#Azure notable updates week 32/19

Azure Monitor now can be integrated with the Prometheus (the open source monitoring solution for containers) when monitoring Azure Kubernetes Service. The integration is currently in preview. The nice thing is Azure Monitor takes care of everything, you just need to expose the Prometheus endpoint in your pods, no need for a Prometheus server to collect and forward metrics. Speaking of AKS, finally audit logging is GA.

Azure Security Center allows to aggregate cross-tenant resources to give a unified and comprehensive view of your security posture. This is an important step to make it an enterprise wide solution, also it allows managed service providers to have a central control for all their customers.

Azure Costs management improves the budgets creation experience, even if when I tried yesterday to feature was basically broken, now it seems to work and makes it much easier to build your budget thresholds. Also you can try in private preview the ability of save and share customized views.

Azure Compute adds AMD based VMs, in the HB, D and E families. Some of them are just entering preview stage. Also they’re bringing the AMD 7002 processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs to virtual desktops on Azure.

Azure Geo and Zone Redundant Storage enters public preview:

  • Synchronously writing three replicas of your data across multiple Availability Zones (like ZRS today) protecting from cluster, datacenter or entire zone failure.
  • Asynchronously replicating the data to another region within the same geo into a single zone (like LRS today) protecting from a regional outage. In the event of a regional failure you can use Read Access Geo and Zone Redundant Storage (RAGZRS) to continue having read access. For read and write access you can failover to the secondary region.

Azure Files access can now be authenticated through Azure AD domain services this adds to the already available authentication though Azure AD.

Speaking of Azure storage related news, Archive Storage lowers its price tag to as low as 18€ per TB per year at pay-as-you-go rate. There are other charges for reads/writes, early deletions and accelerated rehydratation (priority) of the data, in any case these costs are something unconceivable on-premises.

Windows Web Apps adds app dependencies and change history to App Server Diagnostics.

Azure Site Recovery finally supports protection of VMs with Azure Disk Encryption enabled. At replication enabling time all the required disk encryption keys and secrets are copied from the source region to the target region. Right now this is available only for Windows machines, Linux supports will come shortly.

You can now pre-purchase Azure Databricks capacity saving up to 37% on the pay-as-you-go price.

Data factory pipelines add a Gantt views to simplify monitoring.

Azure Cosmos DB Python SDK Version 4 is now in preview

Azure and Informatica have built a partnership to speed up the evaluation process of moving from on-prem analytics systems to the Azure data platform. You can evaluate the impact and feature readiness of the solution for free for 30 days.

HA add-on for RHEL on Azure has been updated and new image versions made available.

Microsoft Intune adds support for OEMConfig exposing vendor specific settings in the Intune portal.


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