Monthly updates for December 2015
Static Public IP address for virtual machines (VMs)
In Azure Automation graphical runbooks you can now set checkpoints to assure that activities do not get repeated if the runbook needs to restart.
With the release of the StorSimple 8000 Series Update 2, the StorSimple virtual appliance model 1100 has been renamed StorSimple Cloud Appliance 8010.
Azure Scheduler user experience is now generally available in the new Azure Portal.
A number of new policies are available now to extend the caching and throttling capabilities of API Management.
Dv2-Series VMs are available in Australia East, Australia Southeast, North Europe, West Europe, East US, South Central US, Southeast Asia, Japan East, and East Asia.
The Mobile Apps feature in Azure App Service is now fully supported with a 99.95-percent SLA.
StorSimple 8000 Series Update 2 includes two key enhancements that expand StorSimple’s use cases and workloads: local volumes and the StorSimple Cloud Appliance 8020 (based on Azure Premium Storage).
The StorSimple Virtual Array is a version of StorSimple in a virtual machine form. It provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution for remote office environments.
Azure HDInsight now supports the latest projects from Apache Hadoop.
Read about the new features available in Azure Mobile Engagement.
This Azure Cosmos DB service update adds the TOP keyword to the SQL grammar, several query performance optimizations, limit increases for query operators, and support for additional LINQ operators in the .NET SDK 1.5.2.
Build and deploy Service Fabric applications to Azure for free by joining a Party Cluster.
Azure Automation now provides the AzureRM.profile and AzureRM.Compute Azure Resource Manager PowerShell modules as global modules for use in your runbooks.
Azure Automation, the service that automates the management of your cloud and on-premises resources, is generally available in the new Azure portal.
Clustered Columnstore Tables are the most efficient way you can store your data in Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and they are the new default.
Microsoft Azure IoT Suite helps you capture and analyze untapped device data to improve results across your business.
Azure Security Center helps you prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of all your Azure resources.
Azure Content Delivery Network Premium is an expansion of the existing service, offering a set of new premium features, including Rules Engine and Advanced Content Analytics.
A set of new policies is designed to make it easy to integrate external services into your Azure API Management request/response pipeline.