AzureTracks Azure News Update
Andrew Posted on 9:34 am

Azure Updates – Number 34 – April 9, 2022

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

Update: Azure AD Graph retirement date
Generally available: Diagnostic audit logs for Automation accounts
General availability: Azure Backup now supports vault-archive tier for Azure VMs
General availability: Azure Data Explorer supports Azure private endpoints
Generally available: Azure storage table access using Azure Active Directory
Generally available: Support for Private Link in Azure IoT Central
Public preview: Azure Backup supports metrics and metric alerts for Azure Blobs
Public preview: Capacity reservation support in AKS
Generally available: Azure Virtual Machines increase storage throughput by up to 300%
Public preview: Azure Virtual Machines DCsv3 available in Switzerland and West US
Generally available: Azure Data Explorer Inline script deployment with ARM Template
Generally available: Support for copying tiles added to Azure IoT Central
Public preview: Arm64-based Azure VMs can deliver up to 50% better price-performance
Generally available: Apache Kafka 2.4 in Azure HDinsight
Generally available: Apache Spark 3.1.2 in Azure HDinsight
Public preview: Azure Bastion support for Kerberos authentication
Public preview: Simplified compute node communication
Public preview: Azure Arc integration with VMware vSphere and Azure VMware Solution
Generally available: Azure Stream Analytics in 10 new regions
General availability: Bring your own IP ranges to Azure
General availability: Azure Data Explorer supports Conditional Access
Azure SQL???Public preview updates for late March 2022
Public preview: Azure SQL Migration extension with Azure PowerShell and CLI support
General availability: Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) now FedRAMP High compliant
Public preview: Azure Cosmos DB partition key advisor notebook
General availability: Always Encrypted for Azure Cosmos DB
General availability: Azure Cognitive Search implements debug sessions
Public preview: Edge Device Image Builder
Generally available: Cross-region snapshot copy for Azure Disk Storage
General availability: Azure Ultra Disk Storage in Sweden Central
Generally available: Node.js 16 in Azure Functions
Generally available: Support or Calico network policy for Windows node pools
Public preview: Azure dedicated host support in AKS
Public preview: Node auto-drain for AKS
Azure classic storage accounts will be retired on 31 August 2024
NV-series and NV Promo Azure Virtual Machines retirement extended to 31 August 2023
ND-series Azure Virtual Machines retirement extended to 31 August 2023
Update: NV-series and NV_Promo Azure Virtual Machines will be retired on 31 August 2023
Update: ND-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired on 31 August 2023
Update: NC v2-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired on 31 August 2023
NC v2-series Azure Virtual Machines retirement extended to 31 August 2023
NC-series Azure Virtual Machines retirement extended to 31 August 2023
Update: NC-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired on 31 August 2023
Generally available: Access time-based lifecycle management rules for Data Lake Storage Gen2
Generally available: The new Azure Front Door ??? a modern cloud CDN service
App Service Environment version 1 and version 2 will be retired on 31 August 2024
IoT connector preview feature in Azure API for FHIR retiring on 30 September 2022
Generally available: Copy data directly to Archive Storage with Data Box
In development: New planned datacenter region in India (India South Central)
Generally available: On-demand capacity reservation with Azure Site Recovery safeguards VMs failover
General availability: Azure Bastion native client support
General availability: On-demand capacity reservations
Generally available: Azure Batch supports Spot Virtual Machines
Public preview: Azure Percept DK March (2203) software update

Azure Blog

Azure delivers strong MLPerf inferencing v2.0 results from 1 to 8 GPUs
The future is on FHIR for SAS and Microsoft Azure
Increase remote storage performance with Azure Ebsv5 VMs???now generally available
Empowering space development off the planet with Azure
Now in preview: Azure Virtual Machines with Ampere Altra Arm-based processors
Join us at the Innovate for Impact digital event
Bring your own IP addresses (BYOIP) to Azure with Custom IP Prefix
Diversifying the telecommunications supply chain with Open RAN
Accelerate silicon design innovation on Azure with Synopsys Cloud
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates ??? March 2022

Azure Sentinel Blog

Next Evolution of the Microsoft Sentinel Zero Trust (TIC 3.0) Solution
Microsoft Sentinel Ninja Training – the March 2022 update
Participate in the Microsoft Sentinel Hackathon Spring 2022!
Update Microsoft Sentinel VIP Users Watchlist from Azure AD group using playbooks
Common scenarios using Watchlists (with query examples)!