#Azure notable updates week 39/19

This week announcement is the general availability of Azure Sentinel. In a separate post I will try to address the pricing of the solution that has some interesting dependencies to underlying technologies. I already wrote about Sentinel, this idea of SIEM completely operated from the cloud is interesting, it can become a win if Microsoft will start to add pre-trained machine learning models to the ingested data. Sentinel added functionalities at record speed, in less than one year of public preview it evolved to a SIEM ready for GA. Anyway there’s still a lot of work to be done, for example it still lacks many connectors and an easier way to implement gateway machines for onprem data collection.

Azure Storage Explorer gets to version 1.10.0 it adds managed disks support and an easier way to install it on Linux distro.

Speaking of Azure Storage and managed disks, this week Azure introduced differential snapshots for managed disks. It is a fundamental building block for any backup solution on Azure and compared to the current snapshot feature, where you have an entire disk copy billed, incremental snapshots are billed just for the space actually used.

SWIFT is the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services, they started a collaboration with Microsoft Azure about a year ago, now the first POC of SWIFT moving outside the bank boundaries and leveraging Azure technologies to implement secure wire-transfer payments. On a related news Azure Blueprint enables SWIFT CSP compliance on Azure.

Azure Data Factory copy adds PostgreSQL as a possible sink.

Self installed, i.e. not provisioned from a VM image in the marketplace, SQL Server on Azure VMs must follow given rules in terms of licensing compliance. Basically you must declare (flag the VM) the SQL Server installation as an Hybrid Benefit supported installation. This blog post enlights the entire process, but this is no news. The interesting topic is that you can now register the SQL Server resource provider on those self installed VMs, inheriting all the management benefit such as automated backup and patching.

Microsoft Intune support for Android Enterprise fully managed devices is now generally available

Configuration Manager TP1909 adds orchestration groups to try to give some workdflow capabilities for server patching, honestly I cannot see a future for SCCM in managing server systems. Other notable news are MBAM integration and easier Azure roles enrollment.

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