Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (September 2021 – Weeks: 37 and 38)

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

Compute

Azure VMware Solution achieves FedRAMP High Authorization

With this certification, U.S. government and public sector customers can now use Azure VMware Solution as a compliant FedRAMP cloud computing environment, ensuring it meets the demanding standards for security and information protection.

JetStream Disaster Recovery for Azure VMware Solution (preview)

JetStream Disaster Recovery is now available on Azure VMware Solution in public preview, enabling DR protection needed for business and mission-critical applications. JetStream Disaster Recovery on Azure VMware Solution is also cost-effective, as it uses minimal resources at the DR site by leveraging cloud storage, such as Azure Blob Storage.

Azure AD-joined VMs support

With this latest update, you can now:

  • Join your Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines directly to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD.)
  • Connect to the virtual machine from any device with basic credentials.
  • ¬†Automatically enroll the virtual machines with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Management Group Scope for Azure Reservations (preview)

You can scope a reservation to a management group. When you set the scope to a management group, the reservation discount is applied to matching resources in the list of subscriptions that are a part of the management group and the billing context.

Storage

Azure Archive Storage now available in three new regions

Azure Archive Storage provides a secure, low-cost means for retaining cold data including backup and archival storage. Now, Azure Archive Storage is available in three new regions: Norway East, UAE North, and Germany West Central.

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