Monthly updates for March 2020
Connect privately from an Azure Virtual Network to Azure SQL Database using Private Link, now in general availability.
Azure Front Door is a cloud-native modern content delivery network offering that enables customers to improve their apps for performance, security, availability and scalability by providing a high-performant and low-latency network, web application firewall, global load balancing, SSL offload and TCP/SSL optimisations. Several new capabilities for Front Door are now generally available.
Redirection support for the mysqlnd PHP driver used to connect to Azure Database for MySQL is now available in preview. Take advantage of the mysqlnd_azure extension to improve the connection latency between applications and Azure Database for MySQL.
Azure Cloud Shell now supports additional storage regions.
Azure Content Delivery Network now supports HTTP raw logs.
Azure Private Link now includes multiple new services available in Preview and GA.
Limit data exposure to the public Internet and reduce the risk of data exfiltration by accessing your Azure Cosmos accounts from virtual networks via private IP addresses.
Encrypt customer data stored at rest by default, with no additional action required from you, using Microsoft Custom Translator.
Deployment of an Azure Data Explorer into a virtual network is now generally available. Use this feature to isolate the network traffic and limit the attack surface for Azure Data Explorer and their corresponding communications.
Azure Private Link support for Azure Database for MariaDB is now generally available.
Azure Private Link support for Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single Server is now generally available.
Azure Private Link support for Azure Database for MySQL is now generally available.
Target availability: Q1 2020
Francisca, our new Portuguese (Brazil) (pt-BR) voice, has been added to neural Text to Speech. Francisca features the same human-like natural prosody of the other neural Text to Speech voices on Azure.
Azure Functions support for Python 3.8 is now generally available. This enables developing, debugging and deploying Function Apps for production scenarios using the tools of your choice, specifically Visual Studio Code, the Azure portal, Azure Functions Core Tools and Azure CLI.
Private Endpoints provide secure connectivity to Azure Storage from a Azure virtual network (VNet). On-premises networks can also securely connect to a storage account using a private endpoint when that network is to a VNet using Express Route or VPN. Private Endpoints for Azure Storage are now generally available in all Azure public regions.
Azure Service Fabric 7.0 fourth refresh release, which includes bug fixes and performance enhancements for standalone and Azure environments, has started being rolled out to various Azure regions.
Azure Container Registry now supports built-in audit policies for Azure Policy
Bring your own encryption key for Azure Container Registry.
Azure Monitor now supports distributed tracing, metric collection and logging of Python applications through integration with OpenCensus.
Target availability: Q1 2020
Azure SQL Database now has the latest Gen 5 hardware in place to ensure optimal service performance. As a result, the default database configurations and the default elastic pool configurations are being changed for all new Azure SQL databases.