ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – July 2021 We're back with the usuals this month with an improved management experience, 9 new ways to save money with Azure, 3 videos, and 5 documentation updates. Stay tuned for even more next month! https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-july-2021/
Optimize your cloud spend with Azure Customers are looking for better ways to balance the pace of innovation with the need for agility while managing costs, maintaining control, and meeting increasingly rigorous standards around security and compliance. Today, we discuss how we are creating a consistent, simplified cost and pricing experience for our customers, with greater flexibility, transparency, and forecasting accuracy. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/optimize-your-cloud-spend-with-azure/
Azure Sphere SDK version 21.07 Update 1 is now available This SDK update fixes a bug in the 21.07 SDK that was released earlier this month.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-sdk-version-2107-update-1-is-now-available/
Azure Site Recovery update rollup 56 is now generally available – July 2021 The latest Azure Site Recovery update provides improvements, fixes, updated replication support, and download links for Site Recovery components. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-site-recovery-update-rollup-56-is-now-generally-available-july-2021/
General availability: Web Application Firewall (WAF) bot protection on Application Gateway Try the bot protection rule set alongside your OWASP core rule set (CRS), now generally available for Azure Web Application Firewall running on Application Gateway. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-web-application-firewall-waf-bot-protection-on-application-gateway/
VMware Site Recovery Manager is now generally available for Azure VMware Solution Azure VMware Solution (AVS) customers are now be able to take advantage of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) for disaster recovery scenarios including; On-premise VMware to AVS, and Primary AVS to Secondary AVS private cloud environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/vmware-site-recovery-manager-is-now-generally-available-for-azure-vmware-solution/
Start VM on connect capability in Azure Virtual Desktop enters general availability Start VM on Connect will help you optimize the costs of your deployment by offering a configuration setting in the service to start stopped or deallocated VMs when needed. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/start-vm-on-connect-capability-in-azure-virtual-desktop-enters-ga/
Immutable storage with versioning for Blob Storage is now in public preview Set time-based policies or legal holds on data so that the data becomes non-erasable and non-modifiable and protect all versions of a blob. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/immutable-storage-with-versioning-for-blob-storage-is-now-in-public-preview/
General Availability: Azure Stream Analytics Tools for Visual Studio Code Azure Stream Analytics Tools for Visual Studio Code is for developers to easily author, test, debug, and manage Azure Stream Analytics jobs. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-stream-analytics-tools-for-visual-studio-code/
General availability: Web Application Firewall (WAF) geomatch custom rules on Application Gateway Try geomatch custom rules to block or allow traffic based on geo-location, now generally available for Azure Web Application Firewall on Application Gateway. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-web-application-firewall-waf-geomatch-custom-rules-on-application-gateway/
Advancing your financial services strategy with Azure sustainability Given the growing importance of sustainability, this article will address how sustainability strategies can be utilized as a catalyst for business growth, particularly in the financial services industry, and how Microsoft Azure is uniquely positioned to help our customers achieve these goals. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-your-financial-services-strategy-with-azure-sustainability/
General availability: Azure ExpressRoute: 3 New Peering Locations Available ExpressRoute lets you extend your on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection with the help of a connectivity provider. The service is now available in 3 new peering locations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/newerlocations/
Public preview: Azure Virtual Desktop is now available in the Azure China cloud Get started today with Azure Virtual Desktop in public preview in Azure China cloud. Deploy and scale Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-virtual-desktop-is-now-available-in-the-azure-china-cloud-in-preview/

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