This series of blog posts includes the most important announcements and major updates regarding Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, officialized by Microsoft in the last two weeks.
Azure Dedicated Host
Azure Dedicated Host is a new Azure service that enables you to run your organization’s Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Azure Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. Azure Dedicated Host is in preview in most Azure regions.
Azure marketplace charges are available in Azure Cost Management for Pay-As-You-Go customers
Azure marketplace charges within Cost Analysis tool for Pay-As-You-Go customers are available. As a part of this preview you can analyze marketplace charges alongside Azure service charges within Cost Analysis and reconcile Azure marketplace invoice using both Cost Analysis and a new usage csv download API.
Network security group improvements
New improvements have been added to network security group (NSG), which filters network traffic to and from various Azure resources:
- Specify ICMP as the protocol in your NSG rules, in addition to TCP, UDP, or Any.
- Override the default Azure platform considerations by creating an NSG rule with the following service tags. Please exercise caution when using these tags.
- AzurePlatformDNS for DNS
- AzurePlatformIMDS for IMDS
- AzurePlatformLKM for Windows licensing (Key Management Service)
Most cost-effective storage offering
Microsoft has dropped Azure Archive Storage prices by up to 50 percent in some regions. The new pricing is effective immediately.
New AMD-based Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads
New Azure virtual machines part of the Dv3 and Ev3-series, optimized for general purpose and memory intensive workloads, are in Preview. The new general purpose Da_v3 and Das_v3 Azure VM-series provide up to 64 vCPUs, 256 GiBs of RAM and 1,600 GiBs of SSD-based temporary storage. Das_v3 Azure VM-series supports Premium SSD disk storage. The new memory optimized Ea_v3 and Eas_v3 Azure VM-series provide up to 64 vCPUs, 432 GiBs of RAM and 1,600 GiBs of SSD-based temporary storage. Eas_v3 Azure VM-series supports Premium SSD disk storage.
M-series virtual machines (VMs) are generally available in the Brazil South Region
Azure M-series VMs are available in the Brazil South region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.
Azure Geo and Zone Redundant Storage in public preview
Azure Geo and Zone Redundant Storage (GZRS) helps customers achieve higher data resiliency by Synchronously writing three replicas of your data across multiple Availability Zones and Asynchronously replicating the data to another region within the same geo into a single zone (like LRS today) protecting from a regional outage.
Azure Files Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication with Azure AD domain services is generally available
Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry standard SMB protocol. Integration with Azure AD enables SMB access to Azure file shares using Azure AD credentials from Azure AD domain services domain joined Windows VMs.
Azure Firewall feature updates for July 2019
Here are the Azure Firewall feature updates for July 2019:
- Multiple public IPs is generally available in all Azure public regions.
- Availability Zones is now generally available.
- SQL FQDN filtering is now in preview in all Azure regions.
- Azure HDInsight FQDN tag is now in preview in all Azure public regions.
- Central management using partner solutions