ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

Title Summary Link
Public preview: Automatic scaling with Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode This release provides improved quality and simplified Azure customer experience, giving you the opportunity to combine the functionality of Availability Sets and Virtual Machine Scale Sets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automatic-scaling-for-vms-with-azure-virtual-machine-scale-sets-flexible-orchestration-mode/
4 ways AI, computer vision, and related technologies expand IoT solutions Intel and Microsoft Azure are working together to help enterprises deploy intelligent IoT technologies and services, including AI’s deep learning abilities, computer vision, and audio or speech capabilities. Adding these capabilities enables solutions to solve more business challenges, uniting two or more—adding both computer vision and AI, for example greatly expands the potential uses for IoT solutions. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/4-ways-ai-computer-vision-and-related-technologies-expand-iot-solutions/
On-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines now in public preview On-demand capacity reservations, now in public preview, enable you to reserve compute capacity for one or more VM size(s) in an Azure region or Availability Zone for any length of time. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/ondemand-capacity-reservations-for-azure-virtual-machines-now-in-public-preview/
Improve availability with zone-redundant storage for Azure Disk Storage As organizations continue to accelerate their cloud adoption, the need for reliable infrastructure is critical to ensure business continuity and avoid costly disruptions. Today, we are announcing the general availability of zone-redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage. ZRS enables you to further improve availability for your critical workloads by providing cloud-first synchronous replication of block storage across three zones in a region. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/improve-availability-with-zoneredundant-storage-for-azure-disk-storage/
Boost your network security with new updates to Azure Firewall Today, we are announcing new Azure Firewall capabilities as well as updates for August 2021 including new Azure Firewall supported regions, auto-generated self-signed certificates for Azure Firewall Premium SKU, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/boost-your-network-security-with-new-updates-to-azure-firewall/
Screen Capture Protection for Azure Virtual Desktop is now generally available This new Azure Virtual Desktop feature prevents sensitive information from being captured in screen captures and screen shares. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/screen-capture-protection-for-azure-virtual-desktop-is-now-generally-available/
Apache Spark 3.1 for Azure Synapse Analytics now generally available The latest version of the open-source Apache Spark is now available in Azure Synapse Analytics Apache Spark pools. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/apache-spark-31-for-azure-synapse-analytics-now-generally-available/
Guarantee capacity access with on-demand capacity reservations—now in preview Today we are announcing the preview of on-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines. This new feature allows you to deploy and manage the compute capacity required to run Azure VMs separately from the VMs themselves. On-demand capacity reservations will come with a defined SLA (forthcoming at general availability). https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/guarantee-capacity-access-with-ondemand-capacity-reservations-now-in-preview/
General availability: Azure Sphere OS version 21.09 expected on Sept 22 Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-os-version-2109-expected-on-sept-22/
Zone redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage now generally available Now generally available in West Europe, North Europe, West US 2, and France Central, Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage protects disks from zonal failures which may occur due to natural disasters or hardware issues. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/zone-redundant-storage-zrs-for-azure-disk-storage-now-generally-available/

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