ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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General availability: Azure IoT Central new and updated features—August 2021 August updates include support for multitenant applications, UI enhancements, REST API refresh, and regional deployments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-iot-central-new-and-updated-features-august-2021/
Azure VMware Solution achieves FedRAMP High Authorization With this certification, U.S. government and public sector customers can now use Azure VMware Solution as a compliant FedRAMP cloud computing environment, ensuring it meets the demanding standards for security and information protection. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-vmware-solution-achieves-fedramp-high-authorization/
General Availability: Azure Virtual Desktop is now available in the Azure China cloud Get started today with Azure Virtual Desktop in Azure China cloud. Deploy and scale Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-virtual-desktop-is-now-available-in-the-azure-china-cloud/
Azure Stream Analytics: 3 new regions are now generally available Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed, real-time analytics service designed to help you analyze and process fast moving streams of data that can be used to get insights, build reports, or trigger alerts and actions. The service is now available in 3 new regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-stream-analytics-3-new-regions-are-now-generally-available/
Public preview: Custom policy definitions for AKS clusters You can now create custom policy definitions for your AKS clusters https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-custom-policy-definitions-for-aks-clusters/
Public preview of v4 Cosmos DB extensions for Azure Functions A new major version of the Cosmos DB extensions for Azure Functions is now available in public preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-v4-cosmos-db-extensions-for-azure-functions/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Japan West region now available You can now provision Hyperscale (Citus) for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service using the open source Postgres database, in the Japan West region. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-japan-west-region-now-available/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) supports PostgreSQL 11.13, 12.8, and 13.4 minor versions Use PostgreSQL 11.13, 12.8, and 13.4 minor versions with Hyperscale (Citus) for 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-supports-postgresql-1113-128-and-134-minor-versions/
General availability: AKS Run command You can now execute just-in-time commands for AKS more easily. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-aks-run-command/
JetStream Disaster Recovery for Azure VMware Solution now in public preview JetStream Disaster Recovery is now available on Azure VMware Solution in public preview, enabling DR protection needed for business and mission-critical applications. JetStream Disaster Recovery on Azure VMware Solution is also cost-effective, as it uses minimal resources at the DR site by leveraging cloud storage, such as Azure Blob Storage. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/jetstream-disaster-recovery-for-azure-vmware-solution-now-public-preview/
Azure Machine Learning public preview announcements – Sep 2021 New feature Multiple Private Endpoint for Workspace is now available in public preview in Azure Machine Learning https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-preview-announcements-sep-2021/
General availability: Azure Red Hat OpenShift support for OpenShift 4.8 Benefit from new features and enhancements in OpenShift release 4.8. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-red-hat-openshift-support-for-openshift-48/
Public preview: Azure CNI enhancement now allows AKS pods and nodes in different VNets You now have more flexibility in how you setup your AKS implementation by using VNets to segment traffic and connect with internal networks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-cni-enhancement-now-allows-aks-pods-and-nodes-in-different-vnets/
Azure SQL—General availability updates for mid-September 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in mid-September 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-midseptember-2021/
Public preview: Scale-down mode in AKS You can now select if you would like your AKS nodes to be deleted or deallocated when scaled down. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-scaledown-mode-in-aks/
Azure Cosmos DB: Azure Functions extension version 4.0 in public preview Use the latest Azure Cosmos DB Azure Functions extension version 4.0 based on the .NET SDK version 3.x, enabling authentication with AAD, built-in change feed processor support, and performance enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-cosmos-db-azure-functions-extension-version-40-in-public-preview/
Join us behind the scenes at Azure, thanks to the Well-Architected Framework Here at Azure, we give a lot of advice. We’d really like to help you thrive on our platform. Reliability, security, cost optimization, operational excellence, and performance efficiency—we know that they are not easy to tackle when it comes to your cloud workloads. Join us for Well-Architected: The Backstage Tour, a virtual event where you will get five brief peeks at how we power the features that address each of these pillars of the Azure Well-Architected Framework. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/join-us-behind-the-scenes-at-azure-thanks-to-the-wellarchitected-framework/
Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules now support Windows Server 2022 Now with Windows Server 2022 generally available, you can start using this agent to monitor your resources running the latest Windows operating systems https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-monitor-agent-and-data-collection-rules-now-support-windows-server-2022/
Video analytics at the edge, an ideal technology for 5G cloud monetization Creating a programmable software infrastructure for telecommunication operations promises to reduce both the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and the operational expenses (OPEX) of the 5G telecommunications operators. In this blog, we focus on video, the dominant traffic type on the internet since the introduction of 4G networks. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/video-analytics-at-the-edge-an-ideal-technology-for-5g-cloud-monetization/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) support for Citus 10.1 is generally available The support of Citus 10.1, 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-101-is-generally-available/

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