This is going to be a pretty crowded post due to the MVP summit break last week, so I will try to summarize news by product or technology.
As usual, I want to open with what I think is the most disruptive news of the week. Windows Virtual Desktop now in public preview. Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. After the failure of the previous try a couple of years ago, now it seems Microsoft made it right. This is can become a game changer in many cloud only scenarios, where network latency to the cloud services doesn’t allow remote fat clients.
Azure SQL Database is now capable of Read scale-out. The service is generally available. Speaking of the Azure data platform Data Discovery & Classification for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is in public preview. This mimics the same feature we already have for Azure SQL databases and truly helps your journey to GDPR compliance. Plus Azure Backup for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines now generally available. With this solution you can reach up to 15′ RPO and you have point in time restore capabilities.
Azure Security Center team has released o ton of new features:
- Secure score is now the main compliance KPI in the Azure Security Center dashboard, replacing the previous percentage-based compliance metric.
- Security Center policy have been migrated to Azure Policy, this is good, at least we have a single platform for policy management, plus we all know the Governance team rocks.
- Regulatory compliance dashboard is in public preview
- Adaptive application control in audit mode is now available for Azure Linux VMs. This whitelisting solution is also available for non-Azure Windows and Linux VMs and servers that are connected to Security Center. Also, you can now rename groups of virtual machine and server clusters in Security Center.
- The network map in Azure Security Center now supports virtual network peering.
- Adaptive network hardening is in public preview. Azure Security Center can now learn the network traffic and connectivity patterns of your Azure workload and provide you with network security group (NSG) rule recommendations for your internet-facing virtual machines.
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
- cluster autoscaling is now in preview. AKS autoscaling automatically adds new instances to the Azure virtual machine scale set when more capacity is required and removes them when no longer needed. Combine it with the horizontal pod autoscaler to precisely tune the scaling behavior of your environment to match your workloads.
- somewhat related Azure Container Registry can now be connected to virtual networks and support Firewall rules. This feature is in public preview.
There’s a lot to tell about Azure Storage
- Azure premium blob storage is now generally available after a very short public preview cycle. It offers block blob and append blob object storage backed by solid-state drives.
- Azure Blob Storage lifecycle management is finally generally available. It allows you to define rules to move blobs on different tiers or to delete them at the end of their lifecycle.
- Azure Active Directory (AD) based access control for Azure Storage Blobs and Queues is now generally available.
- Azure Managed Disks SKUs with increased storage capacity and performance in Azure Public Cloud are now generally available. The growth doesn’t stop.
These new SKUs will allow you to significantly expand storage capacity while simplifying management and achieving better performance.
- All existing Azure Managed Disk offerings (Premium SSD, Standard SSD and Standard HDD) will now feature 8, 16 and 32 TiB disk sizes
- Premium SSD performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 900MBps
- Standard SSD performance will now reach up to 6,000 IOPS and 750MBps and Standard HDD to 2000 IOPS and 500MBps
Windows Server container support in Azure App Service is in publicpreview.
Data Discovery & Classification for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is in public preview. This mimics the same feature we already have for Azure SQL databases and truly helps your journey to GDPR compliance
New Storage Optimized service tiers for Azure Search (the cloud search service with built-in artificial intelligence ) is available in preview
The newly released VMBoundPort data set enables analysis of open ports and their connections for security analysis. This enriches the analysis capabilities of Azure Monitor.
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psst if no one told you, DPM is officially ditched. After all the issues with modern storage, now version 2019 that promises to address the performance issues of the previous version, just support mainstream products, or you cannot backup Windows Server 2012 R2. Goodbye DPM, you’ve been a promising product, but now you’re useless.
From this installment on I will no longer report on new management pack versions.