Product
6386
SQL Database
6387
Database for PostgreSQL
6388
CosmosDB
6389
Redis Cache
6390
Load Testing
6391
Kubernetes Service
6392
Kubernetes Service
6393
Kubernetes Service
6394
App Services
6395
Monitor
6396
Monitor
6397
Virtual Machines
6398
Monitor
6399
Firewall
6400
Monitor
6401
Cost Management
6402
Policy
6403
Monitor
6404
Virtual Network
6405
Kubernetes Service
6406
Azure Regions
6407
StorSimple
6408
Virtual Network
6409
IoT Central
6410
IoT Central
6411
Azure Active Directory
6412
Sphere
6413
Synapse Analytics
6414
Virtual Machines
6375
Backup
6376
Virtual Machines
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Improve your migrations experience with resumable database restore on Azure SQL Managed Instance.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-sql-blog/resumable-restore-improves-sql-managed-instance-database/ba-p/3573367
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-early-august-2022/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server provides maximum flexibility over your database, built-in cost-optimization controls, and support for latest PostgreSQL major versions compared to Single Server. You typically must perform manual migrations using PostgreSQL dump and restore or using Azure Database Migration Service. The new migration tool (available in select regions) includes a seamless, inline experience to migrate your Single Server to Flexible Server and has automated a number of steps required for migration. It supports online and offline modes of migrations, and suitable for databases less than 1TB size.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-database-for-postgresql/single-to-flexible-server-postgresql-migration-tool-is-now-in/ba-p/3446822
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-migration-tool-feature-with-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Audit log for continuous mode with Azure Cosmos DB allows you to view your details of restore action on source account and destination account. It allows you to see the restore progress in activity log in terms of which database and containers were restored for the given account. It also helps to validate who performed this activity and the time of this action. This audit information is available within the activity log so there is no need to switch on a special diagnostic log.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/cosmos-db/audit-restore-continuous
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-audit-log-for-continuous-mode-with-azure-cosmos-db/
New Features
08/04/2022
The Enterprise and Enterprise Flash tiers of Azure Cache for Redis now support the popular RedisJSON module. This module adds native functionality to store, query, and search JSON formatted data, which allows you to store data more easily in a document-style format in Redis. This simplifies common Redis use cases like storing product catalog or user profile data. RedisJSON support implements the community version of the module the collaboration with Redis Incorporated so you can utilize your existing knowledge and workstreams. RedisJSON is additionally designed to be used with the search functionality of RediSearch (also available in Azure Cache for Redis) to provide integrated indexing and querying of data.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-cache-for-redis/cache-redis-modules
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-redisjson-available-in-azure-cache-for-redis-enterprise/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Azure Load Testing is in public preview in West US 2.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-load-testing-in-west-us-2/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-load-testing-in-west-us-2/
Region Updates
08/04/2022
You can now protect your Kubernetes clusters and container workloads from potential threats by restricting deployment of container images with vulnerabilities in their software components. This feature allows you to use Azure Policy and Azure Defender for Containers to identify and patch vulnerabilities prior to deployment.
https://github.com/Azure/azure-policy/blob/master/built-in-policies/policyDefinitions/Kubernetes/BlockVulnerableImages.json
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-policy-blocking-the-deployment-of-vulnerable-images/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
The AKS node pool start/stop feature allows you to completely stop specific user node pools and pick up later where you left off with a switch of a button, saving time and costs. Previously, you had to either scale a user node pool and all its workloads down to zero in order to save costs or keep it running with a low footprint to avoid re-deployment, adding to operations time, or wasting compute resources. The start/stop feature keeps user node pool configurations in place, like the previous node count, allowing you to pick up where you left off without reconfiguring the node pools.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/aks/start-stop-nodepools
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-aks-node-pool-user-startstop-feature/
General Availability
08/04/2022
The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is a US government standard that defines minimum security requirements for cryptographic modules in information technology products and systems. AKS allows you to create Linux and Windows-based node pools with FIPS 140-2 enabled. Deployments running on FIPS-enabled node pools can use those cryptographic modules to provide increased security and help meet security controls as part of FedRAMP compliance.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/aks/use-multiple-node-pools#add-a-fips-enabled-node-pool-preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-fips-compliant-nodes-for-windows-in-aks/
General Availability
08/04/2022
Custom domain suffix capability is now available in App Service Environment (ASE), an Azure App Service feature that provides a fully isolated and dedicated environment for running App Service apps securely at high scale. Your apps are not restricted by the DNS settings for your App Service Environment’s default domain suffix to only be accessible by those domain names. Custom domain suffix is an internal load balancer (ILB) App Service Environment feature that allows you to use your own domain suffix to access the apps in your App Service Environment.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/app-service/environment/how-to-custom-domain-suffix?pivots=experience-azp
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-app-service-environment-v3-support-for-custom-domain-suffix/
General Availability
08/04/2022
Basic logs offer a low-cost alternative to the standard analytics logs. Azure Monitor container insights offers support for basic logging through the ContainerLogV2 schema (preview). With the container insights integration, you can now receive the full portal feature parity with drill-in functionality through the container insights portal experience.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-monitor/logs/basic-logs-configure
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-container-insights-portal-integration-with-basic-logs/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Currently, Azure Monitor VM insights requires a Log Analytics agent and a dependency agent installed on each virtual machine or virtual machine scale set to be monitored. This public preview will introduce a version of VM insights that makes use of the new Azure Monitor agent and would replace the existing Log Analytics agent. Several key capabilities have been released in preview: Easy configuration using data collection rules to collect VM performance counters and specific data types. Option to enable/disable processes and dependencies data that provides Map view, thus, optimizing costs. Enhanced security and performance that comes with using Azure Monitor agent and managed identity.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-monitor/vm/vminsights-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-enable-vm-insights-using-azure-monitor-agent/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Currently, VMs running on Azure Dedicated Host support the use of Standard and Premium Azure disks as data disks. With this preview, we are introducing support for Azure Ultra Disks on Azure Dedicated Host. Azure Ultra disks are highly performant disks on Azure that offer high throughput (maximum of 4000 MBps per disk) and high IOPS (maximum of 160,00 IOPS per disk) depending on the disk size. If you are running IaaS workloads that are data intensive and latency sensitive, such as Oracle DB, MySQL DB, other critical databases, and gaming applications, you will benefit from using Ultra disks as data disks on VMs hosted on Azure Dedicated Host.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/dedicated-hosts-how-to?tabs=portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-dedicated-host-support-for-ultra-ssd/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Azure Monitor metric alerts with dynamic thresholds detection, leverages advanced machine learning (ML) to learn metrics' historical behavior and identify patterns and anomalies that indicate possible service issues. Automatic outage detection improves thresholds training after service issues are detected. Previously, after long service issues were detected, thresholds could have been affected for a long period of time. The new capability automatically recognizes prolonged outages and removes them from threshold training. The results are much better thresholds that fit the data and can detect service issues with the same sensitivity as before the outage.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-monitor/alerts/alerts-dynamic-thresholds
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-monitor-metric-alerts-dynamic-thresholds-outage-detection/
Updated Features
08/04/2022
The new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) certification from ICSA Labs is an important IPS certification, is an addition to our existing Firewall certification, from ICSA Labs. Azure Firewall Premium SKU is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It provides advanced threat protection that meets the needs of highly sensitive and regulated environments and includes Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and TLS inspection capabilities. ICSA Labs provides credible third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices. This includes certification of network intrusion prevention systems. ICSA Labs Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) security certification test cycle includes Azure Firewall protection against exploits aimed at approximately 100 high severity vulnerabilities in enterprise software. Because real world attacks do not happen on a quiescent network, ICSA Labs tests with an appropriate level of background traffic using various mixes of enterprise network traffic. The test included evasion techniques, platform security of the product itself, logging, secure administration, and administrative functions.
https://www.icsalabs.com/sites/default/files/FINAL_Microsoft_NIPS_Cert_Testing_Report_20220715.pdf
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-firewall-premium-is-now-icsa-labs-certified/
Security Updates
08/04/2022
Azure Log Analytics is generally available in China North 3 and China East 3 regions.
https://azure.microsoft.com/global-infrastructure/services/?products=monitor
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-log-analytics-in-china-north-3-and-china-east-3/
Region Updates
08/04/2022
Read and manage all reservations using the reservation administrator and reader roles in your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant (directory) without having to explicitly be assigned to individual reservations. You can now assign these roles in the Azure Portal.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/cost-management-billing/reservations/view-reservations
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-reservation-administrator-and-reader-roles-in-azure-portal/
New Features
08/04/2022
The enforcement mode of machine configuration (previously guest configuration) is now generally available. This represents the ApplyAndMonitor and ApplyAndAutocorrect auditing modes. The customer experience within Azure has not changed as a result of the renaming. Machine configuration continues to provide a native capability to audit or configure operating system settings as code, both for machines running in Azure and hybrid Azure Arc-enabled servers, directly per-machine or at-scale orchestrated through Azure Automanage, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, or Azure Policy. You will now be able to: Apply and monitor configurations: Set the required configuration on your machines and remediate on demand. Apply and autocorrect configurations: Set the required configuration at scale and autoremediate in the event of a configuration drift. Apply configurations to machines at management group level. Set TLS 1.2 to machines through our newly released built-in policy. Create, delete, and monitor the compliance of your configurations through the Azure portal.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-governance-and-management/bg-p/AzureGovernanceandManagementBlog
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-machine-configuration-previously-guest-configuration/
General Availability
08/04/2022
Azure Monitor Application Insights is now generally available for customers in China North 3 and China East 3 regions.
https://azure.microsoft.com/global-infrastructure/services/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-application-insight-in-china-north-3-and-china-east-3/
Region Updates
08/04/2022
With next hop IP support, you can deploy network virtual appliances (NVAs) behind an Azure Internal Load Balancer (ILB) to acheive key active-passive connectivity scenarios and improve connectivity performance. To learn more about this feature, check out next hop IP support.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/route-server/next-hop-ip
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-next-hop-ip-support-for-route-server/
New Features
08/04/2022
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) provides the capability for organizations to deploy containers at scale. We are expanding the Azure confidential computing portfolio to enable AMD-based confidential VM node pools in AKS, adding defense-in-depth to Azure's already hardened security profile. With the general availability of confidential virtual machines featuring AMD 3rd Gen EPYC™ processors, with Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP) security features, organizations get VMs with isolated, encrypted memory and genuine confidentiality attestation rooted to the hardware. AKS is now equipped to have confidential and non-confidential node pools on a single cluster. This means that applications processing sensitive data can reside in a VM-level Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) node pool with memory encryption keys generated from the chipset itself. Confidential node pools on AKS enable a seamless transition of Linux container workloads to Azure without the overhead of changing code.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-confidential-computing/confidential-vm-node-pool-with-amd-sev-snp-protection-available/ba-p/3586136
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-amdbased-confidential-vms-for-azure-kubernetes-service-aks/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
As part of our commitment to delivering the best possible value for Azure customers, we are announcing a price reduction in the US West 3 region, effective August 1st, 2022.
https://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/#product-pricing
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-us-west-3-price-adjustment/
Pricing Updates
08/04/2022
Microsoft has been expanding the portfolio of Azure Hybrid storage capabilities with new services for data tiering and cloud ingestion, providing more options to customers for storing data in Azure in native formats. In conjunction with this, support for the following StorSimple versions will end 31st December 2022: • StorSimple 8000 series - 8100, 8600, 8010, 8020 • StorSimple 1200 Series • StorSimple Data Manager • StorSimple Snapshot Manager
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/storage/files/storage-files-migration-storsimple-8000
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/storsimpleeol/
Retiring Features
08/04/2022
Effective July 31 2022, all Public IPv6 Addresses and Public IPv6 Prefixes will be free. The Public IP billing meters will also reflect this change with updated naming: Basic IPv4 Public IP, Basic IPv4 Static Public IP, and Standard IPv4 Static Public IP.
https://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/details/ip-addresses/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-public-ipv6-offerings-are-free-as-of-july-31/
Pricing Updates
08/04/2022
With the latest generally available release for the Azure IoT Central REST API, there is now support for a series of endpoints that were previously available under our preview releases. Here are the key endpoints that have been updated as part of this release: Device Groups Full CRUD support for creating and managing device group definitions within an Azure IoT Central application. Organizations Full CRUD support for creating and managing organizations within an Azure IoT Central application. File Upload Configuration CRUD support for creating file upload configurations using Blob storage destination. Organizations Support Added support for organizations association metadata in API Tokens, Users, Devices, and Device Groups. The 2022-05-31 REST API release is now live in production. You can now leverage the Azure CLI or an API development client such as Postman to test these API endpoints and develop your solutions.
https://docs.microsoft.com/rest/api/iotcentral/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/iotc-2022-05-31-rest-api/
General Availability
08/04/2022
With this update, you can now analyze more of your data at once in Azure IoT Central by changing the height of a row when viewing a device’s raw data. To resize a row, drag the resize icon in the bottom left corner to increase or decrease the height. This change makes it easier to view more data points in a single pane of glass without having to switch to a separate text viewer.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/iot-central/core/concepts-telemetry-properties-commands#view-raw-data
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/iotc-resize-raw-data-view/
New Features
08/04/2022
Temporary access pass (TAP) is now generally available. Temporary access pass can be used to securely register passwordless methods such as phone sign-in, phishing resistant methods like FIDO2, and can even assist in Windows onboarding (Azure AD Join and Windows Hello for Business). Temporary access pass makes recovery easier when you have lost or forgotten your strong authentication methods and need to sign in to register new authentication methods.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-authentication-temporary-access-pass
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-temporary-access-pass-for-azure-active-directory/
General Availability
08/04/2022
The Azure Sphere 22.07 feature release is now available and includes the following components: Updated Azure Sphere OS Updated Azure Sphere SDK for Windows and for Linux Updated Azure Sphere extensions for Visual Studio and for Visual Studio Code Updated samples and documentation If your devices are connected to the internet, they will receive the updated OS from the cloud. You'll be prompted to install the updated SDK on next use.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure-sphere/product-overview/whats-new
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2207/
General Availability
08/04/2022
Azure Synapse Analytics Spark pools now support elastic pool storage. Apache Spark in Azure Synapse Ananlytics utilize temporary disk storage while the Spark pool is instantiated. For many Spark jobs, it's difficult to estimate the pools storage requirements, which can cause some Spark jobs to fail if the temporay storage is exhausted. Today we are enabling elastic pool storage which allows the Spark engine to monitor worker node temporary storage and attach additional disks if needed. No action is required by you, plus you should see less job failures as a result.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/synapse-analytics/spark/apache-spark-pool-configurations#elastic-pool-storage
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-synapse-analytics-spark-elastic-pool-storage/
Preview Features
08/04/2022
Today, we are announcing the availability of Trusted Launch support for DCsv3 and DCdsv3 virtual machines. DCsv3 and DCdsv3 series virtual machines which are now generally available provides support for Intel® SGX. These 3rd Generation Intel® Xeon Scalable processor-based machines with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 have six times the CPU cores of the previous generation and 12 times the memory. They also feature an incredible 1500 times the Enclave Page Cache (EPC) memory as compared to the previous generation which, together allows you to fully leverage the true power of Intel® SGX technology. With all new hardware-based security paradigm is now just a few clicks away in Azure to deploy DCsv3 virtual machines with trusted launch feature.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-confidential-computing/bg-p/AzureConfidentialComputingBlog
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-trusted-launch-support-for-dcsv3-and-dcdsv3-series-virtual-machines/
New Features
08/04/2022
offers multiple benefits such as the: Ability to configure notifications to a wide range of notification channels Ability to select which scenarios to get notified for Ability to manage alerts and notifications programmatically Ability to have a consistent alerts management experience for multiple Azure services including backup If you are currently using the older classic alerts solution, it is recommended to move to Azure Monitor alerts. Today, Azure Backup provides a guided experience via Backup center that allows you to switch to built-in Azure Monitor alerts and notifications with just a few clicks.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/backup/move-to-azure-monitor-alerts
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-template-based-experience-to-migrate-to-azure-monitor-alerts-for-backup/
07/28/2022
NVads A10 v5 virtual machines (VMs) are now generally available in West Europe, South Central US, and West US3 regions. The NVads A10 v5 VM series enables a wide variety of graphics, video, and AI workloads, including virtual production and visual effects, engineering design and simulation, game development and streaming, virtual desktops/workstations and more. They feature NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPUs, up to 72 AMD EPYC™ 74F3-series vCPUs, and are designed to offer the right choice for any workload with optimum configurations for both single user and multi-session environments. With its GPU-partitioned VM sizes, you can select from VMs with one-sixth of an A10 GPU and scale all the way up to a 2*A10 configuration. This offers cost-effective entry-level and low-intensity GPU workloads on NVIDIA GPUs, while still giving you the option to scale up to powerful full-GPU and multi-GPU processing power.
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/choose-the-right-size-for-your-workload-with-nvads-a10-v5-virtual-machines-now-generally-available/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-nvads-a10-v5-virtual-machines/
General Availability
07/28/2022