ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Apache Spark 3.0 is now available for public preview in HDInsight 4.0. Apache Spark 3.0 public preview in HDInsight 4.0 is a major update to Apache Spark and brings significant improvements including better performance and better support for ANSI SQL. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/apache-spark-30-is-now-available-for-preview-in-hdi-40/
General availability: Azure IoT Central new and updated features—March 2021 March updates include jobs, data export, monitoring, and documentation improvemnets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-new-and-updated-features-march-2021/
General availability: Azure Blob storage supports objects up to 200 TB in size When moving from on premises, you no longer need to split your large files into separate parts to store and process in the cloud. Supporting a single object size up to 200TB removes one complexity when using Azure Storage. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-blob-and-adls-gen2-storage-supports-objects-up-to-200-tb-in-size/
Azure SQL—general availability updates for April 14, 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in April 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-april-14-2021/
Digital event: 5 reasons to attend Azure Storage Day Join us to discover cloud storage solutions for all of your workloads and learn how to help ensure scalability, security, and compliance with the right Azure storage solution for any use case. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/digital-event-five-reasons-to-attend-azure-storage-day/
Azure API Management support for Availability Zones now generally available Improve the resiliency of your API Management services with Availability Zones. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-api-management-support-for-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Build secure manufacturing operations with nesting capabilities for Azure IoT Edge The manufacturing industry continues to rapidly adopt IoT technology to optimize productivity, gain efficiencies, increase uptime, and meet sustainability goals. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/build-security-into-manufacturing-operations-with-nesting-capabilities-for-azure-iot-edge/
Empowering operators on their cloud migration journey For operators, many challenges can be involved in their journey to the cloud, some more complex than others. Here, it is important to note that when it comes to operators’ path to cloud migration, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/empowering-operators-on-their-cloud-migration-journey/
General availability: Encryption at host support in AKS You can now enable host-based encryption in AKS https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-encryption-at-host-support-in-aks/
Azure IoT Edge 1.2.0 release is now generally available Azure IoT Edge 1.2.0 enables Azure Device Update for IoT Hub and IoT Edge devices in a nested configuration. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-edge1-2-0/
Azure IoT Edge nesting capabilities are now generally available Our commitment is to simplify IoT for mainstream adoption. As such, we are announcing general availability of nesting capabilities for Azure IoT Edge for industrials to connect their equipment to the cloud through multiple network layers as recommended by the ANSI/ISA-95 standard. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-edge-nesting-capabilities-are-now-generally-available/
General availability: Lustre® HSM tools now available to import from or export to Azure Storage. New tooling available for integrating Lustre file systems with an Azure storage account. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/lustre-hsm-tools-now-available-to-import-from-or-export-to-azure-storage/
Public preview: Functions upgrade in Azure Monitor log analytics We have upgraded the functions experience in log analytics, providing new UI and capabilities to allow you to do more with functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-functions-upgrade-in-azure-monitor-log-analytics/
Azure Maps Weather Services are now generally available Weather Services empower developers to integrate highly dynamic, real-time weather data and visualizations into solutions that span a multitude of use cases and industries. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-weather-services-are-now-generally-available/
General availability: Create AKS clusters without local user accounts You can now disable local user accounts when creating AAD integrated AKS clusters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-create-aks-clusters-without-local-user-accounts/
Azure Automation support for System Assigned Managed Identities is now in public preview Use managed identities now to authenticate runbooks to any Azure service that supports Azure AD authentication. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-system-assigned-managed-identities/
Public preview: Azure Machine Learning VS Code Integration Enable the full power of VS Code connected to your Azure Machine Learning Compute with multiple new editing tasks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-machine-learning-vs-code-integration/
General availability: Azure Sphere version 21.04 expected on April 29, 2021 Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2104-is-now-available-for-evaluation/
Public preview: Cognitive Services- Anomaly Detector now supports multivariate anomaly detection​ Enable organizations to identify anomalies across multiple variables with multivariate Anomaly Detector. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-cognitive-services-anomaly-detector-now-supports-multivariate-anomaly-detection/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) Basic in public preview You now have the ability to run Hyperscale (Citus) on a single node with Hyperscale (Citus) Basic, an easy way to be scale-out ready. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-basic-in-public-preview/
General availability: Event source start options in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 The new event source start options feature in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 gives you flexibility when configuring an event source. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/tsi-event-source-start-options/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) maintenance schedules in public preview Now Hyperscale (Citus) supports custom schedules for maintenance – specify your preferred day of the week and 30-minute time window. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-maintenance-schedules-in-public-preview/
Microsoft powers transformation at NVIDIA GTC—GPU technology conference Customers around the world rely on Microsoft Azure to drive innovations related to our environment, public health, energy sustainability, weather modeling, economic growth, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-powers-transformation-at-nvidia-gtc-gpu-technology-conference/
dPublic preview: Event Grid integration with AKS Automate AKS operations by subscribing to events and handling them. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-event-grid-integration-with-aks/
Cognitive Services – New Computer Vision API v3.2 now generally available Updated Computer Vision API now generally available to improve image tagging, content moderation, OCR language expansion, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/cognitive-services-new-computer-vision-api-v32-now-generally-available/
Public preview of SAP NetWeaver, North Europe, and new updates in cluster monitoring Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions (AMS) supports SAP NetWeaver monitoring in public preview, new metrics for high-availability (pacemaker) clusters, and availability in North Europe region. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/sap-on-azure-public-preview-of-sap-netweaver-in-north-europe/
Open source API Portal now generally available API Portal is a no-code option to create, manage, and publish API documentation – for free. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/apiportal/
The blueprint to securely solve the elusive zero-touch provisioning of IoT devices at scale A seamless and comprehensive approach to securely onboard and operate IoT devices using certificate-based credentials. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/the-blueprint-to-securely-solve-the-elusive-zerotouch-provisioning-of-iot-devices-at-scale/
General availability: New Azure Policy built-in definitions for data encryption in Azure Monitor With Azure Monitor built-in policy definitions for data encryption, you can enforce organizational standards and assess compliance of data encryption settings in your environment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-new-azure-policy-builtin-definitions-for-data-encryption-in-azure-monitor/
Log Analytics Windows Agent for Winter 2021 now generally available Update to the newest Windows Agent. Now available with support fixes and a new troubleshooting tool. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/log-analytics-windows-agent-for-winter-2021-available/
General availability: Log analytics workspace name uniqueness is now per resource group You can now use the same workspace name in deployments across all your environment without a conflict. This is useful in template deployments when the same name can be used for every deployment for consistency. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-log-analytics-workspace-name-uniqueness-is-now-per-resource-group/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) same region read replicas in public preview Now you can create read replicas of your Hyperscale (Citus) server group for enhanced read scalability. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-same-region-read-replicas-in-public-preview/
Public preview of Microsoft Build of OpenJDK The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a new Long-Term Support distribution of OpenJDK for your Java workloads, in the cloud and everywhere else. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-microsoft-build-of-openjdk/
Reduce dataflow execution time with cluster reuse public preview in Azure Data Factory Azure Data Factory (ADF) has released a “quick re-use” option as public preview to the Azure Integration Runtime TTL to reduce data flow execution to from 2 mins to under 20 seconds. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/reduce-dataflow-execution-time-with-cluster-reuse-public-preview-in-azure-data-factory/
User data through Azure Instance Metadata Service now generally available Leverage user data to customize your VM instance provision and configuration. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/user-data-through-azure-instance-metadata-service-now-generally-available/
MSIX app attach in Azure portal now generally available MSIX app attach capability is now generally available in the Azure portal and is integrated with Azure Resource Manager. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/msix-app-attach-in-azure-portal-now-generally-available/

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