to migrate your applications to containers on AKS. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-containerize-and-migrate-apps-to-azure-kubernetes-service-with-azure-migrate-app-containerization/
Public preview: Azure Purview Data Catalog now supports hierarchical glossary Enable data consumers to better interpret the business context associated with business vocabulary to maximize the business value of data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-purview-data-catalog-now-supports-hierarchical-glossary/
New Enterprise and Enterprise Flash tiers for Azure Cache for Redis now generally available The Enterprise and Enterprise Flash tiers for Azure Cache for Redis offer powerful new features, including Active Geo-Replication, higher availability, and Redis Module support. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-enterprise-and-enterprise-flash-tiers-for-azure-cache-for-redis-now-generally-available/
Public preview: Register Azure subscriptions and Resource Groups with Azure Purview Manage your data with greater ease by using Azure Purview to register multiple sources at the same time. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-register-azure-subscriptions-and-resource-groups-with-azure-purview/
Public preview: Announcing Azure Synapse Pathway: Accelerate your data warehouse migration Azure Synapse Pathway is a point-and-click solution that simplifies and accelerates migration for both on-premises and cloud data warehouses to Azure Synapse Analytics. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-announcing-azure-synapse-pathway-accelerate-your-data-warehouse-migration/
New Azure region coming to China in 2022 In order to meet the China market’s growing needs for global public cloud services, Microsoft is planning to bring a new Azure Region to North China in 2022 through its local operating partner, 21Vianet. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-azure-region-coming-to-china-in-2022/
Public preview: Automatic key rotation of customer-managed keys for encrypting Azure managed disks Azure Disk Storage now enables you to automatically update keys for encryption of your data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-automatic-key-rotation-of-customermanaged-keys-for-encrypting-azure-managed-disks/
Microsoft Power Fx: The open-source low-code programming language is in public preview Reduce development costs and time using the new public preview features in Microsoft Power Fx. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-power-fx-the-opensource-lowcode-programming-language-is-in-public-preview/
Public preview: Azure Purview Bulk Edit enhancements Azure Purview's bulk editing capability for data assets now supports classifications and contacts along with glossary terms. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-purview-bulk-edit-enhancements/
Scan and view lineage of data stored in SAP ERP and Oracle DB using Azure Purview Azure Purview now provides automated scanning and lineage for SAP ECC, SAP S4/HANA and Oracle DB in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/scan-and-view-lineage-of-data-stored-in-sap-erp-and-oracle-db-using-azure-purview/
Public preview: Calico Windows support in AKS Use Calico network policy with Windows Server on AKS. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-calico-windows-support-in-aks/
Public preview: Azure Purview powered search in Azure Synapse Analytics workspaces Enable effortless discovery of trustworthy, valuable data with an Azure Purview powered search within Synapse Studio. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-purview-powered-search-in-azure-synapse-analytics-workspaces/
Public preview: Change performance tiers for Premium SSD managed disks with no downtime Premium SSD managed disks now enables you change performance tiers without any downtime to your applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-change-performance-tiers-for-premium-ssd-managed-disks-with-no-downtime/
Public preview: Maintenance window for Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance The maintenance window feature aligns planned maintenance updates on Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance resources to occur on predictable times during regional off-business hours. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-maintenance-window-for-azure-sql-database-and-azure-sql-managed-instance/
Windows Server 2022 is now available in preview. Windows Server 2022 brings innovation in security, hybrid, and application platform to Windows Server enabling you to run your existing and new business critical applications with confidence on Azure, on-premises, and at the edge. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/windows-server-2022-is-now-available-in-preview/
Public preview: Dynamic IP allocation & enhanced subnet support in AKS You can now dynamically allocate IPs and define subnets for agent nodes and pods. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-dynamic-ip-allocation-enhanced-subnet-support-in-aks/
Event Hubs on Azure Stack Hub for disconnected scenarios is now generally available Supports streaming events via Event Hubs for disconnected scenarios on Azure Stack Hub. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/event-hubs-on-azure-stack-hub-for-disconnected-scenarios-is-now-generally-available/
Limited preview: Azure Backup now supports archive tier for backup of Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server in Azure VMs Azure Backup, which is in limited preview, now supports long term retention of recovery points in low cost archive tier. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-now-supports-archive-tier-for-backup-of-azure-virtual-machines-and-sql-server-in-azure-vms/
Public preview: Azure Purview Resource Set configuration enhancements You can now customize how Azure Purview Data Catalog assets are grouped into resource sets and are named as well. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-purview-resource-set-configuration-enhancements/

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