ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) now compliant with additional certifications New certifications are now available for Hyperscale (Citus) on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-now-compliant-with-additional-certifications/
Azure IoT Edge integration with Azure Monitor is now in public preview Monitoring and troubleshooting your Azure IoT Edge devices just became more simple and efficient. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-edge-azure-monitor-pp/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server: Planned Maintenance Notifications in general availability Set up alerts on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-single-server-planned-maintenance-notifications-in-general-availability/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server: Support for Postgres 13 (public preview) Create new Flexible Servers using PostgreSQL 13 version for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-support-for-postgres-13-public-preview/
Azure Defender for Azure Database for MySQL – Single Server now generally available Azure Defender detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit your Azure Database for MySQL. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-defender-for-azure-database-for-mysql-single-server-now-generally-available/
Azure Cache for Redis zone redundancy for Premium tier now generally available Azure Cache for Redis zone redundancy allows you to deploy your Premium tier caches across multiple availability zones, delivering higher availability and resiliency. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cache-for-redis-zone-redundancy-for-premium-tier-now-generally-available/
5 reasons to attend the Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event Now’s the time to register for the free Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific Time, delivered in partnership with Intel. Join us to learn how to be more productive and agile with hybrid and multicloud solutions from Azure. Check out the five reasons to attend the Azure Hybrid and Multicloud Digital Event. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/5-reasons-to-attend-the-azure-hybrid-and-multicloud-digital-event/
Azure Database for MySQL – Single Server: Planned maintenance notifications in general availability Setup alerts on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments with planned maintenance notifications for Azure Database for MySQL – Single Server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-single-server-planned-maintenance-notifications-in-general-availability/
Azure SQL: Public preview updates for early June 2021 Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in early June 2021 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-early-june-2021/
Public preview: Alerts based smart detection for Application Insights Get your anomaly detections as alerts, manage smart detection using alert rules, and configure notifications for smart detection alerts using action groups. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-alerts-based-smart-detection-for-application-insights/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server supports PostgreSQL minor versions (public preview) Benefit from the latest PostgreSQL minor versions that include many security updates and bug fixes for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-supports-postgresql-minor-versions-public-preview/
Azure Maps Elevation API is now in general availability For any given point on the Earth surface, the Elevation API returns its elevation measured from mean sea level. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-elevation-service-is-now-generally-available/
Public preview: Syslog event collection from Azure Monitor Agent for Linux distros Upgrade to Azure Monitor Agent for Linux version 1.10 or above to enable syslog data collection using data collection rules for your Linux machines.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-syslog-event-collection-from-azure-monitor-agent-for-linux-distros/
Azure Backup: Upgrade to TLS 1.2 or above for secure MARS agent backups by September 1, 2021 Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 ends September 1, 2021, please upgrade to TLS 1.2 to ensure secure and uninterrupted backups using MARS agent https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ab-tls-upgrade/
Advancing in-datacenter critical environment infrastructure availability There are many factors that can affect critical environment infrastructure availability—the reliability of the infrastructure building blocks, the controls during the datacenter construction stage, effective health monitoring and event detection schemes, a robust maintenance program, and operational excellence to ensure that every action is taken with careful consideration of related risk implications. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-indatacenter-critical-environment-infrastructure-availability/
General availability: Enterprise-scale landing zone reference implementation for AKS Rapidly adopt Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using industry-proven practices. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-enterprisescale-landing-zone-reference-implementation-for-aks/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server standby server selection in public preview Select your standby server zone for Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-standby-server-selection-in-public-preview/
Open source API portal now generally availabile You can create and publish a customized site with API documentation, automatically generated from OpenAPI files.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/open-source-api-portal-now-generally-availabile/
General availability: Update in Policy Compliance for Resource Type Policies Azure Policy built-in policies in which resource type is the only evaluation criterion (e.g. Allowed Resource Types, Disallowed Resource Types) have updated logic to provide a more accurate assessment of your overall environment when aggregated with other policies. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-update-in-policy-compliance-for-resource-type-policies/
General availability: Confidential Computing price reduction on DCsv2 virtual machines DCsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. The price for this offering is now 37% lower. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/dcsv2-vms-pricing-reduction/
Azure API for FHIR enables health organizations to deliver CMS Patient Access and Provider Directory APIs For many years, our goal at Microsoft Health has been to work alongside our customers to make health data more accessible, scalable, and to empower them to do more with their data. We understood that in order to truly harness the power of data in the health industry, not only must this data be interoperable in the cloud, but it must also be able to be easily shared across organizations and teams in a manner that meets the high security and privacy requirements of healthcare. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-api-for-fhir-enables-health-organizations-to-deliver-cms-patient-access-and-provider-directory-apis/
Azure Defender for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Single Server in general availability  Azure Defender provides security alerts for anomalous activities so that you can detect potential threats and respond to them as they occur. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-defender-for-azure-database-for-postgresql-single-server-in-general-availability/
Five more free services available with an Azure free account We've added the option to use Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Key Vault, Azure Logic Apps, and the Encoding feature of Azure Media Services to services included with free accounts. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/five-more-free-services-available-with-an-azure-free-account/
Why customers, including SAP, choose Azure for their SAP solutions In January 2021, Microsoft and SAP jointly announced the expansion of our endorsed cloud partnership to introduce new offerings around cloud automation and integration for SAP S4/HANA on Microsoft Azure along with the integration of Microsoft Teams with SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions. Microsoft CEO and SAP CEO showed up on stage at SAP’s RISE event to share a joint vision for the future of productivity that will help customers transform the way they work and connect with their customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/why-customers-including-sap-choose-azure-for-their-sap-solutions/
Azure Database for MariaDB Azure Defender in general availability Azure Defender detects anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit your Azure Database for MariaDB. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mariadb-azure-defender-in-general-availability/
Azure Migrate private endpoint support available in public preview Secure your connection to Azure Migrate services with Azure Migrate Private Link. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-migrate-private-endpoint-support-available-in-public-preview/
Azure Database for MariaDB: Planned Maintenance Notifications in general availability Set up alerts today on the Azure portal to be notified about planned deployments for Azure Database for MariaDB. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mariadb-planned-maintenance-notifications-in-general-availability/
Azure SQL: General availability updates for early June 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in early June 2021 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-early-june-2021/
General availability: Azure Sphere OS version 21.06 expected on June 23 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/general-availability-azure-sphere-os-version-2106-expected-on-june-23/
Azure Virtual Desktop: The flexible cloud VDI platform for the hybrid workplace When we launched Windows Virtual Desktop nearly two years ago, no one predicted a global pandemic would force millions of workers to leave the office and work from home. Organizations around the world migrated important apps and data to the cloud to gain business resilience and agility. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-virtual-desktop-the-desktop-and-app-virtualization-platform-for-the-hybrid-workplace/
General availability: 6 new Locales added to Speech service to support speech transcription Speech service has added Speech to Text support for 6 new languages and locales. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-6-new-locales-added-to-speech-service-to-support-speech-transcription/
General availability: Application Insights Node.js pre-aggregated standard metrics Azure Monitor Application Insights Node.js SDK adds pre-aggregated standard metrics to enhance accuracy of alerts when telemetry sampling is enabled. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-insights-nodejs-preaggregated-standard-metrics/

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