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February 2020

5 Feb

OpenAPI v3 support in Azure API Management is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

OpenAPI v3 support in Azure API Management, now generally available, includes fixes and improvements such as support for multipart/form-data and interoperability between OpenAPI versions.

  • API Management
5 Feb

New IoT Central pricing plans

IoT Central has two new pricing plans designed to provide greater management, flexibility and simplicity for building IoT applications.

  • Azure IoT Central
5 Feb

Enable managed identities on lab virtual machines in Azure DevTest Labs

IN PREVIEW

Lab owners can now enable user-assigned managed identities on lab virtual machines in Azure DevTest Labs.

  • Azure DevTest Labs
4 Feb

The Azure Sphere Preview 20.01 release is now available for retail evaluation

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Sphere Preview 20.01 release is now available via the retail evaluation feed. Verify that your applications and devices operate properly with this release before it is deployed broadly in 14 days.

4 Feb

New AMD-based Dav4 and Eav4 Azure VMs are available in additional regions

NOW AVAILABLE

New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-series virtual machines based on the latest AMD EPYC™ 7452 processor are now available in East US, East US2, West US2, Southeast Asia, North and West Europe regions.

  • Virtual Machines
3 Feb

Azure Service Fabric 7.0 Second refresh release

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Service Fabric 7.0 Second refresh release, which includes bug fixes, preview features and performance enhancements, has started rolling out to various Azure regions.

  • Service Fabric
3 Feb

Azure Cloud and direct billing are now generally available in Kaleido’s blockchain platform

NOW AVAILABLE

Kaleido’s blockchain business cloud now includes direct Azure billing and full support for customers using Kaleido’s pay-as-you-go plans

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
3 Feb

Azure Blueprint for FedRAMP High now available in new regions

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Blueprint for FedRAMP High is now available in both Azure Government and Azure Public regions. This is in addition to the Azure Blueprint for FedRAMP Moderate released in November 2019.

  • Azure Blueprints
3 Feb

Custom Translator – January 2020 improvements and language models update

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q1 2020

Here are the updates on Microsoft Custom Translator bug fixes, improvements,and new/refreshed models for January 2020.

3 Feb

HBv2-Series VMs are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

We are announcing general availability of HBv2 Virtual Machines for high-performance computing. HBv2 VMs are designed to provide supercomputing levels of performance and MPI scalability at on-premises competitive economics.

  • Virtual Machines
1 Feb

Azure Cognitive Services Translator Text – Five new languages added

NOW AVAILABLE

Translator Text now supports five new languages – Irish, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada and Portuguese (Portugal).

  • Cognitive Services
  • Translator Text

January 2020

31 Jan

Azure Backup now supports selective disk backup and restore using Azure Virtual Machine backup solution

IN PREVIEW

Azure Backup now supports exclude-disk functionality where you get an option to back up one or a few from the many data disks in a VM. Each recovery point contains data of the disks included in the backup operation, which further allows you to have a subset of disks restored from the given recovery point during the restore operation. This provides an efficient and cost-effective solution for your backup and restore needs.

  • Azure Backup
30 Jan

Azure Site Recovery now supports customer-managed keys

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Site Recovery now supports replication of Azure Virtual Machines that have managed disks encrypted with customer-managed keys.

  • Azure Site Recovery
30 Jan

Azure Cost Management and billing updates – January 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and help prevent bad spending patterns, and optimise costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback.

  • Cost Management + Billing
29 Jan

Data Factory Adds Managed Identity Support to Data Flows

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory users can now build Mapping Data Flows utilized Managed Identity (formerly MSI) for Azure Data Lake Store Gen 2, Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics (formerly SQL DW).

  • Data Factory
27 Jan

Azure App Service on Azure Stack Hub Update 8 released

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure App Service on Azure Stack Hub Update 8 released today.

  • App Service
  • Azure Stack
27 Jan

Azure Data Factory is now available in South Africa North

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory is now available in South Africa North

  • Data Factory V2
27 Jan

Updating hardware generation in managed instance now available in Azure portal

NOW AVAILABLE

Managed instance now provides the capability to update hardware generation from Gen4 to Gen5 from the pricing tier screen in the Azure portal.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Managed Instance
27 Jan

Azure Backup – Soft delete for SQL Server in Azure VM and SAP HANA

IN PREVIEW

Azure Backup now provides soft delete for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines and SAP HANA in Azure Virtual Machines workloads along with the already supported Azure Virtual Machines soft delete scenario.

  • Azure Backup
  • SQL Server on virtual machines
27 Jan

New Azure Lighthouse features are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

New Azure Lighthouse features are now generally available, including a built-in role for managed service providers to opt out of managing delegated scopes and the ability to Azure Resource Graph to query across tenants.

  • Azure Lighthouse

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