Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (January 2024 – Weeks: 01 and 02)

This blog post series highlights the key announcements and major updates related to Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, as officially released by Microsoft in the past two weeks.



Customer-Managed Keys for Azure NetApp Files volume encryption

Azure NetApp Files now supports customer-managed keys for volume encryption, enhancing data security and control. This feature allows users to manage their encryption keys, providing an additional layer of security for sensitive data stored in the cloud. The integration of customer-managed keys with Azure NetApp Files ensures that data encryption aligns with organizational policies and regulatory requirements, offering a secure and compliant storage solution.

Premium SSD v2 and Ultra Disks support with Trusted Launch

Azure introduces the general availability of Premium SSD v2 and Ultra disks support for Trusted Launch virtual machines. This integration enhances security and performance for Azure virtual machines. Trusted Launch provides foundational security with features like Secure Boot and vTPM, protecting against advanced threats. The Ultra disks offer high-performance storage ideal for data-intensive workloads, while Premium SSD v2 disks provide a cost-effective solution for a broad range of enterprise applications.

Zone Redundant Storage for Azure Disks in more regions

Azure has expanded the availability of Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage. Now available in West US3 and Germany West Central regions, ZRS enables synchronous data replication across three availability zones. This feature enhances data resilience and application uptime by mitigating the impact of zonal failures. ZRS is compatible with Azure Premium SSDs and Standard SSDs, ensuring high availability for critical workloads.

Azure Ultra Disk Storage Now Available in UK West and Poland Central

Azure has expanded its Ultra Disk Storage to the UK West and Poland Central regions, offering high throughput, high IOPS, and consistent low-latency disk storage. Azure Ultra Disk Storage is ideal for handling data-intensive workloads like SAP HANA, top-tier databases, and transaction-heavy processes. This expansion provides users in these regions with access to Azure’s most advanced storage solutions, optimizing performance for critical applications.


Over the past two weeks, Microsoft has introduced a slew of updates and announcements pertaining to Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Azure Stack. These developments underscore the tech giant’s unwavering commitment to enhancing its cloud offerings and adapting to the ever-evolving needs of businesses and developers. Users of Azure can anticipate improved functionalities, streamlined services, and enriched features as a result of these changes. Stay tuned for more insights as I continue to monitor and report on Azure’s progression in the cloud sphere.

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