ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Maps Mobility Services Preview will be retired on 5 October 2021 Transition to Bing Maps Routes API and/or Moovit Public Transit API’s by 5 October 2021 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-mobility-services-preview-will-be-retired-on-5-october-2021/
Azure SQL—general availability updates for late June 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in late June 2021 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-late-june-2021/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server: Forced failover in public preview Forced failover capability is available in preview in all zone redundant regions on Flexible Server 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-forced-failover-in-public-preview/
Azure Key Vault Managed HSM is generally available Azure Key Vault Managed HSM (hardware security module) is now generally available. Managed HSM offers a fully managed, highly available, single-tenant, high-throughput, standards-compliant cloud service to safeguard cryptographic keys for your cloud applications, using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/akv-managed-hsm-ga/
Azure NetApp Files | Regional Capacity Quota We're changing the regional capacity quota for Azure NetApp files at no additional cost to you. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-netapp-files-regional-capacity-quota/
Azure Sphere OS version 21.06 is now generally available This quality release of the OS includes bug fixes for apps using SPI Flash. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2106-is-now-generally-available/
Deploy apps seamlessly with Red Hat JBoss EAP on Azure App Service—now generally available Red Hat JBoss EAP on Azure App Service is a fully managed offering for Java EE (Jakarta EE) applications. Our customers are excited to have a managed platform for their Java EE (Jakarta EE) applications and the peace of mind that comes with joint support from Red Hat and Microsoft. Today, the offer is generally available, so you can deploy apps into the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform on App Service with no Red Hat subscription or licenses required. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/deploy-apps-seamlessly-with-red-hat-jboss-eap-on-azure-app-service-now-generally-available/
Azure Container Registry is now available in West US 3 Azure Container Registry is now generally available in West US 3 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-west-us-3/
Full text query in diagnostics logs for Azure Cosmos DB in general availability Use self-serve to enable/disable full text query to deobfuscate your queries in diagnostic logs with the full-text query for Azure Cosmos DB feature. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/full-text-query-in-diagnostics-logs-for-azure-cosmos-db-in-general-availability/
Manage your digital transformation at scale for retail with Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure Retail organizations are embracing digital transformation and cloud technologies to be more agile and achieve strategic goals. The cloud enables them to drive innovation, make more informed decisions with data analytics, outpace competitors, and deliver products, services, and applications faster. The path to the cloud is unique for every organization and navigating that journey can be a challenge. We’re excited to share new guidance within the Cloud Adoption Framework for the retail industry. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/manage-your-digital-transformation-at-scale-for-retail-with-cloud-adoption-framework-for-azure/
Modernize large-scale NFS workloads and eliminate data silos with Azure Blob Storage Azure Blob Storage, our object storage platform for storing large-scale data helps customers run their applications using a wide range of protocols. With multi-protocol support, customers can run their applications on a single storage platform with no application rewrites necessary, therefore eliminating data silos. Today, we are announcing that Network File System (NFS) 3.0 protocol support for Azure Blob Storage is now generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/modernize-largescale-nfs-workloads-and-eliminate-data-silos-with-azure-blob-storage/
Azure Machine Learning public preview announcements for June 2021. New features include data scientist built-in role, text classification labeling, and environments UI. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-public-preview-announcements-for-june-2021/
General availability: Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics for Health Now generally available, use Text Analytics for Health to detect words and phrases mentioned in unstructured text as entities in the healthcare and biomedical domain. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-cognitive-services-text-analytics-for-health/
General availability: Azure DevOps updates for June 2021 With this update, we've added a new set of policies which can be used to restrict the scope and lifespan of your organization’s Azure DevOps personal access tokens. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-devops-updates-for-june-2021/
Azure Blob storage—NFS 3.0 protocol support generally available Azure Blob Storage is the only storage platform that supports NFS 3.0 protocol over object storage natively (no gateway or data copying required), with object storage economics. With multi-protocol support, customers can run their applications on a single storage platform with no application rewrites necessary, therefore eliminating data silos. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-nfs-30-protocol-support-generally-available/
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1: Account creation will be blocked for new customers starting July 5, 2021 Take advantage of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 for all of your analytic needs after July 5, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-data-lake-storage-gen1-account-creation-will-be-blocked-for-new-customers-from-july-1-2021-2/
Streamline your custom image building process with Azure VM Image Builder service Today we are announcing the general availability of Azure VM Image Builder service, a managed service for you to build custom Linux or Windows VM images with ease, and be compliant with your company’s security policy across Azure and Azure Stack. With Azure VM Image Builder Service, the Microsoft managed service built on HashiCorp Packer, you can describe custom images in a template using new or existing configurations and enables VM image building immediately without setting up and managing your own image building pipeline. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/streamline-your-custom-image-building-process-with-azure-vm-image-builder-service/
Azure SQL—public preview updates for late June 2021  Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL in late June 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-late-june-2021/
Azure IoT Edge for Linux now generally available Leverage existing Windows expertise and seamlessly connect Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows devices to Microsoft Azure and quickly bring cloud intelligence to your edge. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-edge-for-linux-now-generally-available/
Optimize extreme computing performance with Azure FX-series Virtual Machines Today, we are announcing the general availability of the Azure FX-series Virtual Machines available in four regions. Azure FX-series Virtual Machines—based on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor—feature a high-performing central processing unit (CPU) clock speed per single core of up to 4 GHz (all core turbo), 21 GB memory per vCPU, and local temporary SSD disks. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/optimize-extreme-computing-performance-with-azure-fxseries-virtual-machines/
Join Microsoft at ISC 2021 and drive innovations with Azure high-performance computing Whether it’s understanding our environment, public health, energy sustainability, weather modeling, economic growth, and many others finding solutions to these important challenges requires huge amounts of focused computing power. Customers are increasingly finding the best way to access such high-performance computing (HPC) is through the agility, scale, security, and leading-edge performance of Azure’s purpose-built HPC and AI cloud services. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/join-microsoft-at-isc-2021-and-drive-innovations-with-azure-highperformance-computing/
General availability: Azure Digital Twins plugin for Azure Data Explorer  Adding context to IoT data just became easier. Azure Digital Twins and Azure Data Explorer now seamlessly integrate, allowing you to allow you to contextualize time-series IoT data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/adding-context-to-iot-data-just-became-easier/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) now offers server group restart feature in public preview The restart server group capability is now available in preview for Hyperscale (Citus) on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the Postgres open-source database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-now-offers-server-group-restart-feature-in-public-preview/
General availability: Turn your phone into an IoT device with the new IoT Plug and Play mobile app Use the IoT Plug and Play phone app as an IoT device to get started quickly with IoT Central or IoT Hub. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/turn-your-phone-into-an-iot-device/
General availability: Expansion of credit-based disk bursting to Azure Standard SSDs E30 and smaller Credit-based disk bursting, which allows you to handle unexpected disk traffic and batch jobs smoothly without the need to overprovision your disk, is now available on Azure Standard SSDs E30 and smaller. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-expansion-of-creditbased-disk-bursting-to-azure-standard-ssds-e30-and-smaller/
General availability: Introducing Log Analytics Open In Excel – A new Excel integration capability Azure Monitor Log Analytics introduces a new Excel integration capability that allows you to create a connected Excel workbook right from the Log Analytics blade in Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/introducing-log-analytics-open-in-excel-a-new-excel-integration-capability/

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