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February 2021

22 Feb

The G5 and GS5 Azure VMs will no longer be hardware-isolated on 28 February 2022

Target retirement date: February 28, 2022

G5 and GS5 Azure Virtual Machines will no longer be isolated.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Dedicated Host
  • Retirements
22 Feb

The GS5 Azure Virtual Machines will no longer be SAP HANA Certified on 28 February 2022 

Target retirement date: February 28, 2022

Start using E64ds_v4 before 28 February 2022.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Retirements
22 Feb

The E64i_v3 & E64is_v3 Azure VMs will not be hardware-isolated on 28 February 2022

Target retirement date: February 28, 2022

E64i_v3 & E64is_v3 Azure VMs will no longer be isolated.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Dedicated Host
  • Retirements
16 Feb

Automatic Azure VM extension upgrade capabilities now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Automatic extension upgrade provides safe and automatic upgrades for extensions on Azure virtual machines and virtual machine scale sets, keeping your environments more secure and up to date.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Security
  • Features
3 Feb

Microsoft Azure Attestation is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Verify the identity and security posture of a platform before you interact with it.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Security

January 2021

25 Jan

New Azure Cloud Services deployment model in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Use Azure Cloud Services (extended support), now in public preview, to increase regional resiliency and gain access to new capabilities that the Azure Resource Manager-based deployment model provides.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
  • Features
19 Jan

The Azure Quota REST API to manage service limits (quotas) is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Use Azure REST Quota APIs to manage the service limits (quota) of Azure Virtual Machines (cores/vCPU) and Azure Machine Learning. Take advantage of this capability to query current usage and quotas for the supported resources and update these limits.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Virtual Machines
  • SDK and Tools
  • Services
  • Features
18 Jan

Backup for Azure Managed Disk is in limited preview

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q1 2021

Azure Backup offers snapshot lifecycle management to Azure Managed Disk by automating periodic creation of snapshot and retain it for configured duration using Backup policy.

  • Managed Disks
  • Azure Backup
  • Virtual Machines
  • Features
4 Jan

NCas_T4_v3-Series VMs are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

These virtual machines are ideal to run ML and AI workloads utilizing Cuda, TensorFlow, Pytorch, Caffe, and other Frameworks or the graphics workloads using NVIDIA GRID technology.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Services
  • Features

December 2020

11 Dec

HBv2-series VMs for HPC are now available in UAE North

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure’s most powerful and scalable HPC VMs, the HBv2-series, are now available in the UAE North region. Customers in this region can now run scale-out MPI workloads to tens of thousands of CPU cores.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Services
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
11 Dec

Automatic VM placement and Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets available on Dedicated Host

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure can now select the dedicated host to which your VM is deployed. Additionally, Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets can be deployed in conjunction with Dedicated Hosts.

  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Virtual Machines
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Features
  • Compliance
11 Dec

Intel SGX based confidential computing VMs now available on Azure Dedicated Hosts

NOW AVAILABLE

The new DCsv2_Type1 Dedicated Host SKUs add confidential computing capabilities to Azure Dedicated Hosts. The DCsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines can help protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. Dedicated hosts will provide further isolation from other tenants, further enhancing the isolation aspect of secure applications within confidential computing.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Security
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
  • Features
  • Compliance
9 Dec

Azure Stack Edge Virtual Machine Support is in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Stack Edge hosts Azure virtual machines so you can run your VM based IoT, AI, and business applications on an Azure appliance at your location.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Stack Edge
  • Features

November 2020

20 Nov

Azure Shared Image Gallery--New features are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Shared Image Gallery introduces new features to copy image versions, use disks or VMs to create image versions, and export a managed from an image version.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Features
  • Management
19 Nov

Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines Guest Health is in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Announcing the Public Preview of the Guest Health feature of Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines, that monitors the health of your virtual machines and fires an alert when any of the parameters being monitored are outside the acceptable range.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features
  • Management
12 Nov

New SAP HANA Certified Memory-Optimized Virtual Machines now available

NOW AVAILABLE

We are expanding our SAP HANA certifications, enabling you to run production SAP HANA workloads on the Edsv4 virtual machines sizes.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Features
11 Nov

New constrained vCPUs capable VMs now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The latest memory optimized Azure VM series Esv4, Edsv4, and Easv4 now offer new constrained vCPU VM sizes.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Features

October 2020

7 Oct

New Azure Spot Virtual Machines features

IN PREVIEW

You can now access the price history of Spot Virtual Machines and the eviction rate for the past 28 trailing days in the Azure portal.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Features

September 2020

30 Sep

Confidential computing nodes (DCSv2) support on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Orchestrate your container applications with hardware based isolation and data-in-use protection through Intel SGX enclaves. Supporting both enclave aware containers and confidential containers (unmodified container apps)

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Virtual Machines
  • Security
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
30 Sep

General availability: Azure Availability Zones in more regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in Australia East and Canada Central.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Regions & Datacenters

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