Keep current on what's happening in Azure, including what's now in preview, generally available, news & updates, and more.
Now in Preview
- Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual machine workloads: Azure Standard SSD Managed Disks, a new type of durable storage for Microsoft Azure Virtual machines, is now available in preview. Azure Standard SSDs provide consistent performance for low IOPS workloads and deliver better availability and latency compared to HDD Disks. Azure Standard SSDs are also a cost-effective Managed Disk solution optimized for dev-test and entry-level production applications requiring consistent latency.
- Storage Explorer in the Azure portal: The same familiar view of the Storage Explorer desktop tool is now available for your storage accounts. From here you can manage your blobs, file shares, and queues.
- Speech services: As announced at Build 2018, Speech service is available in preview, including Speech to Text with custom speech, Text to Speech with custom voice, and Speech Translation. In addition, the Speech SDK is also available in preview, which will be the single SDK for most of our speech services, and will require only one Azure subscription key for speech recognition and LUIS (language understanding service). The Speech Devices SDK is available as a restricted preview to approved device partners.
- App Service Deployment Center: App Service Deployment Center is a new experience in preview for setting up deployments to Azure App Service. It provides a centralized overview for all of the deployment options available to you and a guided experience to set up your deployments.
- Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy auth: Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy authentication is available in public preview, which enables you to manage legacy authentication blocking as one part of your overall conditional access strategy, all from right in the Azure AD admin console.
- Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure: This enterprise backup provides a new breakthrough in backup that differentiates Azure from any other public cloud. This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, Pay as You Go (PAYG) service that leverages native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.
Now generally available
- Offering the largest scale and broadest choice for SAP HANA in the cloud: Microsoft is committed to offering the most scale and performance for SAP HANA in the public cloud, and last week announced additional SAP HANA offerings on Azure at SAPPHIRE NOW 2018 in Orland, Florida. The SAP Cloud Platform offers developers a choice to build their SAP applications and extensions using a PaaS development platform with integrated services, which is now generally available on Azure. Developers can now deploy Cloud Foundry based SAP Cloud Platform on Azure in the West Europe region. We’re working with SAP to enable more regions in the months ahead.
- Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines: Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines using Azure Site Recovery is now generally available. The cross-region DR feature is generally available in all Azure public regions where Site Recovery is available.
Technical Content and Training
- Cybersecurity Reference Architecture: Security for a Hybrid Enterprise: The Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture describes Microsoft’s cybersecurity capabilities and how they integrate with existing security architectures and capabilities. We made quite a few changes in v2 and this post highlights some of what has changed as well as the underlying philosophy of how this document was built.
- Detecting script-based attacks on Linux: In April, Azure Security Center (ASC) extended its Linux threat detection preview program to include detection of suspicious processes, suspect login attempts, and anomalous kernel module loads. This post demonstrates how existing Windows detections often have Linux analogs, such as base64-encoded shell and script attacks.
There is a ton of additional content including upcoming events, developer spotlight, videos, tips & tricks and more.
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Reference: Azure.Source - Volume 35 - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-source-volume-35/