11 Oct October 2021 Azure Updates – Week 1
Get the latest updates on Azure products and features to meet your cloud investment needs.
Oct 4 General availability: Announcing the release of Swiss German dialect speech recognition support
Microsoft speech service just released the de-CH locale that recognizes Swiss dialects as well as standard German as part of our speech to text offering. This enables the creation of smart speech solutions tailored to Switzerland’s market needs.
Develop customized geolocation-based content and services with Azure Maps Geolocation.
With September updates, we added support for wild cards and conditional expressions in YAML pipeline files. In addition, we included multiple improvements to Delivery Plans.
Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed, real-time analytics service designed to help you analyze and process fast moving streams of data that can be used to get insights, build reports, or trigger alerts and actions. The service is now available in 2 new China regions.
Azure VMware Solution has now expanded availability to Brazil South and East US 2, this update is in addition to the existing availability across multiple Azure regions in US, Europe, Australia, Japan, UK, Canada, and Southeast Asia.
VMware HCX is the primary migration solution for organizations moving VMware workloads natively to a cloud service like Azure VMware Solution. The HCX Enterprise Edition, now generally available with Azure VMware Solution, is a premium HCX service that includes Replication Assisted vMotion and Mobility Optimized.
Azure VMware Solution NFS datastores on Azure NetApp Files is currently in private preview and is coming soon. The solution provides more choice to optimize and scale storage for Azure VMware Solution environments.
Azure NetApp Files backup expands the data protection capabilities of Azure NetApp Files by providing fully managed backup solution for long-term recovery, archive, and compliance.
Azure NetApp Files, one of the fastest growing bare-metal Azure services is now available to Azure customers directly from the Azure portal, CLI, API or with SDK – without having to go through waitlist approval process.
Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure Security Center in September 2021.
Azure Form Recognizer now offers a pre-built version of the service in preview for document extraction as well as the following capabilities in preview: signature detection, hotel receipts processing, and deeper extraction of content from US driver’s licenses. In addition, the service is now easier to use with Form Recognizer Studio and new REST APIs.
Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the Korea Central region. These three new zones provide you with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact.
Azure Availability Zones are now generally available in the South Africa North region. These three new zones provide customers with options for additional resiliency and tolerance to infrastructure impact.
Deploy Windows 11 desktops and applications on Azure Virtual Desktop and utilize new capabilities while optimizing for cost.
Python developers can now take advantage of the version enhancements in Python 3.9 using Azure Functions.
Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period for 21.10 provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing.
Oct 7 Reminder: Azure Service Management API for Messaging Services will be retired on 1 November 2021
Transition to Azure Resource Manager by 1 November 2021.
Standard network features for Azure NetApp Files volumes is now in public preview in select regions. This includes support for increased IP limits, Network Security Groups, User-defined routes, and additional connectivity patterns like connectivity over Active/Active VPN gateway and ExpressRoute FastPath
Refreshed experience with accessibility updates and new reliable recommended alerts & metrics for monitoring your container resources.
Azure Functions dynamic concurrency feature simplifies configuring concurrency for your function apps.