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Azure Service Fabric 6.5 Second Refresh Release rolled out last month with key announcements, along with bug fixes and performance enhancements.
Service Fabric Azure Resource Manager (ARM) application and service deployment is now generally available
The deployment of Service Fabric applications as resources via Azure Resource Manager is now generally available.
Azure Service Fabric applications now support user-assigned and system-assigned managed identities.
Azure Monitor for VMs is now available in East Australia and South East Australia. Around the world, it is available in nine public regions.
The bugs identified in 6.5 Release of the Service Fabric runtime has been fixed in this refresh release and started rolling out to the various Azure regions along with tooling and SDK updates. For more details, please read the release notes.
Service Fabric 6.5 release version has been rolled out to the various Azure regions along with tooling and SDK updates. The release contains many new features, bug fixes, supportability, reliability and performance improvements. For the full list of all the changes, refer to the release notes.
Cross availability zones allows Azure Service Fabric customers to have increased reliability via cross availability zone support for Service Fabric clusters.
Service Fabric Mesh preview is being updated with some new features and improvements based on feedback we have received.
General availability of Azure Service Fabric version 6.4 CU5 with the corresponding SDK and tooling.
Service Fabric version 6.5 runtime and SDK are in development with new features and improvements.
Achieve higher reliability and resiliency by using Availability Zones (AZ)
Azure File volume disk is currently in preview. Using Azure Files for remote state storage for containers. For more details see https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-containers-volume-logging-drivers
Investigate suspicious requests, collect statistics, monitoring alerts and track who initiated and applied changes to the Service Fabric cluster via Azure AD accounts
Enable more granular upgrades than just standard five Upgrade Domain (UDs), so that individual nodes or UDs of different sizes can be chosen when performing application and cluster upgrades.
Azure Resource Manager (ARM) application and service deployment is currently in preview. This feature https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-application-arm-resource will be Generally Available in the v6.5 runtime release of Service Fabric.
Service Fabric applications and services running in a Service Fabric cluster have then own first-class identity in Azure Active Directory so that they can securely communicate with Azure services.
REST based Client library and PowerShell module for Service Fabric is currently in preview. This HTTP REST based client enables running PowerShell and Azure CLI to manage your cluster(s) without installing the Service Fabric SDK.
Low Priority VM Scale Sets have no SLA, so are suitable only for scenarios where workloads can handle virtual machines being removed from the cluster with short/no notice at the benefit of reduced costs.
The serverless Azure Service Fabric Mesh Fall refresh is now available with improvements such as auto-scale and network and gateway resources in addition to storage improvements and fixes.
Azure Service Fabric runtime version 6.4 with the corresponding SDK and tooling updates is now available with many enhancements.