07 Sep September 2021 Azure Updates – Week 1
Get the latest updates on Azure products and features to meet your cloud investment needs.
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Sep 1 Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Germany West Central region generally available
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) is now available in the Germany West Central region to distribute your Postgres database to horizontally scale queries across multiple machines using sharding.
Intelligent tuning, an automated tuning service, is now available on Flexible Server for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure.
Sep 1 Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) now supports PostgreSQL 11.12 minor version
PostgreSQL 11.12 is now supported on Hyperscale (Citus) for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database on Azure.
Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early September 2021.
General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early September 2021.
You can now write cross service queries between Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer, to access relevant data where you need it.
Azure Monitor support for Availability Zones (AZ) is now available on West US 2 and East US 2. Currently, only workspaces created on dedicated clusters can have AZ support, by selecting to use Availability Zones when creating the cluster.
Sep 1 General availability: Automatic key rotation of customer-managed keys for encrypting Azure disks
Azure Disk Storage now enables you to automatically rotate keys for encryption of your data.
Azure Premium SSDs now enables you to change performance tiers without any downtime to your applications.
The limit has increased to 30,000 requests per hour in the Standard tier
Dynatrace OneAgent performance monitoring is now integrated in Azure Spring Cloud in collaboration with Dynatrace for end-to-end observability of Spring Boot applications.
IBM WebSphere Application Server (Traditional) Network Deployment on Azure Linux Virtual Machines now includes added load balancing.
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Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise (preview) is a new managed service for Spring Boot that is optimized for the needs of enterprise developers running applications at scale.
Azure Policy and AKS teams announce the public preview of custom policy support for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. With this feature is enabled, you can create and assign custom policy definitions and constraint templates to their AKS clusters, see enhanced error state information for troubleshooting, use embedded constraint template inside policy definitions, and more.
Azure Kubernetes policies now surface error states to you, providing important information about potential errors in your environment.
The availability zones feature in Azure API Management has been updated to provide better support in four new regions, in addition to other API Management updates.
All 1.x versions of Azure AD Connect will be retired next year.
With August updates, we added support for environment variables in Linux scale set agents. Now you can change the working directory of a Linux agent to use a faster drive than the OS drive. In addition, you can set a proxy to be used by the agent.
Azure Route Server enables network appliances to exchange route information with Azure virtual networks dynamically.
Network Security Group support on Private Endpoint (PE) will allow you to improve granular security requirements for traffic destined to a private endpoint. This will assist in meeting specific compliance and security requirements for managing your PE powered workloads.
User Defined Routes support on Private Endpoint will make configuring custom routes to traffic destined to a Private Endpoint easier for your large workloads. Learn more about how to use this feature in select regions.
Sep 3 General availability: Azure Files supports storage capacity reservations for premium, hot, and cool tiers
Storage capacity reservations for Azure Files enable you to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of storage by pre-committing to storage utilization. To achieve the lowest costs in Azure, you should consider reserving capacity for all production workloads.
Server Message Block (SMB) Multichannel enables you to improve the IO performance of your SMB client 2-4x, increasing performance and decreasing total cost of ownership.
Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 is the most secure and highly performant version of SMB. With SMB 3.1.1 support for Azure Files, you now can require AES-256-GCM for Windows 10, version 21H1 and newer clients.
This new feature provides high availability for web applications to enhance business continuity and support disaster recovery strategies.