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Microsoft Cloud Updates (week of 20th Jan 2020)

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Sarvesh Pandey, Onkar Vichare, Ping Fung Yin

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#OSSinCloud

The Microsoft Team has introduced the Azure Red Hat OpenShift private endpoints now in preview.

Support for private endpoints in Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now available in preview. This enables private endpoints for the API server in clusters deployed in East US 2 and Central US. Support for additional regions will be added soon.

The Microsoft Team has introduced the Azure Red Hat OpenShift virtual network peering and ExpressRoute support now in preview.

Virtual network peering and ExpressRoute support in Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now available in preview. This means that, for clusters deployed in East US 2 and Central US, it is now possible to peer your virtual networks with your cluster’s virtual network for on-premises connectivity. With this release, connecting the cluster’s virtual network to an ExpressRoute circuit is also possible. Support for additional regions will be added soon.

#CloudSecurity

The Microsoft Team has introduced the Azure Secure Score simplified now in preview.

The secure score controls feature of Azure Security Center is now available in preview. It groups multiple recommendations focusing on a specific attack surface (for example, restrict access to management ports). This provides a more reliable method for calculating the scores and gives you better visibility into how they are calculated.

The Microsoft Team has introduced the New support for Network Security Group flow logs, a feature of Azure Network Watcher now available

Network Security Group (NSG) flow logs, a feature of Azure Network Watcher, allows you to view information about ingress and egress IP traffic. In response to requests in the Azure Networking forums, this feature now supports two new Azure Storage configurations.

#DevOps

Azure DevOps—Release and pipelines events now available in the audit logs

In the Sprint 163 update of Azure DevOps, release and pipelines events have been added to the audit logs. In addition, service connections can now be used to reference repositories in another organisation in a YAML pipeline.

Azure Pipelines hosted pools updates

Azure Pipelines is currently investing in updating and removing some of its hosted images. These changes are designed to ensure we are able to better serve the needs of our growing user base

#Serverless

Azure Functions runtime 3.0 is now generally available

Azure Functions runtime version 3.0 is now available. Built on top of .NET Core 3.1, it enables you to write your function apps in new languages, such as .NET Core 3.1 and Node 12.

#CloudSecurity

Introducing – and Managing – Microsoft Search in Bing through Office 365 ProPlus

Bing is a gateway to Microsoft Search, a unified enterprise search solution that provides contextual work-related information using data sources in Office 365 including SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, and Exchange. Microsoft Search delivers personalized results surfaced by the Microsoft Graph to make search in your organization more effective, increase productivity, and save everyone time.

Azure Active Directory support in Azure Database for MySQL. (In preview)

Support for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integration for Azure Database for MySQL is now in preview. This new integration allows you to securely sign in to their database by using Azure Active Directory and to manage credentials in a central place.

#SAPonAzure

SAP HANA using Azure Backup now available in several Asia and Europe regions.

The Azure Backup solution to backup SAP HANA DBs in Azure Virtual Machines is now available in Australia Central, Australia Central 2, Australia East (AE), Australia Southeast (ASE), Japan East (JPE), Japan West (JPW), Korea Central (KRC), Korea South (KRS), West Europe (WE), North   Europe (NE), France Central, France South, UK West (UKW), Germany North, Germany West Central, Germany Central, Germany North East, Switzerland North and Switzerland West.

#DataAnalytics

Improved query replica synchronisation in Azure Analysis Services. (In preview)

A new Azure Analysis Services setting (in preview) improves performance and consistency of query-replica synchronisation in scale-out environments.

Azure Data Factory supports loading data into Azure Synapse Analytics using COPY  statement. (In preview)

Azure Synapse Analytics introduced a new COPY statement (preview) which provides the most flexibility for high-throughput data ingestion.

Azure Data Factory supports copying data into SFTP.

Azure Data Factory now supports SFTP as a sink and as a source. Use copy activity to copy data from any supported data store to your SFTP server located on-premises or in the cloud.

Azure Databricks Is now HITRUST certified.

Azure Databricks is now certified for the HITRUST Common Security Framework (HITRUST     CSF®), the most widely coveted security accreditation for the healthcare industry. With this certification, health care customers can now use volumes of clinical data to drive innovation using Azure Databricks, without any worry about security and risk.

Azure Data Factory copy activity supports resume from last failed run.

Azure Data Factory copy activity now supports resume from last failed run when you copy files between file-based data stores to ease large volumes of data ingestion and migration.


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