ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Accelerate your Azure migration and modernization journey with expanded programs and offers In the past year, organizations increasingly turned to the cloud to survive potential business disruptions. At Microsoft, we partnered with businesses of all sizes, to help them take advantage of the scalability, remote work enablement, and cost efficiencies of migrating to the cloud. Today at Microsoft Inspire, we’re announcing new and expanded programs, offers, and product investments—helping customers to accelerate their migration and modernization journey with Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-your-azure-migration-and-modernization-journey-with-expended-programs-and-offers/
Azure Machine Learning public preview announcements July 2021 New features Custom Containers in Managed Online Endpoints and Job Creation UI are now available in preview in Azure Machine Learning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-public-preview-announcements-july-2021/
Azure Bastion Standard SKU public preview Azure Bastion Standard SKU offers key capabilities for enterprises, unblocking critical customer scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-bastion-standard-sku-public-preview/
Azure VMware Solution now generally available in the Australia Southeast region Azure VMware Solution has expanded availability to Australia Southeast. With this release Australia Southeast is now the second region within the Australian sovereign area to become available (joining Australia East). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-now-generally-available-in-the-australia-southeast-region/
Call recording in public preview for Azure Communication Services 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-in-public-preview-for-azure-communication-services/
Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves for Azure SQL Database in general availability Always Encrypted with secure enclaves helps prevent malicious admins and malware from exfiltrating sensitive data, while enabling in-place encryption and rich confidential computations, including pattern matching, range comparisons, and sorting. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/confidential-computing-using-always-encrypted-with-secure-enclaves-for-azure-sql-database-in-general-availability/
Azure SQL enabled by Azure Arc generally available on July 30, 2021 Bring cloud data management to data workloads on-premises, at the edge, and in multicloud environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-enabled-by-azure-arc-generally-available-on-july-30-2021/
General availability: HPC Cache for NVME-based Storage, Storage Target Management, and HIPAA Compliance The latest release of HPC Cache adds support for high throughput VMs as well as enhancements to storage target operations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-hpc-cache-for-nvmebased-storage-storage-target-management-and-hipaa-compliance/
Public preview: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) smart defaults Use scenario-specific cluster configurations to get going quickly and easily, while retaining the ability to customize to meet your unique needs as needed. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-kubernetes-service-aks-smart-defaults/
General availability: Azure API Management updates – July 2021 Azure API Management service has been updated to provide better support to customers through policy expressions and Power platform. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-api-management-updates-july-2021/
Azure Blob storage – Container Soft Delete generally available Administrators can set a retention policy and recover data from a deletion of a blob container without contacting support https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-container-soft-delete-generally-available/
Azure AD authentication for Application Insights Azure Monitor application insights now supports Azure Active Directory authentication. helping you ensure that only authenticated telemetry is ingested. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-ad-authentication-for-application-insights/
HPC Cache on E-Series VMs Support of Blob NFS 3.0 now generally available Add Azure HPC Cache to support new workloads in Blob NFS 3.0. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hpc-cache-on-eseries-vms-support-of-blob-nfs-30-now-generally-available/
Enhance your cloud skills and accelerate digital transformation with Inside Azure for IT Over the last year, we’ve seen accelerated cloud adoption and digital transformation across every industry—all aimed at optimizing business operations, saving money, and enhancing customer experiences. Today, we’re introducing Inside Azure for IT, a new online technical skilling program with resources designed for cloud professionals of all skill levels. Use the new resource to stay current on Azure best practices and get your questions answered by our technical experts so you can transform IT operations to drive business growth and innovation. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/enhance-your-cloud-skills-and-accelerate-digital-transformation-with-inside-azure-for-it/
Limited preview: Migrate your Azure Data Lake Storage from Gen1 to Gen2 using the Azure Portal Use this simple experience to migrate your data from Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1 to Gen2 to speed up your time to insights. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/limited-preview-migrate-your-azure-data-lake-storage-from-gen1-to-gen2-using-the-azure-portal/
Now available: Azure Purview product glossary The Azure Purview product glossary provides comprehensive set of product terms and definitions used in Azure Purview features and functionality. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/now-live-azure-purview-product-glossary/
Manage RDP and SSH connectivity at scale with Azure Bastion Security is at the forefront of user and administrator connectivity to cloud services. As enterprises continue to move mission-critical applications to the Cloud, the need for secure, scalable, and reliable remote public connectivity and jumpbox services increases. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/manage-rdp-and-ssh-connectivity-at-scale-with-azure-bastion/
General availability: New Azure Monitor built-in policy for Log Analytics workspace and linked automation account A new Azure Monitor built-in policy gives you control to provision central Log Analytics workspaces and linked automation account across your subscriptions consistently. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-new-azure-monitor-builtin-policy-for-log-analytics-workspace-and-linked-automation-account/
Insights and workbooks for Azure Cosmos DB now in general availability Now generally available, Azure Monitor insights and Azure Monitor workbooks make it easier to visualize and customize metrics for dynamic monitoring of your Azure Cosmos DB resource. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/insights-and-workbooks-for-azure-cosmos-db-now-in-general-availability/
Public preview: Azure Spring Cloud New Relic One integration and additional feature updates Azure Spring Cloud now supports New Relic One for performance monitoring (in preview), reduced minimum app instance sizes, automated app deployments with Terraform and Azure Pipelines, and Azure Virtual Network in Azure China. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-spring-cloud-new-relic-one-integration-and-additional-feature-updates/
Public preview: New Application Insights standard test for synthetic monitoring Azure Monitor Application Insights is introducing a new availability test to handle most of your single request test scenarios. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-new-application-insights-standard-test-for-synthetic-monitoring/
Azure Maps Creator v1 will be retired on 6 September 2021 Transition to Azure Maps Creator v2 by 6 September 2021 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-maps-creator-v1-will-be-retired-on-6-september-2021/
Advancing application reliability with the Azure Well-Architected Framework We created the Azure Well-Architected Framework to help improve the quality of your workloads, and reliability is one of its five core pillars so for the latest post in our series, I have asked Cloud Advocate David Blank-Edelman to run through how best to approach using the framework to guide your conversations and design decisions in this space. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-application-reliability-with-the-azure-wellarchitected-framework/
General availability: Azure IoT Central new and updated features—June 2021 June updates include dashboard enhancements, the IoT Plug and Play smartphone app including updated quickstarts, rule condition enhancements, a new responsive UI, and a new Learn module. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-new-and-updated-features-june-2021/
Disk pool for Azure VMware Solution now in public preview With disk pool, Azure VMware Solution customers can now access Azure Disk Storage for high-performance, durable block storage. Customer can scale their storage independent of compute and handle their growing data needs more cost-effectively. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/disk-pool-for-azure-vmware-solution-now-in-public-preview/
Public preview: API Management and Event Grid integration Azure API Management has now been updated to publish events to Event Grid. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-api-management-and-event-grid-integration/
Innovate from cloud to edge on your terms with Azure The challenges of the past year revealed that serving and making a difference for each other, our communities, and the world around us is more critical than ever. In order to persevere and drive business success, organizations must be future-ready, build on their terms, operate hybrid seamlessly, and do all of this with an uncompromising foundation of trust. Microsoft Azure is committed to helping every organization accomplish just that, as outlined by our announcements at this week’s Microsoft Inspire. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/innovate-from-cloud-to-edge-on-your-terms-with-azure/
Accelerate big data analytics with the Spark 3.0 connector for SQL Server—now generally available We are now announcing the general availability of the Apache Spark 3.0 compatible Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL, accessible through Maven. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-big-data-analytics-with-the-spark-30-connector-for-sql-server-now-generally-available/
Public preview: Create AKS clusters without local user accounts You can now disable local user accounts when creating Azure Active Directory integrated Azure Kubernetes Service clusters. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-create-aks-clusters-without-local-user-accounts-2/
Azure Automation support for User Assigned Managed Identities is now in public preview Use user-assigned identities for Azure Automation runbook jobs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-user-assigned-identities/
General availability: Application Insights integration with App Services for Java & Node.js apps Integration of Azure Monitor application insights with App Services now enables you to monitor your Java & Node.js apps directly from Azure portal, without making any changes to your code, with just a click of a button. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-application-insights-integration-with-app-services-for-java-nodejs-apps/
General availability: Deliver a secure hybrid workplace with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 Learn about our new announcements and product updates for Azure Virtual Desktop at Microsoft Inspire 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-ways-to-deliver-a-secure-hybrid-workplace-with-azure-virtual-desktop-and-windows-365/
Deliver scalable, cost-effective Disk Storage for Azure VMware Solution Today, we are announcing the preview of disk pool enabling Azure Disk Storage as a persistent storage option for Azure VMware Solution. With this announcement, you can gain flexibility for your data needs with scalable and cost-effective cloud storage for VMware workloads running on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/deliver-scalable-costeffective-disk-storage-for-azure-vmware-solution/
Public preview: Azure Service Bus support for large messages You can now send and receive message payloads of up to 100MB in Azure Service Bus premium tier namespaces. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-service-bus-support-for-large-messages/
General availability: Azure Spring Cloud Pricing Model Change Upcoming changes to base units in Azure Spring Cloud Basic and Standard will result in lower costs for many customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-spring-cloud-pricing-model-change/
Drive growth with the most partner-focused business platform The Microsoft Cloud opportunity is stronger than ever with over 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies using Azure, over 145 million daily active users on Microsoft Teams, and over 250,000 organizations using Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform to run and transform their businesses—partners are realizing limitless potential. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/drive-growth-with-the-most-partnerfocused-business-platform/
Session and cache provider using Azure Cosmos DB in general availability Use Azure Cosmos DB as a session state and cache provider through Microsoft.Extensions.Caching.Cosmos extension package for global scaling and low latency. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/session-and-cache-provider-using-azure-cosmos-db-in-general-availability/
Public preview: Event Grid integration with AKS Automate AKS operations by subscribing to events and handling them. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-event-grid-integration-with-aks-3/

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