ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Action required: upgrade your AML cluster to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS by 30 April 2021 Ubuntu 16.04 community support ends on 30 April 2021 – Transition to 18.04 immediately https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-upgrade-your-aml-cluster-to-ubuntu-1804-lts-by-30-april-2021/
Why wait? SaaS-delivered data management for the pace of change It's incredible to think how much can change in a year. The past year has seen unprecedented digital transformation, with 90 percent of companies reporting cloud usage higher than planned over past year. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/why-wait-saasdelivered-data-management-for-the-pace-of-change/
Public preview: Enhancements to encryption using customer managed keys for Azure Backup Encryption of backup data in Recovery Services vaults using customer managed keys has enhancements in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-backup-cmk-enhancements-preview/
Azure Virtual Machines DCsv2-series now available in public preview in Azure Government Azure Government customers can build secure, enclave-based applications to protect code and data while it’s in use, in a dedicated cloud that meets stringent government security and compliance requirements.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/confidential-computing-in-azure-government/
Microsoft announces plans to establish first datacenter region in Malaysia The new datacenter region is part of the “Bersama Malaysia” initiative to support inclusive economic growth in Malaysia. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-announces-plans-to-establish-first-datacenter-region-in-malaysia/
Azure Data Factory announces Data Flow general availability in two new Azure regions Azure Data Factory has released Mapping Data Flows for 2 new Azure regions: US Virgina Gov & US Arizona Gov https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-announces-data-flow-general-availability-in-two-new-azure-regions/
Microsoft brings Azure supercomputing to UK Met Office The UK Meteorological Office (Met Office) is working with Microsoft to deliver advanced supercomputing capabilities for weather and climate research, ensuring the continuation of the Met Office’s international leadership in this area. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-brings-azure-supercomputing-to-uk-met-office/
Public preview: Azure Purview is now available in the UK South and Australia East region Azure Purview is now available in public preview in the Australia East and UK South region. You can now provision Azure Purview accounts in these regions as a public preview offering. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-purview-is-now-available-in-the-uk-south-and-austrlia-east-region/
General availability: Application Gateway URL Rewrite Application Gateway now supports hosting friendly URLs and routing based on query string values. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-gateway-url-rewrite/
Azure Trivia is back and it’s bigger, better, and faster than ever OK, all you #AzureTrivia fans! This year, we’re ramping up the fun and the challenge of everyone’s favorite cloud services game, so get ready to get your trivia on—this is going to be the best year yet. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-trivia-is-back-and-it-s-bigger-better-and-faster-than-ever/
Azure Purview resource set pattern rules available in public preview Azure Purview is announcing the public preview of resource set pattern rules. A resource set is a single object in the data catalog that represents a large number of assets in storage.  Resource set pattern rules allow you to customize or override how Azure Purview detects which assets are grouped as resource sets and how they are displayed within the catalog. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-purview-resource-set-pattern-rules-available-in-public-preview/

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