ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Azure Blob storage – Inventory generally availability Administrators can enable a daily or weekly inventory to be created to gain understanding of their blobs and containers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-inventory-generally-availability/
Azure Blob storage – Last access time tracking now generally available This feature helps administrators control costs through the automatic tiering and deletion of blobs via tiering including when the data was last read. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-blob-storage-last-access-time-tracking-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Columnar compression now generally available Included with Citus 10, columnar compression is now supported in the Hyperscale (Citus) option in 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-hyperscale-citus-columnar-compression-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server: New regions now available in public preview You can now provision Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server in five new regions https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-new-regions-now-available-in-public-preview/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server: Burstable credit metrics in public preview Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server enables users to monitor burstable credits using Azure monitor. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-burstable-credit-metrics-in-public-preview/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server: Standby Zone selection in public preview Choose your standby server zone location for Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-standby-zone-selection-in-public-preview/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server: Burstable credit metrics in public preview Flexible Server enables users to monitor burstable credits using Azure monitor on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-burstable-credit-metrics-in-public-preview/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL | Scheduled maintenance for Hyperscale (Citus) now generally available Now Hyperscale (Citus) supports custom maintenance schedules with Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-maintenance-schedules-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Server group restart now generally available The restart server group capability is now available 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-server-group-restart-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Support for Citus 10 now generally available The support of Citus 10, with columnar storage and more, is now included in Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus), a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-support-for-citus-10-now-generally-available/
Mounting Azure Storage as a local share for web apps deployed on App Service is generally available This new capability enables mounting Azure Storage as a network share in a built-in Linux container or a custom Linux container deployed to App Service for Linux. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/mounting-azure-storage-as-a-local-share-for-web-apps-deployed-on-app-service-is-generally-available/
Azure Government Top Secret now generally available for US national security missions Today we’re announcing the general availability of Azure Government Top Secret, a significant milestone in our commitment to bringing unmatched commercial innovation to our government customers across all data classifications. This announcement, together with new services and functionality in Azure Government Secret, provides further evidence of Microsoft’s relentless commitment to the mission of national security, enabling customers and partners to realize the vision of a multi-cloud strategy and achieve greater agility, interoperability, cost savings, and speed to innovation. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-government-top-secret-now-generally-available-for-us-national-security-missions/
NC v2-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2022 Transition to new HPC virtual machines by 31 August 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/nc-v2series-azure-virtual-machines-will-be-retired-by-31-august-2022/
Azure Monitor’s Baseline and CalculateBaseline APIs will be retired on 30 November 2021 Azure Monitor’s Baseline and CalculateBaseline APIs will be retired on 30 November 2021, use the MetricBaselines API instead. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-s-baseline-and-calculatebaseline-apis-will-be-retired-on-30-november-2021/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): PostgreSQL 12 & 13 now generally available Create Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) server groups with Postgres 12 and Postgres 13, in addition to previously supported Postgres 11. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-postgresql-12-13-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server: Eight new regions supported The public preview Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server (Preview) is now supported in eight additional regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-eight-new-regions-supported/
H-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2022 Migrate to HPC, GP, or RAM optimized VMs by 31 August 2022 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hseries-azure-virtual-machines-will-be-retired-by-31-august-2022/
General availability: AKS support for Kubernetes 1.21 Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) users can now benefit from enhancements and capabilities in Kubernetes 1.21. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-aks-support-for-kubernetes-121-2/
Genomics testing on the ISS with HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 and Azure Microsoft News published a story about the use of Azure to compliment Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Spaceborne Computer-2 on the International Space Station (ISS). The project was designed to overcome the limited bandwidth between ISS and Earth by validating the benefits of a computational workflow that spans and edge and cloud. The Azure Space team delivered the entire experiment in just three days. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/genomics-testing-on-the-iss-with-hpe-spaceborne-computer2-and-azure/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Managed PgBouncer now generally available PgBouncer, a popular connection pooler for Postgres, is now part of the Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) managed service. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-managed-pgbouncer-now-generally-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Basic tier now generally available You can now run Hyperscale (Citus) on a single node with Hyperscale (Citus) Basic for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-basic-tier-now-generally-available/
Migrate your Azure IoT Central apps to version 3 before 1 March 2022 IoT Central V2 is retiring 1 March 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iotcentralv2/
Enhanced troubleshooting experiences now generally available for additional resources in Network Insights You can now access resource topology views and pre-built monitoring workbooks for Private Link, NAT Gateway, Public IP, and NIC resources in Azure, via Network Insights. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/enhanced-troubleshooting-experiences-now-generally-available-for-additional-resources-in-network-insights/
Innovate securely with Azure Security is based on the inherent need for safety. Today, we see that need challenged more than ever. In the past year alone, we’ve witnessed an exponential increase in ransomware, supply chain attacks, phishing, and identity theft. These activities fundamentally threaten our human desire for security in situations such as ransomware attacks on hospitals or supply chain attacks on industrial environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/innovate-securely-with-azure/
Release annotations using API keys will be retired on 31 August 2024 Transition to new release annotations without using API keys in Application Insights. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/transition-to-new-release-annotations-in-application-insights/
General availability: Azure Archive Storage events for easy rehydration of archived blobs React to rehydration events on Azure Archive Storage with Azure Event Grid. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-archive-storage-events-for-easy-rehydration-of-archived-blobs/
Azure Cosmos DB: Continuous backup with point in time restore now in general availability Continuous backup mode for the Core (SQL) API and Azure Cosmos DB API for MongoDB feature means you can now perform your own granular restore capabilities. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-continuous-backup-with-point-in-time-restore-now-in-general-availability/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Same region read replicas now generally available Now you can create read replicas of your Hyperscale (Citus) server group for enhanced read scalability with Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-same-region-read-replicas-now-generally-available/
Azure Static Web Apps adds public preview support for Private Endpoints Secure your static web apps with Private Endpoints by limiting exposure to the public internet. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-static-web-apps-adds-public-preview-support-for-private-endpoints/
Microsoft named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q2 2021 Today, we are announcing that Microsoft has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q2 2021. We believe this report truly reflects the market momentum of Azure Stream Analytics, satisfied customers, a growing partner ecosystem, and the overall strength of our Azure cloud platform. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-named-a-leader-in-the-forrester-wave-streaming-analytics-q2-2021/
General availability: CSI storage driver support on Azure Kubernetes Service Natively leverage storage systems in Kubernetes using Container Storage Interface storage drivers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-csi-storage-driver-support-on-azure-kubernetes-service/
Tomcat 7 reached End-of-Life on 23 March 2021 Transition to Tomcat 8.5 or 9.0 by 29 July 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/transition-to-tomcat-85-or-90-by-29-july-2022/
General availability: New VM series supported by Azure Batch Take advantage of VM sizes that are now available when creating your Batch pools. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-batch-new-vm-series-august2021/
HB-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2024 Transition to new HPC virtual machines by 31 August 2024. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/hbseries-azure-virtual-machines-will-be-retired-by-31-august-2024/
We're retiring the Log Analytics agent in Azure Monitor on 31 August 2024 Start using the Azure Monitor agent instead of the Log Analytics agent before 31 August 2024. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/were-retiring-the-log-analytics-agent-in-azure-monitor-on-31-august-2024/
General availability: Public DNS support for private Azure Kubernetes Service clusters Simplify name resolution to your AKS clusters without compromising your Kubernetes API server security. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-public-dns-support-for-private-azure-kubernetes-service-clusters/
Discover and assess ASP.NET apps at-scale with Azure Migrate Azure Migrate is your central place in the Azure portal that provides a unified experience to discover, assess, and migrate your servers, databases, and web apps to Azure. Today, we are announcing the preview of at-scale, agentless discovery, and assessment of ASP.NET web apps to help you migrate ASP.NET web apps and run them natively on Azure App Service. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/discover-and-assess-aspnet-apps-atscale-with-azure-migrate/
Upgrade to Text-to-Speech Neural Voice  All standard voices will be retired on 31st August 2024. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/we-re-retiring-the-standard-voice-on-31-august-2024/
NC-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2022 Transition to new HPC virtual machines by 31 August 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ncseries-azure-virtual-machines-will-be-retired-by-31-august-2022/
NV-series and NV_Promo Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2022 Move to GPU accelerated virtual machines by 31 August 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/nvseries-and-nvpromo-azure-virtual-machines-will-be-retired-by-31-august-2022/
Public preview: Application Insights auto-instrumentation of .NET apps on Linux Application Insights, an Application Performance Management (APM) observability feature of Azure Monitor, is announcing the release of several key features including .NET on Linux auto-instrumentation for .NET Core 3.1, .NET5, and preview of .NET6, including support for self-contained and framework-dependent deployments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insights-autoinstrumentation-of-net-apps-on-linux/
Placement polices now in public preview for Azure VMware Solution Placement policies enable admins to specify constraints or rules when allocating Virtual Machines within an Azure VMware Solution private cloud. With this update the creation and assignment of vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) rules for running Virtual Machines in an Azure VMware Solution SDDC has been simplified and is now executable directly from the Azure Portal for cloud admin roles. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/placement-polices-now-in-public-preview-for-azure-vmware-solution/
Update Java SDK 3.x to Java SDK 4.x by 31 August 2024 We’ll be retiring version 3.x of the Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK on 31 August 2024. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/retirement-notice-update-java-sdk-3x-to-java-sdk-4x-by-31-august-2024/
Select Azure Cognitive Search skills will be retired on 31 August 2024 Upgrade your skills to version 3 of Azure Cognitive Search sentiment analysis and entity recognition skills. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/retirement-notice-select-azure-cognitive-search-skills-will-be-retired-on-31-august-2024/
Optimize your private mobile network and accelerate innovation with hyperscale cloud We’ve outlined how Azure private MEC enables operators and systems integrators to deliver private cellular, enterprise workloads, and edge compute services with ease, offering a robust partner network while combining computing, networking, and services on hardware located at the edge. In this article, we outline how bringing the power of hyperscale cloud to operator-enabled private mobile networks can lower capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx), accelerate the pace of innovation, and open up new and exciting revenue opportunities. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/optimize-your-private-mobile-network-and-accelerate-innovation-with-hyperscale-cloud/
Version 2.x of the Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK will be retired on 31 August 2024 Update your Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK to version 3 by 31 August 2024. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-update-your-azure-cosmos-db-net-sdk-to-version-3-by-31-august-2024/
Solve your toughest business problems with AI and machine learning Today, AI and machine learning are enabling data-driven organizations to accelerate their journey to insights and decisions. With all the latest advancements, AI is no longer limited to only those with deep expertise or a cache of data scientists, and many organizations can now adopt AI and machine learning for better competitive advantage. Customers with analytics practices looking to adopt machine learning can read this report to get started. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/solve-your-toughest-business-problems-with-ai-and-machine-learning/

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