ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server (public preview) managed PgBouncer in public preview PgBouncer, a popular connection pooler for Postgres, is now part of the Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server (preview) managed service. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-public-preview-managed-pgbouncer-in-public-preview/
General availability: Azure Site Recovery now supports cross-continental disaster recovery for 3 region pairs Protect your applications from outages by replicating your virtual machines across continents. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asr-cross-continental-dr/
An invitation to innovate and transform your business on Azure SQL We are hosting the Azure SQL digital event: Innovate Today with Azure SQL on May 4 where you are invited to join Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President Azure Data, and a full team of Azure SQL experts to learn how you can make the most of Azure SQL to respond to today’s changing business requirements and tomorrow’s opportunities. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/an-invitation-to-innovate-and-transform-your-business-on-azure-sql/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server: Zone redundant high availability now generally available in new regions Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server zone redundant high availability is now available in two new regions: UK South and Japan East. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-zone-redundant-high-availability-now-generally-available-in-new-regions/
Easily build real-time apps with WebSockets and Azure Web PubSub—now in preview Today, we are announcing the preview of the Azure Web PubSub service for building real-time web applications with WebSockets. WebSocket is a standardized protocol that provides full-duplex communication. It is key to building efficient real-time web interactions and is supported by all major browsers as well as web servers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/easily-build-realtime-apps-with-websockets-and-azure-web-pubsub-now-in-preview/
General availability: Set up Azure Site Recovery with proximity placement groups across hybrid and cloud disaster recovery scenarios Azure Site Recovery now provides a portal experience to failover VMs or physical servers inside a proximity placement group in the target Azure region. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/set-up-asr-with-ppg/
General availability: Application Insights work item integration in Azure Monitor You can now create work items in Azure DevOps or GitHub based on Application Insights telemetry. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-insights-work-item-integration-in-azure-monitor/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server now supports 8.0.21  MySQL 8.0.21 is now in general availability with Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server deployment option in all major Azure regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-now-supports-8021/
Azure Ultra Disk is now generally available in North Central US Azure Ultra Disk, which offers high performance along with sub-millisecond latency for your data-intensive and transaction-heavy workloads, is now available in North Central US. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-ultra-disk-is-now-generally-available-in-north-central-us/
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – April 2021 April builds on top of past releases. From an expansion of the Retail Prices API to cover non-USD currencies to a new custom date picker based on your feedback. There's also new guidance for building out your cloud architecture for enterprises and operators as well as the usual cost optimization tips, videos, and documentation updates. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-april-2021/
Microsoft Azure Web PubSub service now in public preview Easily build large-scale real-time messaging applications with WebSockets without the need to manage backend infrastructure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-azure-web-pubsub-service-now-in-public-preview/
New Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads now in public preview New Dv5, Dsv5, Ddv5, Ddsv5, and Ev5, Edv5 series Azure Virtual Machines deliver increased scalability and an upgraded CPU architecture, including better price to performance compared to the prior generation. The new VMs – now in public preview – run on the 3rd Generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8370C (Ice Lake) processor in a hyper-threaded configuration. This custom processor can reach an all-core Turbo clock speed of up to 3.5GHz and features Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) and Intel® Deep Learning Boost. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-azure-vms-for-general-purpose-and-memory-intensive-workloads-now-in-public-preview/
Public preview: Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server intelligent performance The latest preview release of intelligent performance on Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server on Postgres 11 and 12 is now available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-intelligent-performance/
Public preview: Application Insight in South India and West Central US Application Insight is now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health in the following list of regions South India West Central US. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insight-in-norway-west-south-india-and-france-south-and-west-central-us/
Microsoft acquires Kinvolk to accelerate container-optimized innovation The ability to run Kubernetes anywhere, whether in the cloud or on-premises, has been a high priority for Azure customers looking to rapidly innovate, with increasing customer focus on the benefits of container-optimized workloads and operating systems, lean application modernization, easier operations, and platform resiliency. To support this rapid evolution, we’re announcing that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Kinvolk. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-acquires-kinvolk-to-accelerate-containeroptimized-innovation/
Azure Sphere version 21.04 is now generally available The latest release of Azure Sphere brings enhancements and features to the OS, SDKs, and Visual Studio extensions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-version-2104-is-now-available/
Azure Container Registry now generally available in Korea South region Azure Container Registry handles private Docker container images as well as related content formats, such as Helm charts, OCI artifacts, and images built to the OCI image format specification. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-container-registry-now-available-in-korea-south/
General availability: Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux with RI and VMSS Support You can now add Azure Hybrid Benefit to their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) VMSS instances as well as RI’s, helping to significantly reduce the costs of running your workloads in the cloud. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-hybrid-benefit-for-linux-with-ri-and-vmss-support/
The public preview of Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server is available in two new regions France Central and Brazil South regions are now available deployment options for the public preview of Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-new-regions/
The public preview of Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) is available in new regions With the addition of Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) preview to France Central and Switzerland North regions, you can now distribute your Postgres database to horizontally scale queries across multiple machines using sharding. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-new-regions/
Discover the latest Red Hat on Azure innovations—sign up for the Red Hat Summit Microsoft is excited to join Red Hat Summit 2021. During the event, we will share the latest developments that enable Red Hat customers to operate natively in Azure. We will cover innovations across migration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) workloads, building cloud-native apps with Azure Red Hat OpenShift, running Red Hat workloads in hybrid with Azure Arc, operating and managing enterprise Java apps, and automating all tasks with Ansible on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/discover-the-latest-red-hat-on-azure-innovations-sign-up-for-the-red-hat-summit/
Azure Site Recovery now supports Azure Policy in public preview Leverage Azure Policy to enable Azure Site Recovery for your VMs at scale and ensure organizational standards. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asr-policy-preview/
Azure Event Grid for Azure Cache for Redis now in general availability Azure Cache for Redis integration with Azure Event Grid allows service manage routing of Redis events like patching, scaling, and import/export (RDB) to your event handler. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-event-grid-for-azure-cache-for-redis-now-in-general-availability/
Public preview: Stateful and 1-minute frequency log alerts in Azure Monitor Log search based alerts can now be automatically resolved, and query can be evaluated every minute for faster time to fire. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-stateful-and-1minute-frequency-log-alerts-in-azure-monitor/
Teaming up with Coursera on new Azure Specializations and Scholarships Today, we are announcing that Microsoft is collaborating with Coursera to bring new opportunities for skilling in Azure via three new Specializations: Azure Fundamentals, AI Fundamentals, and Data Fundamentals. Coursera is a leading learning platform, and we are delighted to bring on-demand Azure content to their 80 million learners. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/teaming-up-with-coursera-on-new-azure-specializations-and-scholarships/
Azure SQL—public preview updates for April 2021 Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in April 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-april-2021/
Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in South India Azure Log Analytics is now in public preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyzing their services for health and usage in South India. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-log-analytics-in-norway-west-south-india-france-south/
Public preview: Forced failover now available with zone redundant high availability for Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server Flexible Server forced failover capability is now available in all zone redundant regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-forced-failover-now-available-with-zone-redundant-ha-for-azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server/

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