AzureTracks Azure News Update
Andrew Posted on 11:02 am

Azure Updates – Number 8 – April 10, 2021

A summary update on Azure News that includes updates released from Microsoft Azure related to Azure, Architecture, Compute, and Sentinel topics. I’ll provide links to all the resource updates with each item. Hopefully this will save you some time digging around to find recent releases and changes.

Updates will include preview and general availability announcements, news, and technical articles published in the listed topic areas for the previous 2 week snapshot. Presented is a subset of news that is highlighted here, visit Azure Blog or Azure Updates Blog to see all the updates.

Azure Updates

Public preview: Announcing Azure STIG solution templates to accelerate compliance for DoD
Azure Active Directory B2C in Australia is available in public preview
Azure Automation is now available in South India
Public preview: Azure Purview is now available in the Central India region
Public preview: Start VM on connect feature for Windows Virtual Desktop
Public preview: Azure Monitor container insights support for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes extension model
New Azure Cloud Services deployment model now generally available
Public preview: Announcing platform support migration of Azure Cloud Services (classic) to Azure Resource Manager
Continued region expansion: Azure Data Factory just became generally available in two more regions
Updated App Service Authentication portal experience is now generally available
Azure Security Center: Public preview updates for March 2021
Azure Security Center: General availability updates for March 2021
General availability: Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft Power Fx: The open-source low-code programming language is in public preview
Public preview: Backup & restore of Azure VM Scale Sets with flexible orchestration is now supported
General availability: Azure Backup supports backup and restore of Azure Dedicated Host
Azure Sphere OS version 21.03 is now generally available
Azure SQL Managed Instance – A performance optimization change to default settings is coming soon
Azure Private Link for Azure Cache for Redis in general availability
Enabling IBM WebSphere on Azure Kubernetes Service
General availability: ExpressRoute monitoring in Azure Monitor network insights
Public preview: Azure Static Web Apps now supports deployment with Azure DevOps
Public preview: Open Service Mesh (OSM) add-on for AKS
General availability: Kubernetes v1.20 support in AKS
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server (public preview) available in new regions
Public preview: Zone redundant configuration for Azure SQL Database serverless compute tier
Insights and workbooks for Azure Cosmos DB now in public preview
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) now supports node image autoupgrade in public preview
Public preview of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) run-command feature
Public preview: Cognitive Services – Form Recognizer new features
General availability: Virtual machine (VM) level disk bursting available on all Dsv3 and Esv3 families
Public preview: Azure Database for MySQL ??? Flexible Server now connects with Azure CLI
Public preview: Azure Database for PostgreSQL ??? Flexible Server now connects with Azure CLI
General availability: Networking for Key Vault references on Windows in App Service and Azure Functions
General availability: Azure Event Grid now provides support for delivery headers and additional advanced filters among other updates
General availability: Changes coming to Azure Pipelines free grants
Wire Data 2.0 (preview) will be retired on 31 March 2022
General availability: Azure Data Explorer external tables
Encryption scopes in Azure Storage now generally available
General availability: Azure Communication Services
Backup for Azure Managed Disk is now generally available

Azure Blog

Insights and best practices to run business-critical applications on Azure
What I Wish I Knew: Manufacturing leaders offer firsthand IoT adoption advice
Leverage enterprise-scale reference implementations for your cloud adoption
Deepen the value chain for geospatial earth imagery on cloud using Azure Orbital
Cloud Services (extended support) is generally available, migration tool in preview
New solutions for Oracle WebLogic on Azure Virtual Machines
Deploy key design principles with enterprise-scale architecture
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates ??? March 2021
Microsoft named a Leader in Forrester Wave: Function-as-a-Service Platforms
Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day on April 29

Azure Sentinel Blog

How to use Azure Sentinel for Incident Response, Orchestration and Automation
Group-IB Threat Intelligence and Attribution Connector – Azure Sentinel
IoT Asset discovery based on FW logs
Web Shell Threat Hunting with Azure Sentinel
Best practices for migrating detection rules from ArcSight, Splunk and QRadar to Azure Sentinel