ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Limited Preview: New Azure VMs for confidential workloads New DCsv3 and DCdsv3-series Azure Virtual Machines transform the state-of-the-art for confidential workloads https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-azure-confidential-virtual-machines-sgx/
General availability: Azure Security Center updates for June 2021 New enhancements and updates released in Azure Security Center in June 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-june2021/
Azure Maps Android SDK is now generally available Get started with Android map control using vector map libraries, now generally available with Azure Maps Android SDK. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-android-sdk-is-now-generally-available/
Expansion of the public preview of on-demand disk bursting for Premium SSD to more regions The preview of on-demand disk bursting for Premium SSDs P30 and greater (lager than 512 GiB) is now expanded to all production regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/expansion-of-the-public-preview-of-ondemand-disk-bursting-for-premium-ssd-to-more-regions/
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – June 2021 June brings amortization to the cost analysis preview, says goodbye to Cloudyn, and welcomes many new ways to optimize your costs, from 5 new generally available offers and 5 new previews to 3 lower prices and 3 expanded free offers. And as always, more documentation updates. Enjoy! https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-june-2021/
General availability: Skip X.509 certificate proof of possession for IoT Hub and DPS To make it easier to get started with X.509 authentication with IoT Hub and Device Provisioning Services (DPS), we're removing the requirement to prove possession of uploaded certificates. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-hub-dps-skip-pop/
Use New Relic One to effortlessly monitor applications in Azure Spring Cloud Today, we are announcing the integration of New Relic One performance monitoring in Azure Spring Cloud. Over the past 18 months, we worked with many enterprise customers to learn about their scenarios. Many of these customers have thousands of Spring Boot applications running in on-premises data centers. As they migrate these applications to the cloud, they need to instrument them for application performance monitoring (APM) using tools that their developers are familiar with. Now, with the integration of New Relic One in Azure Spring Cloud, you can continue your journey and easily instrument your Spring Boot applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/use-new-relic-one-to-effortlessly-monitor-applications-in-azure-spring-cloud/
Soft delete for blobs capability for Azure Data Lake Storage is now in limited public preview If you have processes or tools to detect accidental deletion of files and directories for your Azure Data Lake Storage accounts, you can now also restore the deleted objects using soft delete for blobs capability. During the retention period that you specify, you can now restore a soft-deleted object to its state at the time it was deleted. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/soft-delete-for-blobs-for-azure-data-lake-storage-is-now-in-limited-public-preview/
Introducing the Ingestion Client for Azure Speech Ingestion Client in conjunction with Azure Speech allows customers to transcribe audio files without any development effort. Whether you have few or millions of file Azure will transcribe those securely and quickly. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automating-audio-file-transcription-through-ingestion-client/
Azure Image Builder Service now generally available Use Azure Image Builder to streamline your image building pipeline and integrate your DevOps application life-cycle with the cloud native tools. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-image-builder-service-now-generally-available-2/
Bring cloud experiences to data workloads anywhere with Azure SQL enabled by Azure Arc From edge to cloud, companies are eager to find innovative solutions that meet them where they are. Today’s business environment is increasingly complex, and customers tell us they need solutions that are multi-cloud, platform-agnostic, and offer integrated apps and services that are always up to date. Today, we’re announcing the general availability of Azure SQL enabled by Azure Arc to help customers manage their data and databases simply and efficiently. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/bring-cloud-experiences-to-data-workloads-anywhere-with-azure-sql-enabled-by-azure-arc/
Advancing safe deployment with AIOps—introducing Gandalf The continuous monitoring of health metrics is a fundamental part of this process, and this is where AIOps plays a critical role. In the post that follows, we introduce how AI and machine learning are used to empower DevOps engineers, monitor the Azure deployment process at scale, detect issues early, and make rollout or rollback decisions based on impact scope and severity. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-safe-deployment-with-aiops-introducing-gandalf/
VPN NAT now in public preview Azure VPN Gateway NAT (Network Address Translation) can be used to connect on-premises networks or branch offices to an Azure virtual network with overlapping IP addresses. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/vpn-nat-in-public-preview/
Update PowerShell versions 7.0 and 7.1 to protect against a vulnerability If you manage your Azure resources from PowerShell, update versions 7.0 and 7.1 of PowerShell as soon as possible. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/update-powershell-versions-70-and-71-to-protect-against-a-vulnerability/
General availability: Azure Sphere version 21.07 expected on July 21, 2021 Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The 21.07 OS evaluation period provides 21 days for backward compatibility testing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2107-expected-on-july-21-2021/
Public preview: Azure Automanage now supports Arc enabled servers Now you can automatically onboard your Arc enabled servers to best practice Azure management services using Azure Automanage, saving time and manual management effort. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automanage-arc/

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