ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
General availability: Azure Data Explorer (ADX) Performance Updates The next version of Azure Data Explorer (ADX) with performance updates is now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-data-explorer-adx-performance-updates/
Brazil South Availability Zones now generally available Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the Brazil South region. These three new zones provide customers with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/brazil-south-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Directory scoped shared access signatures (SAS) generally available Directory scoped SAS allows more granular access assignment for ADLS Gen2. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/directory-scoped-shared-access-signatures-sas-generally-available/
Azure Sphere OS version 21.03 is now available for evaluation The 21.03 OS quality update includes enhancements to mitigate against 5 CVEs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2103-is-now-available-for-evaluation/
General availability: Media Services introduces new security features Media Services introduces new security features available in the 2020-05-01 version of the Azure Media Services API allowing you to now bring your own encryption keys, and configure trusted storage using System Managed Identities. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/media-services-introduces-new-security-features/
Azure IoT Central new and updated features—February 2021 February updates include device model, API, dashboard, and documentation improvements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-new-and-updated-features-february-2021/
Accelerate your cloud adoption with the start small and expand landing zone Tailwind Traders1 is a retail company that is looking to adopt Azure as part of its IT strategy. The IT team is familiar with deploying infrastructure on-premises and are now researching what they need to do in order to run their workloads within Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-your-cloud-adoption-with-the-start-small-and-expand-landing-zone/
Limited-time free quantities offer for Azure Synapse Analytics Customers with qualifying subscription types can now try the new serverless SQL pool and Apache Spark pool resources in Azure Synapse Analytics using free quantities until July 31, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/limited-time-free-quantities-offer-for-azure-synapse-analytics/
Azure and AMD announce landmark in confidential computing evolution Even before the pandemic accelerated digital transformation globally, the scalability and security advantages offered by Microsoft Azure prompted organizations large and small to migrate their data, applications, and workloads from on-premises data centers to the cloud. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-and-amd-enable-lift-and-shift-confidential-computing/
Do more for the National Security mission with Azure As we continue to deliver on our commitment to providing the broadest range of commercial innovation for government, we’re rapidly advancing new capabilities for the National Security mission. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/do-more-for-the-national-security-mission-with-azure/
HBv3-Series VMs now generally available in East US, South Central US, and West Europe HBv3-series VMs for HPC now available in the East US, South Central US, and West Europe regions https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hbv3series-vms-now-generally-available-in-east-us-south-central-us-and-west-europe/
Azure Monitor SQL insights for Azure SQL in public preview Get a single monitoring experience for all your cloud-based SQL deployments with Azure Monitor SQL insights https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-sql-insights-for-azure-sql-in-public-preview/
Prevent exceeding Azure budget with forecasted cost alerts Forecasted cost alerts within budgets in Azure Cost Management and Billing is now generally available. Forecasted cost alerts provide advanced notification that your spending trends are likely to exceed your allocated budget. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/prevent-exceeding-azure-budget-with-forecasted-cost-alerts/
Azure Data Explorer performance update (EngineV3) is now generally available Azure Data Explorer (Kusto) is announcing the general availability of it's performance update (EngineV3) which provides unprecedented performance in Big Data Logs and telemetry scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-explorer-engine-v3-ga/
More performance and choice with new Azure HBv3 virtual machines for HPC Today Azure advances the velocity at which we bring the latest technologies to our HPC customers and the compute performance we put at their fingertips. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/more-performance-and-choice-with-new-azure-hbv3-virtual-machines-for-hpc/
Limited preview: Make workloads on AMD-backed virtual machines confidential without recompiling code Azure and AMD announce landmark in confidential computing evolution — it is now even easier to extend your protection of data at rest and data in transit to protect data in use. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/limited-preview-make-workloads-on-amdbacked-virtual-machines-confidential-without-recompiling-code/
General availability: App Service Managed Certificates now supports apex domains Create apex domains on your Linux and Windows web app at no additional cost. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-app-service-managed-certificates-now-supports-apex-domains/
Azure expands PCI DSS certification You can now leverage Azure’s Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification across all live Azure regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-expands-pci-dss-certification/
Azure API Management support for request and response validation policies has reached general availability.  Protect your APIs from several OWASP API Security Top 10 vulnerabilities without requiring an add-on solution. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-api-management-support-for-request-and-response-validation-policies-has-reached-general-availability/
Generally available: Monitor your spending through forecasted cost alerts with Azure Cost Management and Billing Prevent cost overruns with Azure budget alerts on forecasted costs https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/generally-available-monitor-your-spending-through-forecasted-cost-alerts-with-azure-cost-management-and-billing/
Machine Learning Services on Azure SQL Managed Instance now generally available Use machine learning capabilities on a Managed Instance of Azure SQL Database for ease of moving your data, packages, and models to a cloud ready environment fully configured for machine learning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/machine-learning-services-on-azure-sql-managed-instance-now-generally-available/
Service Broker message exchange for Azure SQL Managed Instance in public preview Service Broker message exchange between Azure SQL Managed Instances (public preview) allows you to build reliable distributed applications with asynchronous message processing functionality by leveraging SQL Server engine’s native support for messaging/queuing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/service-broker-message-exchange-for-azure-sql-managed-instance-in-public-preview/
Azure Storage Explorer v1.18.0 is now generally available New release of Azure Storage Explorer (v1.18.0) will decrease time to load, connect, and transfer data to Azure Storage. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-storage-explorer-v1180-released/
General availability: Dynamic data masking granular permissions for Azure SQL and Azure Synapse Analytics Control who can access your SQL data by using dynamic data masking granular permission on your Azure SQL Database, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure SQL Managed Instance. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-dynamic-data-masking-granular-permissions-for-azure-sql-and-azure-synapse-analytics/
Long-term backup retention (LTR) for Azure SQL Managed Instance in public preview Configure long-term backup retention for SQL Managed Instance databases and retain database backups beyond the 35 days provided by Azure SQL Managed Instance automated backups, for up to 10 years. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/longterm-backup-retention-ltr-for-azure-sql-managed-instance-in-public-preview/
Our commitment to expand Azure Availability Zones to more regions The cloud continues to play a critical role in our everyday lives. Our customers range from classrooms and small businesses to critical life and safety services and Fortune 500 companies. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/our-commitment-to-expand-azure-availability-zones-to-more-regions/

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