ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
General availability: Support for SQL Server in data flows using Azure Data Factory & Azure Synapse SQL Server is now available as a data flow source sink from your on-premises and VM-based instances in ADF and Synapse Analytics. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-factory-announces-general-availability-for-sql-server-in-data-flows/
Call recording for Azure Communication Services coming soon Call recording for Azure Communication Services helps to simplify and improve the recording process during calls. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/call-recording-for-azure-communication-services-coming-soon/
New Azure private MEC solution announced Azure private multi-access edge compute (MEC) enables operators and systems integrators to simplify the consumption of secure and private 5G networks, and to easily deliver ultra-low-latency networking, applications, and services at the enterprise edge. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-new-azure-private-mec-solution-announced/
Direct routing for Azure Communication Services coming soon Developers will be able to use or extend their existing telephony infrastructure to the calling capabilities they build with Azure Communication Services. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/direct-routing-for-azure-communication-services-coming-soon/
Azure Dev Spaces retired on May 15, 2021 Take advantage of Bridge for Kubernetes for development scenarios that Azure Dev Spaces previously supported. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-dev-spaces-retired-on-may-15-2021/
Unlocking the enterprise opportunity with 5G, edge compute, and cloud The power of 5G, IoT, and real-time AI will unlock new and innovative services for enterprises across the world to accelerate their transformation toward Industry 4.0 as they evolve and adopt diverse new business models. Today, we’re introducing Azure private multi-access edge compute (MEC), new services to accelerate 5G and edge monetization, and a new partner initiative to empower operators, SIs, and ISVs to develop Microsoft-validated Azure private MEC customer solutions. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/unlocking-the-enterprise-opportunity-with-5g-edge-compute-and-cloud/
General availability: Azure Data Explorer adds new geospatial capabilities The new support for H3 based geospatial clustering in KQL enables users to visualize and explore spatial data stored in Azure Data Explorer. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-explorer-adds-new-geospatial-capabilities/
Azure Data Lake Storage Static Website is now generally available Directly host static content from Azure Data Lake Storage and view that content from a browser by using the public URL of that website. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-lake-storage-static-website-is-now-generally-available/
General availability: Azure IoT Central new and updated features—May 2021 May updates include device template DTDL editing, displaying external content on dashboards, other UI and doc enhancements, and CDE parity with CDE v1. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-new-and-updated-features-may-2021/
Public preview of Default Rule Set 2.0 for Azure Web Application Firewall Increase your security posture and reduce false positives with the Default Rule Set 2.0, now in public preview for Azure Web Application Firewall. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/wafdrs2/
Expanding cloud services: Microsoft launches its sustainable datacenter region in Arizona Today we are launching our newest sustainable datacenter region in Arizona, known as “West US 3.” Datacenters are today’s engine for modern business, providing organizations of all sizes the cloud services and tools to innovate, collaborate, and operate securely and efficiently at scale. We build datacenters around the globe to address increased customer demand for Microsoft cloud services, and we do so with sustainability firmly in mind. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanding-cloud-services-microsoft-launches-its-sustainable-datacenter-region-in-arizona/
General availability: Maintenance control for Virtual Machine Scale Sets OS image upgrades Take control of OS image upgrades on your virtual machine scale sets by using the new maintenance control feature. Now you can update at the time chosen by you with all the safety checks in place. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-maintenance-control-for-vmss-os-image-upgrades/
Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules now generally available Start using or migrating to the new Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules in your production environments to leverage key new capabilities and save on ingestion costs. With support for private links and direct proxies coming soon, you would be able to use these features without compromising on your networking requirements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-agent-and-data-collection-rules-now-generally-available/
Microsoft Azure available from new cloud regions in Arizona Azure is now available from our newest sustainable datacenter region West US 3 in Arizona. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/microsoft-azure-generally-available-from-new-cloud-regions-in-arizona/
Azure Virtual Machines DCsv2-series are now available in Australia Confidential computing DCsv2-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in Australia https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-confidential-computing-available-in-australia/

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