Monthly updates for November 2019
Support is now available in preview for T-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) for Windows users and groups migrating from SQL Server databases to SQL managed instance with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.
The Azure Data Box heavy edition is a secure, ruggedised appliance shipped to customers to facilitate petabyte-sized offline data transfers to Azure Storage.
Portal support for Azure CDN Standard rules engine is now available as part of the preview.
Azure Pipelines allows the creation and enforcement of artifact policies that will help trace an artifact from source control to production. Available in preview.
Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialised images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialised image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).
Target availability: Q4 2019
Native Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication support for OpenVPN protocol and Azure VPN Client for Windows are now available.
Target availability: Q4 2019
Cognitive Services Text Analytics' sentiment analysis v3 now supports 10 languages including English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch.
Significant updates include the preview of hub-to-hub.
Azure Firewall Manager Preview is a security management service that provides central security policy and route management for cloud-based security perimeters. It works with Azure Virtual WAN Hub, a Microsoft-managed resource that lets you easily create hub and spoke architectures. When security and routing policies are associated with such a hub, it is referred to as a Secured Virtual Hub.
Azure Functions now offers an integration with Azure Monitor Logs, enabling a more consistent observability of Azure resources and integration with external monitoring tools.
Now in preview, M-series and Fsv2-series are new hardware options in Azure SQL Database specialised for workloads requiring very high compute or memory scale, or very fast CPU speed.
Today we are introducing a new capability in Security Center that allows customers to create automation configurations leveraging Azure Logic Apps and to create policies that will automatically trigger them based on specific ASC findings such as Recommendations or Alerts.
The Regulatory Compliance dashboard provides insights into your compliance posture based on Security Center assessments. The dashboard shows how your environment complies with controls and requirements designated by specific regulatory standards and industry benchmarks, and provides prescriptive recommendations for how to address these requirements.
Azure Security Center can now scan container images in Azure Container Registry for vulnerabilities. The image scanning works by parsing the container image file, then checking to see whether there are any known vulnerabilities (powered by Qualys).
Security Center is expanding its support in the container space to one of the fastest growing services in Azure – Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
Applications that are installed in virtual machines could often have vulnerabilities that could lead to a breach of the virtual machine. We are announcing that the Security Center Standard tier includes built-in vulnerability assessment for virtual machines for no additional fee.
To support Security Center’s fast growth in the marketplace and meet our customers’ demands around threat protection, cloud security posture and enterprise-scale deployment and automation, our team has delivered many new capabilities, as well as working with some new partners that are part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association.
Azure Security Center’s support for threat protection and vulnerability assessment for SQL DBs running on IaaS virtual machines (VMs) is now in preview
Azure Security Center now supports custom policies (in preview). Our customers have been wanting to extend their current security assessments coverage in Security Center with their own security assessments based on policies that they create in Azure Policy. With support for custom policies, this is now possible.
In order to enable enterprise-level scenarios on top of Security Center, it’s now possible to consume Security Center alerts and recommendations in additional places other than the Azure portal or API.