ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Announcing the Azure Firewall Premium general availability Utilize next-generation firewall capabilities in Azure Firewall Premium https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/announcing-the-azure-firewall-premium-general-availability/
General availability: Public IP information and inter-zone traffic among many new insights in Traffic Analytics Azure Network Watcher Traffic Analytics solutions is used to monitor network traffic. It now provides WHOIS and Geographic data for all Public IPs interacting with your deployments and further adds DNS domain, threat type & threat description for Malicious IPs. Now, it also supports inter-zone traffic and VMSS level traffic insights. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-public-ip-information-and-interzone-traffic-among-many-new-insights-in-traffic-analytics/
General availability: Python Functions now support custom telemetry in Application Insights Azure Monitor is releasing a new PyPI package that expands distributed tracing support in Application Insights for Python Functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-python-functions-now-support-custom-telemetry-in-application-insights/
Azure VMware Solution now generally available in the Canada East region Azure VMware Solution has expanded availability to Canada East. With this release Canada East is now the second region within the Canadian sovereign area to become available (joining Canada Central). https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-now-generally-available-in-the-canada-east-region/
Next-generation firewall capabilities with Azure Firewall Premium Following the preview release announced in February 2021, we are announcing the general availability release of Azure Firewall Premium. Key features in this release include: TLS Inspection, IDPS, Web Categories, and URL Filtering. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/nextgeneration-firewall-capabilities-with-azure-firewall-premium/
Public preview: IoT Edge Metrics Collector module 1.0.1 release This update provides security and reliability improvements, and support for government and regional clouds. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-edge-metrics-collector-module-101-release/
Public preview: Azure App Service Migration Assistant PowerShell-based experience The PowerShell-based experience for the Azure App Service Migration Assistant is now in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-app-service-migration-assistant-powershellbased-experience/
Public preview: Alerts, Pacemaker cluster (RHEL OS) and data-size for SAP HANA SAP on Azure customers can now set threshold-based alerts on SAP application, databases and clusters though Azur portal with few clicks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-alerts-pacemaker-cluster-rhel-os-and-datasize-for-sap-hana/
General availability: Azure Sphere version 21.07 The 21.07 update includes heap memory allocation tracking, time sync changes, and support for service principles. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2107/
General availability: Built-in Azure Policy support for Network Watcher Traffic Analytics Traffic Analytics can now be enabled using Built-in Azure Policy, thus improving your deployment experience. Now organizations can enforce org wide standards and manage traffic monitoring at scale using these policies. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-builtin-azure-policy-support-for-network-watcher-traffic-analytics/
Public preview: Scan and view lineage of data stored in Erwin Mart, Google BigQuery and Looker using Azure Purview Azure Purview now supports automated scanning from Erwin, BigQuery and Looker soureces to extract schema and lineage between data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-scan-and-view-lineage-of-data-stored-in-erwin-mart-google-bigquery-and-looker-using-azure-purview/
General availability: New West US 3 region added to Azure HDInsight HDInsight is now generally available for West US 3 customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-west-us-3-and-jio-india-west-regions-added-to-azure-hdinsight/
Private preview: New telemetry for SAP Application (NetWeaver) in Azure portal SAP on Azure customers can now view SAP Application telemetry like short dumps, SDF/SMON and STO3 in Azure portal. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-preview-new-telemetry-for-sap-application-netweaver-in-azure-portal/
Azure Active Directory support for Azure Relay now in public preview Azure Relay now supports authentication and authorization via Azure AD as a public preview offering. With Azure AD, you don't need to store tokens in your code. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/aad-support-for-azure-relay-now-in-public-preview/
Shared disks on Azure Disk Storage are now generally available on all Premium SSD and Standard SSD sizes Shared disks can now be leveraged on smaller Premium SSDs from 4GiB to 128 GiB and all Standard SSDs from 4 GiB to 32 TiB. This expands shared disk support to Ultra Disk, Premium SSD, and Standard SSD enabling you to optimize for different price and performance options based on your workload needs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/shared-disks-on-azure-disk-storage-is-now-generally-available-on-all-premium-ssds-and-standard-ssds/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server Auto-grow storage in public preview With auto-grow storage enabled, your storage automatically grows when storage consumed on the Flexible Server is nearing its provisioned limit. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-autogrow-storage-in-public-preview/
How cloud computing can improve 5G wireless networks A great deal has been written about the technologies fueling 5G, especially how those technologies will improve the experience that users have regarding connectivity. Similarly, much has been said about how ongoing developments in technology will usher in a new generation of network-aware applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/how-cloud-computing-can-improve-5g-wireless-networks/
General availability: Better integration between Azure Monitor and Grafana Customers using Grafana for visualizing Azure Monitor metrics can now enable additional data sources and have easier authentication using managed identity. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-better-integration-between-azure-monitor-and-grafana/
The public preview of Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server now supported in new regions Provision new Flexible Server deployments in new regions for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/the-public-preview-of-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-now-supported-in-new-regions-2/
General availability: Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules now support direct proxies and Log Analytics gateway If you use a proxy server or Log Analytics gateway to communicate to Azure Monitor, you can now start using the new Azure Monitor Agent (AMA) and Data Collection Rules (DCR) in these network configurations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-monitor-agent-and-data-collection-rules-now-support-direct-proxies-and-log-analytics-gateway/

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